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Score of 4.57 out of 5 French certificate with no knowledge of any French 7 months ago!

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Thank you for opening up the world of language Duolingo! How fun! (With the help of some obsessive/compulsive behavior) :-)

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Bouchra

Tu es mon hero.

Keep up the good work. I sincerely hope I can do the same :D

On a side note, does anyone know what level this certificate corresponds to? A2/B1/B2/C1?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alphabeta
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The levels also have a conversational and listening component that Duolingo doesn't adequately capture. I'd say the writing and reading is somewhere between A1 and A2, but it varies on the sentence (tenses, pronouns vary in complexity), and in an actual assessment you have to read and write more long-form (multiple sentences and clauses).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bouchra

Thanks, alphabeta! I'll be working on conversation and listening with the help of some native speakers, and I was wondering if, by using Duolingo, I can manage to pass A2 at least within the next few months. Do you think I should aim for A1 instead?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alphabeta
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I think you could comfortably do the reading and writing of A1 after finishing the tree. You could do A2 if you focus more intensively on the hard modules, like Pronouns 2, and really get to grips with more tenses other than the present, passé composé and futur proche. That would take some study time from a grammar book or about.com, but Duolingo is a good way to gamify your study of them.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MangoCam
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I agree as well! Also, it does not tell you what you've missed and the "correct way" for Duolingo's answers. I just wished that there was a key...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE
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Very impressive! I'm a native French speaker, and I had only 4.42 (but it's in large part because of my poor English grammar)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kplife
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Thank you! English grammar can be strange. Learning French has helped me understand my own language better!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nbarinstein

I was inspired by you so I decided to test myself... and got a 1.69 out of 5.00. Aw well. Two months today!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kplife
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That's great!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kplife
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Thank you all for your support. You all have made my day!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jonathan.Huggins

Keep up the great work. I'd also like to recommend that in case you aren't familiar with the site, you should check out www.memrise.com. They have a ton of great free courses for learning and memorizing vocabulary words and expressions. I hear a lot of people using both duolingo and memrise as a good combo. Another way to boost your listening skills is to already start watching the French news online. They archive many videos from the past few days. Here's the 1pm news: http://www.francetvinfo.fr/replay-jt/france-2/13-heures/

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/willboll
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It's a pay site, but I highly recommend lingq.com. About $50 for six months and has 12+ languages. Good for vocabulary and learning natural speech patterns.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jonathan.Huggins

You have to pay now for lingq.com? Bummer, I remember it being free, but it looked like it was in beta for a long time when I last tried it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mmkhallad

I got a score of 4.23 out of 5.00. I'm very close to your results!!!!!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/phb2013
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Well done! Keep it up.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Green_Duo

Congratulations! Obsessive compulsive behavior can help. It motivates me! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JackieMonster

Congrats! Sorry, newbie on board, where are you guys taking these tests?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kplife
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Thank you! If you go to the lingot store, you will see where you can get a certificate. Good luck!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kristinemc

Hey kplife! That's fantastic! Nice streak you have going too ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kplife
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Thank you! :-) I'm hooked!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchAddict7

Congrats!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kplife
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Thank you!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eey91
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Congratulations, I'm looking forward to something like this.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NormanLG07

Félicitations mon ami ;D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mundusfr
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I had 5/5 a score of French certificate 3 days ago. But I am a French speaker. I also had 5/5 of score of English certificate 4 days ago. But I have made these two tests for the second time. The first ones, I had respectively 4.71/5 and 4.21/5 about one month ago.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jonathan.Huggins

I was curious about the French certificate, so I just tried it right now and managed to get 5/5. I had a few doubts, but it's nice to confirm that my B.A. in French and living in Paris for 6 years counts for something.

TheWorld2014, I believe you are incorrectly using the Present Perfect in English, which is probably an influence from the French passé composé. I used to teach business English in Paris. If you mention a definite past time expression like '3 days ago' or '4 days ago', then you need to use the Past Simple -> I 'had' a score...3 days ago - not I 'have had'.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mundusfr
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You are completely right. Vous êtes un fin connaisseur ! Mes points faibles, c'est cela. Le mélange entre ces deux temps. J'ai du mal à détecter quand utiliser l'un et pas l'autre et vice versa. And duolingo does not help me a lot about that.

I have noticed that moderators take more time to explain English people about French grammars but nothing about the English ones. I am jealous ! :)

Otherwise, Jonathan, lets me consider you as a friend and follow you on duolingo. You are the second person that I am asking for, today.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jonathan.Huggins

TheWorld2014, avec plaisir! J'ai plus de 10 ans d'expérience comme prof d'anglais pour expliquer tout cela aux stagiaires. Si tu as des doutes, n'hésite pas de me contacter. J'ai aussi quelques exercises en ligne sur mon blog. Générateur de phrases avec des verbes anglais dans les 12 temps: http://hugginsinternational.blogspot.com/2013/06/english-sentence-generator.html Tables de conjugaison avec les 5 formes de bases pour la plupart des verbes irréguliers: http://hugginsinternational.blogspot.com/2013/09/english-verb-conjugator.html

Pour le Present Perfect il y a typiquement 3 situations: J'annonce qqch qui influence une conversation ou une décision actuelle: Have you ever visited Japan? As-tu visité le Japon? (Je te demande car je planifie un voyage et si tu le connais bien, je voudrais t'en poser quelques questions) Have you seen my keys? I'm looking for them. As-tu vu mes clés? Je les cherche. (C'est urgent)

Aux infos ils nous renseignent sur l'actualité: The Queen has died - La reine est morte/La reine vient de mourir Même si c'est il y a quelques jours, ça reste un thème de l'actualité

Mon CV et mon "Bucket List" Dans la vie il y a des expériences vécues et d'autres pas encore vécues. Si on fait qqch au moins une fois, peut-être on l'a fait plusieurs fois, donc combien de fois? Ou il y a des activités qui peuvent durer et continuer, donc on veut savoir depuis quand ou combien de temps ça dure. Have you ever climbed Mount Everest? Yes, I have. How many times have you climbed it? I have climbed Mount Everest 10 times. Pas seulement je l'ai fait, mais je l'ai fait plusieurs fois. Donc tu es une spécialiste, je constate. How many times have you seen Star Wars? Combien de fois as-tu vu la Guerre des Etoiles? I see from your résumé that you are an accountant. How long have you been one? Je vois sur votre CV que vous êtes comptable. Ça fait combien de temps que vous exercez ce métier? I have been an accountant for 9 years. Ça fait 9 ans que je suis comptable. Since when have you been an accountant? Depuis quand êtes-vous comptable? Since 2005 - depuis 2005

Pour les adverbes de temps - on cherche des périodes de temps since last week - et non 'last week' since c'est le point de départ - pense au petit point sur le 'i' en 'since' for - ça sonne un peu comme 'pour' - for a year - pour un an (depuis/ça fait un an)

Et le Simple Past - exprime une action achevée/terminée à un moment précis dans le passé. Je suis allé au cinéma hier - I went to the movies yesterday. On demande souvent 'quand' (when?) ou 'à quelle heure' (What time?) When did you go to the movies? Yesterday Quand est-ce que tu es allé au cinéma? Hier (t'es sourd ou quoi?) What time did you go there? At 6pm. A quelle heure es-tu y allé? A 18h, ça va, t'es content? (on peut arréter avec l'interro?) Souvent le Simple Past prolonge la conversation commencée par le Present Perfect pour avoir plus de détails. So you have climbed Mount Everest 10 times? When was the first time? Donc tu as monté l'Everest 10 fois? C'était quand la première fois? You have been to Japan 5 times? How many times did you go last year? Tu as visité le Japon 5 fois? Combien de fois est-ce que tu y es allé l'année dernière? You have been an accountant for 9 years. With which company did you start in 2005? Vous êtes comptable depuis 9 ans. Avec quelle entreprise avez-vous commencé en 2005?

J'espère que ça t'aide un peu. Jonathan

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BenjyPlayzYT

Impressive. I've only tried it once and it was 0.23/5.00. Heh heh.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marzman
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That's a great result. Congrats, nice streak of 7 months too :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kplife
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Thank you! :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/araparseghian
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Retake it in a month or two, you'll get a 5/5 for sure

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jdberry300
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Congrats -- I got a 3.7 the first time and that was about 9 months in.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/howard10000

16 in 7 months.

Wow!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME
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Good job!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/emmagorl

woohoo.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/boringtomi
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Great stuff! I started to learn on March 1st and currently studying my 17th skill.... so I guess I must be well under 2...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sgttbaggins

Fantastisch! I just need to stick with it, I'll shoot for kplife's 231 day streak. haha

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mmkhallad

Hi

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stormclouds101

Impresionante! Que es bueno!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/10756302

took that test and I got 1.68 after using Duolingo after an month... needs more practice !!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ooOBilalOoo
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Congratulations mate !

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BKTrinkle

vous êtes un homme résolu! félicitations!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ageragos

C'est bon! Française fluide, presque.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lingo.Mania

That just proves how hard work and relentless attitude could do wonders in the course of following through our plans. Big up for you and hope we can all take a leaf out of your book and emulate your competitive spirit. Keep the momentum going

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mehdwka

hi mrs.neve

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FonmaEssie

Félicitations, vous pouvons essayer de nouveau. Peut-être vous pouvez Avoir 5/5.

4 years ago