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The best way to practice Duo French after you have completed the tree.

Depending on the lesson, there are times when "strengthening" a group of lessons can be frustrating for me. I've found that if I "redo" all the lessons in a group, it goes more easily, and I cover all the vocabulary in the entire lesson even though it takes more time. But I'm wondering if I'm avoiding a difficulty that's important to my learning. Any advice?

July 1, 2017

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Once you finish the tree, I think that, while it's still good to practice on Duolingo, it might also be helpful to branch out to other methods. For instance, you could start trying to read some simple books in French or French articles online. (Useful links below.)

(http://www.thefrenchexperiment.com/stories) (http://www.fluentu.com/blog/french/read-in-french-book/) (https://www.fluentin3months.com/french-reading/)

July 1, 2017

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I agree. I'm starting an intermediate class next week, and I have a native French tutor who I speak with once or twice a week. But my question is specific about continuing to work on my Duolingo. I like that the French tree is a unified body of knowledge. Not all there is to know about French by any means, but I think it's worth perfecting. And anyway I'm pretty hooked. I'm about to celebrate my 365th day streak!

July 1, 2017

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Wow. That is very good! I suppose what you're doing - redoing the lessons - is good. I know that I often just hit the "Strengthen Skills" button but I think you and I both know that that's not as effective, as it only focuses on certain words and topics. You could also review words under the "words" tab (found on desktop versions of Duolingo online) and helping others in discussions like these. Best of luck as you continue to learn and practice French!

July 2, 2017

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Thanks! And thanks for your comment. Doing all the lessons under a particular skill is more thorough. But when I do strengthening skills, I find it more difficult, which make me wonder whether it's better for learning.

July 2, 2017

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I think that sometimes it is better and sometimes it's not. Because I know that I have a lot of "golden" or "strong" skills that I know need some more practicing, you know? But if you want a general practice, then be sure to do the strengthening skills activity. I do think it's a good mix of things (for the most part). Perhaps a mix of both would be good? I guess what I'm saying is...

To fully understand topics, redo lessons. To get better at recognizing words do the Strengthening Skills. Because maybe your brain remembers that some "p" word under category means , but when it's side-by-side another "p" word, your brain doesn't know the difference. Strengthening Skills can strengthen words in that sense, I suppose.

Edit: Something that I also like about the Strengthening Skills option is that at the end of the lesson, you can look over your answers and see how you did by clicking the "Review Lesson" (or maybe it's "Review Answers"?) button.

July 3, 2017

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I think you're right. Doing the individual lessons is a pleasure because they go so much more quickly and easily than strengthening skills. But I think you need to do both, like you said. Tomorrow is 365 days in a row for me. I feel like somebody should give me a cake! I don't think I've ever done anything, educational that is, every day for 365 days. Duo is a very powerful learning tool.

July 3, 2017

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That's great! It really is amazing! I always lose my streaks, as you can probably see with my eight day streak... And I just did a Strengthening Skills activity and they can be tough at times.... Usually they're not that bad, but Duolingo just happened to group several words that I really don't know at all into one practice! (I have to admit that I really am bad when it comes to objects...)

July 3, 2017
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