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https://www.duolingo.com/SebastienBaill

Completed the German tree in 14 weeks!

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Feeling proud of finally completing my first Duolingo tree. 3 months and a half! Average of 100xp per day.

Moving on to solidifying the whole thing now and starting translation exercises.

Keep going friends, language is such a useful skill to hone! Feel free to add me if you want to self-motivate.

3 years ago

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Garrett2015
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Congratulations, that's a tremendous accomplishment. Keep up the great work! How strong do you feel in your new language skills so far?

3.5 months....I may need to try to match that now.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SebastienBaill
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Bonjour Garrett.

Well, I feel like I have a pretty strong foundation now, but there are a few important aspects that are left out in this type of program:

• The listening and reading aspects of German are pretty good, but the writing and talking are still weak. After all, the speaking and writing exercises are not that hard to complete and they take a lot more work and repetition to attain a good level.

• The fact that you can get hints from the highlighted words makes it easier to complete the exercises, but you also need less effort and your brain doesn't remember as well.

I usually use a lot of flashcards in softwares like Byki or such when learning a language, they are dead simple tools but they really help to remember words and sentences better by using pure repetition and penalties when you miss. I'm also a big fans of methods like Assimil (a French company), which provides some very useful audio and written exercises to help cement the learning into your brain.

So yeah, all in all I feel like I still need to do these extra step in order to initiate conversation at a good level.

What do you think of the French course here?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Garrett2015
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Bonjour,

Great to know, thanks; German is next on my list. I'll be sure to check out Byki, Assimil, and those similar...and maybe stop always checking those highlighted words! Nearly 14 levels into French, I've begun to think the same as you. I definitely recommend supplementing Duolingo with other resources and activities. This is fantastic for reading, but weak on speech, I think. Even just practicing with a microphone and listening to yourself can help a lot, if native speakers aren't readily available.

Overall, though, I've been very pleased with the French course. Now around 3 months in, I feel as strong in French as I did after 3 college classes of American Sign Language (9 months).

I feel reasonably strong in my reading abilities and feel comfortable with basic writing if I can stop and think a minute (checking with dictionaries, etc. - I'm a perfectionist). Composing on my own is still difficult, so after I finish my tree I'm going to be focusing a LOT on writing and speaking. And finally have a go at Immersion.

P.S. Merci beaucoup pour le lingot!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SebastienBaill
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Thanks for all the encouragement guys! Keep up the good work.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kitzle
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That's awesome! I can't wait until I finish my German tree :D Congrats!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/giantsboy

congrats

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FreedomWind

Congratulations!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90
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Congratulations.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LeIouch

Congrats! That's about the same rate I completed my French tree. Any plans for another tree?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SebastienBaill
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Great work! For now I will switch to learning Croatian since I will take a trip there next September. Then I was thinking going through the Turkish tree once the beta is completed.

I will continue to extend my streak for a while, so sticking to 50xp per day. You? Are you taking on another tree now?

Bravo pour ton grand progrès en français!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LeIouch

Thanks, visiting Croatia sounds like fun! I'm actually dedicating most of my time to learning Korean because I'm moving there next year. I've decided to move on from Duo French to some more advanced resources that focus on listening. I've just started the Spanish tree but will be taking it very slow at 1 new lesson per day until I go on break from university then I'll ramp up my efforts a bit!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

Wow!! Wish I could do that!! Congrats!!

3 years ago