https://www.duolingo.com/ZeynY.

For an absolute beginner(learningFrench)

Hello I am trying to learn French. I am on 47th day streak. When I see my tree, I feel like I have done much. But in fact I couldn't understand any sentence in a child book when I tried to read. It makes me upset. Do you know any additional websites/ easy French book?

April 16, 2017

20 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageButcher

Don't be upset. You have only learned for 47 days. People spent thousands of years to come up with the language and fine tune it. If you can start reading books in 47 days, then that's not a very sophisticated language.

My advice is to learn grammar along with Duo. I highly recommend https://french.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar

With french, surprisingly it's the grammar that helps you understand the language, not the vocabulary because if you combine two words, it may mean completely different from the meaning of the individual words.

April 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ZeynY.

I think I am impatient to speak French :D I dig out that website. It seems like it has many subjects, details there. I will be there for grammar. Merci!

April 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageButcher

It sounds like you have the passion, so that's good, but I hope you're not too impatient because you may give up. The road ahead is long and hard. Many people make it sound like it's easy but it has been hard for me. I have been learning it for a year and 4 months now. I can read and write with a decent amount of vocabulary and grammar but when it comes to speaking, I'm still all thumbs. It may take me another 6 months to have a decent conversation. I hope you can do better than I am.

April 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Shinish

Yeah, French is complicated because of all of its rules and exceptions. Even French people have trouble with it.

April 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageButcher

Well, a lot of native English don't speak English well either. So it's not a french problem alone.

April 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/americanscholar2

So one needs to spend thousands of years to learn it? That logic doesn't make any sense. Something that is fine tuned is something that is easy, not complex.

April 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageButcher

You have problems understanding English.

April 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/BonBonChat

I would recommend using this link that is filled with resources and tips for learning and studying French! http://cecelialanguages.tumblr.com/Ultimate%20French%20Resources

April 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ZeynY.

Thank you so much. There are many useful things in that website. I really like it :)

April 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/El_Gusano

Learning from any course or one source limits learning to just what is in that course. so don't beat yourself up over not understanding something in French. You should definitely check out Learn French with Alexa on YouTube. It's awesome to have a native French speaker teaching you French with many example sentences. Memrise has a comprehensive 5,000 most common French words by frequency with audio course available. You can use other apps like HelloTalk to speak/text native French speakers, or HiNative to ask as many language related questions as you wish. Both are free. Maybe there are Meetup groups in your area for French speakers? If so you can attend those. Anyways, duolingo is a good start but maybe some more sources will make the language finally click and get you speaking French. Bonne chance!

April 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ZeynY.

I already knew memrise and Alexa. I started to memrise before duolingo. I completed 2 French courses there. I like memrise, too. But I can't say the same thing to Alexa's channel. She is good to someone who has much time. I think her videos are too long. But it can be a good idea while driving, travelling etc. I will try the others you said. Merci beaucoup!

April 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/avanade

Salut El_Gusano! Totally agree with you. One needs to use diverse learning sources than relying Duolingo alone indeed. Your suggested solutions all seem outstanding.

Quick Qs if you don't mind:

Q1: Is there any particular reason for recommending Learn French with Alexa on YouTube? Am asking as there seem to be a fierce competition of French lessons videos by many. (FYI, am learning in a old school fashion via watching French in Action which seems a bit old but fun.)

Q2: Any further advice on how best a French learner can take full advantage of Youtube? Any other videos or authors you found outstanding by any chance?

Many thanks in advance for your time!

P.S: A lingot for you for good luck and health though you might already be lingot rich.! =D

April 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Midnightwards666

How much have you done on the tree? Where exactly are you?

April 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ZeynY.

I am at household now. where are you?

April 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Midnightwards666

I actually have only about 100 lessons left, I counted 358 without including the ones bought by lingos. My next subject is Reflexives.

Also, I wouldn't worry if there are many words you don't know. Firstly, Duolingo is yet to teach you a lot more if you go further on the course... and if you only learn words here and don't use them, your brain will naturally forget them. But what you don't know/remember, you will learn from!

April 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Joe733089

If you need some help message me and I will try to help if my time permits it. I suggest using muti methods of learning. There are a lot of free videos on French through out the internet. On You tube a lone there are children's programs and movies. I also suggest you look up literature and writing. There are chat rooms that speak and type in French and other languages as well. Pay attention to culture too for it makes a difference in the usage in words and phrases. To truly learn a language you must indulge yourself in it and it's culture. Best of Luck you can do it if you want to ;)

April 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ZeynY.

Yeah I want to improve my writing,speaking, listening and reading skills at the same time. I am looking for easy things. Movie of children can be good idea. Thank you so much I will disturb you when I am in trouble with French :)

April 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/prky
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What book were you having trouble with? I first tried reading The Little Prince, but was quickly discouraged by the many verb tenses. I tried reading a French translation of the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and I can understand that book much more easily, as I have read this before in English. I like listening to French singers on youtube. Zaz, (for one example) has songs with words you may recognize. I also like the video series, French in Action; (you can find episodes on Youtube) it is dated, but starts you at the beginning, and introduces many concepts as you go. Bonne chance!

April 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ZeynY.

I tried to read Little Prince, too. Then I tried to read Le Petit Chaperon Rouge. I thought I had wrong choises. I decided to read short stories. I failed again. But Harry Potter is a good idea. I know Zaz. I listen her. I also listen Stromae. You should listen him. He is awesome. Merci beaucoup :)

April 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jesuispomm3

I understand. It's a beautiful language and I love being able to speak some of it so far but I don't like all the rules and gendering

June 2, 2018
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