What are the most difficult lessons in your French learning, and how do you deal with them?
To me, it is the pronouns and prepositions. (well, excluding the idioms.)
I am at level 25 and still makes mistakes in these quite often, much more often than any other grammatical issues. When I try to redo the exercises which have been finished months ago, I often repeat the same errors I did at first time.
I am wondering if there is any problem with my methodology of the language learning, and how the others deal with such problems?
Any tips? Many thanks
GW at CSA
2019-02-11: I sent every one a lingot to express my thanks.
I'm not quite as far as you are yourself, but whenever I'm struggling with a few words I make sure to write them down in my language notebook so I can study them later!! I also tend to make flashcards and questions with answers on the back and have a friend or a family member assist me with them in the near future. I usually study them offline for about 20-30 minutes a night. I find it to be extremely helpful for myself, and so do a few other people I know. Just keep practicing and focus on your mistakes rather than what you already know!
I Like this: Just keep practicing and focus on your mistakes rather than what you already know!
With pronouns and prepositions you should be taking note of your errors and compare them with the correct answers to determine what you have done wrong.If it's not obvious look the area up on a grammar site or textbook. In both these areas I would recommend doing intensive practice until you know and understand the answers. There's a lot to cover but regular practice will reward you. Good luck.
"taking note of your errors" -- this is it!
I do take notes when I study, and remember them at the moment. However, when I go to the exercises a few months after, I forget the notes quite many times, and think exactly the same way as I did the first time, and realize what happens afterwards. That is why I post this topic.
I'm trying to do everything on an Android phone. So when I make an error. I take a screen shot. These are really easy to access and periodically I scroll through them and work on remembering the correct answer. You should be able to do the same on a Windows 10 laptop and on Apple devices.
I think it is natural to forget things, especially details like prepositions. What makes me remember things is seeing it or hearing it in another venue. By that I mean, I hear or see the words for real: on a TV show, a movie, a novel, or a newspaper. Language learning is not a sprint, it is a marathon.
i keep a file with topics, so easily can look back in the case of doubt. one topic on one page. this is a sight that you an alive man
The pronoun 'en' used to drive me crazy. Prepositions are tough for me as well, especially the ones that have to follow verbs (namely à and de). There is little one can do except memorize everything on a case by case basilaire. However, referring to sample sentences that contained these prepositions really helped me a lot!
"a" and "de" are also the main issues with my prepositions~
e.g.: "penser a" is practically "think of"
Yeah... agreed. A and de are really quite nasty. I still make mistakes with them all the time. However, the good thing is that French people will still know what you are trying to say. Mostly.
The gender of nouns is by far my biggest problem. I have a fairly intense study programme. I try to do 70XP three times a day. I'm currently at level 5 on part one through to level 2 on part 3.
I find I can rattle through the exercises pretty quickly, but get tripped up all the time because I can't remember the gender of a noun. I'm assuming all nouns are masculine, unless I memorise it as a feminine, but for some reason, I'm constantly doubting my own memory... it's certainly slowing me down... but I'm in France at the moment, and my errors don't seem to bother the people I'm chatting with... some will kindly correct me... others just get what I'm saying....
But yep... it's beginning to get to me...
If it helps, you can memorize the "rules" so that you only have to memorize the nouns which are the exceptions to the rule.
My Schaum's grammar book tells me that nouns ending in: -sion, -tion, -aison, -ence, -té, -ude, -ale, -ole, -ie, and -ure are usually feminine. Nouns ending in -asme, -isme, -eau, -ment, and -acle are usually masculine.
Cool... this looks like a plan... I am trying to learn the indefinite article along with feminine nouns now... but the feminine list above looks a bit memorable:
1) -sion, -tion, -aison 2) -ale, -ole, -ence 3) -ude, -ure, 4) -té, -ie
I might test memorising a few popular key words such as:
1) une pression, une station, une maison.
2) une faience. etc
Though thinking of suitable words I came across a few exceptions: une chaume, une chaumiere, une chaussé, une chausette... these were just off the top of my head. Still I'll give a serious try and see how I get on.
Thank you so much for this info... It's really appreciated.
You're welcome. I almost didn't mention it, but I'm a fan of sitting down and tackling a topic that I feel weak on. Right now, I sat down with my notebook to figure out the differences in two different verb tenses.
Honestly plurals was the most annoying of them all, but by the end I found it extremely easy.