Moving To France For A Year!!!
As a result of my love for the French language, and my love for world travel and different cultures, I am becoming an exchange student with Rotary! I currently live in the United States, but recently got accepted into the program and am being sponsored to live and study abroad in North- West France with a host family for 10 months. I speak quite good French already (shoutout to Duolingo) and am studying Italian as well. I am making sure to use French every day and speak it with native speakers as well as reading French litterature. I just want to give a huge thank you to Duolingo for everything it has done and how much it has truly enhanced my life!
Bienvenu en France et très bon séjour dans le Nord Ouest de notre beau pays.
Ah merci, je suis vraiment reconaissant pour cet oportunité. J'assume que tu habites là, ou près?
Oui tu supposes bien. Je vis à Lille dans Le Nord de la France. Bon séjour à toi.
Hey man, I am leaving for France myself for an year and I am starting to learn french now. I am on level 7 I think in duolingo, I seem to forget quite a lot of words. Do you have any tips on your approach, kind of literature and any other material that you followed etc.,
Thats awesome! do you know where you are going? Anyways, its quite common to forget words don't be worrying about it quite yet. But i think i have some tips because ive been at this forever. Dont fret about memorizing. Learning a language should never be about memorizing, just absorbing it and comprehension. flashcards are your enemy (unless it is somehting important, like verbs or maybe adjectives) just review a lot. Don't overload yourself with lessons either, it will feel productive but it is actually detremental to your progress. Most importantly, DONT STRESS OUT! You will not learn anything if you feel like it is necessary or a chore. stay relaxed and take your time to really understand it and feel the language. If you are going to achieve fluency or become conversational in everyday french (i assume you are considering youre an exchange student) podcasts are really sooo great. or youtube videos made by french people or tv shows and movies. you wont understand much at first, i promise, but dont worry. put on french subtitles (not english!) and just listen. My all time favorite by far podcasts are the ones from frenchpod 101. they are soo nice, they have a normal pace conversation with background noise and everything like in real life, then slower, then with translation too, then they break it up into bit sized grammar lesson and vocabulary and wrap it up nicely. it really truly is super helpful. you have to pay a little for a monthly subscription but the price is not bad for what you are getting. also you can get a free week trial. as far as litterature goes, i don't know that youll want to dive into that quite yet at just level 7, it depends. it is really good for learning grammar structure and higher level vocab that will be useful during school in france (exchange student probs ugh) so at some point you will have to do it. It does not, however, accurately represent how french people actually talk and grammar is different in litterature as well as there are some different tenses just for litterature (weird i know, its stupid). Once you start feeling comfortable, a nice book to begin with is "le petit prince". im sure you have probably heard of it, but it is a nice, not too hard book with good meaning as well. Just dont get frustrated and keep google translate nearby for vocab. Out of all of this the most important thing is consistency and dedication as well as really loving the language and remembering why you are learing it haha. Keep on going and if you have any questions or what not ask me and ill see what i can do!
Thank you very much man! I really appreciate it. I will get the podcast, ya I am on track with some of the french language related youtube videos. I actually love to learn spanish and at this level I was already making sentences and in french it is not happening that easy. So the frustration. Initially I never was too keen to learn French eventhough I knew it more than year that I was going to France but now I am kind of liking it meeting so many climbers from France in Australia and thought might as well give it a go. Oh Btw regarding where I am going: I am doing my PhD in Neuroscience in Australia and my supervisor is in collaboration with a professor in Bordeaux and they have asked me to visit their lab and so the journey, so technically I am a visiting researcher for an year.
Lots of good tips here! I'm a norwegian learner and these advices will surely be helpful to me as well ;)
Et si jamais tu souhaites être dépaysé après ton séjours en France, viens nous visiter au Canada pour avoir un petit goût du français canadien ;) Bon voyage!
That is nice! thank you very much. I have lived in Canada for 2 months and I am still in love with the place, especially Montreal...
Good question, I actually have several French friends that I speak to often or text if I'm not with them, also some of my extended family is from France. If you don't know anybody who is from France, or otherwise speaks fluent French, there are many online resources that you can use. Skype is very popular among bilinguals both for video chat and texting and can be helpful for learning new words and getting insight onto the language's slang etc. how they actually talk. There are many other language sharing platforms and even just by asking around on the internet there are seriously thousands of people that want to talk (especially if English is your mother tongue). I've heard that a website called iTalki is reaaaly good, its basically online video tutoring and speaking with a native teacher, but i think it costs something around $5 an hour or so, i've personally never tried it though. Good luck and don't be shy, there are plenty of people out there that will practice with you if you just ask! :) .... one last thing, if you live in a bigger city (i don't) there is good opportunity to find native speakers just be going out and about, especially if there are *French parts of the town or french cafes etc, i almost always run into French people when im in big cities just by chance, and it is cool to speak to them in their native language and find out about them
I actually just barely started a blog about foreign exchange and language learning and stuff like that like 2 days ago. the link is www.myexchangelifefrance.wordpress.com if you are interested. i should be pretty regularly posting stuff like everything on here and covering exchange
oais toujours haha. je parle francais en amerique chaque jour avec mes amis francais quand meme mdr
As a current exchange student living in Italy (thanks WEP Australia!) I can say you will have time time of your life and in no more than 3 or so weeks into the program you'll be translating everything you think into French (trust me it came as a shock when one time I was wondering why I didn't know a word in my thoughts and realised I was thinking in Italian)! Just remember from the very beginning SPEAK NO ENGLISH ONLY FRENCH!!! If you speak English you will become dependant on English and it becomes very hard to break because then everyone will assume you don't know any French (personal experience oops)! I unfortunately only went on a three month exchange and will be leaving in 3 weeks but you're going for a YEAR you will have the best year of your life, eat the best foods ever (well except Italy haha) and visit the most beautiful places ever. And when it's all finished, your have a new language, thousands of pictures and heaps of new friends to remember your 2016 year. Good luck!
Good advice, thank you! I actually nearly went to Italy myself, but France is just a liitttllee greater ;)
so how was your stay and where are you now doing what? I see you're trying to learn french as well ;) or at least you were
That sounds awesome! Currently I'm on exchange in Québec. It's such and amazing experience, and it's great how you get to experience the culture on first hand. Wishing you a great trip and a happy new year!