My 1st anniversary on Duolingo
Having spent a full year on this program, I am pleased to let you know that my dedicated Duolingo Inbox contains10,903 emails from the whole community. Cheers to all!
Happy Anniversary Sitesurf, your help really makes a difference! I appreciate the time you take to give such clear and nuanced answers to our questions. It makes me think about my own language in a more critical way. I enjoy duolingo not only because it is helping me review my (very rusty) high school French, but also because I find the subtle differences in words and expressions to be fascinating, and your explanations always put those subtleties in context for me. Thank you so much!
You're an extraordinary person Sitesurf. Extraordinary in perceiving Duolingo as a way to help others with your native language. Extraordinary in the dedication, perseverance and attention to detail you have shown in your many replies to language questions. I personally have benefited many times from your comments, both already made and in direct reply to my own questions or comments.
Thank you very much and happy anniversary :)
Yes, I am French and good at it (it is not merely sufficient to be born in France, believe me!). Duolingo helped me refresh my grammar, question my language reflexes, control my natural impatience (whatever Hohenems says...), improve my English (using in comments lots of words I had never learnt)... and polish my self-esteem (it is really good to feel useful).
@fraserbooks: I haven't got any magic recipe book or wand or potion for you to learn French faster and better, but I'll stay around and help whenever I can.
1) those that have not already been answered
2) those that have received a wrong, imperfect or incomplete answer
3) those I can comment with added value
4) difficult questions with a cultural implication or a particular grammar issue
5) + (nasty, I know) I don't answer to people who never say thank you.
Wow! You must have spent a great amount of time to look over all of the question and answer them! Thank you so much! I am really grateful that you are around and helping us to learn this wonderful language! You don't have to respond to this if you don't want to, but I am just a bit concerned that this could take away too much of your personal time. P.S. 5) Reminds me of a song: "please and thank they're the magic words..."
Indeed, I spend only 10% of my Duo time working for myself (lessons, immersion). So, you can see I am not so much motivated by points and such rewards, but by the mere pleasure of sharing what I know with whoever knows less. My personal time is free, I am not paid by anyone, except by the gratitude of learners like you who take the time to say thank you. Cheers!
I've been barely present on here the past few days, so I'm afraid I am a few days late to the party, but I can't pass up the chance to give Sitesurf another thanks. You deserve all of the kind words in this thread, and as I have said before, I only hope that the other languages on Duolingo have contributors half as dedicated as yourself.
When I started on Duolingo, I never imagined that the discussion boards would be such a big part of the learning and overall enjoyment, but they certainly are, and your contributions immediately stood out as one of the reasons why that is the case. Your technical knowledge of French is invaluable and, as you say yourself, this doesn't just come from being French. I consider myself to have a good intuitive grasp of English, and I am even capable of discussing English grammar to some degree, but I am nowhere near the level you are clearly at with French. I can only imagine you are either a language academic or a very enthusiastic amateur. :)
Anyway, merci beaucoup Sitesurf!
Your own contributions have also clarified a number of things I did not know in English, so I can return a bunch of thanks to you! For your info, I am indeed an amateur of grammar, syntax, spelling, linguistics, conjugations, etc.
In the recent past, I gave English lessons to French adults, which made me realize that if you don't master the intricacies of your mother tongue, you can neither learn nor teach another language properly.
Hence my special tenderness for all French learners here on Duolingo, who are not English speakers, who are not even comfortable with English, yet who are brave enough to try and learn French. "Chapeau" to them all!
There are a number of fine contributors on this board but I have to say that your comments are always informative and authoritative. The once or twice that you have made small mistakes, you came back and corrected them. Whenever I am having some difficulty, I anxiously wait for you to arrive and straighten it out.
Duo would be a much smaller seeming place without your contributions.
I can honestly say I have never seen anything but superlative English from you. In fact you tend to be very succinct and concise with your responses which is a trait among the more wise and educated. A modus operandi that I'm sure has risen as much from your education as it is from your need to answer as many questions as you do. However if that rare instance arises where I can return even a scintilla of the help you've given me in French, in English, I'll be sure to try.
Just came looking for a place to say thank you for all the time you've put into helping language learners like me.
I don't think many of us would make it through the advanced french levels without your patient explanations of so many small nuances in the discussions!
Many, many thanks!
Thank you for all your informative answers, Sitesurf. Learning French is really hard for a person like me, educated by a considerably different language system, Chinese, that is, so I really appreciate your help. Duolingo itself is not yet a flawless education app, that is by someone like you who dedicated the time to type something priceless. You've made this app perfect and integrated. The last but not the least, thank you very much : ) I'll be seeing more of your comments, please let me say merci beaucoup beforehand !
I would like to thank you for all the useful comments you created. I think I never thanked properly, because I thought of it as a bit of spam and clicked upvoting button instead. But since you created thread in here I can finally say it :)
I read a lot of your comments which were extremly useful. I am just a beginner, but already have spent some time with French and there were some things that were always misleading to me, but a lot of times I read question that someone already asked and your answer was not only right, but most of the time exceed the question with some additional knowledge that was very helpful afterwards.
And I need to say that you have a lot of patience... I have a friend and we are doing language exchange (Polish-German) and despite of his great progress and enthusiasm he is making some mistakes over and over or sometimes I get frustrated when I have a problem with explaining things (sometimes things are too obvious to me to explain them properly). You seem to be very patient and nice in every case :)
Keep it going! I would love to buy you a beer or glass of wine or whatever you drink there, to thank at least a bit.
I also never thanked you for answering my question(s) for the same reason. I thought the beginning lessons are already too flooded with useless comments and didn't want to add some more. That's why I "friended" you instead, so I can lurk your profile and see interesting things you have to say.
I truly love every single comment of yours, so much knowledge behind every one of them. You are an amazing teacher. I wish every language on Duolingo had a user like you.
Merci beaucoup, Sitesurf !