Yes. Duo itself does very little little direct teaching. It teaches by example. The comment section is invaluable, but I might recommend you look at some of the free grammar resources online as well. I learned French in public school in some form or another from 3rd to 12th grade. I never felt that I could speak it really, but I am amazed how.much comes back (I am 62) I also have a background in German and Spanish from after that. But looking at Duo courses for languages I don't know at all, I do realize that it is difficult to have Duo as my only resource. Props to those who have done that!
I learned some Spanish in school, so although it's obviously very different, I'm not totally new to learning a language in general, so that helps. I do think you're right though - I need to find some kind of "traditional" resources to go along with Duo. People are talking about liaisons in comments, and I'm like "huh?" and it's always "I am reading from books" instead of just reading books... I need to figure out when to include the "de." Anyway, Duo is definitely great but I need something to go along with it. :)
There is a world of valuable resources available to you on the internet. Here are a couple to get you started:
- Dictionary: https://languagecenter.cla.umn.edu/lc/FrenchSite1022/VERBpcvsimp.html
- Dictionary: http://www.larousse.fr/dictionnaires/francais-anglais/
- Verb conjugator: www.conjugation-fr.com/conjugate.php?verb=avoir
- General resources: http://french.about.com/library/weekly/aa032500.htm
Most French adjectives have different forms and have to agree in gender and number with the noun they modify. Example:
- noir (masculine, singular) Le livre noir = the black book. Le livre est noir = The book is black
- noire (feminine, singular) La robe noire = the black dress. La robe est noire = The dress is black
- noirs (masculine, plural) Les livres noirs = the black books. Les livres sont noirs = The books are black
- noires (feminine, plural) Les voitures noires = the black cars. Les voitures sont noires = the cars are black.
A few adjectives are invariable, meaning that they have only one form with regard to gender (e.g., calme). It works with both masculine and feminine gender nouns but it does have singular and plural forms (calme, calmes).
I just spent time in france and was complimented on my pronounciation as i learn. I dont understand why EVERY time i speak into the microphone it says in RED that i am wrong.. is it really that i am wrong? or something is wrong with the microphone.. ? I am otherwise enjoying duo lingo . Please advise. thank you .... Merci
I don't use the spoken exercises at all At best they often take a bit before they come back with any verdict At worst they don't allow you to finish, mark you correct when you know you just misspoke or mark you wrong when you are correct The quality of your mic, noise in the environment and network noise may all be factors I have had days when everything was OK, days when everything was wrong and everything in between
The letter H never produces any sound in French and its sound in other languages would very much depend on which language you refer to.
In any event the French R does not sound like the English aspirate H.
The French R can have slightly different sounds depending on its placement among other sounds, words, letters.
You may try this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPoLgwfWjZ4
Noir modifies masculine nouns Le chat noir. Noire modifies feminine nouns as in this example. La robe noire. This is a tricky part of French. Adjectives should agree in number and gender with the noun the modify. Number is generally easy and predictable, but unlike Spanish, in French the changes produced by gender are not always as easy to predict. Adding a final e is certainly a common change, but there is often another letter as well. But it can vary greatly. Consider the following:
Le chapeau jaune La robe jaune (no change)
Le chapeau vert. La robe verte
Le chapeau blanc La robe blanche
Le beau chapeau. La belle robe.
You already know that all French nouns have a gender, masculine or feminine.
These nouns come with determiners and adjectives that have to agree with the noun, in gender and number.
- masculine singular: un chien noir
- feminine singular: une pomme noire
- masculine plural: des chiens noirs
- feminine plural: des pommes noires
When you say that a dress is dark you are referring to its color. But if you want to say a color is dark you never say noir/é you say foncé/e. It is a somewhat different concept in French. But for all the uses of noir for dark in French, substituting the word black for dark in English would not make much of a difference. Le ciel noir the dark/black sky. There is also the word sombre which is a perhaps a lesser degree of dark in French