Yeay finished my french tree after 168 straight days. Thank you DL
Nice job! We both started Duo on the same day, as we both have a 168 day streak. One lingot for each day of that streak from me! Do you feel confident in your French? How will you continue your learning?
Wow - thank you. I reasonably confident about reading 'newspaper / wikipedia level ' articles but definitely not about speaking which is really the main reason I wanted to improve - fed up with being silent in France. And I also tried looking at a French novel yesterday and that's pretty hard going. I've been listening to French Radio on 'France info' and I can follow the gist of the news articles but not the details as the speech is too fast so I have a long way to go yet. I've also been working a bit more on Immersion but I find it hard to know ' who to trust' when it comes looking at corrections. The hardest things have been the tenses - particularly subjunctive (present and past) - and trying to work out which tenses to use in translations because a lot of articles seem (to me anyway) to be describing past events in the present tense which is confusing. Any learning tips would be much appreciated.
The French use a tense called "the historical present" in which to write their history articles, but, most of the time, in English, we prefer seeing history in the past tense. So the usual practice, in immersion, is to change the historical present to the appropriate past tense in English. See how the article has been started and follow along with that. Oops, I was so busy giving advice that I forgot to say "Félicitations!"
So the historical present conjugates like the normal present but can be translated (when appropraite from context) as in the past? Is that correct?
Well, you struggle with the same things I did. For the tenses, I am going to give you some advice EnigmaticTiger gave me sometime ago"Be a Chinese Finger trap. This means don't try to understand the subjunctive, just be immersed with it. Try doing some reviews of those lessons, and just DO IT, not worry about "Why is this?" I like Memrise (it is free) to learn more words and improve my Spanish/Greek. Happy learning!
Memrise is great. I don't think i could ever LEARN a language with it, but it is a great place to go after Duolingo to increase your vocab.
Try the podcast News in Slow French. It's relatively advanced material, but presented at a much slower pace, and they talk about news, grammar, and idioms. I've been using the Spanish and French versions and they help with listening comprehension a lot. Also, hop on italki; you can get diary entries corrected by native speakers, and, if you want, connect with others and trade English practice for French practice. You can also pay for lessons, but you don't have to.
nice. great job I just started the French tree but I am already at the time in spanish
Congratulations, persistence is the secret of everything in life ! I will get my french owl one day, maybe this year.
I'm am just a very very simple man with very big dreams and a rather mediocre sized hram ! but zhen qui for the kind words.