https://www.duolingo.com/Jessasnoop3

I want to learn how to SPEAK French

I'm quite good at writing and listening in French, but because duolingo and other apps rarely focus on speaking, I cant really speak so I know vocab for no reason at all. Does anyone have any advice/apps/websites/recommendations to help me speak the language, french? Thanks in advance

January 30, 2018

22 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/CommeuneTexane

Hi Jessasnoop3,

Wonderful! I think the sooner that you start speaking, the better. Don't worry if you can say little more than "bonjour" at first. Start by reading everything out loud, this means all of your exercises in Duolingo, even the written ones. If you have access to children's books in French from your library, check them out and read them out loud too. This is to get your tongue and mouth used to making the sounds in French and to slowly help you lose the shyness and inhibitions associated with beginning to speak. A lot of people are afraid of making mistakes, but you have to let go of that fear and realize that you will make mistakes... and that is okay! Really!! I promise.

Listen to and watch as much French as you can. Youtube is a wealth of shows, instruction, and pronunciation guides.

Lastly, there is nothing like speaking directly with a native French speaker to help your conversational skills. There are a number of websites where you can find a tandem partner or an instructor. Here is an article that reviews a lot of them: https://www.thebalance.com/free-language-exchange-websites-1357059 As always, exercise caution and use safe internet practices, especially when using sites like these. Have a "throwaway" email, and don't use your personal one or give out personal info. I have had good success with "italki" www.italki.com.

Speaking with another person who is learning English at the same time you are learning French can be very rewarding, and I have met some wonderful people this way. Just be careful!

Have fun!

January 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Jessasnoop3

merci

January 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/melinyellow

Thanks!

February 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Danielconcasco

I would recommend using Memrise's official French courses. They teach phrases and conversational connectors that help you get your thoughts out.

https://www.memrise.com/courses/english/french/

You'll most likely find parts 1 and 2 too basic. Try their French 3 and start speaking to others. Others have mentioned Tandem, which helps you find a partner. I've also used Lingbe, which will pair you with a partner immediately. You can chose to keep in contact, or not.

January 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Darryl491676

Try youtube. Children's songs and movies are a great start and have helped me. Find songs that have a catchy easy to learn chorus. I like Guillaume Grande (Toi and moi). Unfortunately I don't know anyone that speaks French.

January 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Jessasnoop3

you can have french buddies, by downloading this app called HelloTalk.

January 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Darryl491676

I'll check it out. Merci

January 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/EllaLearnz

C'est genial! It looks really cool but I haven't tried it yet. Merci!

February 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/EllaLearnz

Nothing is better than going to France itself, or another place that speaks French such as Quebec (but they speak it a bit different). Rosseta stone is probably good. I dunno! I would read your duolingo things out loud as well which will help, that's what I do!

February 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LeonidBr

Jessasnoop3 hello!

I think I have the same with my English until a few moths ago. It is because we don't know too much vocab to speak. Even though it is enough to read and write. Lets go with Duolingo, try to watch movie. Now I try to learn French, but I hope I know what I will do.

good lucks

January 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Jessasnoop3

merci

January 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ford_42

It is bothersome that there are few speaking parts. I wish I could do more than just say I agree!

January 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/scourge_est_BEAU

Chats guerriers! Je sais que cela n'a rien à voir avec ça mais quand même ...

January 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/knudvaneeden

Forvo, IPA, Wiktionary, Gabriel Wyner, Fluent-Forever.com, ...

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January 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Jessasnoop3

thx and you sxhould check out hello talk(app) ligvist (website and app) both equally help in language learning

January 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda

Are you relying on this site or are you using a proper course? Because the isolated sentences here don't really show you how the language is used and the natural pattern of interactions and responses. You need something with decent audio/videos, and you need to repeat what you hear. Or better, get some conversation lessons.

January 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Haagedoorn

Best way to learn how to speak, is to actually speak :D

February 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Jesse14357

My name is Sloan Tompkins and I wanted to learn french. My wonderful Friend introduced me to this site and I've been doing it everyday. You should absolutely do it too. I also fell in love with it.

February 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/52206

I would try pronouncing each word as you type it, and that might help a little, or you could write down a bunch of words and bring them to a friend and try pronouncing them. I hope this helps, and the best of luck to you!!!! - Caitlyn

February 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ana0605

I would recommend reading the Duolingo sentences out loud so you can hear yourself. Try to pronounce each word clearly and as close to the recording as possible. I'm finding that it helps me. Good luck on your French! :)

May 25, 2018
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