Why do you want to learn french?
Because I love the all of it. Everything about France I like. People, food, language, places, beaches, and everything, just everything.
That helps, for sure, but there's nothing quite like being in a place where everything around you is in a foreign language - money, music, signs, radio, television, groceries, restaurants, newspapers.... everything. It's magical. Learning French means I'm much more likely to enjoy that kind of an experience than if I were to learn German or Italian, living where I do.
But yes, I do practice online sometimes and it is also a wonderful experience.
Agreed! I spent three weeks in Peru this Spring and it was amazing. A few people know a bit of English here and there but most of the time we were left to "just figure it out" as my teacher would say. I was surprised at how confident I was at getting around by myself at the end of the trip.
I took French in high school and I really want to brush up on it, since I'd lost A LOT. I remember in college I ended up talking to some French guys on chat roulette- I was the only one who spoke French of my friends, and one guy on their end spoke English and we were able to communicate very clumsily. But my boyfriend is pursuing a wine career and I might dive into doing it professionally as well within the next few years, so it will come in handy when we finally take our pilgrimage to France!
I know english and Arabic perfectly but I really want to learn a 3rd language and I took french till 9th grade at school (I'm 3rd year medical labs student) so here I just signed in duolingo today after recommendations from a german friend that it is a very good website. I really do hope this goes well.
Because I've been to France over 20 times (1 to 3 times per year) and still don't speak a word. I speak German and I have been there once, I will be going back to France in January and many times again in the future so I hope to be able to contribute on the next trip and future trips. Thanks for the help DUOLINGO!
I want to learn French for many reasons. First of all, I found out that I like learning other languages. Learning other languages can help me see, in a way, how other people around the world see their lives. It can help you understand the cultures that speak it, learning the constraints and benefits that each language has. One day I hope to visit Europe so hopefully I'll be able to practice it in France. On the other hand, learning French, one of the worlds most spoken languages, can considerably increase your job opportunities. We are living in a world that's aiming each day towards globalization, and learning to speak other languages gives you a professional and personal advantage.
First of all, my mother speaks fluent French and teaches it to children, so it's a given that I want to learn more. I love going to Paris but it's really hard without at least knowing the basics in French. But even if those didn't apply to me, learning a new language to me is fun and exciting. I know it takes a lot of hard work because I am currently bilingual. Just to see yourself progress from only knowing how to say sentences like "The girl eats an apple" to beyond what you imagined you could ever do is rewarding on its own. I'm not very far in learning French but someday I hope I will be. In the school I go to there is only Spanish classes, which I have enrolled in, but it would be terrific if they taught French. When you learn a language, it helps you not only speak to and understand other people, but it helps you learn more about their culture, such as their interests, food, and country in general. And, overall, the French language and culture seems great and there is no language I would rather learn right now.
I've grown up in USA. On both sides, my family histories are French. My great grandpa spoke French. He fought in the war, and they all called him Frenchie because of his thick accent. He was the last in our family to speak French, and he never taught his children the language. My first and last names are French, so the language is already part of my daily identity.
I have no one near me to practice it. I've never traveled to francophone places. Learning a language, and particularly the one that is meaningful in my family's histories, is my opportunity to think more broadly and understand a whole other culture.
I am very excited to have DuoLingo for this.
I totally agree! I started Italian in high school because it was my only option other than Spanish, and at first I only saw it as a language. Now, having just returned from an immersion trip in Italy, I am so grateful that I worked hard these past years because they really paid off! My teachers were also very motivational, though, and had an actual passion for the language, so I guess it really depends on what teacher you have.
I want to, if nothing else, give every language on Duolingo a try. French is a beautiful language, and even though I get frustrated with their silent letters sometimes, I remember my experiences in France and Senegal. Something great about any language, but French and Portuguese in particular, people are impressed or excited to hear that you're learning their language. Both languages hold exceptionally high importance to a lot of their speakers, and it's great to learn these, as it opens another door into someone else's culture.
I live in Canada and we are a bilingual country. Further more, I live in New Brunswick and there is a fair amount of bilingual communities for me to practice in. It is easier to get a job with both languages under your belt. The Canadian French speakers are basically required to speak English so I think it is only fair that the Canadian English should be too. Plus I enjoy a challenge!
I'm more or less with you. I'm from New Brunswick originally and would like to move back there eventually. But in order to get a decent job, particularly with the government, you absolutely need to be bilingual and French immersion schooling was insufficient for developing language skills that would hack it in the job market.
Don't they (the federal government) offer courses for employees not meeting their minimum language proficiency requirement? I had a placement job in Ottawa for the federal government and every English native had to take French classes. They always asked us (I'm a French native fluent in English) to practice their French with, so they can get better and stop getting these mandatory French classes.
I mean they would probably hire someone not speaking French or English well enough, but force them to take classes to get better until they get to the minimum level required to work for them.
I was introduced to it in first grade, and then second grade they changed it to Spanish! >:( in the beginning of second grade, my teacher asked me what color I wanted to draw with and I said rouge (just a fun fact ;) ). Ever since then I wanted to go back to French but I kept getting denied and once I was denied again in the beginning of high school, I took it in my own hands and couldn't have been happier :)
Now I'm just like you--I love everything about it. The pronunciation, the music, etc. etc.
Haha me too. In first grade of high school I learned Japanese and in second grade they changed it to French! My French teacher doesn't really teach well and it made me annoyed so I and a lot of my friends kinda hated the French language because of her haha:) But I love learning languages and I think it won't hurt to learn French by my own here. It's even more fun than learning from my teacher:)
As Irtward noted, French is one of the two easiest languages for a resident of the United States to practice and be exposed to. French media is common and high quality compared to other languages. I like the look and sound of French, even if the written languages seems messy. I like how similar many of the words in French are to English, making French easier to learn than other languages for me. While I am allergic to a significant proportion of the food of European French countries, I do love their dishes when I am cheating. Belgium, France, and Switzerland are interesting countries, both politically and historically. They are rich countries with a high standard of living and a high level of educational and scientific achievement. Along with English, French is the official language of the European Space Agency and European Organization for Nuclear Research. Thus there is a very small chance French could be useful for me. Lastly, I need to study a language besides English for college.
I'm going to McGill as a graduate student, and while I understand the campus itself is English-speaking and one can probably get by speaking English in the area, I would feel better -- and I suspect miss a lot less and be able to enjoy myself more -- if I at least had something of a grasp on the French language as well. It sure seems a lot less structured/orderly than German though....
My family is French Canadian. My mom introduced me to French when I was in kindergarten. She told me that Rosetta Stone was a game and I absolutely loved it! I only learned simple words, but it was a good starting point. After, I took a small class after school in 2nd grade and I took a Spanish class in 3rd grade. I also took French in middle school and high school. So, I guess it has always been a part of my life. I love the sound, the way it looks, the way words can be used artistically and lyrically, and how thinking in French feels (if that makes sense). Also, I live in New England, so there are many people who come here from Quebec.
Because I want to spend a portion of my summer in France and I thought going into it without knowing anything outside of bonjour wouldn't be the smartest decision. I've always thought of becoming bilingual and even though I had motivation (practical and personal) I never really stuck with other languages.
I am a huge film buff and luckily the English Language is the best language to speak for that area since America has played such a huge role in global cinema and has always put out both popular and artful films, as well as the fact that English subtitles are the easiest to find for internet sources. French is definitely the second best language to know since the wealth of great French films is almost as great as English ones and they've been consistently making great films since the creation of cinema.
Here are some of my favourite French language films:
La Haine C.R.A.Z.Y. (from Quebec) Cleo de 5 a 7 Incendie (from Quebec) Trois Couleurs: Blue/Rouge Les Diaboliques Copie Conforme (also English and Italian) Inglorious Basterds (also German and English) Les 400 Coups A Bout du Souffle La Regle du Jeu Xala (also Wolof from Senegal)
I love French books and movies (I cried my eyes out reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog) and my favorite movie is Amelie. I also just love languages in general, so I will probably at least try out everything. For a while I got bored and started learning Polish on polishpod101.com kind of for no reason. I'm also looking forward to when Japanese is put in the incubator. :-)
Native speaker of Hungarian, I can speak English and Portuguese very well. I studied Latin at University, so it was almost natural for me to want to learn a Romance language. Did a bit of Italian and Spanish first, but then fell in love with Portuguese. After a few years' hiatus here I am learning French :) To me it sounds really beautiful, I love French music a lot, too! I am also interested in cycling, so it's nice to speak/understand one of the major languages of this sport. I haven't tried my language skills with native speakers yet, but the time will come soon, I'm sure! Bonne soirée à tous!
I was in Paris around 2 years ago.
This was my first big trip and me and my best friend traveled from Norway all the way to Montenegro with Interrail.
When we where in Paris we didn't really have any issues with speaking english but we did learn some of the polite phrases which we used, a lot.
I just wanna learn so that next time i can keep a conversation, i can speak with the natives on their turf and also i have way to much free time on my hands so its going to be french now and then spanish.
So i guess that's why, i love to talk to people and i want to learn how to speak not only french but spanish, italian and some other languages so that when i'm out and traveling, communication will never be a barrier.
I had French in high school for six years (eight-year grammar school) and I learned absolutely nothing, so I decided to work on it this way. I'd lost my patience with language teachers once before when I was fifteen and got my English to the B2 - C1 level by myself. This is similar, I guess. Besides, I love languages. I would really love to learn as many of them as possible. French was the obvious choice, since I was taking it in high school.
Im going into the Peace Corps in September! I'm leaving for Cameroon where I'll be living for two years and the community I'll be apart of is francophone so I need to learn me some French. <.< I'm pretty nervous because other than duolingo I've never had any experience with French before but I hear the language trainers there are top notch so here's to hoping!
Hi, I just want to advise people that wanting to learn French because "I like French culture" is not going to be sufficient motivation to learn and maintain it. People should try to find something more substantial, otherwise it will just become an activity you get frustrated and bored with.
I think that people getting bored with it depends on much more than just the reason behind learning it. There are people with, perhaps, a spouse or relatives that speak French who will start to learn and never carry it on, and then there are people who just say, "Because I want to speak French," and they will see it through.
I understand where you're coming from with thinking that a vague reason is little better than no reason, but to someone who feels that it is important to them to read the works of even just one author in another language, I think it is far more constructive to support them and say, "This is something you can do, and we're all rooting for you."
Which is pragmatic, for sure. It's the same as, "Why work for a paycheck if someone is going to give me one for free?" And it's an easy perspective to take if you're born in an English speaking country. But if you think of language like music, then consider: would you want to listen to covers of all your favorite songs redone in the same genre, never knowing whether or not the band that covered it got the subtleties of the original, or whether it's actually anything like the original at all?
You make some good points. I understand how wanting to read or listen to an original can first inspire you to learn a language (I was inspired by something pretty trivial myself), I just don't think alone it is enough.
I don't mean to be the motivation police, I just feel we should take it quite seriously, because the opportunity costs are massive, rather than treating it as no big deal and it doesn't matter if you spend lots of time doing it as long as you can read or listen to your original.
I only wish the best for the people I'm criticising, I just don't think it is appropriate to be positive all the time.
Very true, and perhaps the amount of time I've wasted doing trivial things makes me want to support people when they take on something like this. I, like many other people, spent far too much time playing video games and wasting my time doing things like that when I was younger, and now all I can do is kick myself for not being more productive. If kids could be engaged in language-learning these days the way they are with online games, we could be a much more culturally fluent society.
The biggest problem is that people will believe what they are told. If you tell them that they can't do it, then they won't, because they will believe it is the truth. You're right, it is a significant investment of time. And I understand what you mean about it being crazy to learn a whole language for one single thing; the thing is, the journey there is where the adventure lies and from there, a whole lot of new paths are opened.
I originally justified it with work, but the fact is that I just love the sound of the language, I love the cinema and culture, and France is the most likely detour I'd make when visiting my family in England.
I was also curious to find out about whether French people are as haughty as they are stereotyped to be (which I thought it was doubtful, since everyone I know who has been to France and had bad experiences didn't speak any French), and to see how the people there see me as an American (which generally has been lukewarm, but pleasantly surprised that I have an interest in learning their language).
I will probably work on Spanish next, as it is definitely more useful here in southern California, but I was surrounded by it for so long I wanted to try something different first.
I started French in elementary in Michigan before my dad enlisted. I am now in Texas high school, home schooled, and the only language they had was Spanish and I refused to learn it so my mom got my into a course my high school approves of and it is not engaging at all. I was determined to learn French so i decided to check out duolingo which I found on pinterest and I love it! My sister started Spanish and i am determined to learn faster than her!
I've always been determined to learn it, so I adore having Duolingo as a buffer over the summer for my classes and as an add-on (There are certainly things I don't learn in my class here)
French is really just beautiful, I love the pronunciation and the fact that they hardly pronounce the ends, "est-ce que", the way it rolls off the tongue. I honestly have no urge to learn another Romance language, (I want to then go on to focus on Germanic, particularly those derived from Old Norse) but French has always had a resilience with me. I just love it.
Plus, I'm going to live there for a month next summer, so I should hope I like it!