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Finished Duolingo! Where to go now?

I recently completed the Duolingo French tree. I finished at level 23, so I did my revision. I'm just wondering what I can do now to take my knowledge of French to the next level. Overall I'm very content with my progress, but I want more. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! If you have any questions, feel free!

July 6, 2017



Wow! C'est incroyable! Merci beaucoup! Avez vous utilisé quelques uns de ces sites?


De rien, oui :)


1) I would keep reinforcing Duolingo daily. 2) Find someone to practice with online or in person. 3) Upgrade your vocabulary. 4) Read news in French, and download a translation app for your browser so when you click a word, it is translated. 5) Read easy childrens books or articles geared for teens. 6) Learn how to conjugate better, there are websites that test you on your ability.


Thanks for the advice, what translation apps are there for the purpose you mentioned?


well I use Opera so I have one called Instant Translate: Ultimate Translator, which was free. Basically you just highlight text, right click and translate. If that one's not avail. for your browser, I think google has an app too.


Merci pour l'idée de traduction! I never thought of this. I went to Add-Ons in Firefox and there's 600 translators I can choose from . Hopefully I can find one that will allow me to highlight English text , give my best translation audibly , then see and hear the correct translation.

Merci encore !


I'll look into it. I think there should be one on the chrome store. If not, I might just get opera.


You can progress more out of Duolinguo, by watching videos on YT and looking for someone on Internet to talk. I finished my English tree at level 12 these days.


What kind of french videos do you think are helpful?


Videos of teatches teatching Franch, videos of franch youtubers (you can put the automatic subtitles) (search in franch on YT for some subject that you like and you will listen and making your listening and understanding better).


If you'd like to continue learning with new platforms, definitely give Memrise a try! It will likely be a fresh taste of learning the language, as the courses are user-created.


Sure! All try!


Congratulations with finishing your French tree. I don't know, but you might just try learning English from French.. That way you would be typing more french and would be getting more fluent. But that would also mean not doing chats with bots.


But how could I possibly live without Gabrielle the driver, Julie, Laurent the cheesy guy who is always trying to sell stuff, and of course Robert the Chef! I don't know about this...


Never forget them! :)


I guess you could chat in English but it would sort of ruin the point of it all.


What works best for me when learning a language is to read a decent-sized book that I like (once you know the basics of course). Take a dictionary with you and don't give up even if the first hundred pages are somewhat painful. Getting immersed in a story in another language is bound to improve your fluency by leaps and bounds.

Duolingo is actually just a stepping stone to start learning.


Actually, when I learn new words from a dictionary, or the internet, I write them down in a notebook along with their definition(s) and some example sentences. That helps me memorize new words pretty well.


wow, congrats on finishing!


Thanks! With some hard work and dedication you will have the same problem I have now ;)


haha, well, you could always go and learn another language. Ive heard italian, and spanish are close to French.


I'm not sure if I have the necessary motivation for those :( But in the future, who knows?


Continuez dans les dialogues avec vos camarades en français. Cela renforcera le français à la fois pour vous et pour vos camarades. Faites-vous patience!


Je essayerai cela!


J'esseyerai cela ;))


J'essaierai cela :) (I am French ^^)


Good luck to you all guys, French is a difficult language but nothing is impossible :)


Bon courage à vous tous ! Le français est une langue difficile mais rien n'est impossible :)


Oops :/ We all make mistakes I guess... Thanks for the correction! I'll definitely learn from it :)


Salut Dorian, I think it's possible to write "J'essayerai" or "J'essaierai". French is a bit impossible, isn't it? ...and amazingly beautiful. ;-)))


Les formes "j'essayerai" et "j'essaierai" existent toutes les deux mais pas "j'esseyerai". J'espère vous avoir éclairé :)


Congratulations!!! Try to improve your grammar, watch videos en movies in French and try to get a language partner. There are other resources to continue learning.


The thing is, I don't know where I will find a language partner. I'll keep looking though. By the way, that (almost) 1000 DAY STREAK is pretty impressive. Maybe, just mabye, I'll get there some day.


Try apps like conversationexchange or hellotalk, Google it, there are a lot of them. Also check if there is a meet up for French speakers in your are and you can go sometimes.


Congratulations!!! The final level is 25. What does mean the number 100 in the top of your thread?


Thanks for the congrats, and the 100 means that I always go for triple digits, the best I can get. And yes, I am hoping to reach level 25 very soon...


Other ways you could improve your French:

  • The reverse tree, the course English for French speakers, is very useful. There you have to translate much more from English to French.
    Here is the link to the Duolingo Help Center for
    "How do I switch my Duolingo course language?"

  • If you completed the tree in the App:
    Use the web version of Duolingo (http://www.duolingo.com) instead of the App. The web version works also in the browser of a tablet or phone.

  • Try to read and write in Duolingo's French discussion forums. There you will find the daily used words, sentences and idiom.

Apart from that

  • read a newspaper article every day and try to learn its new words
  • listen to podcasts, watch movies with or without subtitles
  • converse with a native speaker as much as possible
  • write smaller texts, upload them on lang-8.com and let them be corrected by native speakers a.s.o.

There are numerous possibilities. Duolingo will only bring you to an A2/(B1) skill level in reading/writing and A1 (maybe A2) in listening/talking.

Info about language levels:
Read from "Common reference levels".

Good luck.


First of all, thank you for the work you put in to help me. This kind of stuff I always appreciate. Second of all, I have some questions.

For the newspaper, what are some of the good ones for intermediate learners?

What do you think is the best way to remember words?

Is Lang-8 free?

Can you watch french movies without subtitles, and if yes, how did you get to that stage (I reallllllllly want to get there) ?

Thanks again for the good work you've done to help others on this site.


Thank you, thank you, (bows to the crowd) :)


I think there is another website called ' Languages online'. Try that website and see how it goes.


Découvrez la culture francophone avec des sites comme ceci : https://regardsurlefrancais.com


Félicitation! I suggest you to start collecting French songs and books. There are some public domain children books to start with. It helps a lot. At least for me. Check this out: http://www.childrensbooksforever.com/childrenpages/French.html My favorite is "Le premier Noël de bon bon." :) You could also check out some of the storytelling videos. They usually provide french subtitle to help you learn pronunciation.

Here's my favorite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVJKHYUZ0yI&t=40s


Congrats on finishing the tree! Since I finished my French tree, I've been spending more time studying grammar on https://www.kwiziq.com/. You get ten quizzes a month with a free account, and it tracks your progress as you improve. When I find more time, I'm planning to start reading books in French. Kindle has quite a few French editions that are free.


I've seen this before... What cefr level would someone with the knowledge of all the duolingo words be? Well at least according to kwiziq


I first signed up when I was only about halfway through the tree, so the original placement test put me at A1. You have to answer things correctly a few times before it knows that you are confident in that topic, and I only use this on the weekends, so my level is going up rather slowly. Now it says my level is A2, but I think I'm somewhere between A2/B1. The A2 grammar lessons mostly look familiar from Duolingo, and some of the B1 lessons are familiar but I think a lot are new.


I hadn't heard of this site, but based on the comment from anthgrl I went ahead and gave it a try. I have finished the Duolingo French tree (but I have also used other online French resources too like the Carnegie Mellon free online courses French 1 and 2). The initial kwiziq test put me at the B1 level. It looks like this could be a useful tool.

For books, I am just starting the Harry Potter series in French. The level seems about right for someone who has finished the Duolingo French tree.


Try a new language that is a help! When I found out I'll be learning Spanish at school, I tried it on Duo!



HelloTalk is a language app where you can talk to French people wanting to learn English. It's really amazing. I've learned a lot from the people I've met on there.

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