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

A year of Duolingo!

I finally made it! After making a Boxing Day pledge last year to really commit to learning French, today marks one full year of Duolingo.

I already made a post about some of the things I learnt along the way (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/5274315) so won't repeat, but just want to say thank you thank you thank you to everyone at Duolingo for creating and maintaining such a great resource (still can't believe it's free!) I've learnt so so much in the last year, and am finally starting to be able to understand spoken French, which is a huge deal for me.

Best wishes to everyone starting or continuing on their Duo journey - stick with it, it's totally worth it!

:-)

ps: The one area I simply cannot get is the subjunctive. I understand when it should be used in theory, but when it comes to applying it practically, keep getting it wrong. If anyone has any tips/advice, they would be gratefully received. Merci beaucoup!

December 26, 2014

11 Comments


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

Congratulations! I joined Duolingo last Friday (exactly a week ago), and I'm enjoying it; I knew no French before, and now I know 90+ words. I plan to stay here for a while, and I'm glad to hear that the learning keeps going!

December 26, 2014

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

Thank you - and good luck on your French journey!

December 29, 2014

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

Merci beaucoup. ;)

December 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/erudis
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Congratulations on your yearlong journey, it's a hard task, but worth it if you persevere. And it's great you're now understanding a bit of spoken French too!

About the subjunctive, the most important rule to remember (because there are so many) is that it's about possibilities and the subject's wish. So if I say "il est un bon ami", you know that he is indeed a good friend, but if I say "je veux qu'il soit un bon ami", he may or may not become a good friend, but the sentence is only expressing my wish, not the reality. Even if it's an order, like "je commande que tu sois un bon ami" (how useful would that be?!), it's still about my wish.

December 27, 2014

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

Ah ok, that makes sense - the latter sentence is the kind of sense that usually confuses me. Really helpful, thank you!

December 29, 2014

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

congrats! i hope to be making the exact same post 243 days from now!

December 27, 2014

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

Thank you - and I'm sure you will! Good luck!

December 29, 2014

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

Congrats! Great achievement! :D Good luck with the subjunctive, it's difficult but you'll get the hang of it with practice :)

December 27, 2014

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

Thank you - I will keep trying!

December 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/angela1

Well done Shanmia, Sorry no tips but thank you for sharing your joy! I am beginning to understand more spoken french too.

I agree with you it is so exciting to be part of this collective experience! A big thank you Luis von Ahn for sharing his dream with us!

December 26, 2014

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

Thank you - and yes, we're very lucky to have Duo!

December 29, 2014
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