My new lockdown hobby!
I'm new to Duolingo and have decided to start learning French (for the first time since school!).
I am planning to do a road trip around France once the lockdown is over and everything returns to normal. Having read the forum, everyone seems very friendly and any tips to help me learn are much appreciated!
My standard tips:
Make sure you read the tips before each skill - and sentence discussions after the lesson. Take notes. And use the hover method (do not take each skill to level 5 quickly) - https://blog.duolingo.com/whats-the-best-way-to-learn-with-duolingo/ (this gives you the best chance to remember long term and to understand the material)
Plus all the usual things for studying. Eat well. Sleep well. Take mini-breaks every 10-15 minutes and long breaks every 90 minutes or so.
If you want to retain the French long term, then I'd STRONGLY recommend following the tips from:
Taking things slowly enough is probably a good idea too ... but maybe that's just a limitation of my poor tired brain!
If you are not geo-blocked then https://www.learner.org/series/french-in-action/ is very useful (it works in the US).
Good luck! Stick at it!
Hey Tom! I’ve recently started French also, it’s been really fun so far, and the first time I’ve learnt a language since school so it seems pretty approachable from English, something I’ve noticed really helps is reading something you’re already interested in but in French, say for example if you’re a sports fan follow a team of your chosen sport on social media that’s from a Francophone country, because you’re interested anyway it’ll be fun to try and translate on the go and being social media the posts will pop up randomly through your day and make you do a quick lesson, also you’ll learn more conversational phrases, as example I love hockey so I read articles and watch games in French from Montreal, it’s helped me a lot, there’s also a lot of French movies and tv shows on Netflix, it’s fun to watch in French but with English subtitles, you’ll pick up common phrases here and there but also gets your brain used to the flow of the language and the accents, above all have fun with it!
I've also been learning French on Duolingo for some time now. It is a great stress reliever, lol. I would have to agree with Judit294350 tips; pacing yourself is critical. Also, make sure you turn on notifications for the app to help remind you to practice daily. Use the competition scoreboard to keep you motivated to excel. I would also recommend finding some of your favorite songs translated into French and learn the lyrics from the song; music is a great way to place information into your longterm memory.
Supplement Duolingo with another resource that teaches you useful phrases and sentences. Duolingo uses many sentences that you are never likely to need. Also make sure that you listen to French more than you read. Never try to read French without audio in the early stages or you risk establishing wrong pronunciation at the outset.
Listen to french music to immerse yourself in the sounds and really any form of french speaking videos you find on youtube as long as they're simple. I find that the hardest part when starting a new language is being able to understand when people talk as the speech rhythms are vastly different from English. Good luck though man, it's a fun language to learn :)
french is one of my favorite languages. I'm really excited to take it freshman year, I mean I'm getting a head start because of Duolingo. sadly my middle school had to cancel our trip to Paris for the end of the school year because of lockdown. we were supposed to leave for France right after all of our testings was done.
I also started in the lockdown from 22nd March.Sorry! I am Learning since 2020-04-09