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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Leahrno1

End of Course.

Hi, have now finished a very enjoyable DuoLingo course. Question is, where do i go now to carry on my studies? Jim

September 11, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elizabeth261736

I would probably continue to maintain your tree/course for at least a month or two. Generally, you may not have seen all the words and sentences that Duo has to teach when you get to the last lesson. Some of them come up in later strengthen sessions.

Where to go next is asked frequently. This question reminds me a lot of Alice in Wonderland.

Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?

The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.

Alice: I don't much care where.

The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn't much matter which way you go.

There are many possibilities, and much depends on what you want to be able to do with the language, your current levels of ability, and the resources available to you. Do you have any short-term and/or long-terms goals for French. Have you studied it French outside of Duolingo? Have you ever had any practice having a conversation? Have you listened to French on the radio, podcasts, or TV?

September 11, 2016

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    ALICE IN WONDERLAND ROCKS TEN LINGOTS FOR YOU

    September 13, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RKhan

    Agreed! I gave a lingot for the Cheshire cat quote!

    September 13, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/R_Christian

    Try working through the English for French speakers course. It sounds like it would be easy, but can be surprisingly tricky.

    For vocabulary, there's Memrise, Ba Ba Dum, and Lingvist. There are also a ton of YouTube channels and podcasts dedicated to French, so try searching for one you enjoy. Check Reddit's /r/LearnFrench and /r/French subreddits. There's usually a thread there asking for recommendations or suggesting good channels to watch.

    As far as listening comprehension, France24 has a French-language livestream on their website (http://www.france24.com/fr/tv-en-direct-chaine-live), but the newscasters will probably speak too quickly for you to understand more than a few words at first. To help your understanding of spoken French - and this sounds silly but give it a try- watch subtitled children's shows on YouTube, such as Caillou and Peppa Pig. They really help. There are also a lot of other subtitled French language videos on YouTube; just search "français avec sous titres" to find them. And of course, the channels and podcasts I've mentioned before will help, too, as will listening to French music.

    Reading comprehension can be improved by reading French-language news stories and Googling the phrases you don't understand (though Google Translate can mess up in bad ways, so only Google words or small or colloquial phrases). France24, mentioned above, is one such source of news stories. So is Le Monde, and you can follow French tweeters on Twitter if you have an account. I follow the official account for the city of Paris, France24, Le Monde, and a few French-speaking journalists, to name a few. You can also try rereading your favorite books in French if you can find copies of them.

    The most important thing is daily practice and consistency. Whenever I find myself in front of my computer while eating a meal, I find something in French to listen to. I'll also narrate my actions in French now and then, so I practice constructing sentences that way (I don't know anyone who speaks French, so this is an imperfect and admittedly odd solution to the problem of not having anyone to practice with).

    Congrats on finishing the course, and good luck with the rest of your studies!

    September 11, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Leahrno1

    Thank you. As my other half is in Fontenay La Compte Hospital having an op for gall stones , my course has come in handy to say the least. ALL instructions in French, no English words, and nobody speaks much English, and the ones that do reprimand you for speaking it. French rules. One way to learn the language.

    September 13, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/R_Christian

    Gallstones are awful! I hope your other half recovers fully and quickly.

    September 13, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FinoForever

    Well first of all...Congrats for finishing your French tree! :D and to answer your question, the french skills start decaying over time so going over them will allow you to constantly keep them well in mind. Also. you can purchase and read french books depending on your level of french understanding, that can improve your reading skills and expose you to french literature. I myself prefer watching french movies and listening to songs, it helps your listening and provides a view of how everyday french is spoken. If you need any suggestions on movies and songs, just post on my stream and I'll be happy to suggest some ^^. Lastly I think there was a post about this website "french-chat.com" (with a dash not a dot) a while ago by someone...it's like duolingo's discussion section, except it only consists of french learners who post things and you can make great conversations in french there. Anyway enjoy your learning! :)

    September 11, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elizabeth261736

    If you have some suggestions for movies or songs, it would be nice to post them here. Others are likely to be interested as well.

    September 11, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Leahrno1

    Thanks for all the suggestions, been really helpful.

    September 11, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gatiquo

    Be prepared for constant requests to review topics in French. This will take up some time. You can also pick up an old French textbook to learn more grammar and vocabulary. It will also have written paragraphs to test your reading skill. If you like you can take another Romance Language course like Spanish, which you will find easier with your French knowledge.

    September 12, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John_982

    keep reviewing your tree at least 5 minutes a day + you can visit memrise.com its really helpful :)


    Hope it helped
    -John

    September 14, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ScotchTape732

    Are you sure you know the material well? youre only level 11 after all, you must have rushed through the tree. im lvl 11 as well but im a little less than halfway through. i make sure i know the lessons well before beginning a new one

    September 12, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Leahrno1

    Actually, i'm level 12. By the way, i live in France, have done for last 4 years and converse daily with the Natives, and am constantly corrected by them. Just that i looked forward to meeting my target with DuoLingo everyday.

    September 12, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/corelevel

    Just converse with the natives and do not let them switch to english. I just arrived here for 3 months and I find this hard to do. People are in line behind you, there is a rush, panic.... and then english comes out. Damn! So I go to the next place to buy another baguette and try again. LOL

    In 4 days our family has not eaten a single meal yet here instead opting for buying one sandwich or one baguette or something at a time and eating while walking to the next place to try again.

    We figure this way, rather then attempting to talk to people at 3 meals a day about food, we get 8-12 attempts a day.

    Same thing, we have go to the store and buy basically 1 or 2 things at a time and then go to several stores in a day.

    Not sure if it is working.... but we keep trying.

    September 12, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Leahrno1

    I've been going to the local VM (builders merchants) for the last 4 years, speaking only basic French, and struggling. Last week the main boss spoke to me in perfect English!!!! In rural Vendee where i live, you have to at least try to speak french, as the natives will try everything not to speak English. Very, very patriotic.Trouble is, lots of the farmers speak patois, then you're really stuffed.!!!

    September 12, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elizabeth261736

    In that case, I would second the suggestion to do the English for French speakers course. You will answer more in French than English and it can help iron out any small problems that you may have in forming French sentences. Take the placement test so that you can skip all the very easy stuff and turn off the sound. You don't need practice listening too or speaking English.

    September 13, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Leahrno1

    Will give it a go!!

    September 13, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Leahrno1

    Hi Elizabeth, doing the English for French speakers is a revelation.You can't guess the answers, you have to know French. Will need French Keyboard though. What you are doing in effect is reviewing phrases using flashcards. That's how Olly Richards in "i will teach you a language" recommends learning, uppops the English, and you have to remember the French. wonderful!!

    September 13, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elizabeth261736

    I use keyboard shortcuts rather than a different keyboard. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_of_keyboard_shortcuts

    You can peek at the hints, but you still have to know how to phrase French sentences and put in all the correct prepositions and get all the words in the right place. It's more challenging, isn't it? Some people don't like the reverse tree because they felt it didn't have enough new vocabulary as compared to the regular tree, but I think knowing what to do with all those words matters just as much. There are also new words and you can read the discussions in the language that you are learning, which is not only educational but entertaining.

    September 13, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elizabeth261736

    Sorry to hear about your wife. Hopefully, all post-operative instructions will be given in writing. I once heard a woman in a pharmacy mistake the pharmacists instructions for her husband to not take more than 2 pills per day for "take a pill every two hours." The women wasn't happy when I intervened, but I felt it was necessary. What if it was heart medicine or something like that?

    September 13, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Leahrno1

    I think it's great. Like you say, you are being asked to compose more french sentences, rather than just guessing the answers the other way round. Wife is in French Hospital at moment, having gall stones removed, and nobody speaks English!!!

    September 13, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elizabeth261736

    Scotch tape - People who finish the trees at lower levels tend to already know the language fairly well because they can test out of many of the skills and don't need as much review.

    September 13, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gracie303265

    Enjoy your newfound skills. Travel to France, watch french movies or read french books, get a pen pal. Reward yourself by enjoyable immersion in the language.

    September 13, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hatch2229

    Vous doit aller à france!

    September 13, 2016
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