DELF certification level?
What DELF levels (A1/A2/B1/B2) do you guys think I will be able to pass with ease, once I am finished with my course here?
I am responding late. I agree that there is a major difference between using duolingo and actually carrying out a conversation with someone, which is partly what you'd have to do during the DELF B2, for example.
Can you speak fluently with a native speaker? I don't think Duolingo is enough to get you there. For example, you might speak well, and conversely only be on level 8 on Duolingo. So I'd find a conversation partner who could also help you with writing actual texts, which you would also need for a B2 level. Remember, you do not have to be able to write essays here, just translate some sentences.
Does this mean you took B2? Any advice on what I could do to prepare for that? Or book recommendations? I wish to retrieve my B2 before September of 2016. Is that a realistic goal?
I have been preparing for the C1. My point is, I don't see much correlation between duolingo levels (I have been doing it on, and off, for a few years) and your actual level.
For B2, some questions for you: a. Do you speak fluently? b. Can you write a text (letters, essays, etc) with relatively few errors c. Do you read newspaper articles, etc, with a reasonable degree of fluency? If you've answered yes to the questions above, you are ready for the B2, (not as hard as the C1, but still requires preparation).
Hmm. That's interesting. Thank you for your input! How do you prepare for it though? Is there a book or site you would highly recommend?
Here's what I recommend: a. Get a language partner/meet with native speaker to discuss politics, daily concerns, etc to work on your fluency;
b. Read French language newspapers (I read Le Monde, since it provided me with a challenge. You could read Le Devoir or La Presse, (from Quebec) which is more of a B2 level). This will improve your reading levels and your vocabulary;
c. Write letters and essays. Choose topics from a B2 Delf preparation guide. I don't have any specific texts to recommend. Have somebody capable correct your work, so you can review your errors.
d. Listen to French language podcasts and television. I really enjoy TV5.com. They have two shows I watch: "Kiosque," and "Sept Jours Sur La Planète." Also "L'invité" is helpful. http://www.tv5monde.com/cms/chaine-francophone/Revoir-nos-emissions/L-invite/p-9990-Accueil.htm
-If you can speak, read, and write fluently, then you're probably ready for the B2. A qualified teacher/language partner could certainly provide you with that feedback. All the best, P
I'd be a lot more conservative and say A2 or maybe B1.
There's a big difference between doing Duolingo and speaking French to a group of French speaking examiners :) i.e. the listening/spoken part is likely to be the challenge.
Also depends on how much other training/education you are doing (or have already done).
I had a look at the website of the 'Institut Francais' here in town. I think you should be able to do level B2 after completing all the lessons here. But I would definately do some extra work to prepare for such an exam, like being able to follow French television, talk to French people in your town (if you happen to know them). Definately work on conversation. I think the robot-translations sound a bit weird and not just sometimes. So you'll need real French native speakers to correct that. Or go on a vacation there…