Hi all, anybody knows what level can you expect to be if finish all of the lessons in Duolingo?
Will I be able to use past and future tense? Or read regular French literature like The little prince, etc... Thank you in advance.
Salut, Sisi. Yes, the learning tree progresses from present tense, through future tenses and other tenses such as conditional and parfait, etc. The levels become more complex and challenging as you move up. However, you should be doing the stories and then listening to podcasts as well. Do not just do the lesson tree. Bonne chance!
You will be at best CEFR A2 in reading, less than that in writing, listening and speaking if you only use Duolingo.
You will be able to make limited use of past and future tenses to support everyday conversations about things you are very familiar with - but your conversational skills will be quite limited and depend on stock phrases that you have practised in advance. It's still a beginner level.
Janet I disagree with your assessment. Like school, the lessons are a starting point for your learning. If you do them casually then yes, you will get less out of them; but when finishing the course successfully you will understand a lot of written french, especially things written online that don't use the literary tenses.
"your conversational skills will be quite limited and depend on stock phrases that you have practised in advance"
- Even an expensive language institute course is not going to give you conversational fluency. That will only come through practice. Everybody's ability to process language is different so the ability to understand and respond in real time emerges differently in each of us. But with enough practice everyone can do it.
Also, Duo offers a lot of other resources to help you progress outside of the base lessons. The stories really test your listening and reading comprehension and the ones toward the end are absolutely intermediate level. The flashcards can help you to commit the vocab to memory. Listening to the duo french podcast and reading the transcripts improves your listening and speaking skills as you hear a lot of new vocabulary that you are able to figure out in context. I tackled some french language TV shows and I was able to understand much of it way before I finished the tree. And now that the meetups are online, everyone has a real conversation practice space available to them.
So I said a lot to say that taking any class will not give you much benefit if you don't work hard to get everything out of it; but taking this class and mastering it will leave you as an intermediate french student.
True - but the point is they do not teach beyond beginner - other than a little low intermediate vocab.
Even an expensive language institute course is not going to give you conversational fluency.
True to a point. But the language school I go to teaches all in Hungarian past basic beginner. Even as beginners we are exposed to long form text (with simple vocab and sentence structure) and long blocks of spoken text. We work in our TL - not translate single sentences back and forward. And this morning I joined other (intermediate) students for an hour of discussion (we each presented information on a hobby and fielded questions from the others - and received corrections from our teacher).