French tree all gold!
I was determined to do it but I had already moved on to using mainly other learning resources, just coming back to DL to chip away at the remaining crowns (I already had level 25 when they switched to crowns). I have come a long way since I first started on DL at the beginning of my journey to learn french, I just have to find more courage to speak now!!
It's been fun.
I just have to find more courage to speak now!!
Maybe you could try to find a penfriend, on Hellolingo for example? :)
I have actually started a french group in my small town. We had our first meeting last week. Only 4 of us so far, and very mixed ability, but it is surprising how much of a relief it was to get some conversation going, even with all the mistakes. I have started to read french out loud because I am sure that part of it is training your mouth to move in the way that is required to make some very different sounds and word patterns. I have a stutter which I have overcome, but it comes back when speaking french, because my mouth is not familiar with what I am trying to do with it!! Anyone else with a stutter/stammer that finds it more difficult with a non native language?
I've got an issue called Cluttering, similar to that of Stuttering or Stammering, (I feel your pain), and so far it hasn't been an insane issue. Then again, I've been avoiding doing the microphone lessons, but I'm constantly trying to talk to my friends with French. I can definitely tell that it's evident in my speaking, but it hasn't bugged me to much.
I also have finished the tree and was wondering what Duolingo suggests we do next. I guess the links below are a start but is there some sort of official path?
Once I get to level 25 and once I get to all gold/5 crowns in all skills, I’m planning on reading/listening to all of the stories in the Stories tab.
You need to go outside DL after level 25 and way before you get all gold. I got the golden owl/level 25 a year ago and had done all the stories available then. I then went for other resources. You won't make real progress unless you start reading, listening and trying to speak (last one the most difficult). It's a long way from level 25 to 5 crowns in all skills and you'll need to mix it up.
You are probably better doing the reverse tree next. Basically, it puts your French knowledge to the test by doing the English course. Though I haven't done it personally, I have seen lots and lots of people discussing it.