https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

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!

July 11, 2013

90 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/coloraday

Happy Duolingoday, Sitesurf, aka the most helpful user in Duoland!

July 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

I am touched, thanks.

July 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Remy
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Thanks a lot for your wonderful help Sitesurf! Bon anniversaire sur Duolingo :-)

July 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

Merci Rémy... par hasard, je suis devenue votre "bras armé" ici !

July 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/kristinemc

Thanks for all of your amazing contributions to Duolingo and the community. Happy 1st birthday on Duolingo!

July 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/drplasma64

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!

July 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems

Joyeux anniversaire!

(Et merci pour votre patience époustouflante!)

July 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

Thanks again for your époustouflant support.

July 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/smearedink

Quel mot «époustouflant»! Je ne le connaissais pas avant.

July 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mptmpt

Congratulations, and a big THANK YOU for all the useful comments, and the endless contributions in the discussions.

July 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

I have to repeat myself quite a lot, that is true, but although I use copy-paste tricks a lot, there are new questions once in a while, some very difficult to give a simple and relevant answer to, so it is always a challenge that I like a lot. Thank you.

July 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/erudis
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Happy anniversary, you're really the most helpful user I've met here. Thanks for all the insightful comments and infinite patience!

July 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

Thank you for your trust!

July 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/oskalingo

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 :)

July 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/severin

Congrats Sitesurf, people like you make this site a great place!

July 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

Merci Séverin, I'm pleased to contribute to this great initiative.

July 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ryazbeck

How was your French before starting Duolingo? Has it helped you?

July 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

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.

July 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/emnsstar

Just wondering...How do you decide which questions you are going to answer?

September 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

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.

September 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/emnsstar

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..."

September 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

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!

September 27, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/fraserbooks

(I think sitesurf is French). Thanks for the helpful comments on the French exercises. I hope you stay around until I get my owl but I wish that did not sound so Harry Potterish. Do we get newts next?

July 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/smearedink

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!

July 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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!

July 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/northernguy

So French hat is equivalent to English hats off.

July 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Europe

congratz

July 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/northernguy

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.

July 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

Your own contributions are often challenging and I appreciate the way you always take the time to "compose" your comments, that are for those reasons, a great incentive for me. Thank you for your contributions to my English!

July 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Alf42

Happy Anniversary and thanks for all your helpful comments. :-)

July 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/lpacker

Happy anniversary, Sitesurf! You're the best!

July 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

Merci mille fois !

July 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/sylvietr
July 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

A very nice moment with Maurane... thanks.

July 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/hybridpro

Thanks for a whole year of awesomeness! Please do keep it coming..learning french on Duo would feel empty without your much appreciated inputs.

July 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/lamyrtilleverte

Bon anniversaire, Sitesurf!

July 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/RoniG

Your help is much appreciated. Bon anniversaire.

July 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jolynnedougherty

Happy anniversary, Sitesurf. You make a great program even greater. Thanks for all of your help.

July 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Nohman

Congrats! I look forward to even getting anywhere near your level.

July 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

That is nice to read...

July 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/RKSMT

Happy Anniversary Sitesurf. You help me all the time and I'm glad to have this moment to give you really big Thank You!!!!!!!

By the way your English is better than most of the people I talk to here in America.

July 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

You are very kind, that anniversary is even more enjoyable than my birthdays! I am flattered by your comment about my English, but I suspect that most English speakers are too kind with me and dare not much correct my mistakes...

July 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/RKSMT

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.

July 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/sylvietr

Well put, and that's a fine sentiment, RKSMT! I was actually thinking to myself that it would be good to "pay it forward" and help others improve their English! And since we're on a language learning site...should it be "modus operandum" for the singular? :) :) :)

July 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/RKSMT

Modus operandi, is the singular. Modi operandi is the plural. Modus Operandum is a common misconstruction of modus operandi.

Pay it foward!!!!

July 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/sylvietr

Awesome! Now I know :)

July 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mptmpt

;-)

July 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Trofaste

Only about four years late... :) If I hadn't trained myself to spot absolutely everything, I would regularly forget that you aren't a native speaker. I'm not convinced I don't make more mistakes than you do... And you can't claim I don't dare correct yours! ;)

September 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

Tout ce fil de discussion me semble tellement bizarre, après tout ce temps ! Mais te lire ici est une divine surprise ;-)

September 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Trofaste

Parfois je découvre des fils anciens par accident. ;-) Je suis un peu en avance de toi à ce moment-là, j'ai 13,252 emails dans ma boîte de réception après un peu plus qu'une année... Mais je sens que t'as beaucoup plus que ça maintenant !

September 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

Je ne compte plus mes emails (@200 par jour et je les jette au fur et à mesure) mais je regarde le nombre de phrases que j'ai écrites ou modifiées sur les cours FR<->EN, celui de mes followers et aussi mon compteur de lingots.

September 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/supercoolguy6666

good job!! the day of your anniversary was my fist day. bon jour!

July 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mathemagicien

Joyeux duolingoday Sitesurf ! Je viens de découvrir le site que récemment et je l'adore VRAIMENT.

July 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

Merci pour ce gentil message. Moi aussi, je l'adore !

July 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/kpelle27

Merci et bon anniversaire! Je viens de completer l'arbre francais et tes commentaires etaient toujours tres utile!

July 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/yosoyken

I hope that at one year I also have a "25" after my username.

July 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

Be brave! That day will come...

July 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Mark7367

That's great I just started today hope I can do as good as you

July 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ruinchristmas

Merci pour tout le secours ! Je vous aime ! :)

July 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

Moi aussi !

July 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Grace
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Congratulations, Sitesurf. Without your thoughtful explanations, there would have been moments when I might have "thrown in the towel". However, with your guidance, today I completed the French skill tree and enjoyed the challenge. Merci beaucoup!

October 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

C'est une très bonne nouvelle ! Happy you did not "jeté l'éponge"!

October 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Z.Shan
Mod
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Merci beaucoup!

2013.07.12

July 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

De rien !

July 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ilkerbt

gracias duolingo

July 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ebm777

Félicitations, et remercie vous pour votre aide

July 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Amanishakhete

Congratualations Sitesurf!

July 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/sylvietr

il faut fêter ! joyeux anniversaire, Sitesurf, le << superuser >> ! merci pour l'aide :)

July 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/burtonbenj

Has DuoLingo vastly helped your language skills? I just started a few months ago and have already noticed a huge difference.

July 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/helenvee

Happy anniversary, Sitesurf. Your clear and concise explanations have added enormously to my Duolingo experience.

July 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/s.sahar93

thanks :)

July 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/sahar911

bon anniversaire.et delsolee pour etre en retard a dire mes felicitacions. I hope, it's written correctly.

July 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/anomalocaris

Happy anniversary! Thanks for everything--I've learned so much from you. :)

September 27, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

Welcome back! Long time no see!...

September 27, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/anomalocaris

Thanks. I'll try to be better about sticking around--I missed you guys. <3

September 27, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/smearedink

The Sitesurf love just keeps a-comin' :-)

September 27, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

:-)

September 27, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/olimo

Hi Sitesurf! I wasn't around 3 months ago to congratulate you, so better late then never! Congratulations and thanks for all your help! I see endless series of your comments and answers in my stream when I look into it and it amazes me how willing to help you are. Thank you.

October 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/micropal

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!

November 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

Grateful posts like yours are a sweet reward, believe me!

November 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/lolaphilologist

Woot!

July 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sanjjana

happy anniversary sitesurf !! thanks so much for all your help :)

July 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Alia_La_Canta

Happy Duolingoday, Sitesurf!

July 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Zach1337

Congratulations!

July 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/bobtackett

Thank you so much for your help! Only 10,903?

August 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/WeiDeTaiwan

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 !

September 27, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

Your English is so good that I am pretty sure you will soon be a very good French speaker/writer. Your open mindedness to other cultures is the key to your success in that matter. Wish you the best and "see" you soon with new questions/comments!

September 27, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/iustitia

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.

Merci beaucoup!

September 27, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/miaerbus

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 !

September 27, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

Reading your thanks made me feel you really are smiling at me here! Happy to be useful, c'est un plaisir pour moi !

September 27, 2013
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