https://www.duolingo.com/kplife

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

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

April 8, 2014

48 Comments


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?

April 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/alphabeta

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).

April 9, 2014

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?

April 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/alphabeta

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.

April 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/MangoCam

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...

April 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

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)

April 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/kplife

Thank you! English grammar can be strange. Learning French has helped me understand my own language better!

April 8, 2014

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!

April 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/kplife

That's great!

April 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/kplife

Thank you all for your support. You all have made my day!

April 9, 2014

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/

April 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/willboll

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.

April 11, 2014

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.

April 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/mmkhallad

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

April 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/phb2013

Well done! Keep it up.

April 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Green_Duo

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

April 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/JackieMonster

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

April 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/kplife

Thank you! If you go to the lingot store, you will see where you can get a certificate. Good luck!

April 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/kristinemc

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

April 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/kplife

Thank you! :-) I'm hooked!

April 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchAddict7

Congrats!

April 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/kplife

Thank you!

April 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Eey91

Congratulations, I'm looking forward to something like this.

April 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/NormanLG07

Félicitations mon ami ;D

April 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Mundusfr

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.

April 9, 2014

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'.

April 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Mundusfr

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.

April 10, 2014

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

April 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/BenjyPlayzYT

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

April 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/marzman

That's a great result. Congrats, nice streak of 7 months too :)

April 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/kplife

Thank you! :-)

April 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/araparseghian

Retake it in a month or two, you'll get a 5/5 for sure

April 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jdberry300

Congrats -- I got a 3.7 the first time and that was about 9 months in.

April 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/howard10000

16 in 7 months.

Wow!

April 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME

Good job!

April 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/emmagorl

woohoo.

April 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/boringtomi

Great stuff! I started to learn on March 1st and currently studying my 17th skill.... so I guess I must be well under 2...

April 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/sgttbaggins

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

April 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/mmkhallad

Hi

April 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/stormclouds101

Impresionante! Que es bueno!

April 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/10756302

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

April 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ooOBilalOoo

Congratulations mate !

April 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/BKTrinkle

vous êtes un homme résolu! félicitations!

April 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ageragos

C'est bon! Française fluide, presque.

April 11, 2014

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

April 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Mehdwka

hi mrs.neve

April 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/FonmaEssie

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

April 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/konstadinos78

hallo there. how many and which skills are of A1, also for A2, also for B1 ? thank you

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