Just finished my French tree!
Thanks to all my Duo buddies for your inspiration, help and encouragement.
Now I am going for the Spanish tree! ^_^
I am always impressed when I hear people have the capacity to learn multiple languages. Two languages are all my brain can handle. Félicitations!
Merci :) I find that Spanish is somehow similar with French, therefore I suppose that it is easier to learn Spanish together with or after French :) And wow you have a 541 days streaks, that is very impressive!
You'll find out that spanish is actually easier! Among the latin languages (i'm Italian), french is the hardest one
D'accord. Je parle Français, y español, und Deutsch (German), and now I'm learning Portuguese.... as a native English speaker, Spanish is by far the easiest! Keep up the good work!
You should try doing the French For Spanish Speakers after you're done with your Spanish tree. You'll be able to review both at the same time thus improving your thinking skills in both languages which is what I'm doing right now.
I started my French tree about in April last year but stopped multiple times due to the difficulty. I eventually gave up and went on to Spanish. Spanish has helped me understand French more especially with grammar. I should be done with my French tree by the end of the month. Thanks to this new burst of motivation I have which I hope last until the end of the month if not longer
I haven't finished my French tree yet , but like you, after my French tree is finished, I'll go for Spanish too.
Hi, I just got started. Can you tell me how proficient you feel after finishing the French tree?
Hi and welcome :) I guess different people have different proficiency after finishing the tree, but here is where I am now: I can speak simple French sentences, I can understand people only if they speak French very slowly (yes, as slowly as the turtle speed on Duolingo, lol). I guess my reading is better than speaking and listening, but still I get confused with the grammar every now and then. More practice is absolutely needed :)
Congratulations!!! I've always been going around the Discussion section and whenever I learn that somebody has finished their tree, I'm like, wow, that's so amazing that I've gotta give away a lingot. Haha.
Wow, that's fantastic! I was travelling and my PC has been damaged - now I'm online with my new notebook and see that you completed your French tree. What a huge accomplishment!
Félicitations et j'espère que tu veux apprendre plus de français =)
Hey Alex, I am sorry that your PC was damaged, but glad to know that you are back with your new notebook! :) Merci beaucoup pour votre aide et encouragement genre ^_^ Et bien oui, je veux absolument apprendre plus de Francais après la fin de l'arbre. =)
How did you get level 22 in French? Did you just keep doing the same exercises over and over again?
bad memory - have to repeat a lot. I've learned 1229 words so far (completed 2/3 of the tree). Immersion also will bring you level ups pretty easily, but I don't use it (anymore).
Wow! How long it took to you? I started over a year ago and cannot end it yet.
About 260 days I suppose. At the first beginning I didn't practice everyday, but then I started to count my streaks, that was when I got serious and speeded up a bit. But generously speaking, I didn't push my self too hard, the learning was fun and relaxing :)
Congratulations ;) Spanish is a really really good choice :D that's beautiful language :)
Thank you :) Yes I agree with you, both French and Spanish are very beautiful languages :)
Well...... I can't say that I master the French tree, I just finished it, haha, there is a huge difference. Here is where I am now: I can speak simple French sentences, I can understand people only if they speak French very slowly (yes, as slowly as the turtle speed on Duolingo, lol). I guess my reading is better than speaking and listening, but still I get confused with the grammar every now and then. More practice is absolutely needed, I shall review my lessons to keep my tree golden, more French movies and immersion, maybe :)
What Level are you at in French now?Advanced? And have you been taking french classes? Thanks :)
Duolingo is the only lesson that I have been taking during the past year. I haven't reached the advanced level yet, although Duolingo tree has teached us all the grammar, I still need more practice to be more proficient.
I do think that DL is not ehough, but i also think that it does not pretend to be so. I personally use Babbel to enhance conversational skill with common use senteces, memrise to add vocabulary, lingua.ly to practice the comprension of a text and direct speaking to people who are fluent for conversational skill. (Lucky me, all of them, except few bucks for babbel, are free!)
Not really, I can only speak simple French sentences slowly. But compared to where I was before using Duolingo, I'd say that Duo is a great tutor! And I totally agree with what Daniele says here, more practice is very important. And his experience is quite valuable! :)
When a person gets to level 16, is that when they are done with a tree? What happens after that? Do you start a new tree or is that the end of the program?
A person finishes the tree when they finish all the sections in the tree. What level they are depends on how much review they did vs new material. I have 3 levels left of the tree and I'm on track to finish at level 12 or 13 (I don't do much review on Duolingo, since Duolingo is review for me and I live in a french speaking area.) All it means is that, in theory, you can comprehend all the grammar of the language that DL has to teach you.
After you finish, what you do with it is up to you. You can do the immersion section. You can do the reverse tree. You can start a new language. You can plan a trip to somewhere where they speak your target language. You can keep doing review and levelling up. You can find a friend who speaks the language you want and chat with them. (You can do any of those things before you finish your tree too.)
How much effort you want to put into it and what route you want to take to learn your target language is entirely up to you.
My understanding is that it doesn't happen on a fixed schedule. If you make mistakes doing the lessons or strengthening exercises, or if you "peek" while doing them it will accelerate the process. If you do it flawlessly every time without looking it will take longer to fade.
Absolutely! I love Duolingo so much and happy to meet my owl coach everyday now :D
How many words do you know after you've finished? Are you able to easily translate an article in Immersion? I working on my French tree right now :)
1864 words, just checked :D Immersions are getting easier but I still need help from the dictionary here and there :) I can see that you are level 15 now, almost there, bonne chance!
Merci! Glad to see that we are working on the same languages, good luck to both of us :)
Thank you David! And many thanks for your kind help for getting my streaks back :)
Very nice! I am just getting started in French, but I can support the consensus that Spanish is definitely, and I'd add, almost infinitely easier! But you will see the similarities, too. For great grammar support you might want to try SpanishDict.com. They still have a link for the older free video lessons, if you look for it. It is very interactive and fun, too. Will you be in my cheering section for my French tree??? lol
Thanks for sharing the experience and info. And yes I look forward to being in the cheering section for your French tree! Good luck!
If you find Spanish a bit too difficulté, you can always do Dutch. It's easy for me to do and I'm not even half way through French yet! (Did I mention it's a French-German-English based language?)
Congratulations, Ecoeva, which are your native languages? I speak Chinese and Taiwanese, and I have a very great passion on French, and it is so impressive for me that you finish your French tree! It is like...I can reach it years later..
Yes, haha. And good luck with the finishing the tree, it's actually fun and relaxing, so you will get there before you even notice it :)
Bienvenue au club ecoeva !
Qu'est-ce que vous ferez à vous continuer votre apprentissage française?
Merci Eric! Je veux regarder plus de films en français, et fait de la traduction dans l'immersion in Duolingo. And please do let me know if you have any advice for me :)
Il y a beaucoup de films française sur Netflix. Au debut, je regardais les histoires d'enfance car ils ont les mots plus facile. Maintenant mon but c'est la compréhension orale donc je regard tout ce que je pourrais trouver compris YouTube.fr, NetFlix, LeMonde.fr, reddit.com/r/france ... tous. Je partirai à paris dans trois semaines. J'ai beaucoup hâte d'y aller !
Aussi n'oubliez pas il y a des livres française. Les auteurs comme Jules Verne et des autres étaient français donc le livre 20,00 lieues sous les mers a écrit en français !
Merci beaucoup pour vos conseils! Je regarde Barba Papa maintenant, c'est plus facile; et je veux lire des livres simples en français quand je suis plus compétent. J'espère que vous avez un agréable voyage à Paris! :)
I want to be part of help and encouragement ! :) Toutes mes félicitations.
My ancestors were Chinese too. But I don't speak Chinese. I know a few words, for instance, I know how to count until 10. :) And this in two Chinese dialects : Techev and Mandarin. I know that the Mandarin is Chinese offficial language.
One day, I have to return to the spring. :) Speaking the language of my ancestors...
Merci beaucoup :)
Knowing how to count from 1 to 10 can help in many ways when you travel :) And even being a Chinese I don't know about the Techev dialect..... I hope you will enjoy the trip when you visit China one day,
队形里看到汉语回复瞬间觉得好亲切，哈哈^_^ 我也是出于爱好学外语，虽然不知道什么时候才能用得上，但是学起来觉得很开心。谢谢你，也祝你早日顺利完成意大利语树，轻松玩歌剧哦 :)