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I want to speak French fluently!!!

Hey guys! I have a problem here. I really want to speak French fluently and like a native speaker. However, Duolingo is not helping me that much (at least for me.) If you guys have any suggestions, please tell me in the comment section. At first it was easy, but now it has been harder and harder to memorize the grammar and stuff. Please make some suggestions that may help! I really aprecciate it, thank you guys so so much!!!

May 11, 2020



Duolingo won't make you fluent, which will take years of hard and consistent work. But it's a good start. Duolingo is not very good at explaining grammar, and tends to let you figure out how things work. There are many websites where you'll find grammar rules, and that will make everything easier.


You are at the very beginning- if you do the total Duo tree - you will get a decent basic knowledge - but learning a language is a lifelong task- but minimum 2-5 years - Go ahead - continue - it needs patience and endurance


Great advice, thanks!


Great goal. First you need some basic grammar and a bit of vocab. That is where DL comes in. It is an easy intro to the basics - and it is free.

Here is the start: Try and do something every day.

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)

Memorize the gender with the noun. So learn "un homme" - not just "homme". If need be add flashcards (there is TinyCards and also some DL decks on Memrise)

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.

Come back in a couple of years, and I'll give you some more ideas to take you further.


Check out Memrise's "meet the natives" feature.

For comprehension this podcast is good https://innerfrench.com/podcast/7/

As for the grammar this channel was helpful to me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc02URV59Pw&list=PLZNV0gmRjgU8Mvr5mXW4wMlTfF8gE8EeJ


The best way to become fluent in any language is to first learn the basics. I could not have become proficient in French without taking a language course, chatting and speaking with French speakers and reading in French. Youtube has some excellent tutorials and skits. It also helps to listen to radio and read newspapers in French. If you can find a Francophone or French speaker to converse with on a regular basis you will develop your listening and pronunciation skills. Take a class when Covid restrictions are lifted. French is difficult to learn because of the pronunciation rule differences. Are you listening to the Duolingo French stories?? The speech is slowed down, but as you get into the advanced ones the French is spoken more naturally.
You cannot expect to become fluent overnight. And you should not expect to speak like a native speaker if you are not communicating or learning from a native speaker. Don't give up. French is such a lovely language.


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    I'm also learning French, I suggest you to talk with native people on Tandem app, it's really great and the people are absolutely helpful


    Hello, I live in France, and will tell you, you can speak it fluently, but never like a native speaker. They have such nasal and "vomit" sounds, that are part of their normal speaking -I can't make the sounds, without thinking, i need a tissue - ha ha ..and when you speak, they will hear the accent - just like myself - i can hear a non american accent --the ONLY time i have ever seen the exception is when a child was raised bi linge, with a french tongue from birth ..( like Jane Fonda- the french are amazed at how well she speaks french) .because, she had the best teachers from birth - i am sure..


    They're amazed with Jodie Foster as well.


    Je vous suggère de faire Duolingo tous les jours et d'étudier. Tu pourras. J'ai.

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