I'm struggling in French...
French is a hard subject for me. I want to learn French so I can visit my auntie in Paris. How can I go without knowing French?
Try to go about learning it in a different way. When something is difficult it's usually the way you go about approaching the problem. Whether that's finding a native speaker to help explain things to you, or you listening to podcasts to 'get a feel' for how the language sounds. There will just be a time where everything begins to 'click' and things will start to sound 'right'.
Yeah it takes a lot of time, doesn't it? I took night classes way way back when I was younger, but they weren't so great, and only one hour a week, so not a lot of time to learn...and I lived very briefly in Montreal, traveled to France, also back when I was younger. Now I'm doing Duo. I tried so hard to learn at class, while traveling, with Duo, and there's times where I feel like I still know so little, for all this time and effort. But, it's easy to be hard on myself and think that. Maybe it's better to just be kind to ourselves, and remember that it's a looooong journey and we're doing well.
Practice every day. Learn the gender with the noun.
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.
Learn the basics. For a conversation you don't have to know complicated words. If you come to France, try to speak as much French as possible and you will see, you will learn quickly! :) Try also to watch films or series with subtitles and then in the original version. We are progressing quickly!
Bon courage! ;)
Everyone in France gets English in school, though many, especially those who don't deal with the tourist trade, are not at all fluent. You should have little trouble getting around, eating, getting a hotel etc. There are cultural differences. In America we usually don't address a shop keeper until we reach the check out, in France that is considered rude. Say bonjour when you enter. There are online guides with more tips like this. Be nice and you'll do fine.
The only challenge will be if your aunt does not speak English because you will want to have more in depth conversation with her.
Learning a language takes time, more than you probably think, but you can definitely do it.