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

Conquered the French tree

I have always liked the elegant and beautiful French.

Ten years ago, I considered learning French in Alliance Francaise. However, I didn't think my English was proficient enough to allow me to learn another language so I didn't. From then on, I was so busy studying to give a thought to French.

When I entered university two years ago, I took French in 2 semesters. I downloaded Duo after finishing the two courses. I was so glad to have Duo to practice my French. Although I was forced to not take French in the previous year, I could still occasionally get onto Duo to work on my poor French.

In this summer, I think it's time for me to finish my tree. Well, just 18 days ago, my XP was around 2000 and the number of French words learnt was 422. I set a target of doing 200 XP per day so as to complete the tree before the semester commences on 1st Sep.

AND GUESS WHAT??? YAY!!! I MADE IT!!! Now I have 5217 XP and 1866 Words.

I know it would be hard to recall every single new word I have learnt in these two and a half weeks, but it would be a lot easier for me to have French lessons when I have a vague comprehension of what's going on. And I have planned to do revision on French every day.

I am just trying to tell all of you one thing -

Si tu veux le faire, tu peux le faire.

Bon courage! :D

August 27, 2014

57 Comments


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

Félicitations! "You've cut a tree down from a forest that's preventing you from being multi-lingual"~Nelson Macy.

August 27, 2014

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

LOL! Nice puns!

August 27, 2014

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

Merci beaucoup! J'aime bien les jeux de mots. :)

August 28, 2014

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

Good to read your note. You must be pleased with your accomplishment after all the work you put into this course. Et merci pour votre encoragement pour nous!

August 27, 2014

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

Certainement. De rien :)

August 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mommu2708

im excited to finish my tree :O i'm very very early on in it but i will get there some day :} congratulations :D

August 28, 2014

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

Happy learning :)

August 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Juanito.Burrito

Where is Pierre?

August 31, 2014

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

Pierre is in the chair?

August 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Juanito.Burrito

I thought he was in your hair

August 31, 2014

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

How could he hide up there? Pierre is a bear

September 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Juanito.Burrito

Then he must be somewhere in Delaware

September 1, 2014

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

Yes, Delaware is definately the site of his lair.

September 7, 2014

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

Well done! I hope you can put your french into practice soon!

August 27, 2014

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

Thank you. I have just started strengthening the lessons today :)

August 28, 2014

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

Bravo ! et merci pour les encouragements... ;)

August 27, 2014

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

De rien :)

August 28, 2014

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

Incredible! Well done, I wish you great and productive semester!

August 27, 2014

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

Merci beaucoup! :)

August 28, 2014

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

Merci et bravo!

August 27, 2014

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

De rien. :)

August 28, 2014

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

Congratulations. I'm desperately struggling to come out of level 11!

August 27, 2014

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

Merci. I was at level 8 when I started two weeks earlier. We just need the courage to break through the wall. :)

August 28, 2014

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

Bravo Fionna !!

August 27, 2014

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

Merci! :)

August 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/harryclark17

Très bien!

August 27, 2014

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

Merci! :)

August 28, 2014

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

Congrats!! I'm not too far off finishing it myself :)

August 28, 2014

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

C'est bon de l'entendre. :)

August 28, 2014

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

Félicitations! Tu peux être fière de toi :D

August 28, 2014

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

Oui, merci beaucoup! :)

August 28, 2014

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

Félicitations! je travaille encore sur mon arbe francais, je n'attends pas le finir!

August 28, 2014

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

Merci! :)

August 28, 2014

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

Good job Fionna, I have a question for you or anyone else who has finished their tree. When I miss days on duolingo I usually end up having yellow circles change from yellow to a different color and they tell me I need to review. Once you finish the tree and make it all yellow does the tree continue to turn the circles from yellow so that you need to review for the rest of your life?

August 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/1mmy2

Yes, it does.

August 28, 2014

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

So duolingo is a lifetime commitment?

August 28, 2014

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

Am I correct that the circles turn yellow because of time? Or is there another reason? A friend and I have hypothesized that duolingo may change my circles from yellow to be in need of review because I make mistakes on other circles. Can you verify the real reason why circles change from yellow?

August 28, 2014

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

In the past 18 days, I didn't do any reviews, and some of the bar "lost vigor" after approximately 10 days. I did several sets a day, but some sets done on the same day have different levels in the bar (2/4 or 3/4). I believe that the reminder is related to how many mistakes you made :)

Anyway, from time to time, you will have to review them in order to retain the golden status.

August 28, 2014

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

I don't think so)) I'm not sure what level of proficiency does Duolingo give, but I assume it's not too high (maybe up to lower intermediate or intermediate). So, this is a very basic knowledge. If you continue with your studies, all knowledge available in Duolingo should become a second nature. You will have some new heights you have to climb. So, it is my take that after finishing the tree, you'll have to find some next step to develop your skills further, and stick with Duolingo only until you feel you outgrew it.

August 28, 2014

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

I am not sure what you are referring to. This question was only about the deterioration of the "full memory status" of each lesson.

Indeed, Duolingo is only giving us a glimpse into the language. If someone would like to go further, he should not rely solely on Duolingo. In addition to Duo, I myself are trying on French pop music, Le Petit Prince, some grammar exercises and two French courses in the coming academic year :)

August 29, 2014

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

I am referring to contents of Duolingo's lessons — it's pretty basic, and if a person continues to study English after completing the tree, there's no need to worry about status of Duolingo lessons. The learner will certainly meet elsewhere all the grammar and the words given in Duo. For example, I am also learning English. But at the stage I'm on, there's no need for me to refresh conjugation of "to be" — I already know it by heart.

I think one has to worry about status of Duolingo lessons only if they stop after completing the tree. Then, indeed, if they don't want to forget everything they've learnt and if they don't expose themselves to the language — yes, then, indeed, Duo is a lifetime commitment.

August 29, 2014

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

Thanks for your comments. I was partially joking when I asked if it was a life sentence. I am certainly using other resources besides duolingo.

As a person who is somewhat type-A and who does not like my yellow circles changing color I was asking if they would continue to change color. Even though I may be done with a language on duolingo and on to reading other things I might still be drawn back to it just to keep my circles yellow.

August 29, 2014

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

Sorry, I didn't mean to offend you. It's hard to understand the tone of voice - whether joking or not - from the written text. And I am that type of person that a little more to the practical side, I'm not sure why would anybody want to keep circles yellow for the rest of their life, so I guess we just misunderstood each other)))) I apologize))

August 29, 2014

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

I am certainly not offended, I am thankful for your comments.

August 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mark_French_1

Excellent work and thanks for sharing - I just began French, and the verb-noun-adjective agreement is throwing me off, but I will keep at it.

August 30, 2014

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

Thanks. You will soon get used to it :)

August 30, 2014

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

felicitaciones! sounds like 3 levels out there for me, too. french might be the next tree for me to cut, bon courage! 繼續努力!

August 30, 2014

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

Thanks :) I think I will try to learn every language available on duo. 一起加油!

August 31, 2014

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

bravo

August 31, 2014

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

Thanks.

August 31, 2014

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

Bravo :) I've just started and it's really Fun

August 31, 2014

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

Merci :) C'est un bon application, non?

September 2, 2014

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

Si^^ c est tres amusant et tres utile :)

September 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YinYang123

Great job! I hope to achieve such a feat someday! :D Right now I'm learning Italian, and French is next! :D

September 2, 2014

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

Bon courage! :)

September 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YinYang123

Merci! You too! :D

September 7, 2014

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

Bravo ! J'espère que tu continueras durablement à pratiquer !

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