https://www.duolingo.com/tomcrewther

I'm spending a year learning languages full time - starting with French!

Hey guys,

Last week I left the UK and won't be going back for 12 months. My plan is to travel and learn languages, starting with French!

I'm doing a video blog during my trip, and I wanted to share the trailer here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ns6uUnXeBKs

Let me know what you think!

Do you have any tips for learning French? I'll be attending a French school for four hours / day, and I started on Monday! Really enjoying it so far.

If you'd like to follow my trip, you can subscribe by clicking here:

https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=tomcrewther

Thanks!!

July 6, 2017

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/thekatmorgan

Seems a weird choice of languages, a lot of Arabic countries speak French already. French and Spanish would have been better mix if you want to go for speaking to as many different people as possible geographically, also Spanish speaking countries tend to have a low level of English in general.

July 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Boujleba

A lot of Arabic countries speak French already? 6/22 Arabic speaking countries also speak French. That's about a quarter. But it's even less if you consider population distribution because Djibouti, Mauritania, and Comoros have very small populations, Tunisia has a medium-small population size, and Morocco and Algeria have medium sized populations.

In all 6 of those counties, significant populations (For example: rural areas, people with less education, whole regions like the North of Morocco) still DON'T speak French.

For those people that do speak French, you will be speaking to them in the language of the colonizer, not their native language and you won't be able to understand what people say to each other. Besides, you get major friendship points for speaking Arabic as a foreigner that you wouldn't get for speaking French.

I lived in Morocco for 2 years and strongly oppose the idea that it's weird to learn Arabic because you already speak French.

July 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Boujleba

ok, I left out Lebanon, but "Let’s Face It, The French Language In Lebanon Is Dying" https://beirutspring.com/lets-face-it-the-french-language-in-lebanon-is-dying-a4c02c0dceb

July 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Boujleba

The same thing is expected to happen in Morocco and Tunisia (maybe not Algeria, it's just so ingrained) they are just a couple decades behind Lebanon in this trend =)

July 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/cpfc2010

There is still a clear overlap. I agree its a weird choice.

July 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Boujleba

There's a bigger overlap between English and Arabic than between French and Arabic, so would you tell an English speaker not to learn Arabic because there's an overlap?

And what has a MUCH bigger overlap - German and English. Way more German speakers speak English than Arabic speakers speak french (proportionally) and the OP obviously is a English speaker learning German. So this weird overlap logic really doesn't apply.

July 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/emhobl

Fun! I have always wanted to travel Europe; I hope you have a great time. :)

July 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/mketch

Subscribed! Just interested, how did you fund your year of travels? I want to do a similar thing down the road.

July 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ichthus731

Excellent language choice! Love French!

July 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/pollyperki

I am like you,fond of travel and acquiring new experiences.Good job to take a year for languages.I am like you learning french after being qualified in english.Also,I have a nice beard like yours !

July 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/PetitRagondin

Wunderbar! What a fantastic plan! We're in the Loire Valley if you'd like to be hosted here (but with noisy kids!). For German, check out my friend's classes maybe. He's great and has just moved to Berlin to teach there. https://m.facebook.com/events/1178198455619415/?acontext=%7B"ref"%3A"3"%2C"ref_newsfeed_story_type"%3A"regular"%2C"feed_story_type"%3A"17"%2C"action_history"%3A"null"%7D

At the very least, check out his wonderful series of videos about German / Kiwi cultural differences: https://vimeo.com/channels/lifeswap

July 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/truth.ojo

Use memrise along with duolingo. They have some courses there that teach all the words duolingo teaches, at the same pace. They have many others as well. You should look into it.

July 7, 2017
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