https://www.duolingo.com/BenField4

Mon Trajet à 25

The numbers: Level: 25 XP: 30,004 Days: 260 (one streak freeze) Words: 2837 Fluency: 64%

Where I started from: From English speaking Canada. Written French is almost everywhere (all labelling, goverment offices & documents, instruction manuals, etc.) and I took French from grade 5 through high school. This gave me a decent vocabulary and the ability to conjugate a number of verbs in the present, passé composé, and futur proche; my listening and speaking skills were however minimal. Add in a couple of decades of time and what skills I had were very rusty.

How I used Duolingo: 50 points/day no voice/mic off web only The Tree: When I started I had a lot of free time and obsessed over Duo. I completed my tree in about 10 days, blasting through the things I knew but taking my time on things that were new (e.g. Futur simple? Why was I not taught this in school? Subjonctif? What the heck is that?) I can’t recall how many pts/day but I’d guess it was a lot. Post-Tree: Having the huge deficit in hearing French I would often look away from the screen for every exercise/strengthening and listen until I could figure out what was said. This took time and hence I put off using timed practice for months. This really slowed down my points production but the gains I made in hearing French were just amazing. During this period I would often just get my 50 pts/day. After adding timed-practice I’d target 120 pts/day minimum, often surpassing this number.

Other Resources: web: Lingquist, Memrise (Memrise lessons & Intermediate French). Both finished and no longer used. refrence: google translate, nouvelobs media: books on ereader (w/ Fr-Eng dictionary), TV w/ French subtitles on (easy to get in Canada)

Where I am now: Trying to watch 1hr/day of French TV/Movies. It’s still frustrating at times though. I do have occasional conversations with my French speaking friends and amaze myself that I’m able to do so, even if in a stilted fashion. I love Sci-Fi and have finished Asimov’s Fondation translated into French. Next book is reading French sci-fi authour Baranger.

Added benefit: Largely due to Timed Practice my typing has gone from ~30 wpm to ~50wpm

September 20, 2017

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

Ben, this is a lot of good work! Bravo !

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"mon trajet à 25" is a good word-for-word translation but we would not say "my journey to 25" in this way.

I would say: "mon parcours jusqu'au niveau 25", or "mon parcours jusqu'à 25".

September 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/BenField4

Thanks for both the congratulations and the correction. Much appreciated.

September 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/robin.fli

Congrats on your work! It sounds like it really paid off. I think speaking is the hardest skill to become proficient without having someone to practice daily. Good luck with your progress.

September 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/BenField4

Thanks! It really has paid off. Duo is amazing, but you seem to know that already :) If I can find the time and shake off my lack of confidence I may have to get a native French speaking Skype buddy to get my speaking up to a decent level.

September 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/stsaenz79

There's an app called lingbe where you can do that :)

September 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/BenField4

That's awesome! Thanks!

September 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ally.x
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very nice, thanks for sharing and good luck with learning even more :-) I am just on my way to 25 in German and I sure know it's not easy to get there... so props :-)

September 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/BenField4

Thank you. Best of luck to you as well. Props for your very impressive streak.

September 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ally.x
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Thanks :-) I try to do a little every day. Do you know already if you are going to continue to use Duolingo now that you reached level 25?

September 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/BenField4

I'm not sure yet. I will continue in the near term and I'm very interested in the Mandarin course that's on the way - between those times I'm not certain. If any additional content is available now that I'm 25 I'll likely stick around longer.

September 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ally.x
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I feel the same, when I get to 25 (hopefully by the end of October), still not sure if I will continue or not... that is with German. I will slowly continue working on my French (still only half way down the tree). Mandarin does sound very tempting. It must be one of the most demanded courses on Duolingo :-)

September 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/BenField4

Just saw you reached level 25 in German! Even ahead of schedule! Congrats!

October 14, 2017

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