Improve your French listening and reading skills.
Hey guys, Although Duolingo is great for learning a new language (French in this case), it does not focus a lot on improving your listening skills. The lessons mostly just contain a single sentence which you need to translate from one language to another (back and forth) and occasionally there is an audio clip that you need to listen to and write it down. According to me , this is not sufficient to become fluent in a new language (French).
So, I did some research and found this site. http://apprendre.tv5monde.com/ . This site contains videos related to topics ranging from recent events (eg Swiss Immigration laws) to the history of mustard sauce. You can chose your level (A1 for beginners , B2 for advanced). There is a transcription of the video and several exercises related to the videos. Yes, it feels a little difficult at first to understand so much new vocabulary but you get better as the time goes by.
Hope you guys enjoy it.
I took four years of advanced Spanish back in high school and started learning French (from scratch) in December. I think you'll find that there's a lot of overlap, of course, since they're derived from Latin. It certainly is more difficult phonetically but you will pick it up as you listen. The link suggested in this post is great, but also try French in Action, a free streaming PBS immersive television program from the 80's made for beginners.
Thanks for the recommendation about French in Action TV series. I looked it up online and I'm hooked to it now. It is wonderful to see how Paris looked like in the 80's. I'm surprised that some parts of Paris look the same today as it was in the 80's. They are very well preserved.
when i type in the answers, i get some wrong. like the le homme example. the correct answer is les hommes, but both versions sound the same. and when the verb mange is used, all of its conjugations sound the same, so i dont know when to use the correct one besides listening to the word before it (nous, vous, ...)
Seroxus has a good point, but in Les hommes, one must make the liaison, so it sounds like "layz' omme". You should hear the zzz sound at the end of the article, if the audio is spoken in a good French (maybe harder to spot in the slow mode, I don't do the course because I'm a native, so I haven't heard it).
I find the audio to be pretty poor as well. In french the verb conjugations for regular verbs sound the same for 1st,2nd, and 3rd person singular and plural. Vous and Nous are pronounced differently. There are always exceptions (être,prendre, avoir). For your example of L'homme (remember the h is silent and is treated like a vowel) and les homme you should hear a difference. For me it sounds like L'homme => lom. Les hommes => lezom. Since h is silent and treated like a vowel there is "liason" where you pronounce the last letter of the first word. Another example would be "You have" => "Vous avez", which sounds like "vouzavay"
no sound whileplaying videos :/ for example http://apprendre.tv5monde.com/fr/apprendre-francais/bienvenue?exercice=1
yes, because the in the first two exercises , they only want you to watch the video (with no sound) and answer the question on the side. If you go to the third exercise , they have sound in that video and the transcription. You can go to different exercise by clicking on one of the numbers below 'Ma Progression'.
Thank you so much for that. I had been thinking the same thing and keep going back and forth from watching movies, reading books, and watching news articles on France24, but as they are all more at a more advanced level than i am, it is very hard to keep up. Duolingo is amazing but it needs more advance in the listening and reading (i mean translating one sentence to french from english and vice versa is not enough to learn the language fully) So, yeah, again, thank you.
Yes, this is a great resource! I also use italki.com. I have some paid tutors, but you can also find other students that will do language exchange (essentially just have a conversation in English and their native language).
This site is great for practicing spelling and vocabulary. If you want to learn how to speak another language you have to actually try to speak another language. Pronunciation is a big thing. I say this from experience. Having been to France many times to visit my girlfriend and her family I was able to write everything I wanted to say, but everyone had a hard time understanding me, even with 3 college level courses of French.
The best and fast way to speak French or any language from English is Pimsleur.com. It is expensive. But worth every penny and you will have it for ever unlike taking a course for more money. I has apps which are cheaper. Also you might be able to take it out of the library. French now has 4levels.
http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/tr/viewer.aspx is also helpful for fresh french news in French, daily. At least first page.
You are quite right. Duolingo has it's uses, but also it's limitations as well. It does not focus on building conversational skills quite good enough yet, but I remain hopeful that it will in the future.
As for your posted reference, merci beaucoup! I find myself mostly using DL to learn new phrases/words and remind myself of those from time to time, plus I don't always retain a high streak because I like to do more activities outside of Duo now. I will definitely check this out! c: