Now, I know it's not possible to become fluent using duolingo (it's a good starting point) and we'll need to go further once completing the tree here but... has anyone started learning the language here through duolingo (and thus completed the tree) and then used a combination of other methods to have achieved some level of fluency? I am only asking for motivational purposes
I started Duo about a month after starting Michel Thomas French program. After completing the French tree and Michel Thomas, I joined the Alliance Française (for classes and social gatherings) and started Assimil. Placement testing has put me in the B1.5/Intermediate area so the path to fluency is possible.
Remember that the word"fluency" has a different definition per person so try not to get too wrapped up in the word and just focus on learning/speaking/reading/writing.
I finished the tree last month. I'm in a french-only class (no other languages allowed) right now. So far it has not been overwhelmed, so I would say Duo prepared me well.
Thanks for the reply :) Would you say you'd be able to understand some french tv shows perhaps? Like children level, etc? I'm just trying to gauge fluency level, thanks!
No. I can hear a few basic sentences, but mostly just partial sentences like "vous avez..." and then I have no ideas what comes after that. I do understand most children shows though because all you need is to understand a sentence or two and you can figure out the whole plot.
Also, I don't sit down and watch these shows. I just play them on my car radio or have them on TV in the background while I'm doing something else. So I think if I sit down and really watch it, I would understand more.
BTW, the way we learn is different from children though so we will never be "like children level." Children can hear all the words accurately. They just don't have a thorough understanding of what the words mean. We, on the other hand, cannot make out the words being said.
Hi! I am from the Spanish side but know what you are saying about TV programs. I sit & watch but only pick out a word here & there. By the time I get the word they are moved on two sentences so no real understanding going on. I am at level 17 (not very far) but when I think I know a lot I go watch the TV. LOL
It's important to watch TV to get the diverse content, but it's better to watch Youtube videos because you can rewind it. I don't rewind but I listen to the same episode multiple times. This is why it's important to have a show you like. Otherwise, you would find it torturous.
Don't worry, it just takes practice. I still can't understand French as much as I'd like, but when I rewatch videos that I watched a couple months ago, I understand so much more.