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French | Tips/ Advice for newbies.

I've seen plenty of brand new French learners here on Duolingo and I would like to wish them all the best. Learning a language from scratch (or not!) is difficult. I myself am not very good at French, yet. I would like to just say don't give up, it might be really confusing, irritating and annoying that you are struggling right now but it will get much easier. The feeling when you nail your first proper sentence or read a statement and understand most of it is priceless. I have gotten plenty of advice and tips from others here are some of them:

1) Have great interest in the language. 2) Regularly practice/ study the language. 3) Don't be afraid to ask for help (Everyone was a newcomer at some point) 4) Surround yourself with French, and I mean it literally. (French books, audio books, watch French news/ TV channels) 5) Enjoy it and don't make it a burden for yourself. 6) Keep that motivation bar up high.

I hope this helps. If there is anybody that would like to share, please do!

Merci.

July 20, 2017

17 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/purplpeanut

I would also do the reverse tree, it really helps. For example, if english is your first language, you learn the french tree. And then you do the reverse tree (where you learn english). It makes you input french a lot of the time instead of translating the french, which helps you memorize.

memrise.com is the place to go if you wish to spiff yourself up on vocabulary.

Youtube! Youtube is a great place, whether it is music or looking up shows like telefrancais (a kid's french show).

Also lyricstraining.com is a fun game-like site where you input what you hear (in the musical sense) (many languages on here, lot's of fun!)

July 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/lala2178

Yes! The reverse tree.

July 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/TinuGeorge

Thank you, the site you listed are very helpful :)

July 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EliasPitts

Thankyou for this wise advice of the second latest duolingo generation!

July 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/lala2178

Welcome. :)

July 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/pourdemain

Thank you for the great advice. I am coming back to Duolingo and studying French again after not practicing for a long time. One of my favorite methods for immersion is to change my phone language to French so I get to see all the paramètres en français :) It helps me get used to seeing the language. It also makes any apps I download start in French (if available) and Google searches serve French language results as well. Listening to French songs/musicians is also fun!

July 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/lala2178

Aww, that's great that you're taking French up again. That is a great hack!

July 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/PhillippaC5

You're brave! I think I'd get very frustrated if I swapped my phone to French. Maybe in a few months but not just yet. Good on you. I do listen to French music though, love it.

July 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/clc_grace

Thank you very much for this post! I just started learning French last week and will definitely use some of the tips you mentioned. Wouldn't those tips also work with any target language?

July 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/lala2178

Yes, they would. :D

July 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/clc_grace

How long have you been learning French for?

July 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/lala2178

Four months.

July 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/izzy053

thank you for the great advice it is very motivating

July 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/lala2178

It's a pleasure.

July 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/KavitaD

Thank you so much for the amazing advice!

July 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/10Lorrane

Thanks for the advice.

July 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EliasPitts

shall we knight this advisor?

July 22, 2017
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