More students need to experience Duolingo! Here's my story:
I live in Toronto, ON in Canada. French is a mandatory subject in school from grade 4-9, but a lot of these French teachers aren't good at teaching us French! Most French teachers I've had have issues like not teaching us in a way that would help us understand the language, or not making us feel like learning this new language is fun. That's why you find a lot of students who don't like French or learning new languages. I was excited to learn French and I did very well learning it in grade 4, where I got a really fun teacher who knew her tricks. But of course, I didn't get a great teacher every year. So you see, I'm not being bias, and this isn't the case for ALL teachers and students in Ontario, but this is based on my own experience. My French teacher in grade 5 liked my progress and recommended Duolingo to me, and my French teacher in grade 7 gave my class many opportunities to use Duolingo to learn.
Now, moving on to high school, I'm way more interested in learning French on Duolingo because 1) My current French teacher can barely teach and he's a disgusting person (that's another story), and 2) Duolingo is improving, and really caught my attention now with their interactive stories. It made me realize how fun learning a language is even on my own, as long as a I have the right tools in hand, and I put in effort in learning a language every day, in ways I know excite me.
French is really important in the specialized program at my high school. So I'm making up for all the knowledge in French that I could've known before and I'm learning and practicing as much as possible for my academics... and for the experience. Duolingo has changed the way I look at learning a new language. I hope other students can discover Duolingo and begin or enhance their learning journey here. :)
Wow! If you have been studying French for 6 years and find DL useful your teachers must be very bad! I think we would have covered what DL teaches in under 2 years at school - and we did spoken French as well!
Well, that's awesome! I'm not saying all of my French teachers are bad, but they didn't have much of a long-lasting effect on me. And this year of learning French (5th year) has sucked overall, even if I got really high marks. But anything can get better :)
It is great that you have found your own way, good luck for your further progress!
Wait till you can walk up to him and fluently speak French at him. Oh the look on his face...
I am thankful to have a pleasant teacher and I know it is not the common thing. I hope you will get a new teacher. Thanks for the little inside view of your experience.