At long last I Conquered my French Tree!
After 2 notebooks, about one and a half years, 81 skills, and 2 lost streaks, I have finally conquered my French tree!
I am amazed at myself for being able to make some sense of things when I open an Immersion document.
Duo has been the most user friendly, simple and fun way to learn languages, that I have ever encountered! Duo only offers us a peek at what awaits us in the future, when it comes to education and learning!
But duo is in no way the be all and end all. There is no end to learning, its a vast, expansive, endless ocean! Hence, we have to keep working on our knowledge and education. Duo is just a stepping stone to countless possibilities and exciting opportunities, just waiting for us in the very near future!
Now, onto the next! The French Reverse tree, maybe Spanish, Italian?! Who knows?! The possibilities are endless!!
Bon Courage to All on your language journey! And Long Live Duolingo!!
... maybe Spanish, Italian?!
If you decide to learn them, why don't you do it from French, both are available with French as the base language. Take that opportunity to get better at French while learning another language!
Thanks, that is a brilliant idea! To kill two birds with one stone, so to speak!
To kill two birds with one stone.
In French we say "faire d'une pierre, deux coups", which translates to almost the same thing (to make, with one stone, two hits). Good success on your language learning journey!
Well well well. . . .
Je ne suis pas seul. :D
Je viens de finir mon arbre aussi. J'ai pris trois cent douze jours pour faire ça et s'il y a quelque chose, c'est comme ça: "J'ai aimé tout !"
J'espère que je vais terminer mon arbre d'espagnol dans vingt jours.
Regarde cette espace! _
Oh, j'ai oublié quelque chose.
Tout mon arbre est en or!
Félicitations et bonne chance. J'ai fini mon arbre le mois dernier, après que j'ai étudié sur la site Duolingo depuis 400+ jours. Vous avez fini assez vite, je crois. : j
Félicitations!! Its so satisfying to see all of the skills shine and sparkly golden like that! Good Luck with your Spanish Tree!!
I was wondering which to start next, Spanish or Italian. Seeing that more people around the world speak Spanish, I am partial to it.
Yup! Since they are both Romance languages, I hope to learn them both slowly, eventually!!
We have a lot of Spanish and French speakers around here so I wanted to learn those languages first, but my mom also works with a lot of ex-pats from both Spain and Italy, so I decided to add Italian to that list. Plus I always wanted to learn it, and I've actually been there.
Well, French has always been on top of my list. I am in love with the art and culture and Paris! Even though I have never been there! I never really considered Spanish and Italian. But now, I feel like, why not? Italy is not that far behind when it comes to art! Considering the Renaissance is my favourite Art Period! I would really like to learn Japanese or Chinese some day. One day perhaps... Never give up hope!
Hi, i have a question for you. I've started to learn French from the bottom. I knew nothing about this language. Were you the same? Please say "yes".
I want to accomplish this and after that, get high scores in TOEFL by just using Duolingo. Do you think, that is possible?
Within 6 days, i reached 17%. Is that good? I am a fast learner. I can continue to the end. But i gotta know whether it really worths or not.
Maybe a short stage to learn is not enought , but it is a good thing to learn and understand some foreign languages
Yes, I too had almost zero experience with French. I live in India, people here prefer English as an international language, and the average Indian knows nothing about French, and doesn't bother to learn it because he has no reason to encounter it unless he goes to France or a French speaking nation.
If you ask me, I would say Duolingo prepares you and at a very basic level. It gives you some idea about what to expect, and prepares you for French's very different pronunciations and grammar rules than English. It builds a nice preliminary foundation for your French, on which you can build with more practice and experience. But I would suggest a good teacher is still irreplaceable and has no alternative.
If you want to conquer French on your own, I would suggest reading. Some simple basic books at first, such as fables and simple stories that are read by Kindergarten children. They are simple and easy to decipher. I have no problem with the sentences provided by Duolingo, but once I go out of my comfort zone, I feel like I have a lot to learn.
I didn't have much problem with the pronunciation... Once you understand the rule and usual practice, you should be fine. My biggest problem, which still needs much practice, is French sentence construction... I still have a long way to go with it, and I get nervous when the sentence gets long, thinking I might have made some mistake!
17% is quite good! Duolingo helps a lot! You won't feel it while doing the exercises, but once you finish, it will all click! Remember perseverance and persistence is key!!
And Good Luck on your journey!!
I love Duolingo, but often it marks things wrong that are correct. I have native French speaking friends who will use Duolingo just for curiosity and many errors on made. I love Duolingo, though!
I guess experienced people, who know the grammar and rules and norms of the language can trump Duo. Duolingo is more for novice learners and offers very simplified sentences, which can have many alternative solutions, all of which Duo can't always list.
Avatar_Fan is right. Each language is unique. It cannot be translated word for word. Eventually you should stop translating and just accept the language as is.
I am aware he is correct. And I agree with him. Of course, each language is unique. I'm just stating that Duolingo is a SOLID BASE foundation for starters. (Many people know this.)
Congratulations! I started to learn French from last month. To learn French is more difficult than Italian or Spanish for me. Especially pronunciation is very very difficult.
Agreed! French pronunciation is very odd. But once I got hold of it, I really love the smoothness of it and its richness. Its very different from the languages that I know.
But I still can't fully decipher what is being said on a Movie or TV show... So there is still a lot of work to be done!
You're not alone. I've been on the Spanish tree long enough to have made one observation:
French is more complicated that Spanish!
Keep going on though. It's worth the effort in the long run. In addition, your knowledge in Spanish and Italian should make it a bit easier than if you were diving in at the deep end (fresh with no knowledge of any romance language).
The reverse tree is learning your native language using the foreign language.
Thus, the reverse tree for an English speaker learning French will be to learn English from French.