I know nothing
I just realize, I feel like I know nothing in French even though I've been learning for a year. The only thing I can confidently say ik is like common words like animals, foods, etc.
I cant remember parts of speech, conjugation, or anything. And I don't know what to do. I don't know how any of you do it. Do you have any advice at all. I really want to learn this language but if im being realistic..... I don't know if I am able to on my own.
It comes down to time and persistence. Language learning is difficult, and it takes time. Don't beat yourself up because you haven't finished the process yet.
Do a few lessons every day, and if you're not comfortable with the material you're doing so far, then stick to keeping the tree gold and using strengthen skills for a while. Once you're more comfortable, start adding new lessons again.
If you are a visual learner, then maybe for once a book might (also) be helpful. Check the 'Teach Yourself French' in your local book store or via Amazon. The Teach Yourself books are really good to give you the simple grammar basics and some vocabulary.
Otherwise visiting the country (summer vacation) and taking a French language course there (e.g. at the French Riviera with the beach close) as another option.
I love the Teach Yourself series! 'Teach Yourself Complete Japanese' got me to skip the first whole year of university Japanese classes. It cost $12 USD on Amazon for a used one and took a few months to get through, instead of having to spend thousands and a whole year on classes for the same (or even less) amount of information.
Indeed, e.g. if you want to quickly get an idea about sometimes complicated grammar, check (also) in Teach Yourself books. It would be my first choice.
I know what you mean. I reached this point a few months ago too. I started branching out and using other sites to help me get better at German. Duolingo's great and I love it, but it can only teach you so much.
As a person who, many years past, had extreme difficulty remembering information I needed for exams, and learning an Italian course now, I can tell you the difference for me is self imposed pressure. An internal expectation of my need to learn. Years ago, come exam time, I couldn't remember a thing. Many years later, learning Italian for fun, it doesn't really matter if I don't know, and peculiarly I do retain a fair bit, and I'm certain it's because I'm under zero stress to learn. So for me, that's the key. I don't forcefully try to remember things. I don't keep cheat sheets or anything. I'm just learning as if I'm a child and Duolingo is my parent. I do the learning for the enjoyment of doing it. I barely ever think of how well I'm doing or where I'm at. It'll come. Just keep practising and be patient with yourself. In fact, I bet you know quite a bit, but you just can't repeat it when you need to. Believe me, I've been there. Keep going Lizzy.
I think a problem (the only significant one) with Duolingo is that they make it sound like you can do just 1,2, or 3 lessons a day, and that it is "insane" to do 5 a day. I've recently started using this app (12 days ago) and it has been great, I already am starting to get a vague ability to make out Swedish news articles etc. I can say that had I only done 5 lessons, or less, a day I wouldn't be anywhere close to that. If you want to learn French you need to spend a half hour a day at least or else you willlearn at too slow of a rate which will cause you to begin forgetting things you learned a long time ago. So I would suggest grinding out a half hour a day, at least, and hopefully even longer to get French under your belt quickly. It will ultimately take you more time if you do a little per day over a long time, than a lot over a day for a shorter amount of time. Good Luck!
You probably know more than you think but you have problems putting it together. It is easy to forget the vocabulary and to remember it you have to keep using it or reviewing it.
I recommend something like Mango languages (free with library card in USA) even official Memrise French (1 to 7). If you can check out a book by Benny Lewis, Language Hacking French it has a lot of tools to put together conversations and short paragraphs.
Well, other learners have the same problems ;)
Look at my linked threads: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/20736135
Suggestion: Try Memrise with it's shorter 3-6/8, 12, 24h++ repetition intervals (or Anki, Flashcards Deluxe, SuperMemo, etc.) which better hammers vocabulary into your head, although I have to search for other software which provides you pictures on each word - I found some bigger Android language apps which provide a true offline mode).
DuoLingo is IMHO not the best tool in training your weak or difficult vocabulary (and there must be somehow an update words user database code bug in "strengthening 1-2 bar strength words" and the "last practiced" date).
Try www.lingvist.com for learning words in a full context (I have not tried, but it is the suggestion by many learners, including Ove. He had posted on 2-3 threads here about the Duo difficulty of learning words and it's lacking remember / recall rate).
For reading texts (with native recorded audio) on an intermediate level: www.bliubliu.com.
For learning complete (useful) phrases, having to speak and rate yourself: www.language101.com.
Some update on my own language learning:
I am not absolutely sure on that, but probably I may have quit before as my 2nd DuoLingo "skip some PT skills" / "try to focus more on grammar skills" attemps were not working out as I hoped, because of DuoLingo skill tree excercise programming / design flaws, if I had not taken initially the Memrise route.
The Memrise user scripts from Cooljingle and others really help to boost vocabulary review, see my deep linked Memrise article (written in native German).
I could not live without them and would probably not use Memrise only with the Android app or the webversion without all those great features.
For the full (longer) update, including answering some questions to another user in another thread, you can read in my "What to change / optimize in my Portuguese language learning process" thread: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/20450828$comment_id=23172254
So its clear I need to go back and relearn some knowledge. How do I go about doing that? Or i should say how Should I go about doing that. I want to get the most out of this. The truth is, when i joined duo, i had no idea WHAT SO EVER about what learning a language was like. And so I didnt start off learning with enough spongeyness (You know to soak up the knowledge or something like that. idk its late guys ok)
I wish I had a fluent speak I knew in real life who could help but I currently dont and those sites where you talk with other ppl make me feel uncomfortable (Also its tough not seeing them in person.) I also really want to have some french text books but i would have no clue what to buy.
Everything has been so over whelming. Everyone seems so put together. Im young ig compared to some users but I wish I had learned younger (Dont we all though!) and that I could be on the same page as others.
I like to use youtube videos to immerse myself in French! Try watching the short films of Cyprien, the most popular youtuber in France. The first time, just watch with the French subtitles and look up words you've seen before but can't remember, and the second time watch with English subtitles so you understand the story. Eventually you should be able to watch without subtitles and just listen to the French since you already understand what's going on.
here's his latest https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bpp77Ksyi1w&t=1s
go back and look at all the lessons again. look at the notes underneath the lessons to see if those are clearer
After a half year of using only Duolingo I got the same problem. I use now Tinycard to drill words. Then I use Memrise to continue to remember them. Memrise course in French contain exactly the same words that we have in the Dulingo Frence course called : Complete Duolingo French Vocabuary https://www.memrise.com/courses/english/?q=frence+duolingohttps
Just keep at it! Never give up. Never surrender. :D I know learning a new language can be really hard...but, keep at it. You'll get it. :) Oh, another thing, once you've finished the French to English tree, try doing it backwards (English to French). :) I'm gonna do that when I finish the German tree. :D
One way to make it "stick" is to frequently talk in French to someone that is fluent in the language. After they correct you enough, you will eventually get it and not make that mistake again. Repetition and practice is the only way to learn something well.
Learning a language takes most folks quite a while. (And really, it's a lifelong process too!) Duolingo tends to attract a lot of polyglots who soak up the courses like a sponge. So, don't feel disappointed if you're trying to compare yourself. Keep going. Reach for level 25 and even when you reach that, keep your momentum. :)
I sort of feel the same way as the OP but I haven't been learning a new language nearly as long. I like a lot of the suggestions in this thread like keeping a notebook. I'm going to do that and practice writing in Turkish as well as speaking it.
i hear you. im learning swedish and although duo is helpful and informative, i watched swedish news video on YT and was like waaa?
You will need to get up to a higher level, I'm a couple lessons short of lvl 11 and am just now starting to get a slight understanding of Swedish articles and tv shows/YT videos. Just keep on going, it gets more fun once you start to be able to actually read and watch Swedish things.
Maybe among the wisest words I've read here. :) (As lecherous834909 pointed out.) Many who brag about knowing a lot are more lost. :) I'd try various ways of studying while looking for YouTube videos about things you're interested in. Of course, in the target language. Try to go forward little by little, even if it seems futile. At some point, try to speak to people in the language even if it goes embarrassingly at first. I'm sure you'll be able to get there by just continuing to try. (I have no idea where "there" is in my sentence above, but you'll get there.)
Try out the Bots, they are only available on mobile but you can speak to them and they respond back.