Children's stories.

After I had learned some vocab one of the first exercises I set myself was to translate a children's story from French to English, the story I chose was les trois petits cochons. Doing this helped me pick up some vocab and helps with interpretation skills for words you're unsure of. I'd recommend it to anyone learning a new language. Link below if you're interested.

August 22, 2016


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I like this website, it will be very helpful. Thank you!

August 22, 2016

Wow, three months ago I found that site and I read those stories (in French). At that time I was at about 1/2 of my first French tree here, and I had to make a big effort to understand what I was reading (and had to click on the English translation a lot).

At that time, French was still rather "alien" to me, so it was hard reading French books (even children stories).

Now that you has just put the link, I have read again three of those same stories (that I first read three or four months ago) and today it was......a completely different experience.

First of all, I only have had to look up maybe 2 or 3 words in the three stories combined.

Second, and most important, I feel nothing "alien" reading French anymore. That is the most shocking feeling. Just three months later, I can read MUCH MUCH faster and without even consciously realizing that it is in French.

It is just automatic and "natural" to read French books/texts right now for me (even if I still don't understand 100% spoken French on the TV, for example).

I would say right now I feel more comfortable reading French books than Italian books (though it is quite close) and not too different than reading English or Spanish ( I am C1-C2 in Spanish and English).

But speaking is completely different. Both in French and Italian I struggle a lot when trying to speak complex things with varied content with the speed that I would like (though it gets better after some minutes of trying).

All in all, reading is an excellent way to improve further, but speaking is the very last hurdle.

August 22, 2016

I agree, reading is a great way to start 'using' the language when you don't live in a native speaking country. One mistake I made was to always translate everything I was reading into English, so my internal monologue was always in English. I now only translate words and phrases I don't recognise, can't remember or are quite complex and I'm now beginning to read French without going through English, which is a bit of a breakthrough and quite exciting!

August 23, 2016

Wow it is so amazing!

August 23, 2016

Nice site, thank you!

August 27, 2016
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