Brazilian learning french. :)
Hey everyone! Mon nom est Fernanda, and I'm a brazilian girl that speaks english and is trying to learn french.
It doesn't means my english is perfect, but its the only way to learn french in Duolingo (it didn't got the portuguese-french option).
I hope I can make new friends to share culture, have nice chats and help me to learn french and improve english.
Thanks and merci!
I confess I am one of those people. I thought the two languages were really close and if you know one you can get by in the other. I guess I'm wrong on that :-). I don't know much about either language yet but I hope to learn both eventually.
I am fairly decent in french, I took several years in school and I'm about 2/3 of the way complete with the tree, so if you need help with anything you can post on my stream. Just click on my picture and it will take you there. I also highly recommend following Sitesurf. She is a native french speaker and is extremely helpful with the nuances of the language. Bonne chance avec votre francaise!
It is normal to think like that, but Portuguese and Spanish are pretty different. Once an English teacher at NESE (Boston) asked me to correct an essay of hers, in portuguese. It had a lot of Spanish words. :)
I agree that Duo is great and I'm using it to learn Spanish (from English) and to reinforce my French course (also from English). But I still think that a course with a teacher helping is always the best option.
If you have a personal teacher, I would agree with it. But a course with many students is not always better than learn by yourself with duolingo. You have to listen to fellow-students pronouncing words wrong and make mistakes. Of course there is teacher to correct them, but you would have many wrong role models.
The discernment is not as easy as you think. ;-) And I did not say the local course is always worse than duolingo, but it is not always better. And it is also a individual matter. Some people learn easier with a teacher, some better by their own. So if you local course is helpful for you, be glad about it :-)
You must have discernment to use the good models and not the wrong ones. My Spanish is 100% Duolingo and my French is 50% Duolingo. My French is pretty better. I am not criticizing Duo, I mean, I love it. It helps me a lot. But a person teaching you the rules with the feeling that you are urderstanding or not the material is really helpful. And also, completing the tree does not mean you are good at it. I jumped all the English tree with one test and I don't thing my English is fluent.
Ps: My French course is like a community course and it is only US$ 30/month, but the classes are not full (mine has 7 students) and all the teachers have at least a college degree.
E se travar em alguma atividade por causa da dificuldade com o inglês, não desanime, isso é totalmente normal. Meu inglês é quase fluente e ainda dou umas travadas aqui em uma atividade ou outra! Sem contar que o francês não é o idioma mais fácil do mundo de aprender (mas ainda é mais fácil que o inglês).