https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aaron-mendonca

Je suis allé en France ET j'ai fini mon arbre de français!!

Hello everyone my name is Aaron and I'm a Canadian high school student who loves language learning. I'll try to keep it concise and I appreciate if you're taking the time to read this :) I started Duolingo in April of 2014 with my french tree. Along the way I picked up Spanish and German as well and was slacking with my french a little. Nevertheless, about a month and a half ago I decided to fully dedicate myself to French in preparation for my school trip to Europe. I started watching french tv shows online and I even read half of "Harry Potter et les reliques de la mort" before I had to return it. I finished my tree THE DAY BEFORE we left and it felt incredible. By the flame beside my name, you can probably tell that I somehow managed to keep my streak alive as well. Over the span of our trip, we spent a total of five days in France. It was unbelievable! I was actually able to understand the locals well enough to strike up a conversation! It also felt good to be the 'go to' guy whenever somebody wanted to ask a waiter about a certain dish. I will definitely continue to use Duolingo and maintain my French. It has been a wonderful tool to my learning. To all you learners that have yet to finish, some helpful French sites include Lingvist and Lang-8. I would like to thank the Duo team for everything they do and I am thoroughly impressed by my abilities because of this wonderful site!

March 21, 2015

24 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jorg.Ancrath

Bonjour!

Félicitations pour avoir finit l'arbre de français. Votre histoire c'est vraiment intéressant et au même temps est une example pour nous tous. Avec beaucoup de travail nous pouvons apprendre le français ou quelque autre langue que les gens apprennent en ce moment.

Encore une fois, félicitations et bonne chance avec votre apprentissage de français.

March 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aaron-mendonca

Merci beaucoup!

March 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carolyn250

How wonderful that you got to make use of your learning in such a marvellous way. You will probably remember this trip for a lifetime. Félicitations!

March 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aaron-mendonca

Thank you :)

March 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dunedin17

Great to hear something so positive after all the complaints people make in the lesson discussions.. :)

March 21, 2015

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

D'accord!

I'm plugging my way through the french tree. I REALLY enjoy the process of learning an new language! Thanks for sharing your story, it is really encouraging.

Merci beaucoup,

Ma français est facile, donc je comprendre petit mots! (sorry if that was really bad french…I'm only a level 8)

:)

March 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jorg.Ancrath

''Mon Français, c'est basic, donc je ne comprends pas beaucoup de mots.''

It makes more sens like this. ;)

March 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aaron-mendonca

Thank you and keep at it! No need to apologize! Learning a language DEFINITELY requires you to put yourself out there and make a few mistakes!

March 21, 2015

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

Thanks team,

I'm really entering French blind, with very limited classes at school Duolingo is all i have. Stepping out into the dark when it comes to writing correctly!

Cheers

March 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TaraDuo123

Si positiv. Merci de nous dire. ^^ J'ai commencé apprendre français dans un mois. Je souhaite pouvoir parler en français comme vous.

March 21, 2015

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

Congrats!

March 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aaron-mendonca

Thanks!

March 21, 2015

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

Impressive indeed.

March 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aaron-mendonca

Thank you! Keep in mind, however, that I live in Canada, where the second language is French. I took French classes from grades 1 until 10. So there is a significant part of my vocabulary that didn't come from duo or the listed sites above.

March 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmilyChristine37

Félicitations! :)

March 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aaron-mendonca

Merci!

March 21, 2015

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

Really admire the way you were prepared to use your French while you wre in the country. I've finished my tree too but stil very lacking in confidence when it comes to speaking. Where did you find your Fench TV shows? Well done in gettingthis far and good luck with other languages

March 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aaron-mendonca

Thank you! I completely understand what you mean but the ultimate goal is to be able to speak with ease so it's important to practice and put yourself out there. Native speakers that know you're a traveller will be understanding if you make a few mistakes. Well, I was watching friends on Netflix so I decided to just continue from where I was but in French. I just searched google for "friends français" and after a bit of looking "wat.tv" was the site where I found the show. I advise that you find a show you enjoy and search it up. I did some research and one lecturer in a video instructed that you focus on understanding meaning before any words. I found that advice helpful especially since characters were speaking at full speed. The tv technique will help you with pronunciation, slang(which was helpful to a teenager like me), and understanding how the language sounds in general. Good luck and happy learning!

March 22, 2015

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

Awesome ^-^

March 22, 2015

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

Muy bien, has tenido una experiencia muy interesante. Tú tienes la suerte de vivir en Canadá con una provincia francófona donde también puedes poner en práctica tus conocimientos adquiridos en Duolingo. Me gustaría recomendarte que continúes también tus estudios del español. El español es también un idioma cada vez más interesante. Te felicito!

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aaron-mendonca

¡Muchas gracias! :)

March 24, 2015

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

Nice job ! :D

March 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aaron-mendonca

Thanks!

March 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theo72757

Mdr j'suis si en retard mais comment est votre francais maintenant?

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