One half a year of French study - time to take a one day break
Just hit 183 straight days - the longest voluntary effort I've ever been involved in. Have reached 62%, level 23 and a little over 23,000 pts.
It has been a great ride. I could continue directly to 30,000 but seeing that others have streaks longer than 1000 days, I yield to their diligence.
There is no way I could ever catch them!
So, I am going to take a break of one day - just one - and then start a new mini streak of my own.
My thanks to Duolingo and the contributors/moderators of the discussions. Without you, especially Sitesurf, I would have never gotten this far. Sitesurf, I don't know if you are still around but you are the best!
Do it. My streak was over 3 years long. I got lax when they removed our activity streams and lost my streak. I thought I would be really sad, but I wasn't.
I reset my French tree several years ago, and that was pretty motivating, too. It is good to see how much I knew as I went through it again.
My next goal is to try to get to your level 25 (congrats by the way) before September 1 as I am going to France on the 3rd for 3 weeks.
I am still not where I want to be with regard to speaking and listening (as opposed to reading). Not having a practice partner hurts there as listening/speaking to a live person is a separate skill from reading. This is one area where Duo could improve. Hopefully the new stories will help a little once French is added. Anyway, to fill the gap beginning Wednesday and again on Saturday, I am going to start some lessons with a person in Paris and in Brussels, respectively, via Skype. Doing so is a lot less expensive than I thought. Hopefully they work out. If so, I will continue them.
Also, for anyone reading this, listeningpractice.org is great for verb conjugation practice. (I have a hard time understanding the audio in other sections). In addition, I recently came across lyricstraining.com where french songs are sung. Then the songs stop and you need to fill in a missing word to continue. There are beginner and intermediate etc levels. It helps with listening skills. Both of the mentioned sites are free, just like Duolingo.
I finished my tree yesterday at level 17. Does this mean that I just didn't spend as much time to get to the end point? I am also ending with 53% "fluency." Ha ha. I have this nasty habit of reading "Il" as "I" due to it being so close to "Ich" in German, so I mess up every second sentence using Il---despite having been learning French for months. Le Sigh. I am sure that is one of the reasons my fluency didn't accelerate more, as well as forgetting to hit the shift key when putting the different accents over the words.