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
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 :-)