https://www.duolingo.com/rogerlcbj

With Duolingo I passed French A2 Level

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Hello, I have used Duolingo for almost 5 months in learning French. Last week, after I finished all lessons in the grammar tree , I took a language test in French Culture Center here in Beijing. It was very inspiring that I passed A2 level test! The examiner suggested me to take courses in B1 level. I am really proud of myself! Thanks a lot, Duolingo!

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Remy
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Bravo, et bonne continuation ! :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hdcanis
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Congrats, and it's pretty much the same for me, I did the French tree and started now courses on B1 level (with more emphasis on spoken language, as is needed...)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheRealNecator

Oh, you two give me hope for my own way into the French language. However both of you seem to be quite well at learning languages. I'm already at level 10, but reached only about 250 words until now ...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rachjessk

Don't worry about going at a slower pace; you're not the only one. I'm almost halfway through level 9 and I've only learnt around 270 words. I just spend a lot of time practicing and reviewing lessons, as I'm sure you do, too. Try not to be discouraged when you hear of people finishing their trees at level 12 or so. We all learn at different paces :) And just remember that because you have a lot of XP, it shows you are doing a lot of practice and reinforcing all the things you have learnt, so it'll be better for you in the long run :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hdcanis
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I had some background from school about 15 years ago (many words were forgotten but I still remembered basic grammar) so could get through the first lessons here pretty fast, and also later divided my time equally between reviewing and pushing forward. And I haven't done much immersion here so very few points from there...doing it like that gets you through the tree at around level 13-14. But as others said, to each his own pace, it's good to review so it really gets drilled but also it's good to keep challenging yourself.

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https://www.duolingo.com/DanielOCal
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The word count is from the lessons you do. The level is based on the XP you gain. If you do lots of translations, you get lots of XP and so go up in the levels even if you don't do many of the lessons in the tree. It's meant to be like this. You probably do know more than 250 words, because you will have learnt them in doing translations, but the word counter doesn't know that.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SalenaFox

Hello, I didn't realize Duolingo had 'levels' of training? Are you using any other resources for your language training as well?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hdcanis
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Duolingo has these point levels (I'm level 14, you level 6) but as was brought up above, that is affected on how much one does reviewing or immersion).

But after completing the tree I have started to attend a French course on a local language school and there checked that the knowledge got from here corresponds more or less to A2 level in CEFR: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages

So time to pursue that B1 knowledge.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SalenaFox

Merci beaucoup!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rogerlcbj
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Salut à tous! Wow, I was not prepared to receive that many comments. Thanks a lot.

Sorry I could not respond to all the questions. However, I can tell you the way I learn French here.

In fact, I have been unemployed for last six months and I picked up Duolingo to spend my time duing job hunting. Besides playing Duolingo everyday I also listened to the le journal en francais facile of RFI. I think the listening practise is an important complement to Duolingo, which does not give you the context. It is very helpful even though I have to admit they are speaking too fast comparing to similar program in Deutsiche Welle - Deutsch Lernen mit Nachrichen. Germans are very serious. :-)

Now I have got a job and do not have too much time to go for 5 or 6 lessons per day. But I will manage to advance more efficiently. Thank you all.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DanielOCal
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Out of curiousity, how many hours do you think you have studied French with Duolingo? On http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages it says: Alliance Française has stated students can expect to reach CEFR levels after the following cumulative hours of instruction: A1 60–100, A2 160–200, B1 360–400, B2 560–650, C1 810–950, C2 1060–1200

Here's a lingot for you :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KTKee-EnglishEng
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According to Malcolm Gladwell if you study an hour every day it will take you 27 years to become fluent. Perked me right up that did.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wj677
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I have read that 3,000 to 4,000 hours will get you to a professional standard (in language terms I would think that is as fluent as a native, provided it is deliberrate practice and not continually reprating simple tasks). The 10,000 hours is the rarified air that very few breathe in their chosen specialty, but Malcolm Gladwell should not be your point of reference, go to the source with Anders and Ericsson and read their paper.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KTKee-EnglishEng
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That's still 10 years! I think for an hour a day most people would hope for reasonable fluency in about 4 or 5 years, but thinking back to school that might be optimistic..

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I am not sure you could ever get to fluency on 1 hour per day, I can't think of any area in life you could get to professional level on only 1 hour per day of practice. But having said that, if you needed the language ( for work, study, living there etc) you would soon be doing way more than 1 hour per day which would bring it down quickly.

4 years ago

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And there was me thinking one hour a day was a lot.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wj677
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I didn't want to appear rude or short in my previous post but I think you do need to distinguish between the various levels of language skills. In your daily life you use (and need) different levels of language to order coffee, go to the shops and ask for directions than you do to argue a viewpoint at work or deal with clients etc. When I say professional I meant the latter, but I am sure you could get to the former, conversational level, on an hour a day if it were applied consistently and effectively.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KTKee-EnglishEng
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Yes, I meant the level you'd need on holiday, hold basic conversations, understand a newspaper etc. Maybe I'm wrong, but I doubt many people would be using duolingo for professional reasons.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME
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Well... I think it took me five years, (my first five years of my life) to learn English, but I was in a 100% English environment, and I still kept continuing, but I think I was fluent at the age of 5. Unfortunately... back then I had way better memory than I do now...

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https://www.duolingo.com/DanielOCal
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But children don't really learn languages efficiently. 10 hours per day for 5 years is around 18,000 hours. And a 5 year old would probably be at B1 or B2 level (able to converse with a native speaker without strain for either party), which is apparently achievable in approximately 600 hours, or 1 hour per day for 20 months.

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https://www.duolingo.com/ladybassca
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I love that! ha ha! I give you a lingot for that

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The 10,000 hour rule is very simplistic, like Gladwell's books. He is a pop writer, not a real scientist: http://www.fastcodesign.com/3027564/asides/scientists-debunk-the-myth-that-10000-hours-of-practice-makes-you-an-expert

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Balaquina

Keep in mind that 10,000 hours is what you need to theoretically become a MASTER at the French language (and at that level would be a better speaker/writer in terms of grammatical correctness than native French speakers). The amount of hours you need to speak conversationally with a reasonable level of fluency is far far less than 10,000 hours.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Ambipath

What! That's how I'm studying it D:

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eey91
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Congratulations!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NormanLG07

Félicitations à vous, continuez avec vos études de la belle langue Français. Je vous ai donné un Lingot ;D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smashingx

belle langue francaise?

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https://www.duolingo.com/kingthatcher
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je pense que français n´est pas une belle langue, mais c´est pas plus que mon opinion.

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https://www.duolingo.com/smashingx

I was just wondering if It should be belle langue Français or belle langue Française

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https://www.duolingo.com/S.Belka

Oui le français fait partis des plus belles langues du monde, elle est riche et jolie à entendre.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smashingx

I was just wondering if It should be belle langue Français or belle langue Française

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/S.Belka

Ah sorry so yes it's "une belle langue française" because "langue" is a feminine name :)

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It takes approximately 5-6 years of continual immersive language study to be able to perform fairly competently in another language when learning as an adult. Like everything else, the majority of people will cluster in the middle and there will be a few outliers on either end. What I have found is that my high school French (in which I failed miserably) is still in there somewhere and that vocabularly comes back to me whenever I decide to pick up French learning again. Even when it doesn't quite, I know I've see that word or rule before. I'm taking both Spanish and French with Duolingo. I find the Spanish easier because Spanish is pretty much spelled the way it sounds, so I'm able to sound out the word and then read the sentence to make sense of it and make correction. However, I don't expect to ever be able to speak either adequately without having native speakers come live with me or I move to countries that speak the language and I'm forced to acquire it. I do wish sources like Duolingo were around way back when as lessons back then (high school) were tedious and not conducive to really learning anything. If you studied a language before, it's like marinara sauce - its in there. I do expect to be able to understand the gist of conversations (part of language learning anyway) and be able to read some documents in either language. However, pulling full discourse out of one's head while still thinking in your native language is so much harder to do.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CJust99

bon travail !

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/theduolingan

Awesome ! Congrats

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https://www.duolingo.com/eeckel
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very good!!!

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https://www.duolingo.com/anaee193
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Bravo! Congratulations!

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https://www.duolingo.com/LeighManger123

welldone

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Félicitations!! :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FreyaHodges

Well done im kind of new at french so it will take me ages to do that well

4 years ago

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    Congratulations on your achievements!

    4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Usernon

    oohhhhh really :3

    4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/kristinemc

    Congrats!!

    4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/aldoCSenny
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    Congratulations my dear friend ^^

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    https://www.duolingo.com/Iveth_Gutierrez

    that's awesome :) Congrats!

    4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/IAmSoko

    That's amazing. Congrats!

    4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/haydn.wood

    congrats you will be the first person to reach level a3 and by the way how many hours do you do and how to you fit in your day job and life or do you learn all day and if you do have a job can you tell me what you do

    4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/MadahmG

    Woot Woot! Congratulations! I am so happy to hear this. I am crazy bent on using Duolingo to the fullest and hoping this can increase my french skills. Can't wait to be in your shoes rogerlcbj. Keep up the good work.

    4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/CJust99

    Here's a lingot for you !

    4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/aldoCSenny
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    Here, have a Cookie my generous friend

    4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/MehranNaja

    felicitations

    4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/sheylen

    C'est incroyable, mes félicitations.

    4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/lucemarina

    Congratulations. As far as the 27 years , it depends on what you are going to do with the language. Do you need it simply to survive, communicate with your peer,s read newspapers, books or do you want to be a university lecturer? When you get some basic skills in a language then you start using it in a more naural way, you listen to music, watch films, meet people, so it want be just an hour per day.

    4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Alidun
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    Congratulations - and I love your icon! :D One of the reasons I'm learning French is to be able to read Tintin books in their original language :)

    4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/CrystalFern

    I just found this program yesterday and It's fun. I took french in high school, so some of this is familiar, but it's a different teaching method than what I remember. There are things that this program isn't teaching (so far) like how to conjugate verbs...you can get to it with the link, but for someone totally new, how would they know to pay attention to that? Anyway, I have been writing down a lot of things, and reviewing the lessons multiple times. I wish I would have been able to do more with it in school, but moving to different places put a damper on that.

    4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/centime
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    Félicitations, continuez! Voici cinq lingots pour vous. J'aime aussi Tintin et Milou :-)

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    https://www.duolingo.com/S.Belka

    Wow congratulations ! If you need help in French, you can ask me or directly here !

    4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Yinyangrunner

    That is very encouraging. I hope to be able to do the same and start taking B2 German after I finish my tree.

    4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/tonz1788

    Congrats! I'm in Beijing too, maybe we can meet up sometime and exchange experiences :)

    4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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    Awesome! Lingot to you!

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    https://www.duolingo.com/Jolie-Coeur

    Wow, that's quite amazing! Congratulations on your success, this is really motivating to me too. I've been a bit lazy with my French but DuoLingo reminds me all the time and I feel like I'm really learning something. I hope that I can pass the tests too. 8^]

    4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/fateme191

    congratulations ^_^ :)))

    4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/TrilanguagePupil

    CONGRATS! I totally agree that Duolingo is amazing! Even schools are recommending it now.

    4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/progwork1

    In the only spot where we find the term "hour" in the wiki's link, it's related to 'tuition', so confirming it all depends on the way you learn, and which tools you use, (e.g. I can speed up the time to complete the lessons when tapping quickly in my smartphone's screen, although exposing myself to more errors due to the lack of concentration.)

    4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/JeansAss

    That's great!

    4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/cjholloway

    Congratulations on your GREAT achievement:-)

    4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/JT_____11
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    that is very interesting as i am hoping to do the same thing in spanish

    4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/rakusin
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    WOW! CONGRATS! I wish i can make it like you

    4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/luaxvi

    Wow! THAT, simply AMAZING! Wish I would be able to start taking B1 level courses right now. My mother tongue is Turkish and I got a C2 certificate when I was 15. And now I'm 17 and ALL I need is a B1 level French! Good job, keep it up, here's a lingot for you for inspiring me!

    4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/cbas12312321
    <h1>tintin</h1>
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    https://www.duolingo.com/eiennotoso

    A lingot for you to bring me back on track to brush up my French after 8 years.

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    Wow! Congrats :) ! Have you used any other sources for studying French except Duolingo?

    4 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Yosoyzurdo2013

    Tres bon!

    3 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/davidzof

    What level were you on Duolingo when you did the test? For info I'm level ten and recently passed level CEFR C2 although there isn't necessarily a correlation between the two.

    3 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/avanade
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    Well, think one's level here does not always match one's actual level of proficiency. The fluent speakers can, in fact, easily and swiftly complete the tree at a very low level. In my case, I completed the English tree in less than a week with considerable ease while my level was very low.

    One's level has more to do with how much studying time one has spent on Duolingo by participating in various language learning activities.

    My gut feeling is that the most courses here are designed to get its students ready for roughly btw A2 and B1 level(which is intermediate, I think. For example DELF B1, DELE B1) once they complete the tree and fully absorb/easily recall the entire contents covered in the tree.

    3 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/davidzof

    Yes good analysis.

    3 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Ahmed476632

    I love duolingo

    1 year ago
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