Duolingo Goals and Schedule

The French Duolingo course went through a modification at the beginning of 2015. The matrix below shows the coursework after (and before) the changes.

 After Spring 2015 Before Spring 2015
Module # Lessons Module # Lessons
Basics 1 4 Basics 1 4
Basics 2 5 Basics 2 5
Phrases 4 Phrases 4
Food 7 Food 7
Animals 5 Animals 4
Idioms 3 Idioms 3
Flirting 3 Flirting 3
Adjectives 1 2 Adjectives 1 5
Plurals 4 Possessives 2
Être / Avoir 1 Plurals 5
Clothing 3 Ètre/Avoir 2
Colors 2 Clothing 3
Possession 2 Colors 2
Verbs: Present 1 4 Verbs: Present 1 4
Demonstratives 1 1 Questions 3
Conjugations 1 1 Verbs: Present 2 8
Questions 3 Adjectives 2 9
Verbs: Present 2 8 Conjunctions 3
Adjectives 2 8 Prepositions 6
Pronouns 3 Pronouns 4
Prepositions 1 1 Verbs: Present 3 10
Numbers 1 3 Family 3
Family 3 Time 9
Possessives 2 2 Verbs: Infinitive 6
Demonstratives 2 1 Adverbs 9
Time 9 Occupation 4
Verbs: Infinitive 5 Negatives 2
Adverbs 1 3 Adverbs 2 9
Occupation 4 Household 7
Negatives 3 Objects 7
Conjugations 2 2 Adjectives 3 9
Adverbs 2 4 Places 10
Household 8 Irregular Plurals 3
Objects 7 People 5
Adjectives 3 10 Verbs: Past Imperfect 2
Prepositions 2 3 Directions 4
Places 10 Feelings 7
Irregular Plurals 3 Numbers 8
People 6 Determiners 2
Verbs: Present 3 8 Adjectives 4 10
Verbs: Past Imperfect 3 Pronouns 2 4
Verbs: Compound Past 9 Verbs: Infinitive 2 10
Directions 3 Verbs: Compound Past 9
Verbs: Compound Past 2 5 Abstract Objects 9
Numbers 2 3 Verbs: Compound Past 2 5
Feelings 9 Communicaitons 6
Possessives 3 2 Abstract Objects 2 8
Demonstratives 3 2 Verbs: Infinitive 3 10
Adjectives 4 10 Passive Voice 1
Pronouns 2 3 Abstract Objects 3 7
Verbs: Infinitive 2 10 Verb Pluperfect 3
Abstract Objects 1 8 Nature 6
Communications 6 Materials 3
Adverbs 3 9 Verb Gerund 1
Abstract Objects 2 6 Arts 5
Reflexives 2 Verbs: Future 3
Verbs: Infinitives 3 9 Medical 8
Passive Voice 2 Verbs: Subjective 3
Prepositions 3 4 Politics 7
Abstract Objects 3 7 Education 1
Verbs: Pluperfect 3 Verbs: Imperative 4
Nature 6 Verbs: Modal 4
Materials 3 Verbs: Conditional 2
Verbs: Gerund 1 Science 4
Arts 6 Verbs: Past Conditional 2
Verbs: Future 2 Transportation 5
Measures 3 Verbs: Past Simple 1
Medical 9 Economics 6
Verbs: Subjunctive Present 3 Sports 4
Politics 8 Spiritual 2
Education 4
Verbs: Imperative 4 Total Lessons 355
Verbs: Conditional 2
Science 5
Verbs: Past Conditional 2
Transportation 6
Past Subjunctive 2
Economics 8
Sports 4
Spiritual 3
Total Lessons 364

Feel free to copy and paste this into Excel, you can then alter it to create your own schedule. When learning a language on your own, it is important to give yourself goals without over-reaching, which will lead to frustration and quitting. The blog posts that run from February 20th – June 30th, are my notes on each module of Duolingo French. I share with you many mnemonics on how to memorize feminine and masculine genders. For a simple guide to A1/A2 French language topics:

http://www.happychild.org.uk/freeway/french/index.htm#frenchgrammar

http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tex/gr/

http://www.french-linguistics.co.uk/grammar/#.VMIAfCvF__E

From June 30th forward, I concentrated on pronunciation, wordlists, songs, translations, podcasts, movies, videos and study ideas. One or more of my material presentations are presented each day, until we reach the end of one year.

Study Tips – This is the most crucial point in your learning process because it is here that you choose how to progress. Only you know what works best. Are you planning to copy sentences, grammar, notes and the like into documents or formats like Excel, Word, Memrise, Quizlet, or Anki. You can waste a lot of study time by poorly administering your language data, so take the time now to plan your process. This blog, being digital, allows you to quickly copy huge word lists to a variety of formats. You may also avoid the drudgery of looking for answers, if you know where on this blog to look. I’ve attempted to provide links to sources, in case you wish to dig deeper into a topic.

The big idea is to be able to create mnemonics that attach information to visuals, and being able to retrieve information from your memory. If you can’t retrieve it, you haven’t learned it, so remember to use flashcards or flashcard programs, with spaced-time repetition. Get used to networking your words by finding them in various situations, like stories, songs, visual dictionaries, news sites, etc. Take the time to purposefully remember words, phrases and grammatical rules. When you miss an answer on Duolingo, tell yourself why you missed it and why you will not miss it the next time…out loud. Hear it. Develop your personal system for a study session…because a system is more important than goals or passion…(see link below)

http://www.businessinsider.com/scott-adams-on-goals-and-passion-2015-2?op=1

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