Any tips for studying on own?
Does anyone have any tips for someone studying on their own? Is there a way you can speak it well without speaking to anyone else in French? Thanks!
Well, you can always talk to yourself (sounds weird, but it really helps)! Also, check out this site, Forvo (https://forvo.com/pronounce/fr/). You can listen to the pronunciations and then repeat them after listening to them, or while listening to them. Hope this helps!!! - SportsOcean
I suggest treating it like revision for an exam. Choose a sub-category of the French language that you want to learn a bit about, for example names of food and drink, and then spend the week studying this. Give yourself a time goal (in this example, 1 week) to learn about the sub-category (foods and drinks) and use revision resources to help you memories these (flash cards are good). Then, when it gets to the end of the week, test yourself on the sub-category to see if you've got the hang of it. Whenever you feel like you need a bit of a recap on this sub-category, you've already made the appropriate "revision" resources (e.g. flashcards, posters, word tables, key term tables, etc) to jog your memory.
I find this useful when studying for anything, school related or not, but you have to be dedicated and set yourself a target of completing 30 minutes or 1 hour of French a day, otherwise it won't be useful. Little and often - you don't even have to do that hour all at once.
Another thing that can help is to keep revisiting the things you know, so that you'll build up your memory skills. If you're travelling on a bus or a train, pack some flash cards with key terms on. You could buy a French exercise book so that you're being asked questions and you don't need an electronic device to access Duolingo on.
Last thing - don't keep to one method of learning. If your preferred method of learning is to write things out, then stop yourself from doing this all the time; split your learning into written (e.g. practising writing out difficult spellings), auditory (e.g. listening to tape recordings of French phrases), visual (e.g. posters with key info on), speaking (e.g. practising your pronunciation) and memory related (e.g. reciting phrases from memory or using flash cards).