Duo Fluency% challenge for French learners

You don't have to be part of the recently announced Fluency% A/B test to participate.

The challenge is to write about a real life scenario using ONLY the words in your French words learned list and see how far you can get. I'll suggest a couple of scenarios, or you can make up your own. But contrived fantasy scenarios should be avoided, e.g. I went to the zoo and saw the pink elephant eating the green apples.

Scenario 1: You have friends coming for a dinner party, so you go to the nearest épicerie to order the ingredients to make a hot meal and dessert. What do you say?

Scenario 2: You are on holiday and want to write a TripAdvisor-style review in French about the place, hotel or restaurant you have just visited to warn others about the terrible time you have had.

You can use a limited number of proper nouns e.g. Champagne. You can also include words not in your list, but mark them with square brackets, i.e. [word].

If you are not too embarrassed and you are on the right side of the A/B test, please include your fluency score with your entry. (Mine is only 27%, so don't be shy.)

I would encourage others to upvote the best entries and I will award 100 bonus Lingots to the top entry. Good luck.

May 22, 2015


I can't edit my OP, but meant to add that the Scenario 1 meal needs to be recognisable dishes, not a dog's dinner. So " banane à l'oignon " doesn't cut la moutarde with me at least, although your dinner guests may have different tastes!

And if you have ideas for a good scenario for others to try, but don't have time yourself, please feel free to suggest them here.

May 22, 2015

You should see an "Edit" option on the bottom right:

May 22, 2015

Thanks. There is indeed an Edit option, but if I try to edit the OP it greys (US grays) out the text and any change loses the original entry. I've messed up too many posts that way, and other users have reported the same problem too.

It doesn't affect editing replies; those are fine.

May 22, 2015

Je suis allé à l'épicerie. L'épicerie est deux kilomètres à sul de ma maison.

D'abord, je suis allé à la [charcuterie] dans le magasin.

— Bonjour, monsieur, j'ai dit. Comment ça va ?

— Ah, Conrad ! Mon client préféré ! Comment je peux aider vous aujourd'hui ? il a repondu.

— Je voudrais une centaine du jambom, s'il vous plaît !

— Bien sûr !

Il m'a donné le jambon.

— Voulez-vous d'autre chose ? il a demandé.

— Oui, deux cent grammes de le fromage [suisse] canadien, s'il vous plaît !

Après de cela, je suis allé à la boulangerie dans l'épicerie. Il y a beaucoup de pain délicieux dans la boulangerie.

— Excusez-moi, madame ? j'ai dit. Est-ce que je peux avoir cette gâteau ?

— Oui!

J'ai prendu le gâteau, du pain, et ensuite je suis allé à la caisse.

— La somme est trente dollares quatre-vingt-quatorze.

— C'est très cher ! j'ai dit. Peux-je payer avec ma carte de visa?

— Oui. Insertez votre carte, s'il vous plait.

J'ai reçu un message : votre carte a été refusée. Zut alors. Qu'est-ce que je vais faire maintenant ?

La fin.

May 22, 2015

Thank you ketoacidosis for your fantastic effort. You must have more words in your list than mine.

I've spotted a few minor slips: "sul ???", " ... vous aider ..." instead of "... aider vous ...", " ... de [le] fromage ...", "J'ai prendu ???" - try J'ai pris.

May 22, 2015

Merci beaucoup !

Oh, I now realize I misunderstood the purpose of this.

Did you mean that we should only use words learned on Duolingo to see how accurate the new "% fluency" measure is?

May 22, 2015

That was the general idea. I thought it would make an interesting challenge to only use words taught by Duolingo to write something fluently.

I note you highlighted the word charcuterie - do you mean there are others not in your list?

May 22, 2015

I originally thought we should write using words we knew and put "[]" around words that we didn't know yet. I didn't know a few words, so I had to look them up, and I put "[]" around them.

I think a few of the words I used weren't learned from Duolingo, but I've seen them on Memrise. I finished a "1000 themed words" course, and I'm done 1500/5000 of the most frequent French words.

I think words like "centaine, d'abord, zut" weren't in Duolingo.

I'm not part of the A/B test, so I don't know what my given fluency would be.

May 22, 2015

Lingots for "zut"!

I will never forget my grade 3 teacher. Whenever the class got out of hand, she'd throw a hissy fit, slam her hand on the desk and yell (in a whiny voice that made you think she was going to cry) "Non, mais zut alors!"

May 22, 2015

I didn't think Duo taught "zut", unless it was one of the bonus skills. I'm afraid I'll have to disqualify you entry for the time being. Have 10 lingots as a consolation for your efforts. If there are no other entries, I'll give you the full 100 for a sterling piece of work - although I'm sure you don't need them after a 780 day streak.

May 23, 2015

I'm still mystified by " ... à sul de ma maison." Did you mean " .... au sud ... " to the south?

May 23, 2015

Yeah, I wanted to say to the south.

Thank you for the Lingots; I think I can manage with what I have for now. I used to have 2000+ a few months ago, but I have 111 now. I picked up a bunch quickly by going through the English for French speakers tree.

May 23, 2015
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Is there a limit to the length/number of words?

May 24, 2015

Absolutely not. The only limit is that you are confined to using the words in your Words list (c. 1,000) and what you write has to make sense in the real world.

May 24, 2015
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