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Tips for learning french.

If anyone has any tips for learning a language, please share.

May 5, 2020



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)

For French learn the gender with the noun ie un homme.

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.


I find it helpful to write down everything I've learned. Whether it's on a computer/laptop, or even written out by hand, anything works. Then you can always go back to it later if you want to review.

Just don't rush. Go at your own pace and make sure you understand what you're learning. It's always useful to have a dictionary on hand, even one online works great. French is my second language so if you have any questions I will gladly try to help you out. Bonne chance!


That's what i already do when learning french!


Try watching children shows in French with the English translation at the bottom.


I disagree. If you need subtitles use French subtitles.


i go the stories and right down french words down in a piece of paper to remember the words and sentences


The stories are for after you have learnt some basics.


i'm no expert in language but i know a bit about how learning works- humans have 5 basic senses ( there is other lesser known aswell ). seeing , hearing, tasting, touching, smelling. These are the ways every human brain can interpret information- everything all of us have ever known was brought into the brain by these five basic senses (again there are some lesser senses). So in order to learn anything you must work with these senses. Maximize and possibly simplify the information so it will be translated to the brain and at that point the brain has a chance to store it for future use.

With that said- I find if i want to memorize something its best to Read it, then write it, then hear it, then say it aloud- do that in as many various ways as you can think of ( theres a cheat here too - smell/taste is deeply connected to memory so if there is a specific thing that is very difficult for you try adding a smell/taste (coffee, a certain food) while doing the things above. Drills work as long as youre only trying to memorize it. To comprehend something I find it best to understand the backstory- so for instance i look up alot of french etymology and read alot of grammar rules.

with all that - take a look at my level - i have been very inconsistent in my learning which has slowed me down vastly- so the best tip you can have is keep being consistent - everyday learn, everyday reenforce what you have learned. I hope this helped.


use what you have .. read write say and hear all that you can ........ seriously homie .. do everything yolu can .. i will give you the activation code from rossetta stone


dont give up


Keep going even if you don't feel you are getting anywhere, because you are. Finding other people to practice on is also really helpful.


Watch movies / tv series and listen to music.

French is my 5th language (4th if I exclude my mothertongue) and I can say that this has been the most efficient way to understand how a laguage works. After hearing the language, not only you learn new words easily but you get the way the spoken language moves "in its natural habitat". I am not a a teacher but as a learner I can confirm that this works 100% of the time or at least in my experiance

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