Merci à tous!!! Just made a 3 year streak.
Yesterday, I made level 25 in French. Today is the 1095th day in a row with the help of some freezes.
This has been a wonderful learning experience and a way to feel a connection to another part of the world. My goal was to relearn a language I hadn't used in many years, so that I could read journals online. And, because of Duloingo, that goal has been achieved.
It's part of my daily routine and hope to continue...maybe make a fourth year in a row.
So a thank you to all who've made this a safe place for people to learn and connect across the globe.
It does become a habit which is the best way to learn. I started Italian and Spanish which I have some familiarity with. But it became a little confusing and decided to concentrate on French. I'm thinking of starting one or the other again but can't decide.
About a year ago, I began Memrise too. It's harder to keep up a streak there though. A few weeks ago I had a very busy day and, thankfully, had a freeze in place in Duolingo. I try to do the lessons first thing in the morning to start the day off before work.
Three Whole Year! Wow, I'm impressed.
Can you speak and understand oral communication? My goal was to read journals as well, but when I went to Luxembourg, I couldn't speak in french with the hotel receptionist. I bugged me so much. I felt like my whole year of learning french was wasted. So now my focus is oral communication.
Don't be too hard on yourself. There are different dialects to deal with in any language. I find it hard to understand english, my native tongue, sometimes. :)
Haven't had an opportunity to speak. In the past, I've thrown myself into conversations with little knowledge of some languages. People are usually kind and appreciate the attempt. At some point, it clicks.
I studied french in college many years ago and loved it. I had five years of Spanish before that. Learning another language is transporting. I live in a rural area where English is the only spoken language, so gradually the French and Spanish I once knew faded away.
A friend got me into playing a couple of games on Facebook. After awhile I thought maybe the time doing that would be spent doing something that would be fun and constructive.
I began with Coffee Break French which was a bit hard at the beginning.. Once I found Duolingo, things started clicking. About a year ago, I started Memrise which is a good complement. It forced me to pay more attention to accents which I let slide here.
As far as speaking, that comes once you immerse yourself in it. My husband suggested the other day that I should create a group at our local library and see if there are other people who'd like to speak/practice French. I think that's a great idea.