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

Anyone have any stories of how they learnt French?

Would like to know them since I just started learning 20 days ago and feel like it will take forever to learn a new language.

January 14, 2017

42 Comments


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

Well, I started taking French lessons in pre-school. Keep in mind that learning French might take a long time. I'm still far from being fluent and I've been learning French for a long time

January 14, 2017

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

I have an aunt who is fluent in French, I'm afraid that my French levels are not good enough so I can't practise with her yet.

January 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sophia151515

You're pretty new so it and it will take you a long time to learn a new language. Duolingo doesn't teach everything. I suggest learning it in school or somewhere else as well.

January 14, 2017

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

My school does that but I didn't choose it since during year 7-8-9 I learnt Mandarin. Now I'm in the UK which doesn't offer that so I can't

January 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sophia151515

oh ok

January 14, 2017

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

Should I just stick with Duolingo? Or are there better websites I haven't discovered yet?

January 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sophia151515

I think duolingo is one of the best sites

January 14, 2017

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

D'accord, merci pour votre réponse!

January 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Der-Callospielt

I thinks so too, but I haven't tried any website other than Mango, which was confusing, and this one.

January 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CarlosQuin342077

I think you should try other sites too. Keep using Duolingo. I think it's great... while you have new material to cover. Once you are done with your tree, it gets a bit boring.

I always recommend complementing Duolingo with [Lingvist]https://learn.lingvist.com).

January 14, 2017

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

The first thing I do is learn to read a language. Duolingo helps with that but I also read beginner books like this:

https://www.amazon.com/Easy-French-Reader-Roussy-Sales/dp/0071428488

January 14, 2017

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

I'll give that a shot, thanks!

January 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tasneem162

I felt the same when I started, but I felt it would be worth it even though it might take a long time, the things that really help learning french and Increasing your vocabulary, can be by practicing more often, listening to french songs and read their translation, you can also read short stories in french (even if they were for children) and I also have bought a dictionary, and whenever I get bored I open it and read some words and they automatically save the information I read. And It helps me alot when I hear people speaking fluent french on YouTube just so that I can compare their accent with my own.

January 14, 2017

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

Merci pour votre réponse!

January 14, 2017

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

I have always wanted to go to france and then I started taking lessons with my friend's mom. Then my sister told me about duolingo. Now (almost) everybody in our family does it. Go Duo!♡☆

January 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vanessaatt1

my name is vanessa attah i always wanted to speak in french and i knew it will not be so easy but when say duolingo it helped me God gave me this you should thank the lord

January 14, 2017

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

Bonne chance à toi!

January 15, 2017

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

Although it'll still probably take a long time, guessing words is one of the best strategies to learn a language. You should also watch videos of native speakers. I learned fluent English in about a year thanks to that. Now I know English better than my native language and feel more comfortable speaking it. Asking native people and engaging in conversations with them is a great way to boos your grammar, also.

January 15, 2017

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

I will try talk to my Aunt in French more often now, merci!

January 15, 2017

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

You should! Take that as an advantage! I'm sure she'll be willing to help you!

January 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/joel104

The amount of time depends on how much you are learning the language thoughout the day in conversation, learning new words, practicing etc. Duolingo helps but supplement it with using other resourses like youtube. Practice in each category in writing, listening, and speaking.

January 15, 2017

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

I usually do 50-100 XP a day, I will use more youtube, merci pour votre résponse!

January 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/samm.133

i just started a few weeks ago so iim writhere with you

January 15, 2017

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

Bonne chance à toi :)

January 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RuthZ1..

The main thing is to be open-minded and realize that sometimes you can translate a sentence word for word, but not always. Don't expect French to be like English. Embrace and cherish the differences and your knowledge of the differences and give them a little more of your time and attention. Pay special attention to learning masculine and feminine identities of words as you go along, it really is important. Don't be tempted to add other languages if you want to learn quickly. N.B. It may look like I'm disobeying my own rules by learning four, but in fact I've known French for over 40 years, Spanish for nearly 40 and Hebrew for 25 years so am allowed a little leeway...maybe. Don't waste time reading too many comments as they are often repetitive, read the tips and notes instead. If all else fails, then read the comments or ask someone knowledgeable. Duo is the most efficient free system that you can use to learn French. Yes, you can use books, videos, music, youtube, Skype, forums, chat etc, but minute for minute of your time and effort, Duo is more efficient. This is because it is active, rather than passive learning, and because Duo picks up your mistakes. The vocabulary that you learn on Duo is well planned. Worry about further vocabulary when you have reached level 25!! Don't worry if you make a lot of mistakes or if you get to a point where you feel that you are not progressing very fast. This is a normal part of learning a language. Just put in regular effort and you willl get there in the end. Good luck!

January 17, 2017

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

Thank you, very handy advice :)

January 24, 2017

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

Hi! I find it great to watch french kids programmes/telly, and read books. A really good thing to get is the pimsleur language audio cds that give you lessons and have really helped me. My mum went to france for 3 years when she was a kid so she teaches me too and going on language exchanges also helps if you are completely immersed in the language. I hope you get better at french! ;)

January 18, 2017

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

Merci, J'apprends tous les jours!

January 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Missy752126

Great advice! Thank you!

July 10, 2019

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

A good way to learn a new word is to associate it with an other word that sounds simular, for example 19 sounds like deez nuts and now I have it in my long-term memory. So I will remember forever what 19 in french sounds like.

January 14, 2017

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

haha très drôle!

January 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CoolKat222

I agree...it seems so long.

January 14, 2017

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

When did you start learning?

January 14, 2017

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

I've been in French since kindergarten, but I am in a special program called iGen for grade 6, so I have keep practicing.

January 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElaP033

I studied French during three semesters at university. There was a time where I wrote a diary, it worked. After that I've been reviewing here in Duolingo, it has helped me a lot.

January 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bvogel1

Keeping a diary in the target language is a great idea. I did that for a while myself (unfortunately I'm not very good at keeping diaries over the long term).

January 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElaP033

hhh yep, it was hard for me, as well.

January 16, 2017

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

Elementary level for me, but I'm getting to read and make out what I hear, and to converse as well. I spent three months in a course at Alliance Française in Lusaka, my home town, but learnt next to nothing. Then I traveled to Haiti, where the interest was sparked back to life, before a nine month stint in Niger, where it all began to come together. A Zimbabwean colleague gave me a Michel Thomas audio that pushed me leaps ahead and became the foundation of all my subsequent progress. Duolingo has done wonders ever since Elijah Rubvuta, a friend, invited me to download the application.

January 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AbbyDL13

Well I am in a french class at school so that is making it a little easier although some things are not the same so I learn more by doing this.

January 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/evaaa32

I started learning french in high school, but never felt like I learned anything besides the basic basics. Until I signed up to work at a french family camping. At first I didn't know anything, but when you have to speak french you will definitely learn french. Believe me I tried speaking english, but either people didn't understand me or they barely spoke english. Very good way to learn a language. I would say learn the basics and then just go try in "the wild".

January 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/joel104

Thats a good example of being immersed in the language. Its probable the fastest and best way to learn a language. It is like u have to learn it in order to survive in that envoirnment. So your forced to learn it and you want to ;)

January 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheLegendaryJ1X5

yea, my dad told me how he met my mom!

January 25, 2017
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