3 Efficient Ways to Learn French
Hey there! So I've read a lot discussions lately where people shared their ways or learning or practicing french. French is actually my second language and out of the 4 languages I speak, it sure is the hardest! I just thought I'd share a few tips that I personally think would be helpful if some of you find yourselves struggling with French.
1 - When working on the duolingo tree, it's better if you don't finish all the skills one by one. I think it's better if you work on a skill for a while, take in some new skills and continue that way. I find this to be effective since the different rules in french apply on various aspects of the language and also because when you learn the skills one by one, you tend to slowly forget them.
2 - Try to think everyday thoughts in French. I know this sounds hard but it's actually easier than it sounds. For example, you'd normally think something like " I need 3 coffees today " try to change that thought in French, even if it's not perfect. So something like " J'ai besoin de 3 cafés aujourd'hui " or maybe if it helps " Veux 3 cafés " and over time, you can add "Je" or "aujourd'hui". I feel that working on words in your head gives you the chance to ameliorate yourself and when you're confident enough, you can use them when communicating with others.
3 - Listen to French audio books, podcasts, youtubers and such. Hearing stuff rather than reading it helps a lot since your brain is learning how to pronounce or put an emphasis on words. For starters you can listen to fairytales in french on audiobooks. One that I've recommended to my friends is the Little Red Riding Hood one. It's not too fast but not too slow and the words are very well pronounced: https://www.thefrenchexperiment.com/stories/petitchaperonrouge
I know some people like anime and maybe they're trying to find a french anime. I got the perfect one for you ! I used to watch this when i was younger and I still LOVE IT to this day!! It has 26 episodes and here's a playlist of all the episodes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWIPKuqxtLQ&list=PLhKTAIzA8YaTv3EfXvhkuo0Q1z2AhBdpS
If you're not quite confident with listening to french you can always watch your shows or cooking shows or whatever you watch with french subtitles. Then when you feel comfortable, you can listen to the whole thing in french with french subtitles and then no subtitles.
I really, really hoped this helped! If it didn't, I'm sorry ): If any of you have concerns about French, You can ask your questions down here and I'll be more than happy to look into it.
I strongly agree with tip number two and it is very easy to do.
I find it even easier to practise French while I am driving.
I simply translate where I am going and what I am doing as well as any observations on the way.
Here are some examples - I am behind the bus, I am turning right, I cannot turn left here, there is a woman and her baby, a blue car, a red car, I am opening the car window, I am late, I am early, I have to go to work, I don't like going to work, I am going home, I want to find the restaurant, take the thrid street on the right, i am opening the car door, I am closing the car door etc etc.
These are comments or phrases that are directly from Duolingo and I find they become re-inforced and cemented into my memory very quickly.
You actually said "ameliorate yourself" wow! You are truly thinking in french hahaa
Thanks for the information. I started french from scratch a little over 2 months ago--duolingo and tinycards are such useful tools and I feel like I've made so much progress WHILE I'M USING THE APPS, but once I put my phone down or the laptop away my "french goes away with it".
My hope is that in time my french will "travel"--using french while thinking is a great tip. I will apply it!
What keeps me going everyday is the small progress. I watched "he even has your eyes" on Netflix 2 months ago, and then again this weekend. I was FLOORED by how much more I could comprehend . Dialog that seemed to have no beginning and end now sounded like distinct words!
I'm excited to continue my journey--its been fascinating thus far!
edit--french learners, please add me as a friend! And if anyone is a member of an active club please send an invite.
I would add that listening to some of the older French singers is very useful. Particularly those who do 'chansons a texte' songs with stories. Michel Sardou, Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet, etc., along with some of the contemporary revival groups. You may struggle to get the meaning but it will help you get the sound of the language.
Thank you for all your good advice - I am loving thefrenchexperiment stories
Thank you for the tips! I also like to use the keyboard rather than the word bank, as it forces me to come up with the words myself. I am corrected more, but I also feel more sure of my command of the language and lessons. Besides, I'm learning for fun, not school now!
Another thing I do is listen to the Bible in a language on YouTube, slowing it down to 3/4 speed. I can find the version on Bible Gateway to read it if I need to, but I know a lot of the main points of the books I listen to so can pick them out a bit better and practice listening. I also totally agree about thinking in the language if you can. So many things make sense and are easier to remember when I translate literally. I studied French for years in school but that was decades ago. These are tips I even found helpful back then so thanks again and good luck with your continued study.
Thank you so, so much! It is so helpful because I just started learning french! :)
Tu voyages travel (you) travel/are travelling/traveling traveling beaucoup ?
I am trilingual (1st Language: English 2nd Language: Spanish 3rd Language: American Sign Language) And I tend to think in whichever language I am working in at the moment. If I'm working in two languages, I tend to think in the one that is the easiest for me, usually English. That said, I do not think in ASL, I would like to know anyone who does.
I'm quadrilingual and I mostly think in English and French since English is my first language and that I study in French. Sometimes I'll go "one, two, three, quatre, cinq.." xD. I only use Kirundi when I'm communicating with my distant family members and Spanish when I'm trying to practice it !!
Thanks a lot! This really helps. Theres not much to do with it but heres a lingot.
Muchas gracias , Merci beacoup , thanks so much I study French and Spanish in the same time your advice is very helpful for me . Enchante
So I am in a French immersion school. I moved for a year and was back in English as there was no french there. I moved back and I forgot a LOT about french could you give me tips that would help remember or get good at it again?
I think the best thing is to take it slow. You could write down words or sentences that you remember. Then, you associate those words to the images in your head when you think about them. What you can also do is think of an activity that you used to do when you were at the French immersion school. Think of words that were used in a particular activity. I can't guarantee it'll trigger your memory back, but I think it's a great starting point. The most important thing is to not give up. Give it time, I believe that you'll be good in French !
I really want to relearn French but I think it's going to be completely pointless on Duolingo because I can still understand French and when I've added that course to my Duolingo I've been able to skip classes because I can understand. I've just lost the ability to write in French and I'm starting to forget how to speak it
I actually read an article about this! When you're capable of understanding a language but not speak or be able to write it, it's because the language is not used in your daily life, therefore, neural connections in your brain don't form. Don't worry, it's really okay and understandable. What you can do is use the language in your everyday life. If you can't at school or work, do so with your family members or maybe try bullet journaling or writing a song in French. The more you practice, the better you speak and the more connections are built between Wernickle and Broca's area ( The parts in your brain that allow you to understand & respond). I hope this helped. I'm excited for you!
If i were near you then surely i would have hugged you for this. Thank you so much brother, you really solved many things where I've been struggling and i hope it's really gonna work for me.
Great comments and ideas, particularly number 2! Have a lingot for your trouble :-)
I am finding my ear slow to train (for everyday spoken French) so I subscribe to French Today - she has audio that is presented in Slow, Normal, and Street. I listen to them on the bus going to work. I just do one lesson a week (obviously starting with Slow) and I put the audio on repeat and try to avoid looking at the transcripts. I do the repeating thing because I noticed that children learn by watching/hearing the same stuff over and over again (lots of repeated episodes on their TV channels).
In the old version you could always go back to the past what you had learned from words, now with the new version this is unfortunately no longer possible. Personally I think thats a pity but I do have respect and appreciation for the people who have worked hard on the progama. Hopefully they can find a small improvement on this and change it. So for now i will try your advise, thank you
Thanks a lot, great suggestions ! About n°3, I would add that I find listening to (realistic) dialogues to be more effective that out of context sentences. You can pick up vocabulary, idioms, structures... In this regard I would recommand the "50 daily life French conversations" album (you can find it on Spotify and probably other streaming platforms), which covers most of everyday life topics. It lasts about 1/2 hour, so it's been perfect for my commute these last few weeks :)