I've finished all the duolingo exercises and now I want to strengthen all of them and get them all gold. I've got a question: where should I start strengthening? At the beginning or at the end or should I just strengthen which ever exercise I want? First I just Always strengthened from the beginning but that takes a lot of time, and by that time I forget all the last exercises. I thought it might be easier if I strengthened starting from the end. What would you suggest?
I found it best to work methodically from the top and have so far kept a golden tree now for many months, occasionally having to restrengthen Basics when I get pronouns wrong. This is only my view of course ...
Congratulations on your golden tree!
What would you suggest?
My favorite way is described in:
"Best Way to Make Your Tree Turn Gold and Stay Gold"
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?"
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".
in my humble opinion It would be wise to praise the fact that one should start from the beginning