https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sue.Kelly

My thoughts on level 25

Excited to discover I've just reached level 25 in French! I've been using Duolingo every day for the last six months to learn French and Spanish.. I'd already studied French at school but that was more than 30 years ago so I was a little rusty! I'd also already completed the French tree before the crown system was introduced and I've found that the crowns have given me the incentive to tackle the trees in a more in-depth way.

I've found Duolingo to be fantastic for encouraging daily practice; little and often really does build up to a very solid foundation. I liken it to music where a daily practice has the same effect! I've encouraged my teenage son to also use it, and it's been great for improving his performance at school.

As for competency I feel this is just the beginning of my language journey. I'm pretty good at reading but rubbish at speaking...there's a long way to go before I'd really be able to describe myself as a French speaker. I'm going to continue to make my tree golden, do the reverse tree, and also continue my Memrise courses.

Thanks for the course contributors and moderators; I am genuinely thankful for this site. I think that the discussions are generally supportive and encouraging, and this pleasant atmosphere is one of the reasons why I continue using the site. Two suggestions for improvement are firstly to mark when someone reaches level 25. A fanfare would be nice, it's easy to miss! Secondly, as so much of my tree is incomplete it would be great to have additional levels to aim for, as others have mentioned. But thanks again and good luck to you all!

October 6, 2018

31 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MathsRobot

Félicitations! C'est génial que vous l'avez atteint, moi aussi je suis à la vingt-cinquieme niveau.

Pour pratiquer mon français, souvent je regarde des films français et mon emission preferée en français sur Netflix. J'espere que je peux etre courant en français un de ces jours, mais je suis content que je peux comprendre une langue trés belle comme le français.

Bien joué et bonne chance avec vos études!

October 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/7dare

To be constructive (and help you out!), here are a couple of mistakes in your message:

"que vous l'ayez atteint" instead of "avez" "content de pouvoir comprendre" instead of "content que je peux" "bonne chance pour vos études" sounds a lot more natural, and isn't an "anglicisme" like "avec".

Congratulations on level 25!

October 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MathsRobot

Thank you! I will keep these in mind so I can improve my accuracy next time round!

October 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sue.Kelly

Merci beaucoup! Ton français est si bon!

October 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stergi3

Great! This is my case too. I started Duolingo to remember my French and to start Italian I always wanted to learn and I knew just a few words and phrases. It is cool! The new French tree sent me back but it doesn't matter I didn't lost my trophy, the golden owl but I had to start again from the beginning. During this trip I found another Romance language to learn and I started the Spanish tree. I finished it and lost it, but it doesn't matter. And so! I hope to keep my trip when I finish all trees gold, it is a long trip and I have patience! :)

Keep on!

October 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sue.Kelly

Agree the new trees are actually a good thing; new challenges. Good luck in finishing it all!

October 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Joseph297228

Well done, Sue.Kelly! And thank you for posting, I like your fanfare idea, lol

October 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sue.Kelly

Thank you Joseph!

October 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas_Wesley

Great suggestions, and congrats!!!

October 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sue.Kelly

Thanks Thomas!

October 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/P-Code

Well done! I agree that a fanfare would be great to have. :)

October 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sue.Kelly

Thanks! We definitely need some marker....or maybe a different owl? Bigger?...someone once suggested a dancing owl....

October 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissSpells

Félicitations!!!

October 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sue.Kelly

Thanks!

October 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

Sue.Kelly, congratulations!

Just curious if you also plan to do the Spanish for French speakers course?

edited to correct link tag

October 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sue.Kelly

Thanks! The French for Spanish course sounds like a real challenge! I'd be using my French to learn Spanish, right? I think I'd like to make my French tree completely gold first to ensure I have all the vocabulary at my finger tips. I'd also think it may be wise to do the reverse French tree and reach a higher Spanish level first...what do you think?

October 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

Woops, I titled that backwards. It is the Spanish course for French speakers, so, to learn Spanish. I'll edit it. Most important will be getting your French to a good place. You can work on furthering Spanish while you're there.It will be challenging. If you use Google Translate where you are absolutely stuck, and utilize the sentence discussions in the lessons, it might not be impossible. You could always give it a try and then either remove the course or reset it for later if you decide to get a bit more practice before hand. Various people on duolingo have reported using such trees to "ladder" from a language they are learning to a new language. In this case, you'll have some experience with both languages. If you do this, I hope you'll let us know how it went. Once there is a Spanish for Japanese or a Japanese for Spanish, I'll be doing that. :)

October 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sue.Kelly

Thanks for the suggestion; I'll definitely have a look!

October 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CSA_GW

Congratulations! I am just like you, finishing the old tree, working in the new crown, reached level 25. Thanks for duo, I can see my french keeps improving.

My weakest points are two:

(1). the liaisons of hearing. --I find it be completely arbitrary!

(2). the missing of many words and parts of words from oral speaking. --Just like what we can hear in the duo stories.

We reached level 25, but we still have many to learn.

October 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sue.Kelly

Thank you! Agree listening is difficult. You have a long streak; well done!

October 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/angus390025

I'm pretty good at reading but rubbish at speaking

haha. I feel the same way. Keep on.

October 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sue.Kelly

I think this is a common problem on this site, Angus!

October 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nosaj10358

Felicidades! With the new tree design, its going to take much more time to finish. From my own experience, I learned exponentially more by being forced to speak the foreign language (Spanish in my case). I was in level 20 or 21 at the time here in DL. I thought the same as you (that I should complete the tree in reverse, etc). But to be honest, I don't think its the most efficient method. As much as I love Duolingo, I think its better to switch to another method of learning. In my example, I was in Mexico for two weeks, Before I went, I thought "I can't speak Spanish at all!", but after one week, I was speaking. After two weeks, I was actually having fun speaking Spanish with locals. If possible, I'd suggest going to a French speaking country. The only issue is that so many people in such countries already know English pretty well. Best of luck on your journey!

October 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sue.Kelly

Thanks! I completely agree regarding speaking; just go there and speak it! Unfortunately not so easy for me at the moment as I'm not living in Europe....I haven't been to France for years. I plan to move back to the Uk next year and I'm already thinking about the trips to France! I'm also not sure about the effectiveness of the reverse tree. I tried it and it felt a bit weird to hear Duolingo speak in English...I'm going to try again after my tree is golden...as you've pointed out it'll take some time! Thanks for posting.

October 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Grace570792

Congratulations!

October 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sue.Kelly

Thanks!

October 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ramone334998

well done,

October 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sue.Kelly

Thanks!

October 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VakkerKriger

Alas, they don't give any notice anymore when you achieve the trophy or any new level! At least not iphone. But congrats, it is no small feat. I'm about to reach level 20 in Norwegian and it is a lot of work. That will put me at only halfway to the 30000 XP needed to achieve lvl 25, and it's taken me 6 months to get here. So it's at least a year's worth of work.

October 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sue.Kelly

Thanks! I work on a laptop so no notification there either! Norwegian sounds interesting; well done for getting halfway. Was this a completely new language for you? I'd already studied French; at least I did the GCSE years ago; amazing what you retain. I'm working at a slower pace in Spanish as I've never studied it before.

October 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MathsRobot

Actually, I’m doing my GCSEs right now and Duolingo has really helped me in terms of vocabulary and sentence patterns and practice, although for the grammar rules French class helps me a bit more.

October 9, 2018

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