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
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.
"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:
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.
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
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
Congratulations!Right now, I am doing Spanish- level 8. After that, I will do French. Was French hard for you?
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.
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.
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!
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!
Congrats! I am only on level 8 and i started about a year ago. i guess i need to try harder!
Congratulations. I know french, but I guess I gotta start all over again, I forgot to take the post test. :P