Hi i'm new.I was wondering how much time will it take to learn french if I study everyday? Any tips?
It looks hard, plus that I'm learning on my own. No one in my family speaks french. Can you give some advice? It would be very helpful.
Duolingo courses are IMHO more for the long-term.
The CEFR Spanish and French from English courses are quite long.
So my math says, that it can easily take you ~1,8-2,3 years to complete a longer tree with 158 skills, if you go more slowly, that is about 1-2 new L0 lessons per day (=7-14 new words).
So a L1 crown level (+ regular practice) or L1-L3 crown pyramid system should be possible, but probably not the highest L5 crown level.
Above numbers are based on the fact that I was able to gain my "golden owl" in my 1st Romance language (Portuguese) within one year (pre-crown era); but this tree was way shorter (69 skills, 406 lessons).
I also had used Memrise in parallel (several courses which is great to hear recorded audio by native speakers) and a bit of 50languages and Mondly on top.
And during that time jumping on 1-2 other learning resources on top besides Duolingo should not be the big problem for you.
If you invest multiple hours per day into your French learning and you can gain more XPs per day for Duolingo, then you may be able to complete your tree faster.
But in the end it does not count how fast you can complete it (e.g. mobile app: more easier tapping word bank exercises) but how good your accuracy rate is (what you can retain and recall).
In the end it is more the effectivity how you practice your learned words every day (RECALLING tests in the target language), if you use the www.Duolingo.com web portal to train sentence construction, freely translate verb tenses, how you drill verb infinitives, conjugations, verb stem tables, etc.
And if you also hide the multiple-choice answer options on the web or L2 French sentences or not (to focus on the listening and "in the head translations").
What I describe above might be a bit more difficult in the short- and mid-term and it surely will take you longer than just tapping around on word banks on the mobile app (where you can basically shut your brain off or watch TV in parallel).
But the end results should be better after 1,5-3,x+ years.
So just take your time, use the right (mixed) practice method and do not care too much about Duolingo language levels, Leagues, XPs and completed crown levels.
The more NEW words you learn each day, the more words of "recently learned" and old skills you need to review the following days and weeks :-)
If you go over the 20-30 new words / per day threshold, then it gets pretty challenging and your Memrise course backlog queue will quickly (over-)fill.
Memrise suggests 20 words (max) per learning session.
If you feel the power on a specific day or in the beginning, you can of course do 2-4+ sessions per day, if you do not forget about your classic (typing) reviews old older content.
I hope this helps a bit.
French is a long term project. The tree here will take over a year but will be a good beginner grounding.
At this stage repeat the sentences - to get your face, tongue, and lips used to it - but don't expect you will be able to "speak French" - as in have a real conversation - anytime soon.
Try and do something every day. Learn the gender with the nouns.
Make sure you read the tips before each skill - and sentence discussions after the lesson. Take notes. And use the hover method (do not take each skill to level 5 quickly) - https://blog.duolingo.com/whats-the-best-way-to-learn-with-duolingo/ (this gives you the best chance to remember long term and to understand the material)
Plus all the usual things for studying. Eat well. Sleep well. Take mini-breaks every 10-15 minutes and long breaks every 90 minutes or so.
One thing to clarify is why you are learning French and what for. Work? Getting into college? Reading literature? Appreciating opera? Talking to the neighbours who just moved in from Montpelier? Surviving as a tourist for a week? I've known caterers who just wanted to be able to understand a french chef or know specific vocabulary for the kitchen. Learn what you need and the rest is superfluous. Use Duo for the general stuff and get suitable specialist books/apps for the rest.
During my time in the Navy, linguistic competence for most people anywhere in the world was defined by a single sentence; (in french) "Deux bieres, s'il vous plait. Mon ami va payer." (Two beers please. My friend will pay.) Everything else was sign language. I had to know how to track down a crane driver on a public holiday for 15.30 because we had a 250 kg helicopter engine being delivered at 16.00 and were due to sail at 18.00. Duo would have given me about half of that and the Navy gave me a technical glossary. (He didn't turn up until 16.30 - eight burly sailors had carried the thing off the truck and onboard via two gangways.)
I taught a frustrated colleague in the sales department in 5 x 1 hour lessons how to communicate by telephone with her opposite number in Strasbourg; times, dates, years 1975-99, numbers 1-100 (french telephone numbers are formatted 126.96.36.199), alphabet in French (or phonetically Alfa, Bravo, etc with French pronunciation), public holidays (jour feries), bridging days (fill-ins when there's a ph on a Tue/Thu - jours de pont), orders/invoices (commandes/factures) and a bit about the weather. Plus the two killer sentences, "Est-ce que Monsieur Lauchet (the english-speaking salesman) est la?" and "Vous repetez/parlez plus lentement svp, je telephone de l'Angleterre." She was ecstatic, the French loved her and I got a bottle of champagne at Christmas. She had "learned French" in a week.
A small amount of French is appreciated by anyone. Just making the initial effort goes a long way.
I'm old school; get a dictionary, a vocabulary notebook, a slim volume of grammar. And use them. Plus the online tools that people in the forums tell you about.
Develop confidence; know what you know and probably more importantly, what you don't. Improvise the rest or learn phrases to inform the other party of your shortcomings. You'll never know it all. I just failed a Level 4 check because I couldn't remember what a standard tie was... Bow tie doesn't count. Miming a buttoned up collar in a clothes shop would have got me through in reality.
Don't get hung up on the fine points. (Duo is not the real world - you can get a whole lot further with humans.) Be prepared to make mistakes. Pick up and remember the inevitable corrections that you will be given in good humour.
These resources may be of assistance for those starting out:
PDF of the notes created by Dante Fuentes.
Story Weaver - Filter the books by: Languages, Level, Categories, and more
Unite for literacy - select the globe next to the crayon at the top to select French and listen to the audio for the story in English and French.
See here for Newspapers from France
French Grammar and Vocabulary
français facile - focuses on the grammar.
ELFE - With this content you can reach a college level in French. Accents are mandatory.
Memrise - offers five levels of French. It has recently been updated for more professional looking content.
rbdigital Pimsleur audio courses - Don't know whether you are in the US or Canada. If you are, most libraries offer rbdigital which gives you access to Pimsleur audio courses on your computer or phone. I'm currently enjoying one of these courses.