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French - Polish - Spanish speakers!

Hi everyone! I am actually struggling learning polish, but at the same time I've started to learn French and I am trying to do not forget my basic Spanish. I'd like to know if any of you can suggest something to read in these 3 languages. Easy to read and easy to translate. Just for a beginner. Thanks for your help.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/MacIomhair
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I've found comic books to be helpful when learning a new language - Tintin is quite good for it, but I would wait until you are more advanced for Asterix (due to the amount of word-play they use). Although it is very satisfying when you get the word-play jokes in Asterix.

Might also be good trying some of the American comics in those languages - but you would need early ones as those currently out really need you to have a phd in comics to understand fully what's going on even in your own language.

Otherwise, I would advise a novel that you are familiar with in your own language - ideally something you have read more than once so you know the story and don't need the dictionary very often, this helps you to infer the meaning from the context and builds vocabulary rapidly.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rafael_Panama_90

ye maybe a nice comic or a novel easy to read it could work. Thanks a lot mate =)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MacIomhair
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It did wonders for my French - I went to France in an exchange program and my peers were trying to plough through things like Victor Hugo, having never read them in English. I read Asterix, Tintin, The Three Musketeers and Dragonlance (I was familiar with all of them) and I soon started advancing much faster than they did. I was probably one of the worst from my University in French when I left for France but (not meaning to brag) the best in the group within just a month.

It also helped that I socialised more with French people and other foreigners (the only lingua franca was French) rather than just others from my own country.

When I saw the copy of Notre Dame de Paris that a friend was reading - about 4 pages in after a month with almost every word underlined with a pencilled translation above - then I realised my approach was the correct one (I had been feeling a little guilty at my choice of reading). It works well, as I've since managed to read much more complex texts in French.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rafael_Panama_90

ye! the best way to learn a language is just practice and maybe live in that country! but now I m in Poland so xD thanks a lot mate. I will try in this way

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jillianimal

3 languages is a lot to take on at once especially if you're a beginner in all of them. I highly suggest focus more on french or spanish, then depending on which one you did first, do a french>spanish speakers or spanish>french speakers course, then worry about how to handle polish.

This is a good site to check out if you're really set on reading: http://en.childrenslibrary.org

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/finndj
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The only problem with a French>Spanish course for a beginner, is that if they do not know the meaning of both the French word and the Spanish word being presented, then they will not learn anything. Assuming you do not speak Swedish, or only know the basics, you will not be able to translate a Swedish past tense verb into Turkish, even if you also know Turkish basics. In order to take a course such as French>Spanish, you need to be proficient in one of the two languages, or use it as a method of language strengthening. I plan on doing the SV-RU speakers course once I have taken the RU-EN course, so as to strengthen both languages. Unfortunately, as a beginner, the method of French>Spanish will not work. Good suggestion though!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rafael_Panama_90

oh sorry. I will clarify this. I am italian. I speak english (I lived in london more than 2 years) and now I live in Poland. And my courses here on duolingo are eng - fren and eng - span waiting to see the eng - polish. Of course I do not want to base all my studies on duolingo. That's why I was asking for some book. by the way...how is swedish? ahahah

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rafael_Panama_90

I love this website! I'm actually doing a polish course (I live in Poland) and already got something in Spanish. I do it now bcoz to bored to prepare my exams! =P Thanks a lot!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hunniel
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Well, I visited some bookstores and I found some "easy read" books in French (and in other languages too) and they were not that expensive (since they are usually short). But you can use the internet e.g. tales, novels, etc. Not all of them are easy (because of the tenses) but you can obtain a standard vocabulary from them. And of course you can watch the news e.g. http://www.france24.com . (Of course it isn't easy but I think there are articles which do not have a difficult grammar.)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rafael_Panama_90

I will follow france24 thanks a lot!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hunniel
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You're welcome!:)

2 years ago