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!
Here is a link: ... http://languagesenrose.tumblr.com/post/162645509206/what-i-did-after-duolingo
ANd here is a link for more/additional french resources: http://languagesenrose.tumblr.com/Ultimate%20French%20Resources
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.
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 !
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.
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".
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.
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 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.