Aide avec le Français
J'ai besoin d'aide avec le Français en Duolingo.
I’m beginning to learn French, and I need to learn how to have a conversation. If I go to France, for the life of me, I can’t see where “ceinture” (belt) will turn up. Anyone willing to have a conversation?
Also useful if you find yourself on a French airline and the pilot or cabin crew announce: "Veuillez attacher votre ceinture".
I recommend that in addition to online conversations and the learning you Duolingo, that you get few books written for younger French people (older children to younger teenagers since their vocabulary is fine unless you are going to a job interview in France) and practice reading them out loud. What you learn online will teach you vocabulary and grammar, but so speaking is mostly muscle memory. By practicing reading out loud, the genders of nouns and conjugations of verbs will become second nature.
good idea! And perhaps learn some songs too - some good children's songs, or ballads that have good language in them, and are pronounced well.
I remember learning "Frère Jacques" and singing it in a round (where we sing in small groups that come in a separate points - very commonly done with "Row, row, row your boat" too).
I also remember that no one had a clue as to what the words translated to!!. Mind you, I was about 9 years old and living in Australia.
This is a brilliant version of it in the round: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pa2_oWshsRM
Small correction - Comment allez-vous.
"t'allez vous" translates as "you go to you".
But then you have sentences like "Je t'aime" - there t' means "you". It only means "yourself" in questions such as "Comment t'appelles-tu ?". Either way, you cannot grammatically mix "te" and "vous".
Noabji, yes, true that it is pronounced like this: Commen tallez vous, because in speaking fast the "t" is said together with "allez".
The grammatically correct way is explained by Ripcurlgirl and Bourg19.
Bonjour! Je suis de Bellingham, et je suis une pomme de terre! J'apprends le francais parce que amusement, et je pourrais aller en France un jour! D'accord, j'ai besoin d'aller manger de la pizza, bonsoir mes amis!