I've finally reached level 25
I've been studying on Duolingo since May 2014, and I've learned a lot in that time. I had taken up to second semester college French, and Duolingo allowed me to continue to a much higher level of proficiency. I completed the French tree I think in January 2015, so level 25 has been a long time coming (I've also been studying with Pimsleur, for listening comprehension and for building better speaking fluency, and I've been playing video games like Assassin's Creed and Farcry in French with French subtitles). I still have difficulties understanding "La Radio Canada Première" on the radio, I'd like to improve my reading to the point where I can read Voltaire and Jules Verne, and I need to start speaking in French on a regular basis to build true fluency, but Duolingo has given me a very solid foundation to build upon. Thank you to the creators and volunteers of Duolingo, and good luck to the other users. Thank you.
Congratulations! It takes a lot of practice to get to level 25... Just start reading Jules Verne - a page a day - and use the dictionary. The start may be difficult but you will be surprised how quickly it becomes easier.
Congratulations! If you have a Kindle, you can get it on Kindle and a French to English dictionary, then if you highlight a word it will give you the definition in English! It makes it a lot easier and quicker to read foreign language books. Though maybe start with a few easy ones first!
If only lingots had more uses. I wish there were more bonus/extra lessons to buy with lingots and even new stuff like profile badges or something to customize our profiles for a few lingots. I have 55 right now but I haven't spent any on any of the "bonus" lessons or any of the powerups. In that case, I don't think I have many lingots compared to what I assume how much others have.
Congratulations! That's quite an accomplishment! I've been studying French on and off since seventh grade, including all four years of college and a term doing LSA (Language Study Abroad) and I've just reached level 23. By the way, I went to college in northern New England and we could get Canadian radio. Even when I returned from LSA (in Blois), having lived with a French family that spoke no English, taking classes in French and socializing with French teenagers, I still could not understand Canadian French radio.
Also, I don't know if you've read "Le Petit Prince" in French, but if not I highly recommend it. I had not read it until recently because I always thought of it as a children's book. But, it's absolutely charming and is definitely as much for adults as for children. I see why it's considered a classic and I think you get much more out of reading it in the original French than you would from a translation.
I don't understand...
I finished the French skill tree and three extra lessons, but I'm still level 15 and at 52% fluency.
Your Duolingo level is dependant on how many XP you've earned, if you're a quick study you will have sailed through the lessons and not learnt as many XP as someone who finds it harder so has to take more lessons. I did the Spanish tree which I believe has a lot more lessons than other languages and I was only on about level 18 when I finished it. After I finished it I started immersion which is a feature that Duolingo have recently deleted, but was great for increasing vocabulary, understanding of idioms and phases in your target language and also widening your general education in whatever topic the article was on. (I really miss it). However it enabled me to keep learning XP (at the lower levels not so much) and the challenge of keeping my tree gold also enable the earning of XP and advancement in levels. One you get to level 25 that's it, XP becomes irrelevant and you don't care about how many you have because it is as irrelevant as how many lingots you have, you can't do anything with it, (though you can give lingots away). The only remaining challenges with Duolingo that I am aware of are 1 keeping your tree gold, 2 maintaining your streak, 3. Doing the reverse tree. 4. Learning a different language. Duolingo fluency is a myth it seems to be related to how often you practice your tree, I let mine go and it reduced me to about 36% fluency it did not reflect anything I was learning in immersion. Since they killed immersion I have done about 11 basic lessons at the easy end part of the tree (I am re-gilding it from the bottom up), and it has put my fluency up to 50 % in one week! Now they have done away with immersion you have probably absorbed all that this site has to offer. Although I would recommend the "reverse tree". It is probably now time to spread your wings and see what else you can find on the internet. I've bought myself a Spanish version of a book I have read in English, which is helping me. You could try French TV and Radio and Newspapers and see how you get along with them. Good luck.
Same here. I love it and it helps a lot. Now I can understand most of the conversations that the French couple in our building have ;)
Congratulations. Sometimes we all need a slice of inspiration from someone else :)