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Golden Owl

Yeay finished my french tree after 168 straight days. Thank you DL

March 21, 2015

21 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Teenage_Polyglot

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?

March 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/frenchvat

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.

March 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn250

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!"

March 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/frenchvat

So the historical present conjugates like the normal present but can be translated (when appropraite from context) as in the past? Is that correct?

March 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn250

C'est ça.

March 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Teenage_Polyglot

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!

March 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/frenchvat

Thanks _ I hadn't heard of Memrise and it looks great - will give it a go.

March 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Teenage_Polyglot

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.

March 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/carterf

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.

March 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/doulingo-fire

Congratulations

March 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Tyechi

+1 lingot, Congrats

March 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/1999Josh

Félicitations! Le français est une belle langue :)

March 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/wildfood

WooHoo!

March 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/luvmybabes

Congratulations!

March 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/warriorcats12

nice. great job I just started the French tree but I am already at the time in spanish

March 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Don_Cristian

Congratulations, persistence is the secret of everything in life ! I will get my french owl one day, maybe this year.

March 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/alexander4489

you are so good

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Don_Cristian

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.

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/alexander4489

good luck

April 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/alexander4489

i hope you can get 1000 ingots in 120 days challenge

June 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/one1_connorj

yay fish cakes

March 23, 2015
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