https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StefanGrud1

Tips For Learning French?

I have just started learning French for a few days now and would like to know if anyone has any tips on how to learn the basics quickly etc. I only know English fluently and would love to be bilingual.

December 28, 2016

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/caribouak

Ha! We coincidentally are on the exact same level, and on the same streak! For me, index cards help for learning a language. Try using Duolingo's Tiny Cards. I also find it useful to apply your language learning to every day situations. For instance, when you are in a scene, try looking at things that are going on and explaining it in French (if that makes any sense).

December 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StefanGrud1

Merci beaucoup! Very handy information

December 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/caribouak

No problem! Glad to help.

December 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/S-KittenLuver10

Thanks for the tip! I'm here because I plan on starting French. I used to study Spanish, and the scene thing always helped me memorize words. Have a lingot.

December 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/caribouak

Thank you for the lingot! I'm glad you've decided to take up French! I'm only a beginner, but it's a beautiful language, (and fun to learn).

December 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/S-KittenLuver10

No problem! I know very little French so far (as you can probably tell from the flag) but I'm excited to learn more.

December 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ripcurlgirl

The biggest tip I can give you is don't rush through the tree - you are level 7 after only 3 days. Slow down and consolidate, use the website (it is more challenging than the apps) and carefully read the Tips & Notes in each unit.

As for French-English cognates (words with the same or similar meaning in both languages) beware of faux amis - "false friends". For examples see:

http://www.myenglishpages.com/site_php_files/vocabulary-lesson-faux-amis.php

Another great reference for false cognates can be found here:
http://french.about.com/cs/vocabulary/a/falsecognates.htm

December 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StefanGrud1

I have thought of that I might not remember things therefore I go back and do the tasks I've done again, that's why I have lots of xp. Thanks for the tip!

December 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaxJiang3

Kind of a general tip, but especially relevant to French. Try looking for similarities between French and English, you'll notice that a lot of words have an English equivalent that has a similar meaning.

December 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Calreisen

My suggestion is to look out for cognitives (words that sound/look like english words). Another tip is to write down 10 words that you don't fully know off by heart and to test yourself until you know them, then move on to another 10 words. :)

December 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StefanGrud1

Merci :)

December 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aria487

You'll also get 185121 results if you search "French tips" using the discussion search engine, many of them are relevant. Also take a look at my comment on how to use the search engine.

December 28, 2016
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