J'ai fini mon arbre français!
I'm so happy! Even though this is technically my fourth tree, it's the second one (after Spanish) that wasn't for a contest. And I feel so happy, having done the tree. It's a really fun feeling :)
Now, for the review.
The French tree is quite nice. However, there were some things about it that annoyed me.
The biggest problem for me was that there are no grammar notes on most of the tenses and the subjunctive mood. This confused me quite a lot. I'd like to know when to use the subjunctive, or what the future tense conjugations are. I know Duolingo hates being grammar-heavy, but in this case grammar explanations would help a lot.
There were a few other small problems like odd and idiomatic translations, but nothing to really write about.
Overall, I loved the French tree, and given the chance I'd do it again.
Merci, et bonne chance avec tes buts!
Félicitations ! I haven't looked much at the grammar notes for French (only started after years of formal French education), but I doubt I would have been able to figure out the subjunctive especially without my high school French teacher patiently explaining it several times with clear examples (a phrase which would use the subjunctive....). The French section of about.com always has excellent explanations of things like this, if you want to read up on the nitty-gritty now that you've seen everything in a sort of immersion mode.
Bonne chance avec tes quatre (!!!) langues et ton prochain arbre !
Felicitations! :) Subjunctive in fact is quite complicated, but I can still give you some examples where it's used. It's used when you want to express something that you wished to be true, for example "I wish"-Je voudrais, "I want"-Je souhaite: Je voudrais/Je souhaite que tu sois ici-I wish you were here. "You were" in this context is English subjunctive :) In French, subjunctive is used when you want to express something you wished. There are of course also other cases when subjunctive is used, but this one is the most important, you can't wish for something without using subjunctive, it will be a mistake. Hope I helped :)
I like the French tree, but agree with your notes! (I should finish in a week or so.)
One (stupid) thing that annoyed me was that so many of the Lesson buttons/symbols were red! I would always push to finish something to see what color the next lessons were, and I would always get so annoyed because so many were red.
Félicitations! I remember being annoyed at translating "tutoyer" and "vouvoyer". The meaning is perfectly clear to me, but I could never seem to remember the exact combination of words Duo. wanted me to provide as a translation for them.