FRENCH = OWNED!!!!
After one year and four months, I have finished my French tree.
It's been extremely rewarding, but I feel a hole in my life now. I used to practice, bit by bit, working towards a goal. Now that goal is met, and I'm not sure what to do to continue learning.
I've started doing the English for French speakers and Spanish for French speakers, which is fantastic... but are there any movies that are easy to watch? I have a terrible time with hearing and speaking the language.
Try these for easy French listening:
These sources look very helpful, do you have more? I'd be happy to watch them to improve my french as well.
The links are to the first episodes in a series, search Youtube for the next episodes, there are many more! You should find enough to keep you busy for a long, long time. Code Lyoko has several years in the series as well as a few spin-off series. But yeah, there are many more series which I will post soon (I'm on a mobile now).
These two series also have pretty easy to understand French:
Congrats! After you finish your tree, you should translate articles that Duolingo has to offer. Just because you have finished you tree doesn't mean that's the end of you language learning journey, continue to learn and strive for fluency:)
Congrats!! Here's 6 lingots. I wish I could give you more, but I don't have enough.
Congratulations. Intouchables is a very good French movie. But I need subtitles to follow it.
On a (lot) more easier level on Youtube you can find the series 'extras'.
Congratulations!! And as long as you have the motive you will never stop learning
https://learn.lingvist.io/#listen is free and has lots of french audio clips that you can listen to and each one also has a transcript of the french audio (you can also learn the 5000 most common french words). I have been using them for a while but I still find them tricky, you just have to keep practising.
Almost every American movie has a French audio track. French subtitles are almost never word for word. For listening comprehension I highly recommend you disable all subtitles and just listen. It can be helpful if you've watched the movie in English as you can get a sense of what French words or phrases you might be able to pick out. Don't feel bad if you barely understand, as French spoken at tempo is very fast. A lot of the time understanding small sentences or simple exchanges feels very rewarding. I also find this helps with accent somewhat, as you tend to hear the same words pronounced over and over.
Exposure is key, as a lot of sentences are built the same way and use the same syntax, e.g "I am going...", "We need to...", "We will...", etc. The more you hear these common phrases the more accustomed to the rhythm/sound of French you will be. Mostly try to have fun, and if it feels like work then take a little break. ;)
Congratulations! I am still having problems with verbal comprehension myself, but I have found that I can follow fairly well if I put on the subtitles in French.
Félicitations! For listening comprehension, you might try the free podcasts of Coffee Break French (perhaps start with Season 3 since you have finished your tree). There are paid components too if you like what you hear, and they used to have some samples of the written materials offered for free on iTunes. Not sure if that is still true.
I think you're at the point where you need to try free reading with a dictionary. Also, try watching tv shows in French with English subtitles.