Finished after a long ride!
Sorry for the pompous moment but after seeing seemingly hundreds of people do this previously, I'm excited to be able to post that I finished my tree. I've been on Duolingo since December 2012, but haven't used it consistently. (I let some thing called college get in my way.) But this summer I promised myself that I'd finish the French tree before I went back. The last 6 weeks I've set my goal at 30xp and made sure it was coming from doing 3 lessons of progress through the tree each day. Near the end of the tree I began using a notebook to write down any missed, difficult, or otherwise interesting sentences, and it made the lessons easier and increased my retention several times over; I wish I'd known to do it earlier. I also used a beginner's vocab course on memrise that has 1000 words, which has been very helpful as well.
Merci et je vais répondre à vos questions
Congratulations Sidearmer! It's not pompous at all, I'll be telling the world if I finish it :-)
Congratulations and thanks for the tip re the notebook. Have you had a chance to test your french with native speakers yet? Interested to know how much fluency you feel you have just from Duolingo ?
I haven't had much real world interaction yet, but i do try to read articles on French news sites that interest me. Given where I live and what I'm planning on doing for a career, this is mostly just for fun and I'd like to be able to read in other languages mostly. Conversing actually isn't my top priority, but that could always change. I actually feel that my pronunciation and speaking is a lot better due to the speaking exercises. That said, I'm far, far from fluency but i think once i can get a solid grasp on all the verb tenses/moods in the tree i'll have made a good dent in understanding the language on a basic level.
I found the notebook method in a discussion here and it's great. I suggest writing in a color if possible, I used blue for French and will probably use red for when I begin focusing on Spanish, and label which section of the tree you're doing. That way when you go to strengthen your skills you can look back at what you've already done.
Not pompous at all - you worked hard to be able to make this post. Bask in the glory of it all :)
Congratulations à toi, j'ai encore beaucoup de travail à faire pour finir mon arbre mais, moi aussi je le dirai à tout le monde, bien fait.
Congratulations! I started my french tree last year in April and at first I was pretty motivated but after the grammar started kicking in I became discouraged and stopped learning. A few weeks ago I decided to start over on my french tree to give myself a fresh start and brand new mentality and hopefully by the end of this month I'll be able to finish it! =D