Extended learning/ learning aids
I thought I would share a few of my favorite sites and learning aids to learn French with in addition to Duolingo.
1.) Netflix has TONS of movies in French - even available for streaming.
2.) www.wordreference.com is BY FAR the best French-English dictionary I have ever come across, including translating slang and colloquial expressions (you can also use it for Spanish and German).
3.) I like to watch the French 8pm news here: http://videos.tf1.fr/jt-20h/video-integrale/
4.) If you love learning about or discussing world cultures, history, politics, or all three wrapped up together, then Cultures Monde is the podcast for you: http://www.franceculture.fr/podcast/3607321.
5.) If you are new to learning French, Coffee Break French is a podcast you may enjoy: http://radiolingua.com/shows/french/coffee-break-french/
6.) Finally, if you are a beginner and want to read a hilarious book (at the reading level of a French elementary or middle-school child) - then I recommend Le Petit Nicolas: http://www.amazon.com/Le-Petit-Nicolas-French-Edition/dp/0828822875/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8=1340428095=8-1=Le+Petit+Nicolas
I figured others could share other learning tools or sites that help satiate their French apetite.
Bonne journée de traductions! Mason
If you've started writing free text in the language you're learning, you can post your text on http://lang-8.com to have it checked by native speakers (haven't tried it, but the idea seems great).
On http://antimoon.com/ you will find an article entitled "How to learn English", which contains some contrarian ideas about foreign language learning. You don't have to agree with all of it in order to benefit from the ideas presented there.
Radio France International has a French learning page: http://www.rfi.fr/lffr/statiques/accueil_apprendre.asp -- I find the /journal en français facile/ particularly useful, because it is transcribed. You can listen and read along; listen first, then read to fill in what you may have missed; read the transcription aloud and compare your pronunciation etc.
Finally, http://translate.google.com/ can be a valuable learning aid if you use it well -- it doesn't produce consistently good translations into French, but it translates French text into English well enough to help you make sense of it.
A site that I always like using to see if my text has any grammar mistakes in it is "www.bonpatron.com", which is available in both French and English (you can choose the language by scrolling down to the very bottom of the page).
As well, if you want to get started on French dramas, etc. with english subtitiles (there are other subtitles to choose from!) I would check out "viki.com", which offers music, dramas, movies, etc. from a wide variety of countries around the world in many different languages! I usually use it to watch Korean dramas, but the French dramas are not bad either!