Any chance for new French materials ?
I am about to finish the french course here. Is there any chance for new lessons ?
I would especially like to learn some video game/horror/fantasy/sci-fi related vocabulary. But at this point when I'm running out of "lessons" anything you can make would be good !
Check out these Youtube videos: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=easy+french+1
Have you considered doing the reverse tree (English for French speakers)? I heard that it's challenging, and has material that you never encountered in the French for English speakers course
Great idea. Your dimir avatar convinced me :)
But why all of you say that there is nochance for new lessons/ more advanced materials ? Is duolingo doing badly and they do not accept any new input?
Maybe try reading a book - perhaps simplified for French learners - in the genre you like. If you can read it on a Kindle, couldn't you look up unknown words? This would be a way of interacting with French in a more natural way than learning lessons - a natural progression toward being 'truly' fluent (able to read, write, and speak as though you were living in a francophone country). You could also try reading a story or book that's a French translation of a text you already know well, so it's easier to figure out meaning from context and your memory of the English version of the text.
I have bought 4 books in French already, that I'm seriously interested in. No chance to read, I understand maybe 15% of it. The same with watching sth in French. It is useless at this point, I'm Not ready yet. Maybe in half a year I will give it a second try.
You might be surprised how much you can guess or figure out from 'watching' a film or TV in another language when you're not that familiar with the language. I'm a teacher of English as a Foreign Language with 25 years' experience, and one of the things I have always told my students is to try to surround themselves with as much spoken English as they can in moments when they don't really have to concentrate on something else. So if you're making dinner, driving somewhere, doing housework or chores, go online to a radio station in the target language (like the BBC for English) and just have it playing (or download something to a device for listening with earbuds while outdoors). Also, 'watching' a film in the target language while doing something else like exercise or knitting, folding clothes, some mindless physical chore is surprisingly helpful. Choose a film that you like and watch it several times. The more you listen and watch, the more you'll understand from context.
If you're in Europe, you can try looking for DVDs that have the option French films with English subtitles to help you understand what's going on the first couple of times you watch. Then turn off the subtitles and just let your ear get adjusted to what people are saying. In time, the language will start to clear up for you.
It really is worth it to 'hear' the target language as much as possible without trying hard to 'listen' and understand every word, since this is how children/babies 'acquire' language. As we get older (past puberty) we have to study language to 'get' it, but we still have some ability to 'acquire' it by just 'picking it up' (some people retain more of this ability than others).
Bottom line, you will not be harmed and will be helped by watching the same film again and again. I used to watch a very simple Polish TV program - a comedy based on a US comedy from the early '60s, and because the situations were so simple, I understood a lot of what was being said and picked up a fair bit of Polish vocabulary that way.
If there's an English-language sitcom that you know well because you've watched all the episodes many times, try looking for the French-dubbed version of favorite episodes (the very popular ones like Friends have often been dubbed for French TV).. Since you've already got the original lines in your head, you'll understand the French translation pretty easily and pick up new vocabulary.
Any listening you do will keep a French accent 'in your head' and help you produce it more easily when you try to speak. You also unconsciously pick up grammar structures along with new vocabulary; the result of this is that you more quickly and instinctively produce the correct grammar or vocabulary word, even when you haven't 'studied' or 'learned' it formally. Further, you sharpen your ability to understand different accents and more rapid speech than what you're likely to get in formal lessons.
Closest thing to science fiction, that is actually science fact is Thomas Pesquet, French astronaut, now living on the International Space Station...he tweets, and you can find his tweets on Facebook, or the website of NASA. Some of his comments are a paragraph or two in French, and short enough to practice writing out for yourself, and looking up words you don't know. I have found his comments to be very interesting, as well as a great introduction to the space lingo "a la française" !