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Just finished the French tree!

It took me exactly one year (give or take a day or two). I'm still far from being fluent in French, but I have learned so much - definitely MUCH more than I've learned in four years of French in junior high and high school, and more than I would've learned in a college class (I took two semesters of German and I still know nothing). I can read and understand a lot of French articles (I go to the Le Monde website to test myself) and I can understand some songs and people who don't speak too fast. I really need to find someone to have actual conversations with. Any recommendations for language exchange websites would be appreciated (I'm fluent in English and Hebrew).

Some insight from my year of duolingo: I started by just going through the lessons, but at some point realized that I really ought to make use of the practice feature, which helped me a lot. I made a rule for myself that I can only move on to the next subject after I can beat the clock in timed practice at least twice in a row. However, at some point, some of the subjects became too difficult for that, which resulted in stagnated progress and certain loss of motivation. I got to a point where I would only do a couple of minutes of timed practice just to keep my streak going, until I decided to break the rule. This flexible approach proved to be much more helpful. I still spent some time practicing after finishing each subject (and also going back to any subject that was "weakened"), but I wasn't obsessed with beating the clock, and found that I am actually able to learn those difficult subjects by moving on and practicing them in other contexts.

Anyway, just my two cents. I'm debating on whether or not I should start a new language. I was thinking of starting Spanish, although I really want to learn Russian (I understand that the Russian course will be released in January?) and I'm not sure how I'll do learning two languages concurrently. Any advice? Should I just keep working on my French for now or is it "safe" to start learning another language?

Anyway, big thanks to Duolingo and the people who are behind these awesome courses!

July 8, 2014



First, congratulations on completing your tree! :D I would suggest to continue working on your French for some time until you feel pretty fluent. You can start a new language, just be sure to keep up with your French, otherwise you'll lose your knowledge. If you do start another language, pick one that will be useful or has some importance to you.


Wow! Good job on your 910 day streak


Huge accomplishment!! Félicitations à toi! In your case, I'd still ameliorate my French. Write articles on lang-8 and let them be corrected by native speakers, find conversation partners on Skype or in your local area, keep repeating lessons on DuoLingo, use Immersion, read French books, read French newspapers on Le Monde or rfi.fr a.s.o. If you have the money and want to start learning Russian now, buy the Assimil course or if you want to learn it for free, try Memrise. For generally learning two languages, take this into account.

Good luck, effort and way to go =)


I just came across this post, way down, in my 'Activity' - I don't tend to look at it much, as it has so much random stuff clogging it up. I added you as a friend earlier, I haven't added many people, as that can get clogged up too, with people you hardly remember.

BUT Are you really fluent in Hebrew? Cos That's one thing I would love to learn. I bought a book about 5 years ago, but didn't get much further than 'Aleph.' :( I am very poor at learning languages; They do not come easily. But DL has been a Godsend which keeps me going. I have been one of the irritating bods who has requested a language for the incubator - namely Hebrew. Would you consider volunteering. I would be one of the first to jump into the Beta / incubator stages to learn.

Please think about it.

Love Maddy, Graham, Alice, Stokes xx


Thanks, Maddy! Yes, Hebrew is my native language. I would be happy to volunteer to help build a Hebrew course, although I'm currently working on a doctoral dissertation and probably won't be able to carry the load on my own. I'll try to talk to some people from the Hebrew department at my university in the fall and see if this is something they would be interested as well.


I am going through French and German at the same time and am surprised by how easy it is to keep them separate in my mind. Sometimes I answer the first question in the wrong language but after that I swap over and it flows. So go for a second.



I would recommend leaving it a little, and keeping practicing your French on here and elsewhere.

But if you really can't wait (ie. if you are like me...) my recommendation would be either to pick a language that is not that close to French as Spanish is, or to start learning Spanish through the Spanish for French speakers course. I am trying out that one, after having finished my French tree late last year, and it is mindbogglingly confusing but also a lot of fun, and good for your French, too!


Congrats on finishing the French course :) Well, according to me keep on doing the good job with French... I speak English, Italian, Albanian and now trying to learn French, so according to my experience don't leave things half way. If you want to have a fluent French (and of course not to forget it after one year...) stick to it! I can confirm that from my experience with Italian... I thought i had a good command of Italian so I left it quite early... Now that I moved to Italy i see that I should have kept on with it at least until I could feel it come fluently to me. It's not easy learning a new language...but anyway, i think it's better to speak less languages but to be able to speak them fluently! Anyway, wish you the best with your language learning :D and don't give up! :)


italki is a great website for free skype language exchange. They will also correct notes you write. You can pay for lessons from professional teachers too for about $10 an hour. Pretty helpful. Another place to find language partners is in the forums on the Fluent in 3 Months website. Great job finishing your tree!


So, what's the word count when you finished the tree?


That's fantastic! I'm still quite a ways away from being fluent in French or even completing the tree, but kudos to you. I'm learning Spanish right now as well, so if you feel like you want to take another language, I would suggest that one. Linguistically, our brains are pretty great at keeping multiple languages separate from one another (this is the 6th language I've learned/am learning and I don't show signs of stopping anytime soon), but it really is up to you if you decide to learn more than one language at the same time.


Congrats! I finished my French tree and decided to go on to Spanish where I had a hard time remembering it was ella and not elle there. Kept plugging away and remember now (most of the time). I am going much more slowly on the Spanish tree, but am making progress. You will be able to do it if you want.


Félicitations ! If you plan on doing Spanish, I would definitely make sure you feel comfortable in French, as they have similarities. :)


Congratulations on finishing your tree! Personally, I would always recommend that you make sure you are reasonably confident (not necessarily fluent) in your first language before moving on. As you have finished your tree, as long as you keep up with your French (either here or through other resources like movies and reading) you should be fine to start another language now.

Some people seem to manage multiple languages - I'm looking at you Alexis ;) - with no problems, others find it harder. It's just a case of trying, and seeing how much you can manage. The great thing about Duolingo is that it is free, so if you try and it is too much for you, you have lost nothing, and can always try again later.

When I first started learning my second language, I was very careful to study one in the morning, and one in the afternoon, to try to keep them seperate in my head. Now I can quite happily switch between the two (albeit at a very low level still) without getting confused. With regards to which course you should study, I would say that taking on an extra new language is quite a time commitment, so go with whichever you are most passionate about.


We really need tags on Duolingo. Didn't know you mentioned me. ;)


Tags would be nice, but I would like more languages first. By which I mean Finnish. ;)


Congrats! I'm barely a third of the way through mine (but I do a LOT of review). I started with both French and Italian and I found that I got them mixed up a lot, so I decided to focus on French until I feel comfortable with it and then start a new one, but that is just me. It sounds like a lot of other people here have had no trouble learning two at once, so you may do just fine - it certainly doesn't hurt to try. I've heard that Russian is really hard, but I really want to learn it too, so maybe I'll see you around the Russian forums once it's been released (looks like next April now). :-)


I read everything you wrote and you've motivated me to finish this 'tree' .

P.S : for language exchange https://www.facebook.com/groups/languageexchangeskillstrade/


Congrats! Sounds like you have been really consequent with your learning! I also experienced that duolingo uses to be more effective that classes taken at school. To improve your french, you could check out workaway -I think not everyone likes it and its always a risk, but also a great chance to get to know new people and really live in another culture -and the French hosts use to emphasize that they appreciate it if someone learns their language and aren´t willing to host other persons! :-D I think new languages are always a good thing (haha, better to say: I assume, havent finished any tree yet) but it might be better if it isnt related to the "old" languages -for example, I stopped learning portuguese for the moment because I realized my Spanish got worse by doing this, the languages are quite similar and I used to mix it up all the time. Anyway, I dont know if that`s an important point after "finishing" french, cause there might not be a language that is to similar.


Congrats! If you start Spanish now it will seem incredibly easy compared to French, go for it! PS You should apply for a Hebrew course for English speakers, people in the surveys really want that :)


Congratulations! I would recommend a site "conversationexchange.com".


After finishing the French tree, it wasn't exactly golden or well practiced, but I moved on to Spanish. Sometimes, after completing an entire tree, it can become really boring, and it makes you want to do something else. You can start Spanish, exactly what I did. (Well, not exactly. I had already started Spanish and there was a time when I was too busy and decided to finish my french tree first, and then move on to spanish, but anyway, pretty similar.) While you're working on Spanish, you can still continue refreshing the french tree, if you have time, that is. About the Russian course being released, that was the english for russian speakers course, which taught native Russians who wanted to learn English, English. You can try doing that course, but I attempted it, and it was way too hard, since I had/have no previous knowledge of Russian. On the bright side, don't give up yet, they're working on a Russian course for english speakers right now! I suggest you check the incubator to see the current progress. (I'm pretty sure they're doing very well) Anyway, here's five lingots for completing your tree!


Congratulations on finishing your tree! I am almost there - just fourteen more lessons to go! I try and do one a day, so I should be there in two weeks. As you can see, I have undertaken several languages. At first I found I mixed them up a lot, but the longer I do it, the easier it gets to separate them. I plough through each one just for 5-10 minutes a day, one after the other. Sometimes, I completely forget which language I am in, but somehow get the answer right! I have tried doing French-Spanish and was very excited when this became available. However, I got fed up of having to change my home language. I will probably try this again once i have a golden French tree. Good luck with whatever you decide to do. I agree it is vital to keep up with the French as well as you will quickly forget. I have studied French and Spanish before, but I was very rusty. Also, German just up to O level, but I had to go right back to the beginning. I was fluent in Italian as a child, but had forgotten everything. Duolingo is very motivating and great for just a quick fun recap or lots of articles to translate.

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