https://www.duolingo.com/ryanford06

French tree completed! Up next: German!

I just completed the french tree a minute ago. It has been about a year, and I just cant stop smiling. I used to do it everyday, but we moved to a different state, so I kind of forgot about. I recently tested out so I didn't have to review everything that I already knew really well

I only have 3 tips.

1.Do NOT use only duolingo. I could barely understand anything used in videos.

2.Review every day. If you don't, you'll regret it

3.READ READ READ PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE

Where duolingo got me: B1 in reading and writing, but my listening comprehension was horrible. I think in French, and talk to myself all of the time! I counted yesterday, and I knew 193/200 words on the first page of a kids book.

Thank you duolingo!

March 28, 2015

31 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Taloua

J'aime bien te féliciter pour ce travail, et bonne chance.

March 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ryanford06

Merci

March 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Plyze

Congratulations! You deserve some lingots.

March 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn250

Bonne chance! That's what I decided to do and German makes a nice contrast- some things easier than French and some things harder.

March 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ryanford06

Yes! I am having trouble with the cases.

March 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/northernguy

Carolyn250

Much harder to figure out what a word means in English just by looking at the word in German, compared to French.

Much, much, much, much easier to figure out what the word is in German just by hearing it as compared the same process in French. So true, that a lot of times I get words correct that I have never heard before. I don't know what it means but I can figure out what it looks like.

March 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn250

So true! I love that 'free" is 'kostenlos" for instance. ('Cost less" is what I think in my head). Since English is a Germanic language, so many of the words are cognates.

March 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/northernguy

Seems to me like there are more cognates in French than German.

It's just that the French cognates are dressed up and the last half of any given word is only pronounced half the time and is silent the other half. Which is to say that any word sounds exactly like some other word half the time but exactly like a different but similar sounding word the other half of the time.

No problem because you just use context to figure out which of three possibilities it would be.

March 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Wonderboy6

Gut gemacht!

March 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/het_aapje

Félicitations! Good luck with German :)

March 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ryanford06

Merci

March 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/wildfood

Congrats!

March 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DespoinaTi

Félicitations!! Your tips are so correct! Bonne chance avec l'Allemande! :)

March 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ryanford06

Merci

March 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jdfromdublin

Félicitations!

March 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/chaered

Félicitations pour vous! Und viel Spaß und Erfolg.

March 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/VellamoRinne

Congrats! I'm in the same boat, almost done French, then I'll continue my Duo in German. Bonne Chance!

March 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ryanford06

Thank you!

March 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/_Thunder_

Bravo. Le français peut paraître comme étant une langue très difficile, mais une fois immergé, tout sera de plus en plus clair et précis pour toi. Bonne chance et ne lâche pas!

March 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ryanford06

Je sais pas la raison pourquoi, mais le français était très facile pour moi et je trouve l'allemande beaucoup plus difficile.

March 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/_Thunder_

C'est vrai que l'allemand n'est pas facile au début.

March 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ryanford06

Ouais, Je pense qu'il va devenir plus facile.

March 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/astalola

What do you recommend in addition to Duolingo?

March 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/_Thunder_

Personnaly i dont think you need more. Practice makes perfect. Watch Tv or you tube in french and write alot.

April 1, 2015

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

Bon travail!! Your tips are accurate and anybody just starting out who's reading this should pay attention to them! How did you find out that you were B1? I've been studying French for a while now and I'm curious to find out where I am.

March 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Azure_Waters

Well done! Congratulations :) Bonne chance!!

March 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jemappelle2015

Congratulations! I will get there too!

March 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/suachuahoaqua

Good job. You can try "Francais authentique" to improve your listening. The owner of this has a special method to teach you French. The thing i like about this guy is,he talks very slowly and use the common and easy words in his podcasts. He also has variety of topics to talk about but mostly he explains about the idioms and "expressions" commonly used in the real life. It worked for me, now i can hear quite a bit thanks to him. But the real French conversations are fast as hell,sometimes i try to watch "Cyprien" a very famous French vlogger but i make the video slower (0,5x speed). It's also an interesting way to learn

March 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/northernguy

good links. thx.

March 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JonahSterling

Congratulations on the completion of your tree! I wish you luck on the rest of your journey of language learning!

March 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jehanne-louise

Congratulations! Thanks for your tips. I too plan to study German next.

April 1, 2015
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