https://www.duolingo.com/prince.zuko

At what level an average learner would be able to read a news article?

I understand that speaking and listening is not something that I would be very good at even at the end of Duo tree, So I would have to watch a lot of movies to improve my listening skills. and regarding the speaking Part , I live in a region where almost no one speaks french, So I have no idea what to do about that.

But I think the two aspects Doulingo will help me a lot are reading and writing.

So I just wanted to know at what level I would be able to read an average article. (Duolingo Tells me that I am 46% fluent, But I know am not even close to that as whenever I try to read something in french I could barely get past the first sentence )

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/SimoneBa
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Learning to read in another language takes time. I wrote a piece on that a while ago, maybe you will find it useful:

https://ladyofthecakes.wordpress.com/2014/11/27/how-to-start-reading-in-a-foreign-language/

With regards to getting to grips with French news coverage, here's an excellent site:

http://www.newsinslowfrench.com/weekly-news-in-slow-french/

It's not free, but the subscription is worth every penny to me (it's the only language learning resource I subscribe to, since it was very helpful to me in Spanish some years ago).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elenaki.a
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That's a good article, thanks for sharing. You should add a caveat about reading books in dialect. I'm experiencing that at the moment. It almost doubles the difficulty level, because you neither know the standard language or the dialect at a completely proficient level.

I'm looking forward to Book #6 though!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/2016LucasLv99999

It's necessary start all at the same time in parallel. Because if you don't use the language... get boring. So Duoling is the best to use the language in the fun way.

First understand that it is necessary to train all skills together in parallel. So, What I do is read comics/mangas to improve my reading. But I do it in parallel with my mother language. And mainly I was more concerned in have fun than anything else. Reading: So when I start reading, First I read one page in my own language. Ok, then I read one page in my target language (that I want to learn) but I don't worry about translate or understand it at all (because I already read the page in my language) so I just read it.

Doing it this, you will realize that some words will be more bouncy and naturally will be absorbed by your brain.

When we see a word many times in differents situations the brain tends to absorb that naturally. Mainly when this occur in fun situtations. Because of that I recommend comics and manga.

listening: I think that watching movies is a good idea.

Speaking: It's my concern too. I really don't know how I will find people to talk the languages that I'm learning.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete
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There is no fixed level when you will be able to read a newspaper, but I would say that a level of B1 or B2 would be the minimum, and even then there will be times when you would need a dictionary to refer to vocabulary that you are not familiar with.

PS it would also depend on the newspaper. In England, some newspapers are aimed more towards the less well educated.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/prince.zuko

No I meant Duo lingo Level .. ( I am on Level 9 Now) or Do i have to at least cover the full tree for that

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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The Duolingo level only says how much XP you have, it doesn't say anything about your proficiency. Some people have amassed high levels by a lot of revision of earlier lessons, some people have done very little revision but finished a tree. It's not really possible to tell you at what level of XP you will be proficient.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete
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Your Duo level and the material you have covered are not necessarily connected. Your Duo level is simply a factor of the number of XP (Experience Points) you have gained. You could achieve a level of 24 by repeatedly doing Basics 1 but you would not understand very much.

Ideally you should wait until you have finished the tree but you could start earlier by choosing your material carefully e.g. Children's books etc.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth261736

I wouldn't take the Duolingo level or fluency rating too seriously.

If you are finding news articles too difficult or frustrating to attempt to read at this point, I would finish your tree first, then try again. If it's still difficult at that point, I'd continue to practice your tree for a couple months, then give it another go.

If you like children's books, you can try looking at those for very small children or other books that have lots of pictures in them.

You can also look up each and every word in a sentence, but that can be tedious for most people.

For listening and speaking, many people like Skpe or other online conversation exchange. Personally, I like conversation classes. Do you have any in your area?

It can take a very long time to learn another language. Just keep trying and be persistent. Eventually, it will pay off.

2 years ago
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