I finished the French Tree!!!
I am so happy that I also finally made it all the way to the end of the French Language Tree! Even more so, as today is the French National Day (Bastille Day), which marks the beginning of the French Revolution.
I am very grateful to the Duolingo team and the volunteers for making available this fantastic free resource!
I took about 3-4 months to complete the tree. My rule was to do each day maximum three new lessons, as I felt that doing more did not really keep much in my memory. On some days I reviewed older topics and on some days not. I also have to admit that I skipped some days (paying them out with lingots) but in general, I found the streak extremely motivating to keep practicing on a daily basis.
I also am very happy to have discovered the wonderful and supportive French learning community on Duolingo. I have gotten many helpful suggestions and ideas for French learning through the discussion boards and I really do think they are a valuable asset of the site.
Next to Duolingo, I used the following resources: - Michel Thomas for practicing my speaking as a beginner. (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Total-French-Michel-Thomas-Method/dp/1444133020) - BBC Ma France lessons to practice listening, to put vocabulary in context and to learn about the French culture (http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/mafrance/html/walks/summary.shtml) - Books by Sylvia Laine to practice reading and to get the confidence boost of having actually read an entire French book (http://www.amazon.com/Sylvie-Laine/e/B00FG1UIWI) - Free online dictionary http://www.wordreference.com/enfr/
After using all these free and wonderful tools on my own I took a placement test and was put in the final section of level A2 at a French language school. So I am really grateful to Duolingo and all the other resources for helping me to work my way through a substantial part of the learning without having to pay the costs for classroom instruction.
My next goals are:
1) Pass the test from A2 to B1 level 2) Make the whole tree gold 3) Reach level 25
I will report here when I reach them!
Thanks everyone and keep practicing, it is worth it!!!
One tiny amusing detail: the French National Day celebrates the "Fête de la Fédération“ which one was the 1 year old celebration of the Storming of the Bastille. So the national day is only "indirectly" celebrating the Storming of the Bastille. ;)
thanks! for now my next goal is to make the tree completely golden - this will keep me busy for some time because i was not much of a reviewer in the process...but after maybe i will give it a try
thanks, i am happy to share the resources i used - it is amazing how many tools we have now online
But, please take no offence, isn't it a bit too fast to finish the french tree in 2-3 months? I find french quite difficult. Have you learned french before?
If I have to be super precise, I think it has taken me more like 4 months. I have now 88 days in my streak and I lost it once at about 20. So maybe a bit over 3 months.
I did study very tiny bits of French before, but many years ago.
I also felt that for my personal learning style it is better to go slowly rather than fast. I did maximum 3 new lessons each day (ok some days I did 4 just to finish off a skill, but never more).
For the first half of the tree I found it very tiring and hard - sometimes I even felt that 3 lessons was too much and I was getting a headache by the end of the third lesson. I think this was because the language was still very new for me and it took a lot of effort. Especially I found it crazy hard to spell correctly with the accents and the little hats over some vowels. But with time somehow I got used to it - I think this is thanks to the daily persistence. Now it feels much less difficult and I can review up to 5-6 topics without feeling tired.
So my advice would be to just keep doing the daily effort and I am sure that you will also start to feel much more comfortable with the language and it will get easier.
thanks! and i am really impressed by your streak of 643 days!!! have you been on duolingo since the beginning? amazing!