What do you use along with Duolingo for French?
Hello! I was wondering whether you use another site or platform along with Duolingo when learning french - vocabulary lists, grammar exercises, anything..? I did used to use the Duolingo app only, and since things don't seem to always be clear and stick properly, I decided to use the website instead. Still, it seems like there are just pieces of information under the skills (for example, the personal subject pronouns are only for the singular in the first skill, so assuming this gets more info somewhere later, but it would lead to pretty weird notes it would seem).
Have you found some other resource that would go at a similar pace or have a similar structure to fill up the gaps? Or should I trust the system here and just keep up with small notes and vocab from the "learned" list?
(My goal is to get to an A2/B1 in about three years, so not in a hurry, I just want to do it right, and going to classes is unfortunately not an option)
Duolingo is great for giving some structure to your learning. When I have French grammatical questions I use:
For anything that I think needs to be drilled (duolingo doesn't really do drills) then I often make my own on quizlet:
And as previously mentioned Memrise is very good:
For listening, I like to watch French TV, I receive TV5Monde Europe here, but it isn't free. There are also some great listening resources at:
I also have the France24 news app on my phone and iPad with the language set to French so I can read French news articles and also watch French news - which is Free, you can also do this from their website:
Others watch French films on NetFlix.
For looking up words and phrases, I use Collins online French-English dictionary:
And wiktionary is also very good:
And if you would like to talk to people or get a tutor then iTalki seems to be a good resource, although I haven't used it yet:
I also like to follow French twitter accounts because tweets are very short, which makes them easy to translate.
So helpful. Just downloaded memrise for French. Un lingot pour vous. Cimer!
I hadn't considered French tweets but that would be a great format! Thanks.
I highly recommend Français avec Pierre's You Tube channel. Lots of excellent free videos for learners, and there are transcripts and often exercises too on his blog.
Hi Diddeto... My personal method with French has been this: Work about one-third through the French tree -- takes several hours -- then go back and make past tree golden. Not try to keep the tree golden at all times as it gets one bogged down in going over already familiar material too many repeats. Once completing the tree by parts, find an online news source, and read one article a day on some topic of interest. Harry Potter in French is enjoyable but I have read only a bit so far. For a grammar book I have found "Intermediate French for Dummies" (from public library) useful. There are lots of ways, and my approach is just what seems to work for me. That is, rapid exposure at superficial level, then try real language articles or texts whose content I am interested in. Your comment about the website being better than the app agrees with my experience, although I use the app most of the time, despite less gain in knowledge of spelling and correct accents. It is just that portability of the app is more convenient. Anyway ... Bonne chance!
I have used Lingvist (previously mentioned by others) and Coffee Break French (podcasts and accompanying transcripts, partly free, good for listening and grammar).
Outside of Duolingo I use Memrise, which is very good for vocabulary and Mondly, which is useful for practicing conversations and grammar exercises.
Additionally, to fill up more gaps I listen to different news channels, music and other content in French on YouTube.
Euronews - https://www.youtube.com/user/euronewsfr
FRANCE 24 - https://www.youtube.com/user/france24
TV Libertés - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSVf6BL58EcNjwUlBgUKoog
TV5MONDE - https://www.youtube.com/user/tv5monde
Radio Classique - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPzRiKcU-bvBMZ08OepxU4w
Pour La Petite Histoire - https://www.youtube.com/user/PourLaPetiteHistoire
Petite Meller - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF0ilzgqKqcFm90Zs0SXnVQ
Coeur De Pirate - https://www.youtube.com/user/CoeurDePirateVEVO
Different Eurovision entries (France 2016 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boYQovCybYQ )
I would suggest that you start talking to people through either gospeaky for your computer of Tandem for you phone. It really helps, and the people there will gently correct your mistakes :)
I use Language Perfect in addition to Duolingo, partly because my school uses it and i get a free subscription and also because it's really fantastic for beefing up your vocabulary. They have multiple ways for you to practice the words including writing them in french and english and listening to them without visual prompts to translate into english as well as write out in french. They don't help so much for learning sentence structures and conjugation, but if you're just looking for a way to immerse yourself in the language and widen your vocabulary it's a pretty good website. I'm not sure how accessible it is to non-students, or the fee for the website, but i would definitely recommend checking it out.
Each morning I begin with duolingo to keep the tree gold and the streak going. I try to do the exercises on the website rather than iOS as they seem a bit more challenging on the computer. Then I use babble+ which is a paid app to go deeper into grammar, culture, slang, and very useful dialogue.
Minutes ago, because of this thread I also just started Memrise and will add that to my daily routine. Other than that, I read Asterix and Tintin on my iPad, watch French movies and a few films like The Professional (Leon) in English with French subtitles. And then my partner is French so she is always there to speak with as well.
FluentU teaches vocabulary from French YouTube videos, and gives the transcript in both French and English, which I've found very useful for pushing my comprehension to the next level. You have to pay to get complete access, but you can still access lots of media at varying levels for free.
Similarly, there is RFI's Journal en Français Facile, which gives you a transcript of the broadcast and occasional comprehension quizzes.
Here are few more free lessons that i enjoyed (dialogue, quizzes, grammar, vocabulary):
And a funny sitcom for beginners on Youtube:
MOOCs in french: https://www.fun-mooc.fr/
Another useful link I found recently:
One can watch a video, slow/pause it, read transcripts both french and english and play a game. Yabla is not for free, but there are some free sample videos. Found it usefull for listening skills.
Good luck! :)
Wow, those are a loot of links :D I'm sinking into researching them all, thank you guys for sharing so much! Hopefully the post will also be useful for other people that pass by.
My native is Bulgarian, but I feel like I know enough English to give it a try when I get to a point where I can form a few sentences in French. I do doubt there will be people willing to get anything in Bulgarain :D I will give it a shot for sure, looks like a pretty interesting way to get mistakes corrected.
Looks like the site currently has 720 people learning Bulgarian, compared with 1829 Bulgarians learning other languages. You`ll have a better ratio than the Chinese speakers:: there are 15 of them for every chinese-learner.
I bookmarked it along with some of the previously mentioned ones, would be perfect if that could be the case!
I usually only use a dictionary. But I have a few e-books in French on my PC. Plus, I too have a France 24 app on my iPad.