https://www.duolingo.com/RienaW

Finalement! J'ai fini l'arbre français!

So I've finally done it! I finally earned the little golden owl trophy at the bottom of my tree.

It's been a long road getting here. I started in April 2013, almost exclusively using the iPhone app until recently. I've tried a lot of different French programs, and I can easily say that Duolingo is the best thus far, short of face-to-face practice.

I've actually been sitting with only two skills left to complete for a long time (months), but I simply refused to move forward until all of my skills were golden! It was worth it, however, as the trophy just wouldn't seem right unless sitting beneath a golden tree.

This isn't the end for me. I am already a decent way through the reverse course (level 8) and plan on practicing my speaking and listening skills with native speakers over Skype, and working on my reading/writing skills on lang-8.com, with novels in French, and perhaps Twitter. I have a goal of someday soon reading all of the French translations of Jane Austen's novels.

After that, I'm looking to moving down the Spanish tree next! Perhaps Spanish from French? Who knows!

Have a fantastic day everyone and never give up! Bonne journée and happy learning!

January 10, 2015

36 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Juan-Manue1

Congratulations! Great that you completed your tree and that you want to keep it golden!

For your next language, Spanish, try it for French speakers! Reall a lot more fun because:

  • You get to use/practice French.

  • You learn more french vocabulary.

  • You can directly compare French and Spanish (some stuff is similar but not quite exaclty the same)

  • Much more fun!

At the beginning, it might be a bit confusing, but it is so much better! My own experiece is that I finished French from English and I am now doing Italian from French. To tell the truth, sometimes I make a mistake and I laugh because I might not get the translation language right!

January 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/gothique_fallen

Congratulations! I'm trying to learn it. How could you learn the verbs exactly? Did you need something another else to learn it at all?

January 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RienaW

For the verbs earlier in the tree, I was lucky and had a very good French teacher back in school, who made class and practicing fun. That coupled with some of my own reading/tv watching made those verbs very natural for me, so I don't need to think about them so much. As for the other verb forms, I mostly just learned through repetition by constantly trying to keep the tree golden. I'm still working on memorizing some of the more difficult verb forms.

As for tools outside of Duolingo, I took French classes back in high school, read books/watched movies in French, practiced instant messaging French speakers through HelloTalk, used LiveMocha (before it was bought out by Rosetta Stone and they ruined it), added some vocab through Lingualy, looked up a few About.com articles (particularly for some of the odder verb forms) and chatted in French with a few people. Duolingo is truly wonderful, but I don't think there's any substitute for real world practice.

January 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/gothique_fallen

Having a background is perfect. When I was at high school there was only English. I think if a person who learned English can understand other languages of Europe. So I'm learning it by English. So I can say that you're so lucky about having a background about french. I Think duolingo is the best, too. thank you:)

January 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jadegamelinkao

Me too!! I have the best French etcher this year! We always play games to practice verbs and things that are hard! And I'm only in seventh grade! I think this will help me later on, I will thanks my French teacher for all the things he has done!!

January 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/soleysaritabak

Félicitation!!! J'ai commencé le Française aussi! J'etudie au département de la langue et la littérature Française dans la Faculté des sciences et letters à l'universite! Nous pouvons parler toujours :) Quand est que tu as voulu commencer le Français?? Est que tu peux partager avec nous?

January 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/connorhay12

Congratulations! What language are you doing next?

January 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RienaW

Merci! I'm planning on doing Spanish next, as that is the most useful one for where I live and will likely be the easiest to find people to practice with. After that, I'll probably switch to an Asian language if they are completed by then, but if not, Danish or Italian will probably be my third. =)

January 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jackeddie04

you should do Indonesian- it is like a god language! no gender, conjugations, tense, etc..

January 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RienaW

Sounds almost too good to be true! I'll have to look into that, thank you! =) I'm also particularly interested in Japanese. My father used it for work while I was growing up, so we would have these little yellow stickers all over the house with the Japanese romanized and kanji on them for that object and my dad used to bring me things in Japanese back from his travels, so it is near and dear to my heart and I would really like to learn it someday.

January 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/-TashaJ-

Félicitations! ^-^

January 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RienaW

Merci beaucoup!

January 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/-TashaJ-

De rien! Good luck with Spanish :)

January 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RienaW

Same to you!

January 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/connorhay12

Wow! Someone is feeling generous today and giving out large sums of Lingots. You just got 45!

January 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Elleasar

Here you have one as well :)

January 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/connorhay12

Thank you!

January 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jadegamelinkao

Lingots!! Ooooh!! I've never received one before!

January 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/connorhay12

Now you have ;)

January 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jadegamelinkao

OMG... thank you soooo much!!!

January 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/wildfood

Congrats! And kudos on the reverse tree too!

January 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RienaW

Thank you very much! =)

January 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex

Awesome, that's great to read! I finished my tree 3 weeks ago and I'm going to start learning Spanish at the end of 2015/the beginning of 2016, but I'll improve my English, French and Esperanto first. It's nice to read that you finished your tree as well =)

January 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RienaW

Congratulations on finishing your tree! Best of luck with your other languages!

January 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PhilAstley

Congratulations, I hope to join you in about 2-3/4-5 weeks then I too will start in Spanish, I have been meaning to learn French for years now and have only just found this place, hopefully in a while we can have a natter with each other :D Two more skills to learn then I am on the 3rd tier with numbers and stuff, cannot wait to finish though verbs get me every time lol :D Good luck with your further learning :)

January 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RienaW

Best of luck with finishing your tree! The later verb tenses were always the most difficult for me too, but don't worry! I've found that they get easier the more you practice. =) Let me know if I can help you at all with finishing your tree!

January 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PhilAstley

Hope you do not mind but I am going to follow you so that I have someone to chase in the exp/per week thing to keep a bit motivated, helps that you enjoy reading too :p

Hate verbs, this is the whole reason I have avoided French for so long, words are easy, it is the putting them together into coherent sentences that is the hardest. My mind, it is officially boggled.

Why can't the French language follow a linear course rather than having words and even worse; bits of words all over the place? lol

January 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/wangshun

Mes felis!

January 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Codeh002

Congrats!

January 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Jasminedesi16

Congratulations!

January 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Cepeleux

It's promising to see people finishing their tree . especially french one ! good luck and best wishes

January 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mahdi.alshareefi

so how long did it take in total? a year and a half?

January 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/acception

Congrats, you just gave me a boost for finishing up the languages I started.
¡Buena suerte!

January 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/_oguzhan1

It's about 21 month, 630 days. congrulations! happy for you, I hope we all can learn too.

January 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Semih93740

Congrats! :)) As a beginner, you really encourged me.. Good to see someone reached to final tree :) I really wonder that how was your french before duo and how is it now? If I ask you to grade your french knowledge over 10 what would it be before and after duo? Thank you!

Good luck with Spanish

January 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jadegamelinkao

Great job!!! Keep it up!

January 14, 2015
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