Helpful tips (Learning French)

  1. Gauche et droit (left and right): If you're having trouble distinguishing between the two, use yours hands. How we use the L trick (making a letter L on both hands and seeing which one creates the L) would be how they use the right trick. Instead of L, though, they use the "d" in droit to determine left and right. In this case, "B" would be on the left and "D" would be on the right (signifying that droit is right).

  2. Use songs, movies, and tv shows to familiarize yourself with the language. Ex: I have listened to "Sur ma route" by Black M.

  3. If you're having trouble with the "to" conjugations (-er, -ir, -re), use songs you're familiar to study them. I like to put the -er conjugation chart to the song Ol' McDonald had a farm. Ex: E. (ol') Es. (McDon-) E. (ald) Ons (had a farm) Ez. (E I) Ent (E I O)

  4. Learn the gender of a noun when learning the noun. This makes it easier when writing sentences and/or speaking. Ex: La pomme (apple if feminine) instead of pomme. Le singe (monkey is masculine) instead of singe.

-If you're having trouble figuring out if the noun is masculine or feminine, use The site gives the definition and whether the noun is masculine or feminine.

  1. Use French daily. This could be outside of duolingo (writing in French, Switching your phone contacts' names, etc.). Ex: Brother would change to "Mon frère."

  2. Quiz yourself daily. Ex: How would you write "The blue sky shines."?

  3. Use context clues if you're having trouble with a word. More often than not, you know certain words and phrases in a certain piece of text. If you know certain fragments in the sentence, try piecing them together to figure out the meaning.

This list will expand with time.

August 30, 2017


I'm confused. I thought " frere" was masculine thus " mon frere" . So I don't understand the "ma frere" . Merci d'avance

August 30, 2017

yeah it's mon frère, he just made a mistake

August 31, 2017

Thank you for pointing that out!

August 31, 2017

You might want to title this a bit differently. While this is very helpful, the title sounds like you are giving tips for English, not for French.

August 30, 2017

comment ont fait pour aciver le microphone svo aidez moi

August 31, 2017

Turning on the microphone should be in the account settings.

August 31, 2017
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