https://www.duolingo.com/lala2178

How long will it really take?

How long does it actually take for an English speaker to learn French to a level where they can watch Youtube videos without subtitles? I feel like I am going nowhere, I don't expect myself to be anywhere close to understanding a whole video but I can just do basic things (ex; introducing myself, asking for items, food, etc.) Any tips to learn French better?

July 8, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/SallyMoen
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Oh please don't give up. This is your brain rebelling. It can seem like it takes forever, but keep going. My suggestions may not help, but here goes: I went to the library and checked out kids' books in French, and some language books with CD's. Also, checked out alot of French-language movies, especially comedies. I get to talk to native speakers at work: there are a couple of people from French-speaking countries at work, and they are willing to answer my questions.
Oh, and the problem with some movies subtitled to English: they are translated sometimes from Canadian French/Quebecois, and that sounds different and has some different words. Read the small print. Best wishes again. A bientot, voici un lingot!

July 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/lala2178

Merci, merci aussi pour le lingot!

July 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/xislexstep
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You are there now. STOP watching youtube with subtitles. you are asking your eyes and ears to send competing messages to the brain, in this relationship your eyes are dominant . the english they take in will overide the french and nothing will get accomplished. let your brain have its very own 'french' section. find videos that come in both languages. google 'insert name of show' version français or vf watch the english, then the french. repeat until comprehension begins. a phrase, a verb. consult english language version as needed. make it something you like to watch repetively. many Dvd and blurays in the US come with french soudtracks for the eastern Canadians. dailymotion is another video app where I have found german and Russian italian and french dubbed english tv shows. if you like history- 'au cœur de l'histoire' from francetv on youtube. jump in, let go of the tether, be confused. you'll dream in french as your mind sorts it all out. it may be hard, tomorrow it's likely to be less hard, and so on.. best of luck

July 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/lala2178

I will keep that in mind. Merci beaucoup, tu es tres gentile!

July 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Xamaranth

*gentille

July 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/lala2178

Ahh je desole, elle est une fille.

July 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/demilade1410
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Read and listen to stories, listen to music, try to find a native near you like a classmate if you have one, if you have an apple device change Siri to French, and most importantly, get a book of French. Write anything in it. In mine, I write new words, I use the new words in sentences, I write short random passages, I'm currently writing a book. Oh and sometimes I write things I want to remember like the conjugations of verbs in past and future. Bonne chance, bonne courage, bonne journée,et au revoir :)

July 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/lala2178

Thank you. I am planning to get a notebook soon.

July 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/demilade1410
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I just used one of my old school ones that I only wrote on like one page of. See if you have any of those because I think most schools are in summer vacation now, I know I am. Et toi?

July 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/lala2178

Moi aussi. Et je peux demander, que est langue maternelle tu?

July 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/demilade1410
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L'anglais mais j'apprends il parce que j'ai fini mon arbre de français donc j'apprends anglais en français pour une challenge

July 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/lala2178

ahh d'accord.

July 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/demilade1410
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Oui

July 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Vaseline6

Maybe try: http://www.thefrenchexperiment.com/stories & https://www.memrise.com

Memrise is comparable to duolingo, but my experience with memrise is that it makes it easier to remember & starts with more useful lessons, although it does not teach anything about french grammar.

Goodluck!

July 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/lala2178

I have tried Memrise, I think it's not suitable to learn a language from scratch unlike Duolingo. I would recommend it to someone who has some basics, like someone who has completed their tree.

July 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Vaseline6

Maybe one of these? lingvist.com, babadum.com, clozemaster.com I just recently heard about those.

July 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/PatruAloeil
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I highly suggest that you should use multiple resources to learn a language, but all of them should have some writing, reading, speaking, et cetera involved. For me, I've used duolingo, a French book, and myself. Duolingo is where I learn most of my vocabulary; the French book is where I learn extra things about grammar; As for myself, I just try to have my own conversations (I wish I knew someone who knows french where I live. I'd suggest talking to someone who knows the language if you can.).

Speaking is one of the most important language skills; without it, you will listen to a french person and not understand much at all (I have experienced this problem, because I haven't found anyone to talk to.)

Good luck! ~PatruÀlœil

July 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/lala2178

Me too! I always have that problem. As weird as this may sound, just speak to yourself (quietly that is!) it works.

July 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/PatruAloeil
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Atoeast someone else understands my pain! Thanks for the confirmation.

July 10, 2017
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