https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecoeva

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! ^_^

August 13, 2014

78 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/centime

I am always impressed when I hear people have the capacity to learn multiple languages. Two languages are all my brain can handle. Félicitations!

August 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecoeva

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!

August 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanieleBerto

You'll find out that spanish is actually easier! Among the latin languages (i'm Italian), french is the hardest one

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/j.coyote

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!

August 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecoeva

It's great news, good to know that, thank you Daniele:)

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E.T.s_Son

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

August 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Resonance2001

Maybe it is because you haven't developed an accent, possibly. This might help you: http://youtu.be/p2eB13ma3FQ

August 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/heysweetie

I haven't finished my French tree yet , but like you, after my French tree is finished, I'll go for Spanish too.

August 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecoeva

Good to know that someone likes the same languages :) et bonne chance!

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/heysweetie

Yeah,it always feels good to know we are not alone hihi.

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LuckyLimons

Hi, I just got started. Can you tell me how proficient you feel after finishing the French tree?

August 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecoeva

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 :)

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/heysweetie

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.

August 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecoeva

haha, have a lingot here :)

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MultiLinguAlex

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 =)

August 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecoeva

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. =)

August 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamesjiao

How did you get level 22 in French? Did you just keep doing the same exercises over and over again?

August 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MultiLinguAlex

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).

August 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saavedraes

Wow! How long it took to you? I started over a year ago and cannot end it yet.

August 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecoeva

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 :)

August 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/monikaklara

Congratulations ;) Spanish is a really really good choice :D that's beautiful language :)

August 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecoeva

Thank you :) Yes I agree with you, both French and Spanish are very beautiful languages :)

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/char--lotte

What is a tree?

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/R3M1X

The coloured circles that have the lessons in the language courses.

August 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/liviu_a

How is it to master the French tree?

August 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecoeva

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 :)

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Abrahamster321

What Level are you at in French now?Advanced? And have you been taking french classes? Thanks :)

August 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecoeva

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.

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Abrahamster321

Are you fluent?

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanieleBerto

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!)

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Abrahamster321

Thanks, great answer I'm going to start using Babbel and lingua.ly for more help Merci

August 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecoeva

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! :)

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NancyBKlein

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?

August 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/driusan

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.

August 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecoeva

It's the end of the programme, but we can still practice with the immersion :)

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuziJ0

The program will continue to "blush" from gold to colored circles, so you have to keep practicing! Does anyone know if there is a set time that passes before a lesson must be repeated?

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wstockall

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.

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuziJ0

Thanks for the answer!

August 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NouranGamal

Do you see progress in your french ? :D

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecoeva

Absolutely! I love Duolingo so much and happy to meet my owl coach everyday now :D

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/melissapleasance

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 :)

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecoeva

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!

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuziJ0

Congratulations! I finished my Spanish tree some time ago, but I am still working on the French tree. I agree with some of the comments that Spanish is easier.

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecoeva

Merci! Glad to see that we are working on the same languages, good luck to both of us :)

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DXLi
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    Congratulations, Eva! Well done!

    August 14, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecoeva

    Thank you David! And many thanks for your kind help for getting my streaks back :)

    August 14, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mayoyoyo

    Good Job!!!!

    August 14, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecoeva

    Thank you :)

    August 15, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/psilva00

    Congratulations!

    August 14, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecoeva

    Thank you :)

    August 15, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuzuLingu

    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

    August 15, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecoeva

    Thanks for sharing the experience and info. And yes I look forward to being in the cheering section for your French tree! Good luck!

    August 15, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuzuLingu

    Thanks! And thanks for the following.

    August 16, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/R3M1X

    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?)

    August 15, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecoeva

    Dutch is even easier? A French-German-English based language sounds fun! :D

    August 15, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/R3M1X

    :) C'est.

    August 15, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HuangAlan

    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..

    August 15, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HuangAlan

    OK I see, you also speak Chinese!

    August 15, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecoeva

    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 :)

    August 15, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HuangAlan

    Ok, thanks for encouragement :)

    August 15, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ArchitOjha

    Wow. Heartily congrats. :)

    August 15, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecoeva

    Thank you :)

    August 17, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/curlyeric

    Bienvenue au club ecoeva !

    Qu'est-ce que vous ferez à vous continuer votre apprentissage française?

    August 15, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecoeva

    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 :)

    August 17, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/curlyeric

    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 !

    August 18, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecoeva

    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! :)

    August 18, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IsmaelDanyel

    Duolingo is a very good friend for me. Thank you for your company

    August 16, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecoeva

    It is for me too, good luck with the language learning :)

    August 17, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bsdfhsduiyt

    bonjour people

    August 17, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecoeva

    Bonjour

    August 18, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mundusfr

    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...

    August 17, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecoeva

    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,

    August 18, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elischeva

    抱歉要破坏队形了,恭喜你取得的成就,我觉得对母语是汉语的人掌握罗曼语或日耳曼语是非常了不起的事情,因为母语如果是日耳曼或罗曼语中一种的话,掌握其他的就要容易的多,罗曼诸语(西班牙语,法语,意大利语等)都很优美(吹吹自己学的语言,其实听多了lullaby和waltz,发现连德语都很美了,),而且具有很深的联系(都是通俗拉丁语演化而来嘛),我不是学外语出身的,学习完全是爱好,也是个歌剧爱好者,现在意大利语学的较好吧,很惭愧现在一门都没完成......祝你早日完成西班牙语树!

    August 18, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecoeva

    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 :)

    August 23, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bsdfhsduiyt

    nice job people

    August 20, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bsdfhsduiyt

    congratulations ecoeva

    August 20, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ecoeva

    Thank you and good luck with the language learning :)

    August 23, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bsdfhsduiyt

    why arent people talking these days?

    September 9, 2014
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