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!
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
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 :)
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 :)
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!)
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.
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
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 !
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...