Just finished the French course, what's next?
I have spent a good two years working on the French course here on Duolingo, and I finally completed it a few days ago. All of my skills are at gold, and I am still studying French in school (and will be for at least another year), so I am wondering what my next step should be. I feel comfortable with the language on the whole (though my reading and writing are far better than my listening and speaking) and I would appreciate some advice on where to go from here. Thank you all, this is a wonderful learning community!
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I finished the French tree a while ago but I am learning a lot more by continuing to work on it until (I hope) reaching level 25. Someone wrote a while ago that they learned at least twice as much after they finished the tree as before while progressing towards level 25. Also, doing the reverse tree is much more challenging than you'd think and you learn a lot of different things in it.
I second the reverse tree suggestion. There is some different vocabulary there.
Idea! Learn another language from French. I learned Portuguese from Spanish, then went to French from Portuguese. Its a good strategy to fill in language gaps, think more in the language, challenge ones perspective, and develop a more practical use of the first language while learning another. I think it is also a good way to learn how to transition from one language to another (like talking). Its called laddering, and I think its pretty cool.
I wish I was good enough to write this in French! (I could do it in Portuguese, but not French right now.)
Read books in french, watch TV in French, try to speak French with people to learn the slang. If you want a couple college text books on French there is a drive I could link you with a couple. Au revior ( I actually don't know any French, I think that is how you spell it)
Hello! May I have this drive with the college text books? I would be much appreciated. Thank you!
Thank you. This is a good find, as French films with very good French subtitles are hard to find, especially in YouTube. And this is a good film, to boot. (Je suis fan de Ludivine Sagnier.)
However, as with most romantic comedies, you'll have to get used to a lot of French slang and expressions to completely enjoy this film. But you can enjoy it anyway because of the good subtitles. And as is becoming normal with recent movies, this one uses a lot of vulgar terms, so fair warning.
This film is fairly difficult for people who have just finished the Duo French tree, so I wouldn't recommend it, but I'd like to hear other opinions.
C'est un bon film ca! Mais s'appelle quoi? Je ne peux pas trouver le nom
I'm not going to repeat what is said here, but I agree with eggplant70's, jolynnedougherty's, and LICA98's suggestions of working on the tree until you reach level 25 and starting your reverse tree. That's what I've been doing, and I have been learning a lot.
as the others have said, keep working on your tree to progress in levels. also, if you are using the mobile app, try using the web version on a computer as this gives you access to conversation threads for each exercise. there is often really helpful answers on those threads, links to other relevant resources that can deepen your understanding, and opportunities to help other learners - this is a really good tool for deepening your understanding as answering a question means you have to articulate what you have learnt, and you can also do some research and include resources that will help other learners who have the same question.
If you have only been using the web version of Duo, the mobile app has the conversation bots, and they are fun ways to continue to practice and learn.
In Australia we have French news on television and a lot of French films. I think both are very good for improving your French. If you can find a native French speaker, talk to them (but don't talk to some who is not a native speaker as it may affect your accent and fluency)
I also think reading French books is a good idea. Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier is a good one as it's interesting to read, but written quite simply. I also remember reading Le Silence de la Mer by Jacques Bruller (nickname Vercors) which was also an excellent book for a beginner
Congratulations! That's great!
What I like to do to improve outside of duolingo is find French youtubers to listen (helps with listening skills quite a lot, even if t seems difficult at first), and also, you can find news articles online on different topics that interest you. If you like it, your're much more likely do go on and read it or listen to it.
I recommend you keep working through your tree. I'd also recommend you use lingvist to learn more French and the youtube channel "Easy Languages" on youtube. They have an "Easy French" and "Super Easy French" series to help you with your listening skills. Also, meetup.com is great to meet other language learners and practice. Wish you the best on your journey. Hope this helps.