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https://www.duolingo.com/LilinKecil

Wow, such progress!

So I posted about this before

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/2136189

but just to update, my son, who is now 12 and has been studying French since age 5, and got 56% in his French exam at school at Christmas, which was below average.

After that result he started with Duolingo learning French, and worked on it every day pretty much without fail, and the result was in his summer exam he got 78%, which was not only top of his class (the lower of 2 ability groups in his year for French), but also top of the year, beating everyone in the top class. (And beyond just the numbers he is hugely more confident in French and he said that the other children at school look to him for help now too.)

He spent a week in France on a school French trip a couple of weeks ago, and he won the prize for best student on the trip (they gave him a Tintin book).

So now he is being given the work from the top class, and next school year (September) he will be in the top class.

So we are very proud of him for his progress, from his hard work, but only possible because of Duolingo, and it's fantastic for his wider educational prospects too, because of all the exams he will set over the next few years, that French is now 'in the bag'.

The only thing missing for us from Duolingo is Latin, because he's still getting 56% in that! Hopefully by the end of the year there will be Duolingo Latin so he can work on that in time for his school entrance exams in Spring 2015.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/_gs9
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That's awesome. Well done to your son! When I read things like this I always have to take a step back and appreciate just how amazing Duolingo is and just how incredibly hard everyone here has worked and volunteered to create such a useful website!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thekatmorgan
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This is awesome, well done to your son! P.S Maybe start him on Italian, it might help with the latin..

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LilinKecil

I think we will probably skip Italian, his next school does French, German, Spanish, Russian and Chinese, plus Latin and (ancient) Greek., so I think he would find Italian a bit to tangential set against the reality of having to take exams in yet a third language.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fazac
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Whaaattt? Does he have to take all those languages or can he choose?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LilinKecil

No, at least one but not more than three.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AneurinEE
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I've taught some Latin at university level and I would recommend getting him to do German. While Italian shares plenty of vocabulary with Latin, the experience of reading German is a lot closer to trying to read Latin because the syntax is challenging in a lot of the same ways (e.g. the use of cases, the word order, and so on).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thekatmorgan
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Romanian grammar is even closer to Latin, but yeah looks like he has his hands full as it is!

On a separate note, I throughly recommend Russian. Not enough non-slavs know it, would be a huge advantage!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Awesome news! I love hearing stories like this... :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/andrew974v

Awesome story!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BobbieL
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Maybe you should try Memrise to supplement his Latin vocabulary practice. It may not be quite as effective as Duolingo overall, since it doesn't have sentences and such, but it might help him good a good forward nudge going. (And Duolingo hasn't even started on a Latin course yet, we have no idea when they'll even start, and courses take months to create, so I wouldn't want to bet his academic progress on them getting to it in time.)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-HKBK-
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That's fantastic, what a lovely story!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/crayolaxsmiles

what textbook is he using for Latin? a good textbook can make a world of difference! I totally recommend Latin Via Ovid as a supplemental aid if you think his textbook might be bogging him down. it's super clear and very well organized, and the translations for each chapter are always at an appropriate level of difficulty re: material mastered.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PatNevins

Excellent! Great motivation for us to keep pushing our kids on their Spanish (and how they NEED to be pushed!). Sadly the Coaching feature is unavailable to them at the moment since they're on Web and Android. Can't wait for that to roll out to those platforms.

4 years ago