https://www.duolingo.com/rafhael_a

Finishing the French tree: Labor of Heracles

I have a feeling that finishing the French tree was one of the Labors of Heracles. Maybe a unknown 13th labor, lol.

Just kidding, but I'd like to share my experience with you.

I've set my daily goal to 50 XP. I'm in a 22 day-streak, and for several days I've accomplished way more XPs than the required 50. But well, that is not enough to advance in my tree. I've set a personal goal that I can only start a new lesson, after I've strengthened all lessons to the top marker in DUO.

Well, every morning I wake up and there is like 10 topics to be strengthen. ( Now, you're thinking it seems much more Sisyphus than Heracles lol ).

When I'd started I thought it would be accomplished in two months. But now I realized It will take much more time. It's ok. I cannot be in a hurry to learn it well. And now it seems to require a lot of effort, which makes me pretty more focused and excited in doing it. Let's go.

And I hope i can pass the lessons of "Cmp Past 2" soon. Lol.

See you along the way!

June 1, 2015

23 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Aietra

Good luck! You can do it!

Like you, I set myself a target of only doing a new skill once all of the previous ones were golden, and I still got there in the end. And it was totally worth it - I finished it with a much more solid grasp on it all than I would've done if I'd hurried myself through the tree, and I remember every word in my words list (well, almost..."taire" just will not stick, for some reason...). So stick with it - don't be tempted to break with the goal, even when you're close to the end!

If it helps, be careful not to mouseover the words as you're doing the practice exercises, because that causes them to decay faster. Yes, getting them wrong will cause them to decay faster as well, but mouseover is a tricky habit to break, you run the risk of accidentally running over words you already know and don't mean to weaken, and if you get it wrong you actually get immediate extra practice in it in that same exercise.

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/rafhael_a

Thank you so much! Gold tips.

Sometimes I make mistakes due to lack of attention, I guess I will double my focus to avoid it. I had no idea that it can make my task even more complicated.

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/evatenn

I want to strongly second Aietra's suggestion that you avoid mousing over words for the hints. It's a crutch that doesn't really serve you well after you've gotten beyond a pretty basic level-- which it looks like you have. If I really get stuck on a word I can't remember, I usually make myself look it up in a real dictionary (which takes more time, but is more likely to stick, especially if I take the time to write the word & definition). If you don't use the hints, it's easier to gauge what words you really know. We all "make mistakes due to lack of attention"-- some days we're sharper than others-- and you can still get through your tree! Bonne chance.

June 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/BettyBHancock

I managed to keep everything gold until the update (not sure what to call it), then I spent so much time re-gilding I didn't advance for a long time. Now I am simply moving forward and no longer worrying about keeping gold. When I get to the end of the tree I will start over. I will lose my streak (I am SO proud of my streak) next month when I am traveling, but that's ok too. I'm slow but steady. Everybody finds their own way.

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/v43ng

Don't lose your streak. Surely, I have no idea where you are going to travel. I found myself almost in a zen like position when I took a few minutes away from the sometimes stressful traveling to focus on Duolingo and was surprised how easy it is to get internet access even in remote places.

June 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/BettyBHancock

Thank you v43ng, I will try. I am traveling to places most people would consider to be far less remote than where I live, so you're right, if I lose my streak I can't blame the internet. I will be learning about ceramics education in Denmark for about a week, with a few days in Sweden & Berlin--bringing knowledge back to my students in rural Oklahoma. "Remote" is relative I guess!

But I won't manage the 50 xp's of rafhael_a either! I will try for 10.

June 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Mekszz

Don't know how it works and how many lingots you got but if you can manage to access connection no matter how little or how poor it is, continually FREEZE YOUR STREAK!!!! Why would you think of loosing your streak. DON'T THINK ABOUT IT!

June 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/v43ng

With a 449 streak he should have a lot of lingots. Does the streak freeze get more expensive the more often you buy it?

June 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/BettyBHancock

Yes I have lots of lingots, here have one! Ok, I will try to keep my streak- thanks for the encouragement.

June 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ReWorst

Good luck

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/brigitteanna

Bon courage et bravo! j'aime ce que tu as écrit : Sisyphe, la comparaison est bonne pour moi en anglais;)

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Briskrisk

Good luck in your monumental undertaking!

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/rafhael_a

Thank you all! I appreciate the support!

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/parapluie41

You should use the "Strengthen Skills" button more often. I strengthen skills at least once in between each new lesson and I've never had a subject de-gild.

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KristenDQ

I finished my tree last month and started in November. As the French say "Bonne Chance"! ("Good Luck"!)

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/WelshTom

How is your French after completing the French tree? can you converse comfortably and read as well as listen to French media?

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/parapluie41

They haven't finished the tree, they're about halfway done.

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/steve17694

I finished the tree last month and I'm not even close to being able to understand spoken French. I'm at level 18 and it now gets brutal to advance since each level needs 1500 points for advancement. I still hope to get to level 25 by the end of the year. I still think this is a wonderful learning tool and would definitely recommend it.

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/memelhado

I have combined Duolingo with the full Pimsleur audio program, and according to my French friend my diction and accent is perfect. Pimsleur has also helped me understand full tilt spoken French. Pimsleur, like Duolingo, will take many months to complete as you progress from Unit 1 through 4, but they complement each other perfectly.

June 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Boggah

Moi aussi !! altough I started with pimsleur then I stopped at all then when I got advanced in Duo when I came back to pimsleur it was so easy suddenly !

June 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Chilari

It sounds like you've discovered the Hydra - you chop off one head, and the next day there are two more heads to chop off. The further you get on the tree, the more skills there are to refresh each day. Just as long as you don't set fire to a forest while defeating the Hydra that is Duolingo, you're doing better than Heracles.

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Cephlin

I found that once I'd got half way through my tree I could progress a lot quicker. This was due to having a better understanding of the language.

Good luck.

June 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/treehuggerny

good tip on mousing over!!

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