https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SussexSoleil

Simple test of French fluency

Can you read this and make sense of it without stopping to decode each word?

Sleon une édtue de l'Uvinertisé de Cmabrigde, l'odrre des ltteers dnas un mto n'a pas d'ipmrotncae, la suele coshe ipmrotnate est que la pmeirère et la drenèire soeint à la bnnoe pclae. Le rsete peut êrte dnas un dsérorde ttoal et vuos puoevz tujoruos lrie snas porlbème. C'est prace que le creaveu hmauin ne lit pas chuaqe ltetre elle-mmêe, mias le mot cmome un tuot.

December 2, 2014

38 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chibi_usa

I think it might have helped that I read this before in English a few months back but only had to guess based on context for about 2-3 words. Perhaps I am doing okay in french after all. ^_^ thank you for posting this.

December 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SussexSoleil

I still think it's an indication of your progress. If you didn't know the French vocabulary already, you couldn't reconstruct the works to make sense of them.

December 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MultiLinguAlex

I could read everything without stopping, but I read it a bit slowly. My reading abilities in French are at a B1 level, but I guess it helped knowing this kind of text in German (my native tongue) as well =)

December 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SussexSoleil

So what does it look like in German? I may regret asking :-)

December 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MultiLinguAlex

"Afugrnud enier Sduite an enier Elingshcen Unvirestiät ist es eagl, in wlehcer Rienhnelfoge die Bcuhtsbaen in eniem Wrot sethen, das enizg wcihitge dbaei ist, dsas der estre und lzete Bcuhtsbae am rcihgiten Paltz snid. Der Rset knan ttolaer Bölsdinn sien, und du knasnt es torztedm onhe Porbelme lseen. Das ghet dseahlb, wiel wir nchit Bcuhtsbae für Bcuhtsbae enizlen lseen, snodren Wröetr als Gnaezs. Smtimt's?"

December 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SussexSoleil

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December 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hellerm

Neat, I think I'll take a look at this again in a few months. I could only do about 25% without stopping.
:(

December 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gavier

I've seen this in English and my first thought about attempting it in french was 'pas question'! But I'm surprised to say that actually I can read it. Not seamlessly but not bad. Je suis étonné!

December 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SussexSoleil

Moi aussi. C'est bizarre, mais c'est assez facile quand on attrape le coup pour faire.

December 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/raans
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Yes. Great, but fluency is a bit that deciphering misspelled words. Thanks, anyway. :)

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December 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SussexSoleil

... or a bit more than recognising missing words :-)

December 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/raans
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Thanks :)

December 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dom.chellz

It wasn't as hard as i thought it would be maybe my french is improving without me noticing.

December 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SussexSoleil

Perhaps it is ... !

December 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/norteaga

I realized I knew this when I reached the last sentence, I think my fluency is not bad at all... yei!

December 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/whimsing

So I feel a little dumb because I didn't realize that the words weren't spelled correctly at first. My first thought was "Is this even French?" Haha! But after I realized, I did quite well. Thanks!! xx

December 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SussexSoleil

Yeah, my first reaction was "I don't know Spanish." xx

December 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SussexSoleil

Don't know why you didn't get a lingot for your post - oversight!

December 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/whimsing

Thanks ! xx

December 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChikeJ

Got tripped up on "coshe" and "soeint" but otherwise this was indeed just like reading a normal paragraph. Was cool when I saw it in English, even cooler to have such ease reading a massively misspelled foreign language.

December 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SussexSoleil

Thanks for your reply. I didn't recognise the words "coshe" or "soeint" out of context. What does that tell me; I read sentences, not words?

December 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MultiLinguAlex

It's chose ("thing") and soient (Subjonctif of "être", have a look at here).

December 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lemelisk

I got stuck on the first word.....

i guess i have quite a way to go before fluency D:

December 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SussexSoleil

Aw, thanks for trying and posting. It's not really a legitimate fluency test, but a bit of fun.

December 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elikon96

mieux que j'ai pense que je peux

December 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SussexSoleil

Better than you thought you could?

December 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elikon96

yes.. well, more like "better then I thought I can", because I wasn't completely sure what "could" is. pourrais maybe? d'ailleurs, nice thread :)

December 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ronnie-JA

"Better than". And "could" is more appropriate because its past tense. mieux que j'ai pensé que j'aie pu is my effort.

And fwiw, I read this as if it were straight French. Weird or what. But I know the same thing happens in English. Something to do with how the brain processes information.

December 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SussexSoleil

How about just "Mieux que prévu" = "Better than expected".

December 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John.Ru

Very cool...

December 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wonderboy6

Yeah, i knew the study in english already so that must have helped and in the french translation i only had to stop and think about 4 words yet saying thati know i am farrrrr from fluent i.e speaking listening writing...

December 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/danaibalt

you know you're not fluent when you're still translating french into english.

Edit: Im sorry if this sounds rude, my english can be pretty horrible at times

December 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/danaibalt

I can read it and it makes me so happy. Its quite funny I didnt realise it was jumbled up until I hit the 'prace que'

December 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SussexSoleil

The customary lingot is yours.

December 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/danaibalt

merci

December 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mrnjh

Thanks for posting this! Duo keeps trying to get me to try Immersion by saying things like "Congratulations! You can now read 68% of insert language here ..." and I admit I didn't quite believe him.

December 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SussexSoleil

Do you believe now?

December 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mrnjh

I do now! Thanks a lot :)

December 7, 2014
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