https://www.duolingo.com/zaitrancer

Level 25!

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My Duolingo goal for French was to reach Level 25 and to be at least at Level 3 in all skills. Today I achieved both goals! It takes a long time and a lot of work to get 30,000 XP, so it is a good feeling of accomplishment.

I started using Duolingo in January 2015 to study Spanish, and I never would have guessed that French would be the first language in which I would achieve Level 25.

People seem to complain a lot about Duolingo, but it has been a valuable tool in my language studies. The longer I use Duolingo the more I appreciate its value for reinforcing a well-rounded basic vocabulary and practicing basic grammar structures.

I had finished the French tree before the transition was made to the crown system. The new system was good for me because I had lost motivation at the thought of forever trying to keep skills golden. The crown system motivated me to new levels of achievement.

If you are new to a language and reading this, remember that slow and steady wins the race. When I first started studying French I would get so frustrated that at times I felt like quitting, but I just kept at it a little at a time. Now when I go back and try some of the skills that seemed impossible I can zip through them and end up asking myself, "Why did I ever think this was hard?" If I can do it, I know you can too!

6/9/2018, 4:57:48 PM

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I have quite often said in other posts that slow and steady is the way to learn languages! So I agree! I have started using level 25 as the cutoff of one language and the start of the next. Right now I'm focusing on German, then Portuguese. The 3 I have 25s in already I practice outside duo and really enjoy them. Keep up the good work!

6/10/2018, 4:01:41 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/WaelAlshabani

Congrats! I'm really happy for you. I am now at level 7 in French. And I am practicing a skill until being in level 3 or 4 then move to the next one (which is extraordinary helpful for really memorizing words as the questions gets a bit harder for higher level for each skill). I want to ask you, what is like being at level 25 in French? can you construct a full simple conversation in French? can you express your basic needs? like ordering food or a service or asking for directions ... etc? can you read a simple article in French? (English isn't my first language, so sorry if I was grammatically mistaken in this comment :) )

Thanks!

6/10/2018, 6:04:41 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/zaitrancer
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You ask a good question, but it is not easy for me to answer. The reason is that, for me, Duolingo is just one tool among many that I use to study French. I am married to a native French speaker, so I have been exposed to French for almost 20 years. I hear French radio or television in our home almost every day. I also am at an advanced level in Spanish, so the similarity between Spanish and French has helped me. Within the last year I also took French classes at my local Alliance Française.

Taking all that into consideration, for speaking I can do everything you ask, i.e. have simple conversations, express basic needs, order things, ask for service, and ask for directions. For reading and listening, I am at a more advanced level and can understand quite a bit of spoken and written French.

To be honest, Duolingo did not do much to help me with understanding spoken French. It was only when I went to a classroom where the teacher spoke only in (slow) French and when I started to watch French language instruction YouTube videos that I slowly started to understand.

6/11/2018, 4:49:58 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/WaelAlshabani

You gave me more reasons to attend a French course while studying using Duolingo. I was planning to study from this website to finish all skills then enroll in a course, but seems it's better to do both at the same time. Good luck in your learning journey and thanks for answering and sharing your experience :)

6/11/2018, 7:02:40 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/hjh414399

Your English is excellent! I didn't realize you were not a native speaker until your last sentence.

6/11/2018, 6:25:10 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/WaelAlshabani

Thanks! That's very kind of you.

6/11/2018, 7:05:11 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Louise882264

Great question. I have been wondering how good people are by the time they finish all the levels in Duolingo. I would just love to be able to watch and understand a French movie and have a simple conversation.

6/10/2018, 1:26:20 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/WaelAlshabani

Me too! I hope to reach that kind of level in French someday.

6/11/2018, 12:32:08 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/DiegoDutra
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Congratulations! I wish you all the best! Carry on studying :)

6/9/2018, 6:11:06 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Fhj85203
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Mes félicitations. J’ai besoin seulement environ 600 points pour atteindre le niveau 25.

6/13/2018, 4:49:13 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/shivani25
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Je vois que vous avez aussi atteint le niveau 25. Félicitations pour votre accomplissement !

3/13/2019, 2:58:48 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/GaryAhn
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Great!!!

6/9/2018, 5:06:32 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/NewlyWardell

It really does seem impossible when you are at like level 18 and 19. I have so many 1s. So many. I have to redo all 10 lessons in so many of them. I just finished my French tree and my French needs so much work. But I am constantly improving.

6/9/2018, 5:41:22 PM

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Congrats! That's really impressive.

6/9/2018, 5:43:00 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/michaelsobsey55

good job, that was inspiring, I have the same goal

6/10/2018, 3:08:31 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/david190612

Well done, have a pat on the back. Duolingo is one of the best free tools available and equally deserves a pat on the back.

6/11/2018, 2:18:38 PM

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    Congrats! ^_^

    6/9/2018, 10:35:10 PM

    https://www.duolingo.com/GeneralGinne

    Congrats! My goal as far as Duolingo goes is to reach 25 in French and get all the skills golden. I'm living in France now, so I have nothing to lose by going the slow and steady route. Hope to see you in the 25 zone eventually. :D

    6/11/2018, 3:50:44 PM

    https://www.duolingo.com/shivani25
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    Je vois que vous avez aussi atteint le niveau 25. Félicitations pour votre accomplissement !

    3/13/2019, 2:55:15 AM

    [deactivated user]

      Très bien!!

      6/10/2018, 12:40:29 AM

      https://www.duolingo.com/albaduine
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      Felicitations Zaitrancer! Well done.

      6/10/2018, 6:54:55 AM

      https://www.duolingo.com/Fredrikke498889
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      I have the same goal as you! Congratulations! :)

      6/10/2018, 5:13:09 PM

      https://www.duolingo.com/BV1989
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      congratulations. I remember being very happy when i reached level 25 but then a bit sad because its not possible to go higher.

      Over time I started buying more and more french books and watching more films to keep improving and am enjoying learning other languages while every now and then doing a few French lessons on here. Keep learning and having fun.

      6/10/2018, 6:28:54 PM

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

      6/11/2018, 4:19:09 AM

      https://www.duolingo.com/Paul153436
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      Well done. I have followed a similar path getting my owl for everything golden just before the crowns came in.

      I am glad level 25 is 30,000 XP as I am now level 21 (18,637 XP) nearly 22 and was worried I would achieve level 25 too soon and still not know very much.

      I agree about the new crowns. They have made me go back through the early stuff and now I feel as though I am understanding things better.

      The stories are good too if you haven't tried them.

      I can't wait for the A/B tree either as this has lots of new subjects in it.

      You better set some new goals!

      Well done again.

      6/11/2018, 1:20:44 PM

      https://www.duolingo.com/Xia267
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      Awesome job! :)

      6/13/2018, 1:21:51 PM

      https://www.duolingo.com/BarbaraGemin

      Hi, I've reached level 25 and level 5 in all skills. Do you know why my lessons on a skill are no longer counted in order to step up to the next level?

      12/20/2018, 5:47:44 PM

      https://www.duolingo.com/Paul153436
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      Well done for reaching Level 25. Unfortunately that is as high as the levels go! I get a level of 26 in my daily email but it means nothing as 26 will never be reached as it doesn't exist!

      If you are like me I am still far from mastering the duolingo french tree and level 25 is just a stepping stone (if only a distant one) on the way to fluency.

      I raised this as an issue when they were asking for ideas for improvements next year (2019). I suggested making 100 the maximum level with increasing numbers of points as the levels go up. Hopefully they will do this as there must be 1000s of users stuck on level 25!

      The discussion asking about ideas for changes is: " What changes would you like to see?" link: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/28202855 .

      12/21/2018, 12:22:48 PM

      https://www.duolingo.com/Gaviota337744
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      So the levels correspond to the amount of XP? Is there a chart showing how much you need for each level?

      6/9/2018, 11:46:45 PM

      https://www.duolingo.com/zaitrancer
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      Yes, the levels do correspond to XP. I do not know how many XP you need for each level, but the amount needed per level goes up by a lot in each of the last five levels. I'm at Level 20 in Spanish with 15,000 XP, so I have to earn another 15,000 XP to get to Level 25.

      Edit: removed points required per level for levels 20 - 25 because they were wrong. See albaduine's post below this one with a link to the XP chart.

      6/10/2018, 12:10:32 AM

      https://www.duolingo.com/albaduine
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      Gaviota, here is the chart you ask about. https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/1358479

      6/10/2018, 6:48:22 AM

      https://www.duolingo.com/SAGARSHARAN

      Did you got any certificate in french from Duolingo

      6/11/2018, 9:27:21 AM

      https://www.duolingo.com/ahmadcelta
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      Is there a most effective book to learn French Grammar for free? May be in PDF format? Or any website anybody can recommend ? What about the radio lessons like German Language on DW? Please leave your answers, guys!

      6/11/2018, 9:27:58 AM

      https://www.duolingo.com/Aussie-Matt

      Is level 25 a "Cr this?own level"? Why do so many people use it as a goal? I get the slow and steady part but how many hours or how long did it take to reach

      6/14/2018, 11:31:40 AM

      https://www.duolingo.com/Paul153436
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      I think it took just under a year. I do a minimum of 50 XP a day (with a target of only 10 XP incase I don't have much time or internet access occasionally.) Most days I do more than 50 XP and now do the Tiny Cards Duolingo Tree to reinforce my vocabulary. The Duolingo stories give XP too and are a good introduction to more complex French. When you have everything gold try the reverse tree too by pretending you are French!

      12/21/2018, 12:28:40 PM

      https://www.duolingo.com/letterlover13

      CONGRATS!

      2/26/2019, 8:51:59 PM

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