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French pronunciation finally clicking!!

At crown level 32, in the family skill, I just completed a whole lesson without having to repeat any of the audio for the type what you hear questions!! I heard it once, understood the meaning, and remembered how it is spelled from the sound alone, on the first try!!! And there were a lot of them in that lesson. Maybe I am a little too excited, but this is huge for me

February 6, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/7pFoGtkv

Je pense que vous avez toutes les raisons d'être excité. Félicitations et continue. Moi aussi, j'ai vécu des moments de clarté. c’est formidable quand vos efforts sont récompensés. Bravo meuf

February 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-_Adam_-

Use the vouvoiement and familiarly call the person "meuf" is so funny x)

February 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/glaceon953

On dirait, un peu d'attention avec le mot ''excité'' non? Peut-être que ce ne soit pas l'intention qu'on veut transmettre.

February 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElvisIsGod

Yeah, congratulations ! You should be excited about it, it's a great feeling when your efforts are paying off !

To keep improving your listening skills, I would suggest to listen to longer French dialogues, without subtitles. You can find some on Youtube (but there are almost too many options to choose from, and some are far from optimal) or you can check out some specific albums, like "50 daily life French conversations" (this one helped me a lot).

Keep up the good work :)

February 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mafatu

We have the Count of Monte Cristo, the version filmed with France with Gerard Depardieu, (does anyone know how to pronounce that name, my the way??) but I haven't started it yet. I thought that I would start with French subtitles, then see if I could turn them off after a while.

I haven't read the book, so it could be tricky if I have no prior knowledge of what is going on. Sigh.....

February 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SteveMcQua1

I have that too and watch it every few months, amazing how much easier it gets to understand. I gave up with subtitles quite early when starting to watch stuff in French. English subtitles are a waste of time and French a little better. The translations are too often abridged.

Monte Cristo is my all time favourite book (the full version). Read it again recently in English. I also have the French Revolution on DVD which is also six hours long and plenty of dialogue and history (made about 1989) . Am looking for the Napolean version with Depardieu, mini series, but can't find a version in French.

February 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AStrangeChiald

round of applause for the lady -claps-

February 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/freakinfrenchfry

Yay!! That's great!! Pronunciations are always confusing when first learning a language, so it's a great milestone!

February 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JonaJose

I just have to ask what a sadistic donut is. Where do you buy them? When you get them, what do they do? And how are the 66 of them, before you got one?

February 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kazman27549

You should be excited! I know that struggle all to well. How are you doing with gender and plurals? This was an area that drove me crazy for a long time. Keep up the good work, there are more exciting achievements to experience.

February 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mafatu

Since the articles are also plural, I don't have much trouble with that, but remembering the gender rules and exceptions, and which articles are which gender, I still mix that up a lot.

February 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanSommers

Agreed. I also have an "English Ear" with plurals. For that matter I can't hear the difference between peut and peux (as in il peut and tu peux). But I have learned to purse my lips when I say "tu" so it doesn't sound like "to".

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sharon275517

AFAIK, peux and peut sound exactly the same.

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ben568111

There is no difference in pronunciation between PEUT and PEUX

April 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/.Bibi..

that's cool

February 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sharon275517

That´s fantastic!

February 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GabrielleD685084

Bien fait!

February 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheAlex67

Something is wrong with my headphones. Sometimes I get it all perfect and sometimes it doesnt pick up a thing I say.

February 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jeny101

wow that is amazing as for me im still trying!

February 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaabElaf

Learning a new language is no easy thing, congrats! Just want to know how you got through genders and plurals, those are challenging for me at the moment. Keep working hard; it'll pay off even more in the future!~

February 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mafatu

I haven't. Try to memorize the articles with the noun. That seems to help

February 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kitty12383

YAY congrats! Personally french was a bitto hard for me so i switched to german. When i am fluent or somewhat fluent in german i may go back to french. But yeah you have every right to be excited thats huge!

February 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nardoel

Congratulations!

February 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Austrevert4

amazing!!

February 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/condorthreefour

C'est magnifique!

February 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mafatu

Thank you for your service

February 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CC290

I remember when I was learning French, our local public radio station would play RFI (Radio France Internationale). I'd listen to that and say out loud some of what i heard. That did wonders - so much so that I lost most of my French, but I retained the pronunciation haha.

Félicitations! Here's a Lingot! :)

February 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/umeyir4

After you've finished all the lessons, do you think you can definitely speak french with a native french person? I'm just curious about it cause I just started to learn french?

February 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MuhammadAb683914

After you finish the tree. You'll need a lot of speaking and listening practices. What Duo will do for you is to gather a lot of vocabulary and most of the common grammatical rules, such that you can construct and as well understand relatively long sentences. However, if you were to stick to Duo only as a source of your learning French, or any other language, you'll have a lot of difficulty when you begin to speak. Tips:

  1. While practising your target language on Duolingo, try to speak the sentences out loud

  2. Immerse yourself with real people by talking to people who can speak the language in your locality, or look for online friends. Italki can be very great also. I just recently had my first Spanish lesson on Italki. There are native teachers as well as community tutors who can help you "ameliorate" your spoken French.

  3. Watch movies and TV series in French, accessible on sites such as YouTube and Netflix.

  4. Listen to shows and news broadcasts, podcasts. Use any tool you can access. Learning a new language is fun but certainly not easy.

Best of luck with your French language

February 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HarveyMiles

make haste slowly .....I think Duo is designed to move you along slowly with reps ,reps , and more reps.

February 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/katastrxphee

bon travail!!

February 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WFA71

Félicitations, bravo!

February 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ben568111

You should be excited. At crown level 32 you have a long way to go still so keep being positive and excited. It helps your mind learn more. Félicitations!

February 12, 2019
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