https://www.duolingo.com/Mafatu

French pronunciation finally clicking!!

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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

1 week ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/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

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adam44288

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

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/glaceon953
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On dirait, un peu d'attention avec le mot ''excité'' non? Peut-être que ce ne soit pas l'intention qu'on veut transmettre.

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elvis740278
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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 :)

1 week ago

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

3 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

2 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AStrangeChiald

round of applause for the lady -claps-

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SadisticDonut67

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

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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?

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

1 week ago

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

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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".

4 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sharon275517
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AFAIK, peux and peut sound exactly the same.

4 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/.Bibi...
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that's cool

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sharon275517
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That´s fantastic!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GabrielleD685084

Bien fait!

3 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheAlex67
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Something is wrong with my headphones. Sometimes I get it all perfect and sometimes it doesnt pick up a thing I say.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jeny101
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wow that is amazing as for me im still trying!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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!~

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mafatu
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I haven't. Try to memorize the articles with the noun. That seems to help

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nardoel
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Congratulations!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Austrevert4

amazing!!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/condorthreefour

C'est magnifique!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mafatu
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Thank you for your service

3 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CC290
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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! :)

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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?

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HarveyMiles

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

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/katastrophex

bon travail!!

4 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WFA71
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Félicitations, bravo!

3 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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!

2 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/leon.vincens

OUAIS JE SAIS C DUR LA VIE

1 week ago
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