https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alidun

My entire tree is now gold!

Et je suis très heureuse :)

I had previously completed my French tree, but took a fairly long break from Duo and study (about five months). When I came back a little while ago, my tree was a colourful mess! It was pretty disheartening to see, but today I can proudly say that it is completely gold :) I have to say, it looks rather pretty!

I made this post both as a reward for myself (because I had to tell someone and I knew you guys would understand, haha) and as motivation for anyone else struggling to get their tree back on track after a break! I know it looks daunting, but it's a very satisfying thing to complete.

Bonne chance!

August 7, 2015

44 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Catherine618799

Congratulations! How long did it take to re-golden it?

August 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alidun

Thanks, and about one to two months! I wasn't overly consisent; some days I'd rack up 200+ points and other days I only managed to 'gold' a few skills. If you really put some effort into it I think it would only take a couple of weeks :)

August 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bow_to_dexter

Ok, I'm new to this duolingo stuff.....probably a noob question but fuq it, how did you regolden it? did you go through all the lessons again or did you take the tests either timed or untimed?

I'm not sure if it's just me either.....but im at present 3 in the skills, im 43% fluent yet my level is only level 9. It just looks like im lagging compared to others? are other people doing things I dont know about to boost their XP and thus their level?

Thanks

August 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alidun

I basically re-did all the skills until they turned gold, yes :) Some skills required a few more repeats than others; it really depends on how many lessons are in a particular skill. You've probably found that some of your older skills aren't gold any more, and have gone back to being various colours - my entire tree looked like that!

Also, I doubt you're lagging - I didn't finish my tree until I was Lvl 13, which I'm pretty sure is the average level for completion of a tree. The shortest I've seen was someone who was Lvl 12 and said they'd done it!

August 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bow_to_dexter

weeeeeeeeeeeeell, I actually spent all day yesterday doing the timed tests and I am also now all golden too. They were lagging previously and I meant to go back to them, but just used the timed tests and they all popped up in the test.

hmm, level 13 at the end of the tree? suppose that seems feasible, but you are now level 16, so what you been doing since you finished the tree???

August 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alidun

Well, redoing all my skills still earns me experience :) That's how people go up the levels even when their trees are complete - keeping them gold.

August 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kezi_RL

WHOA!

April 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zacraysmith

You should aim to master the material in each of the lessons to the degree it wouldn't matter what colour the status of your lesson was!

August 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alidun

Oh, I don't disagree - but it's far more satisfying to see a skill gold rather than the alternative :)

August 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/luckygutsy

I actually disagree, because if the skills aren't gold that means you're not practicing, and if you're not practicing you're bound to forget some stuff.

August 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zacraysmith

My point is Gold gives you false sense of security! Maybe they should have self-grading system where you can rate your own progress out of ten?

August 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lillyflowercat

True.... These are all good points.

August 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elizabeth261736

Well done!

August 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alidun

Merci! :)

August 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RunningFrog

Good for you! I took a two week break and my tree is perhaps half-way done and it was very colorful. It's amazing how fast they change! I know that's quite an achievement :). Good luck on your future studies!

August 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alidun

Thank you very much! Yeah, you really need to keep on top of things; it's nice to have it completely gold but I know it's not going to last very long, haha!

August 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MartinG86

Just out of curiosity; what is your fluency rating after achieving this? I have a completely golden tree for English, but I used shortcuts and only got a 56% fluency rating. For Spanish I completed the tree but many skills only have 1 bar as I completed them a long time ago - here I have a 53% fluency rating. The fluency rating seems very arbitrary, but the way you did it it should be fairly high. So I'm curious.

August 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alidun

It's 59% :)

August 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeonidBr

And I had a completely "golden tree" in English and a 56% fluency rating

August 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/luckygutsy

It's possible to go through the trees at very different speeds, so that impacts the fluency rating a lot. If you've strengthened a word many times you're considered to know it more fluently (though I'm not sure of the exact algorithm). My French tree has been gold for a bit even though I completed it at level 12, and because I completed it quite quickly it only showed about 55-56% fluent the first time it was totally golded. Now it shows 59% even though I haven't learned any more skills. Equally, you could get about 60% without completing the tree if you went slowly.

August 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeonidBr

Thank you for your advices. It's a good idea make a different speed. For me very importent to know, that fluence rating in English after entire gold tree is maximaly 60% with range 55-60%

August 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ibnabdullah

Duolingo alone will hardly make anyone fluent. Though it is an incredibly useful program. If you want to be truly fluent to the extent you could live in a foreign country only on your wits you would need Duolingo, conversational practice and read a lot of foreign books. That 53% and 56% is just telling you your almost there, the rest is up to you my friend.

August 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/007woofwoof

Bonne et bonne! Well done.

August 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alidun

Merci beaucoup! :)

August 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aveolina

Congrats! Im happy for you. I only started a couple of days ago, and i didnt even finish myfood skill yet!

August 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wimstom

Keep trying, and one day, you'll be able to speak (or understand) French fluently. Keep on trying.

August 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alidun

Thanks very much, and don't give up! I started with no knowledge of French, and now I'm able to keep up with an intermediate class at my local uni :) It's worth it!

August 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mark_French_1

FĂ©licitations! The trophy upon tree completion is nice, but I think Duo should have a lingot reward for goldening, as that is a much more difficult task.

August 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alidun

I agree about the reward; I'd personally like something like a little gold circle around the country flag next to the username in your comments, since I find lingots pretty useless (hence why I'm giving them out in this post, haha!) :)

August 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lillyflowercat

Congratulations! Wow!

August 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alidun

Merci! :)

August 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JodieLock

Mi arbol tambien

August 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yanni_M

I haven't gotten a "tree" (I'm fairly new) and was just wondering what it is. Perhaps I have it and don't even know. Anyways, congratulations. I left on vacation for 3 weeks and my skills weren't gold anymore. It took about a day or two to get them back. I know that it's hard, and over the course of 5 months, things are bound to deteriorate.

August 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beckss2

You have got a tree. A tree is just what everyone refers all the skill sections to. To have a completed tree is basically when you have completed all the skills and they are all gold :)

August 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yanni_M

Thanks, I'm pretty clueless

August 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kezi_RL

Well, i didn't know what a "tree" was either!

April 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alidun

Like the commenter above said, the 'tree' is just a name for the big list of skills you have to learn :) Stick with it, it's worth it!

August 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mfciam

it takes so long to make it golden, then it all changes colors two days later :(

August 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alidun

Haha yep, I already have a skill that's not gold any more......

August 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alanitoo

How is your french after your finished all the sections on Duolingo? do you still consider yourself a beginner? or are you more of an intermediate or upper intermediate?

August 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alidun

I would consider myself a begineer in some areas, intermediate in others. For example, I'm doing a short course at my local uni and was able to place straight into the intermediate level class due to my Duo knowledge, but my speaking is still on the level of beginner (which is the main reason I'm doing the course, as it focuses mainly on speaking). I would consider Duo a great base from which to springboard into language learning, but to really get good at a language you need other resources/practice.

August 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bclayton5

if anyone would like to practice speaking french with me it would be a major help! I need to speak with some fluent people to continue to learn the language

August 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aveolina

sorry, post glitched out, as usual.

August 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kezi_RL

Hey, I am learning Spanish and French, and I am stuck! Spanish is fine, but French, not so much. I keep getting stuck on the clothes and tenses. Can anyone explain how i can get better? HELP ME!!! also, is there a way to shut off male speakers? I look up to and admire you, Alidun

Merci beacoup, bonne chance, Keziahbear A.K.A TT.

April 21, 2016
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