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Find it easier to read it than to hear it.

I've been learning french for a little while now with a friend of mine and I've found that he can listen and respond much better than I can. Any advice on how to adjust to other peoples pronunciation and / or translate quicker.

April 13, 2020



Listen and speak as much as you can. Play each sentence over and over and repeat it with the speaker. If you can afford it - Pimsleur is good for listening and speaking. Also consider listening to as wide a variety of French (from real people) as possible. Don't worry too much about understanding at this point.


I have also used Pimsleur for Arabic and it has been, in my opinion, essential. Particularly because there are letter sounds that do not exist in English whatsoever.. it also helps to master the 'rhythm' of the language.. because every language has a pattern or cadence to it. :)


Practice more


So simple, so true ...


It's the same for me, I can read and write better than I can listen and speak. I suppose some people learn faster visually.

For me to practice listening and speaking, it helps that I have someone to talk to in the language I'm learning on a regular if not daily basis.

If you can't find a language partner, I suggest listening to songs, watching movies and shows, and try to repeat phrases out loud to yourself. :)


I would recommend familiarizing yourself with a variety of sources. It helps me to submerse myself in a language to learn.. and be patient with myself. I start by listening to music, news, shows/movies (particularly ones I am already familiar with the plots).. and not try to derive the full meaning, but instead to identify as many phrases and words as I know and hear how they are used as well as find patterns of frequency which also helps me identify new words to add to my vocabulary! I hope this helps and keep up the good work!


Honestly I've found most of the French audios are very past paced, and that's just the way they talk in general. Which sucks since in english I would never consider all these words just tumbling out of my mouth, so translating it as it's coming in a mile a minute is hard.


Try focusing on documentaries, cooking shows and kids shows. In most languages, the pace is a bit slower in those. And part of what you want to try to do is to ditch the translating - and just understand what is said without it. I don't have any tips as to how - it's an ah-ha moment - do you remember exactly how you learned how to ride a bike and how you got to the ability to balance properly? It's kind of like that.


Yes! Precisely!


The more I study and practice, the slower they speak. It's a miracle.

Le plus que j'étudie et pratique, le plus lentement ils parlent. C'est un miracle.


Exactement! Ca m'arrive aussi !


Try and not translate - just understand.


Watch movies in French with subtitles. Try not to rely on the text, just use them when you can't clearly make out what was said. Netflix is good for this.

As for speaking, get a tutor on italki. Schedule a half hour Skype session every few days or once a week. Try to only speak French.


Video tutoring (like italki) is a great thing to use, it forces you to grow your active vocab and, for some people, will get you over the fear of speaking the language with someone.


I have that same problem! I usually pronounce each new word when I learn it. If you forget how to pronounce a word you can type it in Google Translate and it'll tell you how to say it!


im having trouble with that too. Good Luck!


Maybe you are just better with the written word than spoken. I know I am. But yes, practice hearing (and speaking if you wish), and it will improve.

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