https://www.duolingo.com/CommeuneTexane

Aujourd'hui, j'ai fini mon arbre !

Je dois dire, je suis tombée amoureuse de la belle langue !

J'ai commencé en novembre et je l'ai fait une habitude de la pratique de tous les jours. Je pense qu'il est temps de commencer à traduire. Dîtes-moi, s'il vous plaît, qu'avez-vous fait après terminé l'arbre ? Merci d'avance !

I see Duolingo, combined with Babbel, as just the beginning for me. Right now I am trying to improve my listening skills. I listen to News in Slow French, but would also like other recommendations. Does anyone have French television shows or sitcoms they can recommend? For those that do a lot of translating, has that helped your writing skills? I am a little embarrassed by my grammar in French and would like to improve that as well.

Overall though, I am very happy about the progress I've made in eight months. I am thrilled that I can read French news sites now with little difficulty and only need to resort to the dictionary occasionally.

Can't wait to see what the next eight months of hard work will bring!

~Rachel

July 26, 2016

31 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Tilden20008

Congratulations! Well done. I find listening to the News in Francais Facile on RFI to be good practice. The RFI website also has lots of other listening and learning exercises. I also liked the French in Action videos from Annenberg CPB although they are obviously from several decades ago. The Easy French videos with captioning are also useful. Good luck with your next eight months.

July 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/CommeuneTexane

Great! I was unfamiliar with News in Français Facile or the Easy French videos. Very helpful!

July 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Petestory

I like this site for the exercises and listening practice.

http://apprendre.tv5monde.com

I also find coffee break french from radio lingua very helpful and Easy French on you tube is excellent.

Good luck, I also intend to do the tree in reverse when I eventually manage to finish it, since it has been recommended so often in these discussions.

July 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/CommeuneTexane

Thanks! I will check that out!

July 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward

My favorites:

French in Action - https://www.learner.org/resources/series83.html (only available in USA and Canada). You learn French in French. Try it. You will fall in love with it.

RFI Savoirs - https://savoirs.rfi.fr/ It takes a while to learn your way around. I like to go to Apprendre Ensiegner - Apprendre et perfectionner - Élémentaire (A2) but you can chose subject matter instead. You listen to a radio clip and answer questions about what you hear. When I first play a clip I can't understand hardly any of it. But then I read the question, look at the possible answers, listen again... and miracle of miracles, I can pick out the words! It also has transcripts but I don't look at those until I'm done.

Lang-8 - http://lang-8.com/ You submit a few sentences or a short paragraph and native speakers correct you and offer suggestions. Really excellent for improving active language skills.

July 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LucieZbran

I love RFI! I listen to it in my car. I mean, I don't understand much but it's still great language exposure

July 27, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/CommeuneTexane

What wonderful resources, thank you!!! I am looking forward to learning more!

July 26, 2016

[deactivated user]

    French in Action in an older series, and personally I find it incredibly irritating and not particularly well-designed compared to similar series made for other languages. Also, as a woman, I find the sexism in some of the episodes is a bit much. Sexism and gender bias are a big problem in language learning resources, and especially with older French resources (although some more recent ones aren't much better). So heads up there.

    And I have never, never, never gotten a correction for any of my French posts on Lang-8. Indonesian, Swahili, Japanese, German, yes. But not French. It's the main reason I no longer bother with it. The majority of Lang-8 users are in the Eastern hemisphere and so aren't likely to be native French speakers, and without paying for premium membership or doing a ton of corrections for English learners (which will eat up a lot of your time, I can say from personal experience), you are not likely to have your post seen by the few native French speakers who are willing to do corrections.

    July 28, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward

    Good point: lot of people complain about the gender bias in French in Action. Some people even brought a lawsuit against it. It's from the mid- to late-80's and things were admittedly different then. Is there another similar resource that you would recommend instead?

    Regarding Lang-8, I that's too bad. I've only posted one submission in French, and someone helped me with it in less than 24 hours. So my experience so far is great but to be fair it's just a sample size of one :)

    July 28, 2016

    [deactivated user]

      I am very impressed with the You Tuber and blogger Français Avec Pierre. He makes videos on many topics, has transcripts on his videos on his blog and only uses French, so it's great immersion. He does have materials that he sells, but there is a lot on his channel and blog for free.

      For writing, my best tool has always been keeping a journal and trying to write daily, combined with reading. When you go back and forth between reading and writing in your target language, your writing will naturally begin to mirror what you read so your writing will become more natural. It's a long process--it is best to do a little every day if you can--but it is by far the best way I have found to improve writing skills without enrolling in an intensive writing course.

      July 28, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/CommeuneTexane

      That is very good advice, reading and writing each day. I haven't made writing in French a daily habit yet, but today is a good day to start!

      I was also unaware of Français Avec Pierre; looking forward to delving into that as well. Thank you very much for your recommendation!

      July 29, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/Spyrunner

      Yeah. Congratulations.

      Try reading Le Petit Prince. I watched a Disney film in French with English subtitles. I understood some of the things they said.

      July 27, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/CommeuneTexane

      Thanks!

      July 27, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/NCSU_GoPack

      Congrats! If you like police procedurals, there is a series called Engrenages that is good. I watched it with English subtitles for free on Hulu.com (in the US), where it is called Spiral (English title). After watching a few episodes, I began to understand more and more (especially from the recurring characters). Also, there are a few other Francophone series at that website, though I've not watched the others. There are many French movies available on, for instance, Amazon Instant Video (not free). Good dramas include "Intouchables" (very good!) and "Samba". For comedy, look for something featuring Dany Boon, perhaps! Another great free resource is Youtube, of course. FastGoodCuisine, France24 (news), and Patricia B in France have all been recommended to me. Hope you find something worth watching!

      July 29, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/CommeuneTexane

      Thanks! Great advice and those sound like interesting shows. I'll have to check them out. :)

      July 29, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/kat0in0the0hat

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/mafrance/ - BBC Languages is a fantastic learning resource to add to your repertoire. Félicitations! :-)

      July 29, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/CommeuneTexane

      I'll check that out. Merci beaucoup!

      July 30, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/Laila_67

      A good Youtube channel is ma vie aux états-unis: https://www.youtube.com/user/yoyoann He has a lot of videos with subtitles, and compares french culture and united states culture, which is neat.

      August 1, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/CommeuneTexane

      Merci beaucoup ! I'll check that out.

      August 1, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/supertheo2005

      congratulations

      July 26, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/CommeuneTexane

      Thanks!

      July 26, 2016

      [deactivated user]

        i am ready to help you. french is my language of every day. my facebook account is jerome tukungu. gimme ur number, we are going to discuss

        July 27, 2016

        https://www.duolingo.com/CommeuneTexane

        Peut-être on peux parler sur Skype quelque temps ? rfayellis est mon nom. Je vais partir pour une réunion de famille, mais après le 9 Août je serai libre. À bientôt !

        July 28, 2016

        [deactivated user]

          have got a whatsapp account?

          August 11, 2016

          https://www.duolingo.com/LingoKiwi

          If you want to find full speed stuff, Netflix has an option to have foreign audio and subtitles on some of the popular shows and selected films.

          July 27, 2016

          https://www.duolingo.com/CommeuneTexane

          Yes, I have watched a few shows on Netflix. Though I cover the bottom of the screen if there isn't an option turn off the subtitles, otherwise I end up just reading and not working hard to listen. The most recent one I watched was La Délicatesse (though that may have been on Amazon Prime...). Do you have any favorite shows or movies you'd recommend? Though if you are in the UK your Netflix options will be different than mine being in the US. However more options are available via itunes.fr too. :) Thanks!

          July 28, 2016

          https://www.duolingo.com/Petestory

          Try watching with French subtitles rather than English then your brain will correlate the spoken words with some of those written. After not too long you will be looking at the subtitles and saying, "That's not what she said."

          July 29, 2016

          https://www.duolingo.com/CommeuneTexane

          Thanks. I have watched some shows with the French subtitles, but again I find myself reading more than listening. Plus, frequently the subtitles don't match the voice (like you said), making the exercise a little frustrating!! I really want to train my ear better...since real live people unfortunately do not come with subtitles. That would certainly be easier, wouldn't it! ;)

          July 30, 2016

          https://www.duolingo.com/Petestory

          You know best what is good for you, for me seeing the printed french word helps a lot with my pronunciation and understanding. I did this with Spanish and graduated from there to watching TV without subtitles although even after years of practice I am lucky to get 70 to 80 per cent of the words in a fictional program. I found that quiz shows and news programs were the easiest to understand. Good luck and keep working.

          July 30, 2016

          https://www.duolingo.com/Zainatin

          Congratulations :)

          July 28, 2016

          https://www.duolingo.com/CommeuneTexane

          Thanks!

          July 29, 2016
          Learn French in just 5 minutes a day. For free.