J'ai complété mon arbre.
Salut mes amis,
I figured that I would jump on the bandwagon and make one of these posts. I started learning French a little under two years ago. I had little to no knowledge of the language beforehand, the last French course that I took would have been a little over a decade ago when I was just un petit garçon. I can happily inform you that now I can read most of the, albeit elementary, texts that I come across. I am still somewhat bashful to speak the language around native speakers, but I do. And I make mistakes, and I get corrected, but that is part of the fun of this whole exercise. I do get a little frustrated when I am listening to French and I can only pick out the occasional word, while the rest of the talk flies right over my head, but on the other hand it is very rewarding when I can understand an entire sentence or short exchange between native speakers.
I would like to thank everyone who created this amazing and addictive program, with a special shout-out to Sitesurf for his/her diligence in answering questions before I even get the chance to ask them.
I never thought that I would be able to learn a language on my own, and while I am probably years away from being at the level of fluency that I desire, this was the program that got me started and kept me going. I am happy to see that there are "tips and notes" now before some of the lessons. I really wish that they would have been there when I was struggling some of those concepts :P
Finally, I would like to hear some suggestions on what to tackle next, and what others who have completed the tree are moving on to. I.e. suggestions on videos/podcasts, or other apps/courses, simple books et des choses comme ça.
Bonne chance à tous et à toutes
Félicitations! :D Maintenant que tu as fini ton arbre, écoute de la musique en français, lis des livres qui t'intéressent, regarde des films, bref, entoure-toi de la langue! Se trouver un correspondant est un bon moyen de pratiquer la langue. Il existe pour cela des sites comme penpalworld.com ou interpals.com, va y faire un tour! ;)
Free style translation: Now that you've reached the end of the tree, listen to French music, read books that interest you, watch movies, be surrounded by the language at all times! Finding a penpal is a great way to practice the language. There are some websites like penpalworld.com or interpals.com for that, go check them out!
Ooh, I haven't heard of PenPal World (or Interpals for that matter). I've been exchanging postcards with random people on Postcrossing for about a year and a half, and I've written a few postcards in French (and a few Dutch phrases to people in the Netherlands). I really need a pen pal though... :-)
Congratulations! That is huge. You could listen to music, watch tv shows and movies, read books, amd try translating here on Duolingo. Once again, congrats!
Congratulations! for understanding spoken french i really like these podcasts, they are more about french culture, but they definitely tune your ear to the language.
http://openlanguage.com/library/learn-french/11/culture-show the 'Voulez-vous chanter avec moi" ones are the best!
that is good. I did my basics some 5 years ago and wanted to learn more but did not. Today I came across this site and registered so hoping to learn this lovely language that I adore!
Félicitations! J'espère que je finirais mon arbre bientôt aussi! You could indeed watch tv shows and movies as some people here already have said, that is a lot of fun. I tried watching some tv shows in French that I already watched in English or Dutch (my native language) and tried to understand the French like that. Anyway, congratz and bonne chance!
Félicitations! In addition to all the super suggestions I see in lazouave's response I would suggest working on the translations. In the Spanish section I have found them to be quite interesting as well as informative. Even if many of them may have already been partially translated, editing them gives another opportunity to practice. When I am working on them I reinforce my ability to speak the various sounds which are new to me by reading them out loud. Keep up the great work!