https://www.duolingo.com/jonathan4210

Need feedback on my french-learning daily plan!

I made a daily plan to help improve my french and aim to become fluent, and would like if you guys could suggest any improvements/changes, as I don't want to devote so many hours towards a faulty plan.

So everyday, I pick a short podcast (with a transcript available and is around 5 mins long) and focus on listening/understanding it in the mornings, and reading/extracting vocabulary at nights.

Morning (listening and understanding):

1) Listen to podcast without transcript. 2) Listen to podcast without transcript AGAIN. 3) Listen to podcast with transcript.

Night (reading/speaking and vocabulary):

1) Read transcript out loud (translating unknown words and expressions as you go). 2) Review new vocabulary.

So I get my listening practice in the morning, and reading at night. I also get some speaking practice since I read the text out loud.

My only concerns are that the speaking practice may not be good enough, since I am not generating my own speech from my mind, and there's no writing practice. Although I do wanna practice some writing (need all 4 skills to become fluent), it's not my top priority must-have-right-now skill and I don't wanna shove too much in my daily plan, otherwise it will become exhausting.

Maybe there are other ways to improve my speaking and writing that won't make the plan feel like a drag? Are the listening and reading practices good enough? Anything else?

Thanks!

5 days ago

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Personally, I would get bored listening to the same episode of a podcast five times a day. It would drive me crazy.. I like I can listen twice in a row max. However if it works for you and you don't tear your hair out in boredom go for it. Even listening to a podcast just once a day has helped me a lot. Try installing Readlang, if you are reading the transcript online. I find this a great way of saving words for review. For speaking practice, I like to use the duolingo stories. The audio is good quality, and you can repeat the dialogue out loud before pressing continue. If you like music, you can also use lyricstraining.com come to try singing along karaoke style. Personally, I like to vary my routine as much as possible, since that way I don't get bored. I watch cartoons, read short stories, play video games. I also recommend checking out the daily video and quiz and brainpop or 1jour1question as these are both cute, short fun and a good source of vocab on many subjects. For practice writting, you could always try to keep a little journal. You don't need to write in it every day.. just maybe once a week or so. If you can find a real life person to talk to of course that is always the best.

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Judit294350

I think that is a good plan. Sometimes my teacher will read out articles - and yes she normally has to do it twice for me to pick up most of it. Then she fills in any blanks. At night I enter the new words, phrases, and idioms into a private Memrise course to review.

Other things you could do. Could you paraphrase what you just heard in more or less your own words. Could you write about it (or any thing else). And the holy grail - practice with someone. Ideally a native speaker but even another student will give you practice at toing and froing and thinking on the spot.

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MaryAnne993219

I think your plan sounds great. If you want to generate speech from your mind, add a step where you generate a summary or a remark about the podcast.

Je crois que vous pouvez le faire. Pour exemple : Je suis d'accord avec l'auteur. Je pense qu'il se trompe. Je voudrais essayer cela. Dites un discours, long ou court.

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jonathan4210

Thanks for the suggestions! Anymore would be greatly appreciated :)

Also side question: does anyone know a good iOS app that allows you to keep track of new French words you found? I currently write the words and their definitions in a book, but would like to transfer them onto an app for making use of search features and such.

Does Duolingo provide this feature?

4 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jonathan4210

Nvm. Just found out that not only that I can make a table on Pages, but I can sort the words alphabetically and have the document synced between my iPhone and iPad :)

3 days ago

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I like Readlang, because it works as a browser extention and keeps a list of all the words you looked up as you browse online. Or maybe you might want to make a Tinycards or Memrise deck.

2 days ago
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