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Breaking through the wall

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Bonjour tout le monde!

I have been studying French on Duolingo for over a year now. I am level 15 in French, and about 2/3 through my tree.

I want to describe an experience I have been having, and see if anyone else has experienced something similar.

I made a post last week about finally getting my 100th upvote in Immersion and pass to tier 2 in French/English Translation. I was very proud of myself because it was a long struggle. Well, since then I have gotten 92 upvotes and 0 down votes. I say this, not because I want to flaunt my awesome French skills, but because I am more than a little confused...

The other thing is, a few weeks ago I was only comfortable translating short sentences or article headings... Yesterday I translated a paragraph of Voltaire, getting an upvote for my translation...

I feel like I have broken through a wall, like something clicked, and now I am able to understand the language better. I have experienced this in small scale... Pounding away at negatives and suddenly It all makes sense... Realizing after mistake after mistake that I almost always need to use Avoir when also using past tense. But never a breakthrough like this. It feels surreal and I am curious about how much other people experience this.

I am happy it happened, but I also think to myself "Why couldn't I do this two weeks ago?"

Thank you in advance for the discussion!

2 years ago

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty
truelefty
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It's experience with the language, you get to think in French instead of translating English sentences.

Could it be that?

Or maybe you had a motivation boost, who knows! But it happened :D Keep it up!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Joshua.S.Taylor

I definitely think there's a point where languages just start to click. I have had this happen to me to a minor extent, certainly not like you seem to have had, but it makes sense to me that at a certain point things click into place. It seems exciting! Keep up the good work :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Oldstag
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I hope it is a break through for you, I'm hoping for something similar for me. At the moment I'm struggling through present2 on my tree. Well done and bon chance.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Skepticstate
Skepticstate
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Yeah that one was tough for me too... Just keep working on it! Practice makes perfect

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lexirose909

nice job on french!!!! keep up the good work!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/proinsias123

I envy you.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Skepticstate
Skepticstate
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Level 12 in Irish, I envy you!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/proinsias123

Haha, unfortunately, I don't think it reflects my actual skill in the language. One day...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Skepticstate
Skepticstate
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Well duolingo is just a tool, it is not an instant fluency wand :) Keep plugging away!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/proinsias123

Will do. Thanks for the encouragement.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/creativeri

That is nice! I think I need to try it also. It's just that it seems so difficult to translate a whole text..

2 years ago