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I've just started learning french, any tips?

June 30, 2020



Make sure you read the "tips and notes" for every skill. Start slowly and enjoy your learning.

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    Keep a notebook to write new words. I'm also a new learner like you.


    Try and do something every day. If that is not enough - use flashcards. For French learn the gender with the noun eg memorize "un homme".

    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.

    (And use Search and read Stickies)


    Try using google docs to type all new words in. It helped me out when I joined


    interesting, I'll make sure to try that.

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      Do it every day, even if you only do two minutes.


      I read the story's they help me learn faster


      Me too I am in set 14


      Start working on reading French right away, as well as developing your ear for listening. Start off with French readers and audio books for beginners. I spend about 70% of my French study, just listening to authentic French content. That boosted my French level immensely. Also, reading is wonderful for acquiring vocabulary and grammar structures in a holistic way. It helps you get a feel for what sounds right, rather than trying to remember grammar rules.


      Does it matter if I don't quite understand the reading? If I am listening to an audio book it goes a bit too fast for me to understand and a lot of the words I don't know. Will it get better with time or should I wait until I am more advanced?


      If you cannot understand at least 80-90% - find something easier. You cannot magically start to understand - and if you are guessing from context you can go very wrong. Lots of explicit vocab building is needed before any real native media.

      However, listening without trying to understand is also useful to get your ear in.


      it can be tricky but it is also enjoyable so stick with it and have fun im here if u get stuck nd need help ??


      What about Memrise in particular is special?


      It is a flashcard app with a huge number of decks. You can also create your own. It seems to have a good spaced repetition algorithm.


      Thanks to all of you! This is great help!


      Before you delve into French vocabulary, try to perfect your accent and pronunciation...ie "Je" (Many people mispronounce this common word meaning "I")


      bienvenue tien ses les r├Ęgle de conduite : https://www.duolingo.com/guidelines et les aides https://www.duolingo.com/help et aussi les conditions d'utilisations : https://www.duolingo.com/terms


      The enable French audio for the rest of challenges (L1 EN -> L2 FR translations, fill the word into the blank, multiple-choice, alternative answers) you need Camilo's userscript for the web:

      "Duolingo Tree Enhancer": https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/19654789/Userscript-Tree-Enhancer


      try watching movies or tv shows with french subtitles it might help it worked for me.


      Please, any recommended WhatsApp group for learners?

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