https://www.duolingo.com/Soupcatcher_Ogre

Two years.

Well, I just finished two years of almost daily duolingo in French from English, using two accounts, working on translations, having a French girlfriend who talks to me everyday in French. I watch tv in French, Rosetta stone is being used same as Memrise. I read French articles on the web along with books.

I do work on my tree as often as I can but not everyday and I finally made it through irregular plurals. Yes, not very far but I have tried very hard as far as I have. I can't tell you the number of times I have started over just to get these words and sentence structure memorized.

I have found that my English sucks, I don't know which parts of a sentence are what. This has been one of my biggest problems. I do blame my teachers for letting us pass instead of making us work on it.

I'm hoping by next October, I will have made more headway but time will tell. I do have over 1200 lingots, so I can't be a complete ditz.

Thank you for reading this.

October 8, 2014

24 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn250

In some defense of English teachers (I was one), I think your English is very good. What you do not know are the names we give to the different parts of the sentence- the terminology of English grammar. This is very necessary if you are going to learn a foreign language, but not very interesting if you already know the language you are speaking. (If you can drive a car perfectly, do you really need to know the names of all the parts of the engine inside?) I was always much more interested in having my students read fluently, write effectively, and speak intelligently than I was in having them sit around naming parts. But, having posted this, I think I am going to "unfollow this discussion"- as it would probably be disheartening to read posts from all the people who have a grudge against the kind of English class they sat in. (Mine were often, heaven forbid, fun)

Meanwhile, congratulations on your achievement!

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Cepeleux

With all my appreciations of your hardworks , i still think your lucky to have french girlfriend ! That's hell of a good way to learn fast ! hope you best buddy

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Soupcatcher_Ogre

What's funny is two things. She absolutely hates the spoken language on here, saying that it isn't very clear and she finished the French tree in less than two days. (tested out).

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Cepeleux

:)) wow ! that's why i say you're luckyy !! you know the real french is not what we learn ! It actually is what she tells .

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/pozine

There's no "real" french. Venez au Qu├ębec, Canada et vous verrez....;)

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Cepeleux

of course ! i really should come & see ;) but what's the actual difference ? accent ? or even grammar ??

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/pozine

Grammar is the same. The accent is...different. Really different. Especially with some people for some reason. I speak with that accent and sometimes it feels barbarian in comparison to the France French. You could probably have a "sneak peak" on youtube. lol :P

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/pozine

Oh and I heard that in some regions in France they speak with really different accents of what you would hear in Paris for example.

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/pozine

I don't know from where the accent is front. It is probably a generic french. The kind you could hear while listening to a news channel.

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/pozine

Have a look here. It's a video from Benny Lewis, the famous polyglot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw5Re7k1KBA

October 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Zimm_i48

You should clearly learn French from France. There is no dilemma like there is between British English and American English. Paris is the universal reference for French accent and vocabulary. Also, what they say in this video is not true: French people won't blame you for not speaking perfectly. Everyone knows that this is a very difficult language and people from foreign countries who have lived many years in France still don't know the gender of some nouns. Much of the time, it does not change the meaning so you shouldn't worry too much about it. Finally, the accent on Duolingo is not so terrible, it's just that it is a synthesized voice so it does not feel real. But it's not so far from reality. Try doing the reverse class (English for French speakers) and you will see that the English accent is probably not so perfect either. Or try using Google Translate for reading aloud some French or English texts...

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Cepeleux

oh yeah ! i thought it should've been different ! because of seperation & all being far from each other . but if it's so , which accent we should learn to be more common & having more influence ? ! and the one duo is representing is parisian or what ??

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Cepeleux

Zimm_i48 : that was quite useful . thanks

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/SuperDescartes

Nice to have confirmation about the spoken French on hear, sometimes it sounds reall off and other times I swear she says some words so fats you hardly hear them

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Zimm_i48

You mean "fast". I think she speaks at a standard speed. We always think people speaking other languages speak fast.

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/SuperDescartes

Yeah I meant fast, damn typos. I agree she speaks at a standard speed, but (maybe its just me) on certain words she just rushses past them or they inaudiable

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/AlmostExMonoglot

I too, never realised how much my English sucked, until I started learning French on Duolingo.

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Soupcatcher_Ogre

I've learned more about English since I've been on here than in all of my previous schooling and I have two degrees.

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/dallan.taco

My English was a lot better than I expected. I have School House Rock to thank for that. LOL!

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/radpowers

good job. I like the slow steady grind of learning something. Keep plugging away. Two years is about the language level of a very young child. each year you add is like a child learning a language. I'm aiming for the language skills of a ten year old. Each year is one more out of the way. Some aim to finish their language tree in a hurry. They will forget the quickest. The tortoise plugs along inch by inch and gets the prize, i. e. language skills. Keep on keeping on. Good luck

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/symea

nice advice.

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ni_costa

I believe it depends on the person. I've had to learn spanish really fast because of academic purposes and it stayed with me. However I would say that the "strengthen your skills" option on duolingo is quite helpful to make sure you're not forgetting the basics.

October 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/symea

Wow. I've only just got back to duo lingo after 4 months! I can't believe you've got so far!

October 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Meryeme1999

hello

October 14, 2014
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