what happens when finnished the tree?
I was just wondering, what happens when we Finnish the tree?
Amusing answer :) I finished the Italian tree and thought at least the duolingo owl might give an enthusiastic hoot in appreciation but nothing! Doing the immersion section is good as is trying to help out other learners with their questions. Try an on-line newspaper to read about what interests you.
You'll want to keep practicing! That's why you'll notice we've added word strength for each skill. Your strength will decay over time. Practicing will help you retain what you've learned. I also suggest trying out the immersion section. The team is working on more ways for advanced learners to continue learning new concepts as well. So look for those updates in the near future too.
When I finished my French tree, I used Immersion for a while, and then just passed on to reading, listening and strengthening my skills using a good solid textbook. I'm glad I didn't start with this textbook because it is much more boring than Duolingo or other online gamelike resources. I would probably get bored and drop my studies soon. However, after all I learned here and with other resources I knew I was not going to drop French, and I wanted to reinforce my knowledge with a more structured classic course.
Comics are great way to start and to keep yourself motivated, and yes, the context helps to understand what's going on even if you don't know what certain words mean. I have practiced spanish with Adventures of Tintin and italian with Corto Maltese. I'm sure there's plenty to choose for everyone, even if you're not a big comic fan.
Mallowigi, if I may suggest some Portuguese comics, I'd say some translations of famous comic strips (tirinhas), like Calvin and Hobbes (Calvin e Haroldo, in Portuguese) and Mafalda. - http://depositodocalvin.blogspot.pt/ - (Depósito do Calvin - Calvin's Deposit) - http://clubedamafalda.blogspot.pt/ - (Clube da Mafalda - Mafalda's Club) They are funny, they are kind of easy to understand, they are written in Brazilian Portuguese and they reflect the language we use in a day-to-day basis. And the best of all, they are really clever comic strips that make you think. Hope you enjoy it, if you need some help with them, I'm a native so I guess I could be helpful.
I think even less. About 3,000 words is enough to enjoy reading with a dictionary. 5,000 words would probably be enough to understand almost everything without a dictionary or only consult the dictionary once in a while. My current French vocabulary is hardly more than 5,000 words (I'd say 3,000 - 4,000 words) and I am quite comfortable reading with a dictionary or understand the main meaning without it.
10,000 words is a very good fluency in a foreign language. My English vocabulary is estimated as 12,000 - 15,000 words (http://testyourvocab.com), it is what I've gained since I started learning English at the age of 8 and it is quite enough to read books for pleasure.
Thanks Olimo, you are a mine of information. This is a great guide. I'd be interested to know how the word count on Duolingo relates to the word count on the testyourvocab.com or other methods of testing? I am visiting South America in 6 months time and am wondering whether the level achieved on Duolingo will allow me to hold a reasonable conversation if I finish the tree - how many words would that equate to.
Thanks for that link. It was very interesting, although it was also slightly depressing to see word counts drop above the age of sixty...
As for how many words you need, it will depend on the kind of conversations you're expecting and what books you intend to read, but I think Alan's estimate is more realistic than yours.
Levels just correspond to the number of your points and reflect the amount of work that you invested into your studies here. For example, I'm level 22 in German, but have not finished the tree yet because I need a lot of practice and repetition, thus gaining the points but moving slowly through the tree. You moved fast and apparently didn't do a lot of practice, that is why you finished the tree while only being level 13. There are no more lessons. Have you tried Immersion yet?