New to Duolingo

Hey guys,

I am new to Dualingo and right away chose French as my first foreign language. I was surprised to see how friendly the UI is and that everything is readily available.

But when I started with French from the basics ( I did French basics in my school which was almost 7 years ago, so kind of took the basics for revision) and I was a bit confused as the first basic lesson took me straight to the sentences in past and present. I was expecting more of alphabets, numbers, pronouns and definitive articles.

I dont know if this is the way it is, but when I browsed through a few forums I saw that everyone were happy with the way the lessons are staged. Should I just stop questioning and go with the flow? I went with the extreme stage with 30-60 mins a day lesson.

Note: There werent any other options in the Topic selection so I chose Troubleshooting. If possible can anyone change it to French?

July 28, 2017


The first lesson should be greetings. You should not see any past tense in the first lesson.

Duolingo does not teach the alphabet but it does teach numbers, articles, pronouns, etc. They do a lot of A/B tests to decide the order of the lessons. They give one group lessons in one order, and a second group lessons in a different order. Then whichever version does best (has students that learn fastest, come back regularly, stick with the program, etc.) is the one that is adopted and given to everyone.

Duolingo A/B tests everything. Expect to see things changing all the time here :)

And welcome!!!

July 28, 2017

hi i am also new here!

July 28, 2017

You can't post make posts anywhere but Troubleshooting if you haven't reached level 2. Do it and you'll be able to move it to the French forum.

July 28, 2017

What does "You can't post make posts anywhere" mean?

July 28, 2017

When a person is below level two, they can only post in the "Troubleshooting" forum. They do not have the ability to post in French or any other forum until they reach level 2.

July 28, 2017


July 28, 2017
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