Finished my tree!
Yay after just over 7 & half months, I've finished my French tree :-D and it's all gold! I did French back in school but hadn't touched it for almost 20 years - which I think helped mainly with the grammar side of things. I've really enjoyed using Duolingo, think it's a great idea and a massive thank you to everyone who has contributed on the sentence discussions - I've learnt so many extra things from reading them. Hmm maybe German next... ;-)
Everyone else brags when they finish their tree, so why not me =D From my experience duolingo really only improved my ability to read and some grasp on the grammar. Which left me with a really strange level of french. High passive skills but very low productive. I used Italki as well as language exchange to sort this out a bit. I think the tree gives you a basis of about B1 for passive skills for those that are interested.
Yeah I don't think I am anywhere near the level I was when I stopped learning French at school - pretty sure I wouldn't pass the GCSE if I took it again now! But it's been fun re-learning and I've just moved to a French speaking country so needed something to get me back into it. Oh and well done for the tree too :)
I have no idea what the GSCE is =) (Australians know nothing about the world =)) But i did like the motivation duolingo gave me. However watching tv and listening to the radio WITHOUT subtitles is really key to improving conversation skills i think
UK exams taken at age 16 :-) yup TV helping here too, still relying on subtitles at the moment but getting there..
You might like Lyrics trainer as well - it's excellent for training your ear to the french "sounds".
Have you played LyricsTrainer? - lots of fun and great for audio skills.
I love this song (actually this artist) but there are stacks of songs on there, old and new. Hit beginner and push play - have fun :)
Wow that's awesome. Your experience is so similar to mine -- I had 2 years of French in high-school, after which I moved and then could never take it up again, even though I was doing pretty well at it.
I tried so many times to take it forward, but never succeeded until I discovered duolingo. Now I've been on duolingo for about 7 months as well, and am half-way through the final tier. At the rate I'm going, should take me around august end to complete my tree. Very motivational when others complete theirs.
Only problem, as @spiloba says, I don't know how much active French skills I have, but recently I did visit Geneva and Paris, and was able to have some pretty decent conversations with cab drivers and the like :).