I just finished my French tree!
When I first heard about Duolingo, two years ago, I was a little skeptic about it. But when I accessed it for the first time, I knew it was different from all the other language teaching sites online, and I fell in love instantaneously with that friendly-looking owl. So, I decided to take the course seriously. I got a notebook and started to write every single word from every single lesson.
With this method, it took me 14 months to conquer the tree, but I learned almost all the words from the course and by now, I'm capable of conjugating any French verb in all tenses (except l'imparfait du subjonctif, but I'm working on it). I know that there's still a long way to go, but after all, I can simply grab myself a French book and learn even more words, and in my opinion, that's the main point of Duolingo: to give you enough knowledge of a language so you can learn more by yourself.
Now, regarding my CEFR level, after some tests and from how well I read French, I'd say that my actual level, after Duolingo, in general, is B2, not too far from a B1, at least in reading, writing and comprehension. However, let's make it clear, if I only used Duolingo, I guess I wouldn't pass from A2. My Portuguese background helped me a lot most of the time, and if I didn't have other resources, I'd never reached so far. What I'm trying to say is: Don't restrain yourself to Duo. There are plenty of useful websites, books and people that are willing to help you. But don't underestimate Duo, it's a great tool after all.
So, many thanks to all the French team for the awesome work and thanks to the community as well, I'd be lost without all of you :')
That's awesome! Duolingo is a great base for your French and language studies. How are you going to continue learning French? I would recommend some movies as they help with listening comprehension.
I'll try to read more French books to expand my lexicon, listen to even more songs and watch movies as well. Is there any movie that you'd like to recommend?
Yes, I got a French movie today that looks pretty good. It's called Joyeaux Noël. It is about WWI. Also, you can get Frozen in French (If that's your thing).
Le Petit Prince is a must read for all, it is the perfect mix of new and old vocab and syntax.
Stromae is good because he mixes fast French rap and slow speech. (Plus some of his songs are pretty good).
I wish you luck in your studies! If you need any more suggestions there is a whole forum of helpful people! :D Bonne chance!
It's not just Frozen. There are French dubs of most, if not all, Disney movies.
If you haven't seen it yet, Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain is pretty great.
Wow! That's awesome. I really liked how duolingo started from the really beginning of any language. I started with Spanish two years ago. Obviously the pronunciation was easy, so I didn't have a problem being rather young. But the when I started getting the hand of it, I started with French. And then it gets weird. But then I wanted to learn French so bad, I continued. And now I just love it! Happy language learning!
I am in France on an exchange and I have learned soo muh french here, then I found this site today and I am addicted to it!! When I return to Canada every book I have read in english I am going to read in french and watch movies in French( with the english subtitles) my goal is to become completly bi-lingual before I am 25
Way to go! Congratulations. French is a really wondeful language. Have you considered doing one of the "reverse" courses, from French to English or to another language, for further practice here at Duolingo? FWIW, I'm doing the reverse Russian course (to English), and it gives very good practice in Russian. The reverse French course ought to be equivalent.
I've already started the reverse course :D It's fun, but sometimes confusing as well, as I'm still thinking of it as a French to English course XD
Good jobs,congratulations! I also got B2 diplome in the last 2013 but i stopped learning French since then (about 1 year and 3 months) and now ,i need to learn it again for my study. That's why i started Duolingo yesterday. I can't even imagine that after a long time,i am now suck at French. I can not hear the real conversation or even speak some simple sentences OMG... Hope this friendly owl will help me in the next 2 months
Wow! Great job! I love hearing these stories, as they help motivate me to keep working on my tree and not get discouraged when I'm having trouble on a lesson. Thanks for sharing!
You're welcome, I'm glad I helped. And keep it up :D It will soon be your turn to post one of these stories.
Yay, that's really awesome! Congratulations! :) What novels are you reading?
I'm currently reading "Le Petit Prince". It was the only French book I found, since they're kinda hard to find around here.
Good choice! I absolutely love the English version of that. :) You should check out "L'Etranger" if you can find one there, it's really nice, too. Plus, I think it's not super complicated to read, even in French. Anyway, good luck to us! I'm still waaaaaay behind you. :D
congratulations !! ,, Do you see a progress in your language after finishing your tree ??
Yes, I do. Specially because I've never had any contact with the French language, so everything was new for me :)
Félicitations! J'espère que vous continuez avec le français. C'est une belle langue qui est aussi très utile.
A good French book series I found is called "Les Chevaliers d'Emeraude". I recommend it if you are trying to find some french books that aren't not too hard. Plus if you go to discount book stores, I have found that most of them have good foreign language sections.
you menschen in your post that you wrote every voc. word you learned...so how many French words did you learn?
Duolingo states that the French course has around 2000 words (1935, to be exact). However, the actual number might revolve around 1500 words. That's because Duolingo counts every verb as multiple words.
But, as Duo wasn't my only method of obtaining vocabulary, I'd say that I learned around 1800 words. I don't have an exact number, since I didn't enumerate every single word I wrote. So, it's impossible to actually know exactly how many words I know.