More Levels with More Tenses
Okay, I am hooked on Duolingo but now that I'm on Level 25, je voudrais PLUS! I would even pay for Level 26 - 50. Do we need to start a crowd-funding or jump start campaign to make this happen?
Levels are only based on xp not knowledge per se.
If you want to broaden your knowledge of tense conjugation try this course on Memrise:
Just about every tense you could want to know from both regular & irregular infinitive verbs examples. After doing it for some time you will start to see a definite pattern, especially if you also have immersion available to you. It has improved my verb conjugation knowledge tenfold +.
If you need a reference point for spelling (it is set to "strict typing" for accents) until you become familiar, refer to http://leconjugueur.lefigaro.fr/conjugaison . There you can type in the inifnitive without accents and it will be corrected. If you are unsure of the infinitive but have a conjugated tense, you can type that into http://www.larousse.fr/dictionnaires/francais-anglais and it will return the infinitive.
Bonne chance !
This is very helpful! (シ_ _)シ
I myself still have to complete the Duolingo stages tho.
Merci ripcurlgirl for the memrise link. I have been using different apps and programs to work on my tense conjugations, but hadn't tried memrise. Vous êtes un ange!
Despite the fact that the lessons are not coupled to your level, I would also welcome new skills in the tree. We are missing Passé simple and Subjunctive Imparfait.
But that doesn't mean that there is no work on the tree, sometimes new phrases are added to the existing skills.
Not only the indicative 'passé simple' and the subjonctive 'imparfait' but also the indicative 'passé antérieur', and the 'subjonctif plus-que-parfait'.
Yes, but these compound tenses are formed with verb forms you would already know at this point - leaving 'only' the use cases to learn. For the other two you have to learn new conjugations.
To be honest, the Duolingo courses are good at teaching you the conjugations, but leave something to be desired when teaching which tense to use when. So adding Passé antérieur would not be a huge plus in comparison to Subjunctive Imparfait. But if you were about to add all four of them, don't hesitate ;)
We are not about to add any of the four missing tenses in any foreseeable future, because it would need to extend the tree quite a bit. As you say, teaching the use cases also needs a lot of work writing (longer) sentences and Tips and Notes, and probably adding more vocabulary alongside.
Besides, before adding rare tenses, there is still a lot to teach with usual tenses, words, fixed phrases, and loads of grammar and syntax to beef up the current course.
In parallel, a lot of developers' work and time has been requested to improve the audio, hints, exercise dispatching, or pictures; make volunteers' work easier and faster, and correct anomalies, mistakes, various flaws in the algorithms... some of which have been expected for years.