https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin

Finally! Level 25 in French! :-)

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I'm so happy I finally made it to level 25! It took so long. I started Duolingo back on December 28, 2014!

Anyways, I still have a lot of learning to do. Anyone in the Duolingo French club I'm in probably noticed I've been practicing the imparfait and passé composé over and over again (I'm finally getting better at it). After that, I'm going to strengthen other skills.

I will likely continue my French to English tree to see how many new words I can learn (seriously, I noticed words there not offered in the English to French tree) and so I can translate more English to French.

Whew this post is long! Here is a random summary of my journey:

  • Days to level 25: 763

  • Words learned: 2,763

  • My hardest lessons: Past Subj., Past Cond., Cmp Past, and Past Imp. (I always mix those up! Errr...)

  • First French phrase that scared me: "Qu'est-que c'est." Haha, when I saw that and found out it was pronounced like "kes-kuh-say" I freaked out with all those unpronounced letters!

Anyways, thanks everyone for your help through the years and your kind words! I wish you all the best with you French learning! :-)

NtateNarin

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/WaterPolyglot
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Wow! I'm trying to get to Level 25 too, but you are amazing! Here are 8 lingots for you!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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So generous! Thank you Krpw1204 and I hope to see your post on your level 25 in the future. Best wishes! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WaterPolyglot
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:) I just got to Level 12. That's a start.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vxv25

Keep Going !

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lahure
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Excellent work! Level 25 takes a great deal of effort. Maybe try the reverse tree next.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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Merci Lahure! That's what I'm doing right now, the French to English tree. I'll admit it's weird speaking in English in that tree, but I'm enjoying more time writing French sentences. :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lahure
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Also Google 'Duolingo Level 25 Hall of Fame'. Join the club. Et félicitations à nouveau Ntate!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tia_tmi
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Well done on the tree! Do you add French-English on another profile? If not does it mess with your English-French or other things?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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Thanks Tia_tmi! Both the English-French and French-English are on my same profile. Thankfully, it doesn't mess with any of my settings or my other languages.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vxv25

WOW.. you completed almost 7 tress ! You Speak A lot Of Languages Dear ! Hahahahahaha :P

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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Haha, it's people like Lahure that motivates me to speak even more languages!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vxv25

Learning languages is awesome i really would love to learn a lot of languages and right now i only speak Arabic which is the hardest language on earth ( What i think ) and English so i started to learn French now because i'm moving to Quebec so its going to be handy :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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It definitely will! I visited the Montréal and Québec City last summer and it was amazing! The people were friendly and I was surprised by just how much French was spoken there. They will definitely welcome your French language skills. :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vxv25

wow you went to Montreal last summer? Lol i also did but it wasn't my first time.. :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aistobe
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Wow! I am on my fourth pass through the Norwegian tree and just about 1000 xp away from reaching level 23 — so I have an idea about how much work that is.

Congratulations!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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I appreciate the kind words Aistobe! Oh yeah, getting level 25 takes much much longer to achieve than finishing the tree, and I'm still going to continue! Late congrats on your level 25 on French! :-)

2 years ago

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Congratulations!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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Merci beaucoup Lento_Rodriguez! :-)

2 years ago

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2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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That is beautiful! Thank you Autumn169! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Takei61
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You are welcome :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/UnicornPig.

soooooooo beautiful! that's a lingot away!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Takei61
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=))

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-MilkTea
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Congratulations!!! ^^

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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Gracias ..TieuLam...! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-MilkTea
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you are welcome

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/avanade
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Salut! Bien joué. :)

Am soooooooooooooo envious of you! Any plan on taking DELF exam? Assuming one completed all 25 levels and remember most of the taught content, one should take level B1 perhaps?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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Merci beaucoup Avanade! As of right now, I don't plan on taking any exam, but maybe in the summer? I'm knee deep in grad school right now, so I don't think I can take one right now, haha. I wish you the best in your French lessons! Bonne chance! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/avanade
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Salut Narin. First things first. Wish all the best with your study! :)

Thank you also for the god wishes. Really want to achieve something like 757 days of streak! Truly remarkable indeed.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/burger25
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Congrats here's a lingot

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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Muchas gracias Burger25! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FloweringIris.
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Congratulations!! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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Danke IrisFlower! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_alicia1302

Congratulations!!! ^^

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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Danke ...Fire-Aki...! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_alicia1302

You're welcome =)))

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pancake84

geneal avoir un ligot

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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Merci beaucoup Pancake84! :-)

2 years ago

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Good job

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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Thank you Chimiumiu! :-)

2 years ago

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^^... Do you know how to be a Mod?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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Sorry, I don't know how to be one.

2 years ago

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ths ^^

2 years ago

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Congratulations!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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Merci beaucoup AlanAlza10! :0)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Quynh.Nhii

Oh! Congratulations!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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Thanks a lot Quynh.Nhii! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cie_Phantomhive.
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Congratulations

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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Grazie My-Friend123456! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EAH939396

well done:-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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Merci beaucoup Eah939396! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KoolKid521

Congrats

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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Merci KoolKid521! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nate_rulez
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How many XP-Points did you do ever day? Congrats!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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Thanks for the kind words Nate_Rulez! As for XP, it was as little as 10 xp if I needed a break, but my average is around 50 xp. Sometimes it went over 200xp a day! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/laweber3
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Félicitations!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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Muchas gracias Laweber3! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/purplewater
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Wow your streak is amazing congrats! It feels good to reach level 25. I reached mines two weeks ago. Don't forget to add yourself to the hall of fame.

2 years ago

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Hey Purplewater! I remember congratulating you on your post 2 years ago. :-) Thanks for the kind words and I'll be sure to see if I'm on the Hall of Fame.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jim291610

Hall of fame?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/joanmne

Awesome! :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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Danke Joanne786858! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/26720919

Great going Ntate ! Congratulations !! You personify 'determination'. On this occasion let me present to you a quotation by Jacques Cœur - " À vaillant coeur rien d’impossible." Wish you all the best for your reverse tree. Bonne chance mon ami. :-)

2 years ago

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Wow, congrats on your level 25 too 26720919! I love the quote and I wish you the best in your English tree! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/geekgrrldc

Congratulations! where do you join french club?!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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Thanks Geekgrrldc! For the French club, you will need the app on the phone. It's the shield icon on the bottom of the screen. In order to join a French club, you will need a code (sadly, the one I'm in is full as it only allows 15 people). You can also create your own club and invite people to it though through the forums! Good luck on your French! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/geekgrrldc

merci beaucoup!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chartreux

Good job! It is a great feeling once you reach it. It is also interesting that you have 2,763 words. I have 2,982. Slowly, words seem to be added; particularly in the forth branch. I wonder if anyone else has noticed or compared the increase? Bonne chance !

2 years ago

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Thank you Chartreux! I noticed that as I keep repeating lessons, new words slowly crop up as I get really good in the translations. Hopefully soon I will reach you and hopefully we'll pass 3,000 words! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Open2learn

Congrats! I just stumbled on this site and started yesterday. I'm going to visit my fathers family in 6 months and they all speak French. And suggestions would be much appreciated since your so far ahead.

Good Job!

Jenn

2 years ago

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Thanks Open2learn! As for suggestions, my biggest one I always give is to not be afraid! When I visited French-speaking countries, I would get shy, but even though my French wasn't perfect, I spoke anyway. Sure, sometimes other people might get confused, but slowly you will get better. I eventually understood basic things even though they talked fast because I finally got used to talking to people (and heard the same phrases all the time)! Good luck with your language learning, and that's awesome that your family speaks French too! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GlidingGoose

Congratulations! I have been learning for a few weeks now, and I am really enjoying it. At level 25, how comfortable do you feel with French? Did you supplement it with other methods? WELL DONE! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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Thanks MichaelMarinelli! I'm much more comfortable reading French and listening to French (which was a surprise when I went to France!). I'm also able to speak quite a bit, but I'm slow when I say more complex sentences, and I often fumble with those random words you put in sentences (such as "de," "de la," "dans," etc.). I do supplement Duolingo with other programs (like Memrise), books, and YouTube videos to get me able to hear the language. I wish you the best! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GlidingGoose

Merci beaucoup mon ami! Again, congratulations. Take a lingot. That was a wonderful answer. I'll do my best, and hopefully one day I'll be able to claim the same as you. Have a great year mate :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mostefaouiyoucef

it's great ,Congratulations

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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Thanks Mostefaouiyoucef! I wish you the best in French! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/UnicornPig.

hey, hey... IT'S HARD TO GET THERE! I just will never get to lvl 25... i'm still lvl 5...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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Hey Siliazu, you will eventually get there! I remember seeing people getting level 25 in a few months, and I felt I was going too slow. It didn't matter though, because even though it took longer than 2 years, I still got it! Good luck to you and your French. :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/UnicornPig.

hey, wait.. i changed name and i'm lvl 7 now.. going to 8!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vxv25

That's awesome congarts on finishing the French tree .. Long way down for me hahahaha :P .. Keep Going ! and here are some Lingots <3

2 years ago

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Merci beaucoup vxv25! I wish you the best in your French lessons! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ik_Ben_Een_Appel

Congrats! Lingots to u! (7 to be exact). I also had trouble on the "past" lessons.

2 years ago

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Thanks for your kind words and being generous Ik_Ben_Een_Appel! I think the past is so difficult because there are many ways of doing it, and you have to memorize some of the verbs that use être and avoir for the passé composé. Thankfully, slow and steady wins the race. :-)

And an early congrats on you getting a 100 day streak!!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ik_Ben_Een_Appel

thx!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JJPAUL0

Vraiment. Man that is amazing bro I can wait to finish myine I think I been on since 2015

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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Thanks for the kind words Jjpaul0! Believe me, I didn't think I would make it to level 25 because of the amount of time it took to get there, but I creeped up little by little and surprise(!), level 25! I wish you the best in your language learning! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarijaRosic1

Congratulations Narin. Are you comfortable speaking French now? Have you tried speaking French? Best wishes for you. Marija

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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Thanks a lot MarijaRosic1! As for speaking French, I got a chance to visit the Québec province of Canada and traveled through more than 30 villages and cities in France this past summer. I was surprised when I was able to read the signs and know (much of the time) what the French people were saying even though it was really fast! For some phrases, I had no idea, so I would ask to translate, and after a while of hearing the same phrase throughout France, I finally knew what they were saying, which made me so happy!

In my opinion, Duolingo is great for reading and writing in French. But for listening and speaking, I recommend other programs such as Memrise (I love it and it's FREE!), Lingvist (also free!) and Rosetta Stone (it's expensive unfortunately, but the spoken French is accurate).

Oh yeah, I'll never forget when I spoke to someone from Belgium, and he thought I was a French native when I spoke to him in French. That made my day! Haha, I think it made my year as well. :-)

I wish you the best in your French lessons Marija! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarijaRosic1

Thank you Narin for such a nice, helpful and long answer. You are, with your 25th level, pretty great inspiration. Thanks for your recommendations of other websites. Best wishes with your future learning. Marija :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JasonGreen534670

Congrats! Trying to get there myself. The last couple of levels are taking a lot longer....!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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Oh yeah, the last few took so long I gave up counting down the days. But slow and steady wins the race! Good luck to you JasonGreen534670 on your quest to level 25! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GabeDC
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You have been, and continue to be, a source of inspiration. I just reached level 25 myself and I feel much the same way you do. I still have so much more to learn.

5 months ago

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