https://www.duolingo.com/williamjelbert

My Story - INSANE French - 71 days for lessons

Not sure if people are interested but it may help newcomers!

  • Finished all lessons in 71 Days. (Took about 10 days more than expected... the last 20 days it gets harder!)

  • Had the coach set to INSANE, but often changed it or bought streak freezes for weekends or when I was busy. For the 50XP I usually set aside 30 - 45 minutes to complete it. At the beginning I just did 15-20 lessons in a day, quick and easy!

  • Used the online course 70% and the app 30 %. Prefer the online course because it is faster, but mostly because with the App and a slow internet connection meant I often lost lessons I had done and had to redo them. Very annoying.

  • 46% fluent, will now practice and create a golden tree, I will comment when I've done this!

  • GOALS GOALS GOALS! Told as many people as possible I want to do this (I'm moving to France), lost enthusiasm as expected half way through, but pushed through and enjoyed it very much!

  • Between jobs so I had some more time on my hands.

  • Don't feel confident enough to speak yet, but can understand A LOT more and can read and understand 50% of general written sentences. Next week, France, where I will get my ear in!

Merci Beaucoup Duolingo!

August 18, 2016

20 Comments


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    Félicitations à toi ! The end of the French tree gets a little tough because some of the answers they want are so exact. I think I screamed, groaned and snarled my way through a number of those longer sentences in those final lessons the first time around! (I'm admittedly more sloppy about my "advanced" French than people who studied it in university for years--before Duo I learned much of my French from reading, picking up things from context, floundering my way around French social media and being thrown into conversations with French speakers who assumed because I'm part-French Canadian/New England French that I could keep up with them.)

    If you want to try a little bit of eavedropping on everyday spoken French, give this Français Avec Pierre video a try: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8j0DX6k-6A Try it first without subtitles and see how many words you can pick out. ;)

    You can can download the podcast and read the transcription (for free) here: http://www.francaisavecpierre.com/au-marche-video-podcast-et-transcription/

    Pierre has a lot of good, free videos/podcasts that covers a lot of things. He does sell a course, but you don't need that to use these free materials on his You Tube channel or blog.

    Bonne chance et bon voyage !

    August 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/chiameur

    Thank you very much for the link to "Français Avec Pierre". I just watch it for a couple minutes. This is exactly what I need. I lived in Paris for 2 1/2 years 20 years ago. But I forgot most of my French. I am now trying to get back to the level I was at. The French lessons on Duolingo are rather easy for me, but I still want to go through the entire tree. I will now spend more time with Pierre's videos.

    I am a beginner Spanish learner. I started working on the Spanish tree 3 months ago and is close to the bottom of the tree now. But I do not think I can speak or understand everyday Spanish yet. I need to keep on practicing and find more advanced lessons.

    August 19, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/MattRosemier

    Wow, thanks! Is there a similar website for Spanish?

    August 20, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/jdberry300

    Good work. However, keep your expectations in check when you go to France.

    Forgot to mention one of my favorite French Pronunciation videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hI2Pso1dDjM

    August 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageButcher

    My advice to you is to head over to kwiziq.com, which focuses on grammar. It complements Duo well. The first week is unlimited. So I did 220 quizzes in that one week to propel myself to B1. Since you have some time on your hands, I'm looking forward to hear how many quizzes you can do in one week. Good luck!

    August 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/Tilden20008

    Congratulations! Once you are in France you will be in even more of an immersion setting and you will pick up the speaking very quickly.

    August 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/gavin.pier

    Bon félicitation à toi! J’ai fait une chose similaire à ça, alors je toi dis que c’est tres important que tu parles en Français par voie oral avec des personnes pour souvenir et connaître le langue vraiment. C’était ça, qu’à dirigé moi étudier la langue à l’université. Bonne courage !

    August 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/williamjelbert

    I could make that out, which is great! Except the bit about the university... had to go to our friend Google for that. I am not shy to speak and make a fool out of myself. That is how I learnt Chinese, so will give it a go!

    August 21, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/lporegon

    Congratulations. However, I'm guessing that you finished the Tree in 71 days. That's not too difficult if you have some prior knowledge of French. There are many more lessons to go - goes up to Level 25, and a "fluency" of about 70%, which is difficult to attain. Have you gone through the competency book, "Reussir le DELF B1"? That will test your oral comprehension, oral production, and writing skills. Good luck, and, as others have said, don't get discouraged in France: spoken French is quite different, but you'll get it because you are obviously determined and a hard worker. Bonne chance!!

    August 19, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/HorsesForever12

    Nice job!!!!!

    August 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90

    Congratulations!!!

    August 18, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/Xey389

    you are an amazing guy, people like and i are the type of people who keep the rest of us going. also cograts

    August 20, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/Jonymielony

    Congratulations! Have you used only duolingo or maybe somethig more?

    August 20, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/williamjelbert

    Only Duolingo. I started with Mosalinga, which is good, but after a few days dropped that because I like this format. I may now go back to Mosalinga to build vocabulary... not sure... I think the video's posted above and other tools look better.

    August 21, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/jrafaelmoraes

    Congrats man! I know how you feel a week ago I finished my french tree, it was an insane 27 day streak, I became addicted to duolingo, still believe I will stick with french practicing for a long time, and thinking about atarting german...

    August 23, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/Spyrunner

    Congratulations on finishing your tree. Have a lingot. Thanks for the tips.

    August 23, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/philly17

    If you finished all lesson how are you only at level 11? Have you rushed through the lessons too quickly?

    August 24, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/jrafaelmoraes

    If you do not stay gold, I believe it's possible, I finished at level 14, just starting 14 actually... But I'm maintaining it golden

    August 24, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/philly17

    Ahhh, I did not know you could do that. I only moved on when the lesson was gold and kep going back making them all stay gold. I think I was level 17 when I finished the tree which was gold all down. Thanks.

    August 24, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/Beachboy05

    Congratulations!!!

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