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

I am actually having a lot of trouble with speaking French

I really need help with speaking French I'm really confused and when I try to say stuff it doesn't sound right

March 13, 2019

22 Comments


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

If you've just started with learning, it is absolutely normal to struggle. It is to be expected. A normal phase. Don't panic :-)

March 13, 2019

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

You just need to slow down. Look up a video on French pronunciation on YouTube. Keep practicing and don't get frustrated because it could take months to start speaking well.

March 13, 2019

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

Thanks they really should make a discord so people can talk to each other in French it would really help.

March 13, 2019

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

I wish we could get on Discord with other people to practice, but the reason we can't is because Duolingo doesn't want users to have any way to speak privately, even off of the website so we can't share contact info, because they want to protect children who use the site so they don't get manipulated by other users with bad intentions.

March 13, 2019

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

Well, you could join this Discord group > https://discord.gg/XsqpCU

I'm there, but whether or not you find me doesn't matter. There's almost always someone, native or beginner, talking in one of the chat channels. ;)

March 13, 2019

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

I'm surprised we don't get in trouble for posting things like that when we're supposedly not supposed to give out contact information here.

March 17, 2019

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

Not really. tons of beginners learning mistakes from each other are not something you want to be a part of. (And yes, this really happens, I've seen it in a beginner class, where people were learning pronunciation mistakes based on each other's native languages). So, no reason to regret this :-)

March 13, 2019

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

Yep, and some of these mispronunciations are what they will use to find out your native lang. They will take no offense to this, seeing as you do not natively speak their lang.

March 14, 2019

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

I've used to been in your situation too.a tip is to replay the audio during the duolingo lesson and enable speaking exercises. And the secret weapon for me is the app Memrise.

March 14, 2019

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

One reason im learning French because im going to move to Canada and games so people can understand me like in rust

March 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carmen807459

As a Canadian, I approve. Great choice. :)

March 15, 2019

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

You don't sound right as in, you sound like a rosbif?

The first step is to be understandable, then talk with natives and you'll improve. That's according to my teacher, and I have to say I agree. Go slow, and enunciate your words.

March 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrenchGoal2

I'd suggest for you to find a place where gobbledy French is offered (the sound in written form e.g I am- Je suis- Sher swee) but since I was taught this at school, I have not app or place to suggest for you where you can go and practice this.

March 13, 2019

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

thank you guys

March 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Judit294350

Try and find a French film with slow dialog and close up of the faces. Watch their lips etc. Try and repeat the words. Repeat.

But best is a human French teacher who will correct you (Mereade is right - you can pick up bad habits if you are all beginners)

March 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aki-Mugetsu

There are actually websites that allow you to speak with French speakers, as an exchange (you can help them with your language). Another important thing I’ve noticed, as someone who does speak French : don’t be afraid to overdo it. Well, it’s true for most languages anyway. Try to repeat sentences, and try to really make it sound the same way, exaggerate as much as you can. Usually people think they sound weird and are doing too much, but in fact it’s the perfect amount needed :) it’s like makeup for theater, you actually need a lot of it to make it look natural.

March 14, 2019

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

A really good way to practice is by listening to Podcasts! There are many free ones out there as well as excellent cheap ones. I use Audible and have a 12 hour podcast that teaches French in a very easy way. You're actually listening to people speak in French as you're going about your daily walk and it really helps with memorising the annunciation of certain difficult words.

March 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Susan519171

I like the stories and I repeat what they say. And listen to what they say repeatedly. And repeat a lot. Rosetta Stone on the app (couldn't find it on the desktop) in 'extended" has stories where you listen, and then you can repeat/record what they are saying to see how you are doing. I agree with someone else who said to exaggerate. When I have to record, I find that when I "exaggerate" -- at least that's how it feels -- I do much better. I also have recordings I got from the library that I listen to. There are several meetups (see meetup.com) I go to including alliance francaise.

March 14, 2019

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

I just joined Duolingo about 1 month ago. After I finished the second checkpoint, I went on italki and found a community tutor to practice with. There are free language partners you can find, but the ones I did find did not have a serious commitment to scheduling practice time. The lessons are pretty inexpensive if you buy them in a package and you can find a tutor from the region you are planning to move to so that your pronunciation will be understandable to your target location. Good luck in your French study!

March 15, 2019

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

I have to keep listening and repeating it out loud sometimes many times. I tend to be a visual learner . I read the stories out loud a little at a time . Like a sentence . Eventually what I say although slower than the speaker if that helps at all.. I have MS and I am not giving up !!!

March 15, 2019

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

everyone that does have problems go to frenchpod101.com. You have to pay for some of the things but it's worth it.

March 15, 2019

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

I can suggest you an exercise that can be done using flashcards and a voice recorder. Choose any three words from your pack of cards (you can make them yourself) and try speaking for a minute or two on any topic so that all three words are a part of your short speech, while doing so, record yourself. Than listen and try to understand which phrases were said well and when you had mistakes. It works even if you don`t know many words and you have trouble speaking. I use it when I don t have someone to speak with in a foreign language. Also it is good if you are shy.

March 17, 2019
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