Woo hoo Congrats !!!!!!!
P.s just one question, what is the difference between finishing a tree and level 25?? Thank you!
If you finish the skill tree, you will only get enough experience to go up to level 12 to 14 I believe. If you are a higher level than that, say level 20 or 25, it means you continued to practice French after finishing the skill tree for a very long time.
If you reach the level 25 club in any language, it might as well mean that you have a very good vocabulary in that language and can hold various conversations in that language, almost fluently. It's also good for bragging about being in level 25 when you are commenting on Duolingo. ;)
Reaching level 25 does not mean you will be fluent in that language. I finished my tree about 9 months ago and reached L25 about one month ago. Total time on Duo has been 20 months. A realistic assessment of my language skill in French would be around an A2. I can see B1 on the horizon but there's no way I'd be close without additional studies at a community college and other online resources. Obviously I can only speak for myself and I may be a particularly slow learner. While I think Duo is wonderful for building up an extensive vocabulary, it severely lacks in grammar instruction. Good luck to you all in your studies and while I love Duo I encourage anyone who is seriously trying to learn another language to pursue other courses, particularly those that will cover grammar.
I doubt you are a slow learner, it's just that language learning slows the more you progress. It makes sense, because once you get passed all the initial vocab and basic grammar rules you're left with the hard stuff; actually applying them, and it's at that point you realise your limitations. It also becomes more difficult to gauge your progress. It's a bit like growing older, it's happening, but because it's so gradual you don't ever notice. With learning you don't realise that you are progressing even when you are, and that can sometimes be a bit deflating.
Since I finished my tree I have taken a goal oriented approach, which seems to work quite well. I set short term and medium term goals and then create a list of daily tasks to achieve them (hard work, I know). I find this is better than the 'round-in-circles' approach of duolingo, because if I know I need more practice conjugating "faire" then I will create flashcards on Quizlet until I am comfortable with it, rather than waiting for the odd sentence from duolingo. If I want to get more practice using the imperative I can switch Siri on my iPhone in to French, so now I must make my demands in French (it's quite difficult to practice giving real people commands if you don't know them). And if I want to improve my writing, vocabulary and grammar, I can try to translate parts of a news article or blog from English into French. This has the added benefit of allowing you to see your progress, if I couldn't conjugate "faire" last week but I can this week, I've achieved one of my goals and I know I've improved.
That's not a criticism of this platform, it's just that learning a language is not a passive activity and you cannot rely on an app to spoon feed you all the information. Eventually, you actually have to go out of your way to find other learning resources if you want to keep on progressing.
Good insight, I agree with you. My point was to let people know that Duo, while an awesome app, isn't a one stop shop for language learning. Without my community college classes I doubt I would even be at an A2 level. When I started learning French, January 2015, I really expected to be at B1 by now. I have studied every day, at least 30 minutes and sometimes a couple of hours. I go on vacation to France in just a few weeks and expected to be reasonably proficient, we shall see. I am looking forward to trying out my language skills but will still probably start each conversation with....Pouvez vous parler anglais....I will be very disappointed if too many people answer with Yes!
...or it means you are like me and forget what you learned and are going back to strengthen often.
Congrats for the achievement and for constantly practicing everyday... I'll aim to finish it faster than you did :p
Congratulations. I took 60 days and even knew some from having lived in Paris for a short time a long time ago. I'm not concerned about the level 25, but I'm hoping to actually speak it. Been listening to YouTube videos in French and Dutch, but still can't get all of it. :) I finished my Dutch tree in 20 days while redoing the French every day. I lived there two years and I think the Dutch tree is easier.
40 days is very quick to finish a tree. That is quite impressive. Is your tree very golden?