https://www.duolingo.com/beachgirl26r

I finished my French tree today!

I finished my French tree today. I started on June 14 2014, so it's taken me almost a year. I practiced pretty much every day, even if it was only one lesson.Some days I binged, studying for 2 hours or more. I had no prior experience with French, but after traveling to Paris, I was hooked.

Many thanks to the Duo community, and especially to Sitesurf, who answered my questions along the way.

I have only reached level 17, so I think I'll just go back to the beginning and start all over. I am able to read about 70% of French newspapers. Now, I would love to be able to speak the language. Any suggestions?

My tree, and my life, are golden today. Aujourd'hui je suis heureux. Joie, from the Jersey Shore

June 2, 2015

26 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Conker75

Can someone please explain to me what a "Tree" is?

June 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/tjgillard

The skill tree is the cumulative name for all of the skills (lessons) in a language. You move down the tree towards completion. Once you've completed all of the skills/lessons you've completed your tree.

June 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Conker75

Ohh, thanks a lot. I was super confused but now I know

June 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/toussaintlou

http://www.quora.com/What-is-the-fastest-and-best-way-to-improve-my-memory-cognitive-skills-and-span-of-concentration

"The average person will only remember about 18% of information just 28 days after studying it. That is why it’s important to go over information that is stored in your memory in order to keep it fresh in your mind. If you haven’t thought about someone in years you can’t be expected to recall information about them instantly. We have to review our memories to keep them alive. No matter how many times you learn something, you will have to start over from the beginning if you let yourself forget it. Review your memories over longer and longer periods of time and keep them ‘alive’."

Don't be hesitant in going back to earlier lessons. I still find that even after almost 700 entries on my French "notebook" blog, I feel more confident after working through even the simplest lessons. The fundamentals are the base upon which your other skills rest. If you have trouble with genders, prepositions, conjunctions, word order, verb conjugations, verb moods and tenses, or certain translated vocabulary, spend some quality time creating memory aids, like mnemonics:

http://www.learningassistance.com/2006/january/mnemonics.html

and turn that weak skill, into your strongest.

Today, I also finished my French tree (for the second time, since they rearranged the course after I had finished), and I felt that I got a lot out of that second effort. I've also done Spanish and Italian, as a French speaker, which was extremely challenging, and a bit too frustrating to go all the way with it.

June 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JoKira1

Congrats! I'm only on level seven. That's awesome!

June 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/hamstersrock7

Good for you!!!

June 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PR.JAL

Congratulations! bye and good night.

June 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MeganDaily

Congratulations!!! I can't wait to finish my Spanish Tree. I'll probably redo my tree after it's finished too or I'm afraid I'd forget it all. lol

June 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/wildfood

Hooray!

June 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Dan.Cline

Félicitations !

June 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/tajger

Not to open a new topic for the same thing, I also finished my French tree today. Can someone tell me how to add a reverse course?

Edit: nevermind, I found out :D

June 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/fabiani.souza

Félicitations!

June 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Nadeen30

Congratulations!Right now, I am doing Spanish- level 8. After that, I will do French. Was French hard for you?

June 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/quirkyowl

Félicitations! Here's a site that I've found really useful: http://www.francaisauthentique.com/ If you sign up for the free lessons he talks about how to go from understanding French to being able to express yourself in French. He speaks all in French but there are transcripts of everything to download. His videos are brilliant because he explains colloquial phrases and breaks them down so they're really simple to understand. He speaks very clearly too.

June 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AayushVija

congrats! i don't know about reverse tree but i have seen some people using laddering instead of doing reverse tree , in laddering you actually learn another language from the language that you have learned i.e. in short you completed french , now opt for another language of your interest and learn it using french as your native one. this will be more task demanding but it has benefits as you learn another language while simultaneously building your learned language , I have heard people complainig about some problems in reverse tree on duolingo.

June 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Jade.iya

I suggest that you use Memrise to build new vocabulary, they have courses for pretty much anything. If you do start your tree over don't delete it, you will lose your level! Congratulations on your success! 70% is a lot!

June 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/acegikl

Congratulations!

June 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Monica904366

Congratulations! I also recommend the iphone/ipad app Larousse Histoires de Paques or Noel to build french vocabulary if you don't mind reading children's stories in French!

June 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Anna1020

Congrats! I am only on level 8 and i started about a year ago. i guess i need to try harder!

June 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lhannam

wow I hudly get a minit a day

June 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JayminGames

Congratulations, I am still on french, cant wait to finish it :)

June 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DPSXD-1234

Congratulations. I know french, but I guess I gotta start all over again, I forgot to take the post test. :P

June 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/josh.stacey

well done give your self a sticker

June 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhondabook1

suppose i'l have to read more because I seem to be understanding from books and other text i've been reading ...

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