Your One Best Bit of Advice
Learn the gender along with the noun. Do it from day one!
If you're a hearing person, say everything in your lesson out loud, even if you aren't yet sure of the perfect pronunciation.
Just the act of connecting your brain to your mouth for this language gives a boost. (Don't wait for Duolingo to prompt you to speak. Speak everything.)
I have also found that the more "channels" I employ when learning or reviewing a language, the better the info sticks. So I often also write things out in a separate document, just for practice, and for quick review.
Expect to hit a wall. You will NOT make steady and obvious progress every single day (week, month...). There is not necessarily anything wrong with that. Stick with it and it’ll pick up again sooner or later.
And actively listen/watch French films without the subtitles, too. You may just recognize one word but keep at it and the number of words you understand will increase.
Remain positive with your journey. Remind yourself of all the French words and concepts you know rather than focusing on what you do not know.
an excellent advice for languages like French, Spanish , Italian, Russian etc..
True! The same way is also used by schools which teach languages like German, French, Spanish, ...
First Memorize , then, one day, after much memorization, you will be able to trust your gut feeling. :)
Find a native speaker or at least someone who is very fluent in it to practice with. :) Fortunately, I have my mother, but for those who don't have native French-speaking family members, there are often groups in cities who meet regularly to speak their native language with each other.
That is such good advice for spanish seeing that it is VERY gender sensative!
Agreed! I started learning French in Gr. 6 and I didn't know this tip. I wish I did, because now, I still struggle with it. I've heard a few tricks to help figure it out, but still, it would have been nice to hear it at the start. :)