I'm having a hard time with the Demonstratives section of the French tree. I just finished the first lesson (barely!) but my issue is that the grammar just seems so backwards and the sound of the sentences seem not very common. It could be because of the type of French I'm accustomed to hearing spoken, but is this more of a formal thing used in writing/more formal conversation? I've heard people use ce and ca often, but not the other ones. I guess my questions are: how common is it in spoken French to use the full demonstratives as you see here on Duo. Also, is there any easier way to remember the rules behind it? I find sometimes Duo doesn't really explain the grammar, rather you have to just pick it up as you go. Thanks!!
I get confused with all of that too. Yes, Duo teaches the formal version of languages, so some of the stuff you may be learning on Duo may not apply in certain dialects .
Enchanté, Meghan! =)
Well, I think Duolingo is actively applying "gamification" concept to foreign language learning so you might need to look for more in-depth grammar explanations from outside source as well as discussion forums here.
Think many folks here made several additional good notes explaining grammar rules not quite explained in the trees.
Furthermore, you can get lots of help from here : french.about.com