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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeorgiaJane8

Taking all french questions!

If you're new and want to learn more about Duolingo, I'm here to take any questions about easier, better ways to learn french! please don't hesitate to ask me anything, no questions are silly! I will try to answer any question to my best ability.

I've been doing French on Duolingo for over four years, and I remember that when I was first starting I didn't understand how some of the things worked and the constant updates confused me. I don't want anyone else to have these problems as it can discourage and frustrate you. I'm here to help!

Please refrain from posting anything not related to learning french on this discussion! Thank you!

May 2, 2020

32 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jimmy54103

C'est bien que tu veux aider les autres. It's nice of you to offer help.

As you said, "these problems...can discourage and frustrate you".


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

"C'est bien que tu veux" is wrong because after "que" you must not use the indicative present, but the subjonctive present: "C'est bien que tu veuilles".

Now that's something quite hard and advanced, so I would suggest using an infinitive form : "C'est bien de vouloir aider les autres". It sounds perfectly fine, if not better than subjonctive.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jaden512022

I have a question about the gendered language. How do you remember to use un or une depending on the word coming after. I get confused when it isn't speaking of a person but an object. Thank you in advance!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LGT44124

The genders should be learnt and memorized. There is no rules about genders.


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

Sure there are some rules/patterns regarding gender. -tie, -tion, -té are pretty much across the board feminine words. I can say la democratie, la fraternité et la déclaration without having to think about the gender because of those endings.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeorgiaJane8

Sometimes the female words end with a vowel (pizza, chatte, chienne, pomme) but like LGT44124 said, you just have to memorize it.


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

Really? Homme, frère, père, mari, ...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jojo553168

Chou, genou, caillou, hibou...


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

That's a risky bet to think of that vowel ending as a rule.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeorgiaJane8

You're right. It's just something I've noticed.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeorgiaJane8

I worded it incorrectly.


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

^This pattern is actually doubled consonant followed by a vowel, not just terminal vowel. Chat (m.) -> chatte (f.).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeorgiaJane8

yeah. Thanks for pointing that out! :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JohanLeR13

Hi, I started Duolingo at the start of the year for fun and really enjoyed the French lessons. Currently on 98 day streak with 117 crowns. My aim is to finish the French tree by the end of next year. I am wondering what I will be able to do with that skill level? Have basic conversations with someone in French? Watch French movies/show and understand most of it? Read french text and understand most of it?

Anything else I can do to enhance my skills?

Thank you very much


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

At the end you will be A2 (beginner) at best in reading - your speaking skills will be much lower. To understand what that means - https://www.coe.int/en/web/common-european-framework-reference-languages/table-1-cefr-3.3-common-reference-levels-global-scale

How to take your French further, Memrise for vocab, Pimsleur for speaking, films for listening (not understanding) - and best an intermediate class with a good teacher.


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

^^ Not true at all, this person took an actual exam (DELF) and scored A2 French all around in about 7 months. https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/32633610

If you do the stories too, you can maybe get to B1. This person did that with German. This dude got to B1 in German with nothing outside duolingo. https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/30617995


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

Then these are extremely talented people - because I cannot see how you could pass the speaking and oral comprehension parts with just DL.


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

The point is that the course is able to get you A2/B1 if you squeeze it for all it's got.

Oral expression would be much easier in German since the pronunciation is so much closer to English than French is, also, much more emphatic, no subtlety in the pronunciation to be lost over TTS


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeorgiaJane8

I have not finished the tree yet either! I have 206 crowns and I can understand most spoken and written sentences that would qualify as a basic conversation (hellos, ordering from a menu, talking about myself and others with me). as well as some other, more complicated skills. As for how fluent you might become, at the end of the tree, you should have completed some pretty advanced skills that would help round out a fluent vocabulary like economics, internet, tourism, wedding, recipes, five leisure levels, and even a skill called spiritual. to enhance your skills I would suggest reading french books and listening to french news or podcasts (I've heard Spotify has a good one!) for a more real-life french experience.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JohanLeR13

Thank you :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/omerasaf725

Je donne 20 lingot pour ton aide


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/omerasaf725

Derrien et je donne 15 lingot pour ton aide


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeorgiaJane8

Merci beaucoup! Tu es tres gentil!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Charlie735034

Is there a Books on Tape type set up where I can read a book in French and listen to it read in French word for word so I can get used to listening to each word pronounced as I read it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeorgiaJane8

Not that I know of, but its a great idea, you should look into that!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HamiltonFan1234

Do you have any resources for practicing Pronouncing French?


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

Pimsleur breaks down new words - but is not free. There are some good series on YouTube which break down sounds.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeorgiaJane8

I agree with that. you can also use google translate but sometimes it can be inaccurate.


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

Merci beaucoup, in advance that is!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeorgiaJane8

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