https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperLearner007

Starting with French

For some reason, the post I wrote regarding me starting French and asking for tips, got 5 downvotes and no response. Therefore, I proceed to write a new one...

I would like to hear the following from non-native experienced French learners:

  • Could you give me any tips to start with French?

  • What should I pay attention to?

  • Any extra resources you'd like to share (beginner level please)?

Thanks!

May 17, 2019

43 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/koobecaf4

I am also currently learning french and I usually watch youtube videos. Hope this would help.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHk14TRSD33vAyx5xKzpcnw https://www.youtube.com/user/learnfrenchwithalexa

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperLearner007

Thanks a lot koobecaf4! Also, may I ask you what your French level is?

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EL5tEL

Great suggestions. I used Learn French with Alexa and found the lessons helpful.

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperLearner007

Thanks for the secondary feedback!

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeCrioxRouge13

Well, I am a French learner. It seems that you already would know the basics like conjugation. Plus, it really depends on what you want to know. Here is some tips: When it comes to French there are three verb groups -ER, -RE and -IR. In French, the "h"is silent and the "c" at the beginning of words have an "s" sound.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperLearner007

@LeCrioxRouge13 , that was really helpful! Thanks!

May 18, 2019

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

I've been learning French for two years now and Duolingo has helped me a lot, but I've also been learning with teachers. Good luck! :)

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperLearner007

Thanks!! I don´t plan on getting teachers though...

May 18, 2019

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

I think that the best way to learn French is making (internet) friends whose main language is French. I learnt almost everything that I know about English just by talking with people online. I hope that helps you <3

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperLearner007

Please rejoin the group you joined!

May 19, 2019

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

I want to learn French, and in this group there are lots of languages but there's not French. Anyways, I think that group is a really good idea!

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperLearner007

Thanks... There is a French learner I believe.

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperLearner007

@yerayzalaya, now that is something I think I already have. I think I might have a couple of virtual friends willing to help. Thanks!

https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/32103164 - Take a look at this discussion if you will.

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/01LearnFrench01

Here are some resources I wish I'd had when I started:

French Notes:

Translation:

Pronunciation:

Vocabulary:

Conjugation:

Videos:

Lab:

Starter books:

Other resources:

Pimsleur & Rosetta Stone & Michael Thomas Resources

May 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperLearner007

I really appreciate the fact that you took the time to send me all those links. I'll go through them little by little ;) Thanks a bunch!!!

May 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperLearner007

If you ever, ever need help with Spanish, you know who is the first person you should contact. :)

May 28, 2019

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

I am a french native, and I hope you will enjoy to learn french. Good luck !

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperLearner007

Thanks! Would have any tips to share with me?

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JennyRusse1

Are you learning French from English? I would suggest learning French from Spanish since that is one of your native languages, but I don’t know if this is an option on Duolingo. I think the grammar and vocabulary would make more sense from Spanish than from English.

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperLearner007

That was a keen observation @JennyRusse1. Thanks!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hdP23q3L

French is very similar to Spanish and Portuguese, so I think that learning vocabulary and doing translation on Duolingo will be relatively easy for you. My suggestions would be 1) to watch some French films and television shows and maybe even podcasts so that you can spend more time hearing the language. I'm enjoying a show called Call My Agent! (Dix pourcent) at the moment. I'm watching it with English subtitles, but I aim to go back and watch it with French subtitles when I'm more confident.

2) Look at the languages you have learned already that are not one of the three you grew up with, and think about what worked best for you with those languages and try those techniques as you learn French.

3) listen to the Stories section on Duolingo.

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperLearner007

1 - I will try to find them ;) I might want to find a French version of Tin-Tin!

2 - Thanks!

3 - I'll try doing this when I get to a point where I can actually understand what is said without having to use the built-in translator.

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vinny.Vici

I am also starting French :) I found this website helpful for the pronunciation, especialy the "r" sounds

https://www.mimicmethod.com/french-pronunciation-ultimate-guide/

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperLearner007

Thanks a lot @VinnyVincello! Good luck with your French!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nicky877477

This is gold - thank you so much for sharing this link. It's exactly what I need.

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperLearner007

I'm glad that you found something helpful. Also, thanks for giving me some feedback. :)

May 20, 2019

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

Um I would say practice everyday, try to get gold in each skill before the checkpoint. Good luck! :D

May 17, 2019

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

Actually, I would give the opposite advice. I don't think it's necessary to get gold before moving past the checkpoints, I would suggest getting to level 2 or 3, whatever works for you depending how hard the skill is, but work on a few at a time. If you reach a point in the tree where you're stuck, go back. If not, continue. Since Duolingo can't make you fluent, I like using it as a practice tool, to get familiar with the language. Really soon, you should start reading children's books (le petit prince is really a good one) and listening to short youtube videos (I like 1jour1question). The best thing is to find someone better at french than you to talk with on a regular basis.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperLearner007

:)

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperLearner007

Thanks @JonnyLikesDaniel!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jaime40979

There are many vowel sounds that are sound very similar and are extremely important to differentiate. My native French speaking boyfriend says I struggle with this the most.

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperLearner007

Oh... Thanks Jaime!

May 18, 2019

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

You have started over a dozen languages and you want tips?

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperLearner007

Judit294350 good point! I am not really learning all of the languages you see in my profile.

  • I am not learning Spanish and Portuguese (my native languages, I just wanted to test the trees to give other users some feedback).

  • I'm also not learning English (I already speak English fluently).

  • As for the rest of languages which I'm not learning, which would be Korean, Danish, Italian, Chinese and Dutch, I just wanted to take a look at the languages.

--> The only languages I really started are German, Czech and Swedish (I had the luck to be born speaking the other 3 languages I know).

Now, to answer your question: Why am I asking for French tips?

I speak 2 latin languages, but I never had to actually learn any of them. So, I was wondering, how is it exactly? What will I face? Etc.

Thanks for asking that question :)

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperLearner007

And just so you know (I thought you might want to know this), your comment did sound rather rude...

Just because you don't tolerate people that just "tackle languages to see how they sound" or because you don't tolerate me asking for tips, you don't need to respond that way. In that case you should've minded your business if you weren't going to help.

Note: I am not saying that was your intention, I probably understood wrong.

May 17, 2019

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

Yes, you understood wrong. I could not understand what sort if tips you were after. After all you have a lot of experience on DL. If you have experience in many languages you also have experience in learning languages. Finally, without know your background how can anyone help? I could say "learn the gender with nouns" but in your previous post you said your native language is Spanish so that won't be an issue.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperLearner007

Thanks a lot Judit294350! Well, I guess I will just have to go for "genders with nouns" ;)

May 18, 2019

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

One thing I have found useful is that in the most part the genders of nouns in French are the same as those in Spanish. So if you're stuck trying to remember the gender of a noun in French have a think of what the Spanish equivalent would be. I see from your level 18 in Spanish that this may be useful to you. There are exceptions but it's a good general strategy.

Francais Authentique is a good youtube channel once you have mastered the basics https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQpM25U6iqaRSO-SZxd5oDw

Easy Languages has a French section and is a good place to look for a host of language material

https://www.youtube.com/user/magauchsein/videos?disable_polymer=1

Good luck

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperLearner007

Impressive profile @moogy, thanks a ton!

Also, I'm a Spanish native so I think that I know all the noun genders in Spanish :) French might be easier than I thought!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim924808

I find the vocabulary easy. It's mostly either (a) closely related to English or (b) obviously derived from Latin, which I studied in high school. With respect to what you should pay attention to, I would suggest that DuoLingo is good for phrases and idioms, but very poor at providing information. I have found it very useful to read a book that explains French verbs! Without this information, translating phrases is very hit-or-miss.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperLearner007

Thanks! If I get really serious into it, I'll surely go in the hunt for a book like the one you mentioned.

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ArianaDiDo1

I'm taking a French class at my school and we use a textbook called 'Bon Voyage' that has a bunch of exercises and helpful vocab. You could find a way to buy that textbook or just go on Quizlet and there are lots of study sets on there.

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperLearner007

Thanks ArianaDiDo1! I'll try finding the.

May 20, 2019
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