This is how much the French course has taught me so far.
Hopefully this can be motivating and encouraging for people who are in the middle of the course.
I've learned a lot about how the language flows and its structure so far. Only halfway through the course and I'm able to understand a lot of what I read from French texts online. I've even been able to change one of my video games to French and understand most of what is being said. Words I don't know at first, often I can learn the meanings based on context just like learning a new word from my native language. When I play a game in French, it reminds me of being a kid and learning so many new words in my own language just by playing.
Le français est ma langue natale et c'est une particulièrement dure à écrire sans faute.
RomanticRose, congratulations on your success, and thanks for letting us know there's light at the end of the language learning tunnel :-) .
When I take up Russian again, and am struggling in the early skills, I'll keep your encouragement in mind.
Thank you and good luck! As long as you love your languages, I know you can do it :)
Hi there: Thanks for your insight. I have completed level 2 French tree so far. I have a good vocabulary so far but struggle to connect sentences together in speech (from my mind). I recently started "stories" in Duolingo and I find they are helpful because they give you some common phrases that are in use in French that I otherwise wouldn't see or pickup on. I listen to the SBS podcast in French, watch French TV shows, as well. I take children's books out of the library in French; it's a good way to start reading new text (after all that's how children learn a language). Keep up the excellent learning!
You're doing great! It's so good that you have access to native materials in the library near you.
Wow, at level 8? I've already hit level 12 and haven't had the courage to change my video games... I have tried listening to music videos in French on YouTube though. I can get some words but the bulk of the lyrics are still not understandable to me as of yet.
I really like the Easy French on YouTube, which is a channel that asks simple questions to strangers on the street. It has subtitles in French, so it's good to train our ears to pick up how French sounds go with how they're written. So far I've just done it on a Pokemon game, but in a week or so, I'm going to change my FFXIV to French and play for a bit to see how I feel with cut scenes in it.
Don't be afraid to change your games :) To be safe, I suggest, if possible for you, doing it in a game you've played a lot already so if you can't understand a dialogue, you will still know what to do.
Learn French with Alexa on YouTube is pretty good, about 500 videos. It's more instructional than listening to dialog, but still good. Personally, I pay for Yabla! It's done more to train my French ear than anything else I've found. I also just found FrenchPod101, they have YouTube dialogue vids, but run their own web learning site as well. They have free and pay, but are running a 7 days for free now (so is Pimsleur). RFI (radio france international) is great for streaming audio and their website has a lot of learning tools too (RFI Savoirs).
I recently changed my iphone to French with no problems, it was pretty easy to pick up the french equivalent elements, kind of cool to see the weather in french and check my courriel dans ma boîte de réception:-).
Félicitations et bonne chance !
I have been using "Lyrics Training". It uses a game format to help you improve listening skills though music. Highly recommend it.
By the way, my numbers don't really reflect accurately in all my languages, but I've only attempted French here and with a textbook at home (not school) so 12 on French is pretty accurate. The bulk of the French I learned was from Duo...
Nice, I started 3 days ago and have got up to just travel on french so far, at what point did you start being able understand the majority of french text?