What Websites Could I Use To Better My Education In French?

Salut et Bienvenue,

Recently I have been spending a lot of time on Duolingo. While I feel that I am learning words, I also feel like my mind is not retaining these words, especially with the Clothing section. As a result, I am spending less and less time on Duolingo, just barely enough to keep my streak alive. I enjoy Duolingo and I like learning, but this mental barrier had slowed my progress down. I want to continue, but don't know how. I was wondering if any of you guys have any other websites with lists of words, flashcards (I do Duolingo flashcards in my free time), or just other websites that help you learn a language. If you have any comments, suggestions, or ideas, please post them below.

I hope that your day is filled with small victories, WaterMalone

October 30, 2018


If it is just vocabulary retention that is bothering you I have found (and research confirms it is not just me) that writing the words down helps enormously. It has to be pen and paper, keyboards do not appear to have the same effect.

What I have found useful is to use a sheet of A4 paper for each D/L Skill (Basics, Health, Adjectives etc) and to write down the key words, including the article if gender is important, and their translations. It seems to cement the words in the mind and is a useful revision tool for later.

Works for me.

October 30, 2018

I recommend you to do the whole skill before moving onto the next. It works pretty well for me, it helps me to retain the words and its articles. I also use a flashcard app for the articles. in front of it, I write the word and its translation, on its back I write the definite article.

(Edit) I also do some practice every day. I get, at least, 30 xp just on practice. It helps me a lot to no forget the words I learned.

There's an app called French Conversation, it's composed by small dialogues with basic vocabulary at first. It has the audio, the transcription and the translation. It's a good tool.

Ba Ba Dum is good for vocabulary:

Extra French is a web series for beginners, it is on youtube, check it out.

I have some other tools, but it's in Portuguese, so I don't think it'll help haha

I hope you understand everything I wrote, I'm also studying English yet. Good luck.

October 30, 2018

What are those tools in portuguese?

October 30, 2018

It's mostly youtube channels. They can be found easily. But I remembered this site it's amazing. It is all in French, but very easy to navigate.

October 30, 2018

I recommend You can add french texts from anywhere on the internet to this website and read them whenever you like. The website provides you with a dictionary. To see the meaning of a word, you would only need to click on it, and the word, along with its context, will also be automatically added to your flashcards. I'm currently reading "Le Petit Prince" there.

October 31, 2018

Here's a self-assement checklist to see what your level is:

french grammar lessons by level:

Easy daily 10minute news with transcript(helps with pronounciation, and hearing words help memorise vocabulary):

spelling and grammar checker for french:

verb conjugation practice:

Other than that, be sure to watch french youtubers like Squeezie, Amxiem, Mcfly et Carlito, etc. and maybe read news and then compile words you don't know into a quizlet deck!

October 31, 2018

If remembering the words is your problem , you really need to use a flaschcards app ! There is the DL "Tinycards" , the DL french course on Memrise or the official Memrise french course , Anki has probably folders of french vocabulary, Mosalingua maybe (I think french from english is available) and use it every day !! Even complicated words end up being stuck in your brain , you don't have to do too many efforts : just make a revision every day and learn new words when you want .

If you feel some units are too hard for you , just finish them in order to unlock the next ones and move on . Don't spend time on the units that you don't like/which are too hard for you ; you can always revise them later .

Furthermore, use the search tool in the forum , something like "french ressources" you will find others discussions with lots of links on youtube, books, apps...

Bon courage ;)

October 30, 2018

I agree with the others who suggest flashcards like TinyCards, Memrise, or ANKI. Flashcards are a great way to aid in vocabulary acquisition.

As far as other resources go, there is a pretty good discussion going on about that here:

October 30, 2018

Try Memrise. It's an excellent website/app and it is highly effective. It helped me a lot with my Italian.

October 30, 2018

I second that, but make your own course for the vocabulary that you want to learn.

October 31, 2018

I strongly agree with the "writing it down", and that keyboard alone is not as effective. I have done both - writing things down as they occur in lessons, and then adding them to a spreadsheet - one page each for nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.

Sometimes, I simply read through a few entries in the spreadsheet - particularly with the declension of verbs that I have had difficulties with.

Every learning guide I have seen says that repetition is the primary key to memory - the more you repeat something, the better you will remember it. Obviously, specific techniques with that repetition can improve the retention, but it still needs repetition.

And, keep at it. As the DL app has prompted me several times, "You are still learning when you make mistakes". I found that the times when I was most frustrated, and feeling the most helpless were always just before I made a huge leap forward. It was as though it got lots tougher just as you are getting close.

Of course, the fact that I was getting close was not obvious - in fact, I often thought that I was going backwards.

I also agree with the suggestion to use practices - since I started doing this, I found that my recollection of the gender of nouns has improved significantly - I still make mistakes, but I'm a lot better than before.

As a final point, if you can, do your lessons shortly before you go to bed. Your brain tends to "replay" things that it has heard when you are falling asleep, and the closer that memory is to the time you fall asleep, the better the memory effect will be.

All the best - don't give up!

October 31, 2018

Yes, i agree that writing new words down by hand is a great help. With something like French that i already know and am just reviewing, it is not necessary. But if the language and words are new to you, such is the case with my new Chinese lessons it requires a different approach. I do not move on in a lesson until i have memorized all the words. A great way to do this is to write the French words in a vertical column on the left side of a paper. Then write the English translations on the right side and cover them up as you try to look at the French words and translate them. Also, its immensely fruitful to say the French words aloud. This will reinforce the word and sound in your mind. I hope this helps.

October 31, 2018

You do not need to look for training on sites. You can get learn with french videos,musics or even get a correspondence with a Frenchman! This is how uses it. Generally, try to be self-sufficient and do not depend on language learning sites. I am sure that you will enjoy more if you are looking for something to learn independently. Good luck

October 31, 2018

I use memrise, duolingo, clozemaster, lingvist, and occasionally Anki. I would really suggest memrise and anki for drilling vocabulary, while clozemaster for context and getting use to the language. Duolingo is good for a bit of grammar, though kwiziq is better for that too.

November 1, 2018

I use all the resources on the website I went from only using Duolingo on the phone to using it on pc, I always use pen and paper I listen to the daily podcast and you can join duolingo events to attend events also I use the internet to educate myself I also watch Wakafu which is in French and has english subtitles. I would strongly recommend you try to motivate yourself Benjamin Franklin used to read by candle light if a forefather can teach himself then with enough determination we can learn a lot from the internet. Also join discussions.

October 31, 2018

Try the free app Quizlet. It is a flash-card style learning app intended primarily, I think, for college students, but I found it helpful. There are all sorts of free topics and for French language, I found French Verb Conjugation, French Question Words and Top 83 French Verbs the most helpful.

October 31, 2018

I have found Clozemaster and Memrise to be useful in learning to hear the language as well as vocabulary training.

But even more useful then that I think is listening to podcasts, my favorite is Coffee Break French, and on youtube there is Michel Thomas French, both go over useful phrases and vocabulary and have helped me immensely with listening comprehension.

October 31, 2018

As annoying as I find it at times - I slave through. Especially given that I'm dyslexic. And once in a while I'll find that I typed nite instead of night. Since that isn't in their data base as slang-substitue I'm told I'm wrong. So I just ignore it with a smile and plow through. To me it feels like: Okay I'll humor you, duolingo. Ha! But I really only use duo lingo as basic training. Ever since I started - and I had breaks in between learing - started over again several times - I allow my brain to take it's own sweet time to grasp and understand. And while some kind of translation into English is helpful to get the meaning faster - I try to learn French within French and not lean heavily on translating it. So I listen to a lot of French music (like Johnny Hallyday, Amel Bent, Isabelle Boulay etc) I look up the lyrics and listen as I read along. They have a very clear easy to understand pronounciation and my brain started to pic up on repetions and just be listening recognizing words and phrases. And I keep sitting down to songs I come to love - with the lyrics in front of me - singing along. at times to practise speaking and speed.

Soon I will add watching movies I know well with the French dubbing. Knowing the action well and more or less what they say in English - will help with the French.

Another thing I did was get a few small novella by French authors like Anna Gavalda, Muriel Barbery, Antione Laurain. I now have the books in French and English and a French/Engl. dic by Larousse. I also got audiobooks to some of them in both languages (and some in German, just because I enjoy the German wording they translator used. Or the voices as Muriel Barbery has more than one narrator - various male and female voices. I find that very helpful as I got to hear various ways of pronouncing and their different melody in their speach - if that makes sense? So maybe if you just relaxe a little more? Plow through and keep adding other sources to your learning, it should help a lot. At some point I will also add writing things donw myself. Once my brain can connect the writing to what it hears - not that easy for a dyslexic, given all the silent letters. But I'm not worried about it. I'll get it eventually... and as the Germans like to say: Wer schreibt der bleibt. (The one who writes, will stay) We concentrate differently when we write. Wether we type or if it's by hand. To some of us the brain makes no difference in that - or not as much. So chose the type options over the "pick the words" And just go by what you find doesn't "hurt" your brain too much and what you find comes natural to you! Hope that helps? All the very best to you on your journey! :)


November 2, 2018

For grammar, i find kwiziq to be very helpful, but it is challenging. It requires one to be very precise with answers, and I believe I am now learning and retaining more from it than duolingo. However, I don't believe I will ever give up duolingo.

October 30, 2018

I should use flash cards too but here are some free tools and downloads that I used while searching for extra resources to use duolingo also don't forget to use stories,

these are links to resources that I now use daily I may study myself but I treat it like school I study it all day I give myself breaks and push myself the first link has audio files and PDF ebooks and a lot of tools you can print out and utilize.

November 2, 2018

I have kept a journal running for any word I am not sure of and every day before going to duolingo I revise the words. I cant remember them all but it is starting to stick and just writing them down helps

November 3, 2018
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