What other French resources do you use?
I started using Duolingo about 3 months ago to learn French, I'm enjoying it and will definitely keep it up! I knew a little bit of French from before, but not much, so I'm learning a lot. I do think it would enhance my learning to use some other resources in combination with Duolingo though, audio or text, to be exposed to French in different ways. I think the Duolingo podcast might be a little too advanced for me at the moment. Any other ideas for resources that works for beginners?
If you're in the US or Canada (your bio doesn't say), then "French in Action" is excellent. Unfortunately it's not available outside these two countries. https://www.learner.org/resources/series83.html
Do a search on YouTube for "Extr@ French". It's a series designed for just-past-beginner French students and it's good. Some versions have CC which helps if your listening is weak (mine is!).
RFI Savoirs is good, too. You can search for content by level. Start with A1 and if it's too easy move to A2. https://savoirs.rfi.fr/ Click on "Learn and Teach" -> "Learning French" and on the left you'll see options to select content by topic or by level. Note: the website may come up in French rather than English, so you'd click "Apprendre & Enseigner" and then "Apprendre le français".
I had no idea "French in Action" was available online now. Thanks for posting it. You're right; it's excellent.
I began learning French 20 years ago with "French In Action". I was shocked that I could watch those videos – completely in French! – and, after doing the associated reading, understand everything.
After a semester (48 hours of classroom time + twice that for homework), I could hold a basic conversation in French with French people. 20 years later, I've spent most of my professional life working in French and I'm married to a French person.
Pierre Capretz, the creator of "French in Action" really changed my life with his method.
Hi, thank you for your helpful information. I was looking on Netflix for "French in Action" but I can't find it? I live in the US, did they remove the show?
I like the Drops French app for vocabulary building. You only get five minutes of practice per day, but it's fun. And you get to hear all the words pronounced by native speakers.
Drops is okay, but I dislike that they give you a lot of useless words, or at least words you should not be using when you first learn a language. You are most likely better off learning frequency words. gl!
I use the Practice Makes Perfect French Grammar book, but I'm sure any grammar resource would do. I take notes of the grammar structures and conjugation, make flashcards, solve the exercises, all that stuff. If you can't find the book, a good alternative is a resource called Tex's French Grammar, you can find it online, and it's completely free!
I also watch Avatar:TLA in french (my favorite show!), to get used to hearing french. It's a bit too difficult for me to understand, but I enjoy it, and I've read multiple times that this sort of thing helps.
I also read children's stories on a website called the french experiment. I play the audio and read along with it, then I read by myself, then I read again with the audio. This helps with pronunciation and reading comprehension. The reading is too slow and unnatural, so I don't think it helps that much with listening.
I know a lot of other resources that are good for beginners, like memrise, frenchbyfrench, the coffee break french podcast, lawless french, and the many many teachers on youtube with lots of great videos, like learn french with alexa, french truly TV, frenchpod101, learn french with vincent, and of course the children's cartoons channels.
I know this is a lot, and there are a lot more resources out there. It may seem overwhelming, but you just have to find something that suits you and that you can make a habit out of. Sorry for the long post... Good luck!
Coffee Break French is a good one I forgot to mention. I also like the Practice Makes Perfect grammar book but like you said, any decent one would do.
Thank you! Lots of good ideas here, I'll check them out! :-) Is it "practice makes perfect basic French" you're using? I found lots of practice makes perfect books on different grammar topics etc, not sure which one I should get :-)
No problem! The one I'm using is "Practice Make Perfect Complete French Grammar". But just like I said, any grammar book you can get your hands on is just fine!
I have been using duolingo for a month now to learn french and am currently at the A2 level. As for other things to supplement duo lingo I changed the language of my laptop and phone to french. Also any tv that I watch is in french and when I'm alone I only speak french to myself. Immersion is the key. Also Speaky is a great site for finding partners to speak french with.
Me too! I really like the french grammar course. It fills in the areas that duolingo doesn't focus too much on
Netflix: good local content, subtitles, different type of stuff *Nothing is ever too advanced, just listening to the language being spoken goes a long way
Assimil french, Reddit, Youtube, Netflix. I used pimsleur for a bit, but it gets extremely boring after a while.
The Duolingo podcasts come with full transcripts of you don't feel confident just listening to it. Honestly just listening to the language helps so much in making sure you learn the right pronunciation the first time, that I would reccommend listing to songs, podcasts, and Netflix movies in French. Some French pop singers I know of are Zaz, Jenifer, Indila, and Black M if you want to check them out.
Thank you, I didn't know there are transcripts! I just read through part of an episode and actually more or less understood it. I think I'll give the podcast a chance after all then. :-)
I have started learning French through Mango Languages before I found out about Duolingo. I find both very useful. I occasionally use the Coffee Break French podcast as well.
Many Canadian municipal libraries allow you to access Mango Languages for free, remotely....maybe your local library will as well? (or a different free service)
In addition to many of the resources mentioned above, I also have started buying French e-book versions of books that I already know & have read in English. When I loaded them onto my kindle, it also loaded a French-English dictionary, so that I can easily lookup words as I read, just by selecting the word.