My french story
I've reached level 25, and currently have 36000 points/406 crowns - almost finished the level 4 tree. I started 6 1/2 months ago to learn french for an upcoming trip(next month) to France. I started from scratch (no french knowledge). This is what I've done:
1) Duolingo: daily: I generally do not do audio with duolingo, so I probably didn't get everything I could from it. But it is a great and fun way to learn words overall. I think this has helped me the most.
2) Pimsleur French: I've done all five levels of pimsleur french (using it on my daily commute). Works great for learning pronunciation, and learning to speak in full sentences. (bought it off of ebay cheap)
3) Rosetta Stone: This was free on line through my local library. I dislike this the most, but it was good for review. I just found it very boring, and you never get to type or spell words, which I though was a detriment.
4)Coffeebreak French: This was fun. I did the first three seasons (free). I especially liked the verb fix - really helped to learn some verb tenses.
5) reading: I've been reading Harry Potter Books and other light reading on my kindle. I especially like reading on kindle because I can get interpretation and definitions of words.
6) French Conversation Class: Local school had a 8 week conversational french class which was fun and got to talk with other students.
7) Library: I've checked out a couple french library books, which helps with verbs.
Overall - I think I've learned quite a bit in 6 months. A lot of what I ended up using I found in the discussion forum here!
I would say I'm at an intermediate B1 level overall - but still working on my listening comprehension (through coffeebreak french 4, and Journal en francais facile. )
Me souhaite bonne chance en France!
Well done MaryLouMor5.
reading: I've been reading Harry Potter Books and other light reading on my kindle. I especially like reading on kindle because I can get interpretation and definitions of words.
Clearly you're doing well. In my opinion, the easiest Harry Potter books in French (the first two) are more tricky than L'étranger by Albert Camus. I think most learners tend to assume it's the other way around - that books aimed at adults are always harder.
If you're able to read Harry Potter then I agree that you must be - at the very least - a B1 on the CEFR framework.
C'est trop cool ton histoire! Bon travail et bonne chance en France! Profites bien!
You've been going hard. How many hours a day do you think you've invested?
Probably average 2 hours per day with more on weekends. My guess is 400+ hours