I allow myself one and only one bragging/reflective post per language, upon reaching level 25, and this week I reached it in French.
I began learning French to prepare for an anniversary trip to Paris. The trip ended up being postponed for a few years, but I decided to stick with it anyway in the meantime. Boy, would my high school French teacher be proud of me for picking things back up!
Knowing comparably much less about this language than when I reached this stage in Esperanto, I will keep my thoughts brief, and vague, so as not to embarrass myself. The language is a lot more difficult than it's given credit for, and a lot less similar to English and Spanish than people would have you believe. Genders, genders, genders...
I will also say that the Duolingo French course seems a particularly well constructed and maintained program. In terms of the basics, at least, this was exponentially more effective than any other method I've found. I eagerly anticipate the day when the updated tree will find me.
Next stop: Relearning the Spanish I abandoned after college!
Bravo et bonne continuation !
Have you checked out the stories in the Labs? Now that you have a good foundation, you can branch out by reading, watching short clips, and practicing speaking. This is where it starts to be really fun! Best wishes on your future trip to Paris.
Good luck, if you're at typical tourist places you'll probably find most people want to speak English to you, you may need to travel off the beaten path to find people willing (and patient enough) to talk to you in French. I've been told that outside of Paris its easier to find people to speak French with.
how much have you retained in French from your school/college years?
Where you able to recognize many words or have you been even able to recall French words in EN-FR translations?
How deep was your French grammar you learned before DuoLingo? Was it gone, did you have to restart with DuoLingo from zero or did you just have to refresh your previous knowledge (well established fundamentals)?