https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidaRich

Where to next?

Three months almost to the day (26th April 2017 to 28th July), and I have completed the French Tree with a fluency rating of 49%. Now what do I do? Keep on revising?

I certainly do not feel 49% fluent! I joined a club today, but it isn't at all clear to me how to participate in it, and I haven't found any guidance on that yet, either.

Does anyone have a wise word for me?

Thanks.

July 28, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ID-007
  • 1495

Step it up and start running! Depending on which direction you want to grow, you could:

  1. Improve your vocabulary (I use Memrise for that),
  2. Start reading French articles/books (many free sources on line); translate Fr-En and En-Fr (Immersion used to be a great Duolingo feature, sigh :-( ),
  3. Start listening (lots of French movies and/or radio stations on line),
  4. Converse in French; you do need to find the right people for that (sorry I have not used clubs to know how efficient/effective they are in this area),
  5. A great list of resources can be found at: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/23462458

HTH, Daniel.

July 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidaRich

Thanks for your practical advice, Daniel. I have been using Memrise and reading French novels (I can manage children's books comfortably, but more complex books continue to frustrate me); I have turned my GPS to give road directions in French (which annoys my wife no end). I thought joining a club might let me have some interactions in French, but so far that hasn't panne out. I appreciate your encouragement and will plug on. David


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ID-007
  • 1495

Well, my DL En-Fr fluency level is 14%. That number is a joke. In real life, I am a high C1 (80-90%). So, I would not worry about DL numbers; it sounds like you are on the right path! Bon courage!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidaRich

Merci, Daniel. Je me demande ce que signifie le %...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ID-007
  • 1495

Si tu cherche les Discussions avec le mot "fluency", tu dois trouver plusieurs la-dessus.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rubby...love

I think you keep learning the language to keep the streak and achieve 100% proficiency in the language you are learning. If you do not want to continue, you can learn another language.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidaRich

Oh, I don't want to quit - but having completed the last lesson on the tree, ad having all the lessons gold, I am really looking for some direction; do I just redo the different lessons? Is there some systematic way I can work to progress? Should I be looking for something outside Duo, and if so, what?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MiriamPitt5

If your fluency is less than the half of 100% it doesn't mean you go slow. Duo just wants you to keep on strengthening and learning skills. Improve your language, strengthen as much as possible and don't give up!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidaRich

Yes, Miriam, but HOW does DL want me to strengthen and learning? It isn't obvious to me how I strengthen whatever skills I have learnt; what do you suggest?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidaRich

Je n'ai pas essayé la pratique chronométrée encore. Je vais commencer cela aujourd'hui, peut-être. Je n'aime pas cela, mais....

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