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What are some of your reasons for learning French?

I will be a missionary in a french speaking country, which is my main reason, but this video sums up another excellent reasons to learn the "language of love." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEPcqa-CYkI

4 years ago

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I think the language is strikingly beautiful. I just wish I could pronounce all the darn r's !!!

4 years ago

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Hahaha :P And I wish I could pronouce spanish r's without using my throat. :/

4 years ago

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I agree, its a gorgeous language. I have trouble speaking through my nose sometimes...

3 years ago

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  1. I chose it over Spanish in middle school because of poor experiences with Spanish in the past in elementary school and didn't stop.
  2. If certain parts of Africa develop it will be an economically useful language to learn.
  3. It would be fun to go to France.
4 years ago

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I had to take an online Spanish course and I wanted to die every minute, which is sad because Spanish is also a beautiful language, but the learning experience has made me associate Spanish with misery. Maybe someday I'll try again.

3 years ago

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Same. We had a teacher that clearly didn't like children, never smiled and the only thing we learned for five years over and over were shapes, colors and numbers up to 20. I hated it.

3 years ago

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I live 6 hours from Manhattan, if you don't speak French, it is very hard to find work. Beunvenue la Quebec

4 years ago

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I met a French woman in Montréal almost 3 years ago now and she is soon to be my wife in a few months :) So I'm learning French so I can speak with her family more easily and also so we can ensure our children are at least bilingual. It's only fair that if she speaks to me in English that I should be able to fluently speak to her in French.

3 years ago

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I am living in Montreal for the next two years! Congratulations on your engagement and good luck with the language. Is there any way to prepare to understand the Canadian french accent before i get there? I worry that I won't understand a word no matter how much i learn "Proper" french.

3 years ago

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It's has it's differences. You can watch Quebecois shows to hear the differences, there is also some different meanings. You can get by with just english in Montreal, so you tend to can get lazy with trying to learn the language. Try some youtube as well https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k86unFl-lE0

3 years ago

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To be honest, Québécois feels like a different language to me at times and so many people have varying strengths of the accent so I'm not sure anything will help other than listening to some audio like doren suggested. It tends to be much "sharper" to the ears whereas French feels much smoother and easier to understand. The only analogy I can think of is how a "Southern" accent in the US sounds since some have a very, very strong accent that even I have trouble understanding (and I'm from the south), while other people speak more clearly.

Also, as doren said, almost everyone here speaks some level of English if you really can't understand them, but you should still try hard to stay in French only. At times, the other person might switch to English once they hear your English accent, but I just keep speaking French (unless I truly am lost with my words) and they'll switch back and go slower.

Best of luck in Montréal! It's a beautiful place with a ton of diverse culture, amazing food, and a strong community. If you truly want to learn French, don't live downtown or right next to the universities since it doesn't even feel like the true Montréal there. Try and live in Mile End, Outremont, or around St. Denis/St. Laurent/Mont Royal streets.

3 years ago

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Merci!

3 years ago

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My main reason for learning french is that I always wanted to learn a third language and my cousin speaks french and i always wanted to be able to read french comics in their native language.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MikaelaBerger

I am learning French because I hope to go to Cambodia for a missions trip.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Googlata
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For fun. I haven't got any particular reason.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissKitty10

Beacuse I love learning new languages.

3 years ago

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I like learning languages, took German and Latin at high school. Enjoyed learning them at school- introduced me to Latin poetry and literature. In Australia many people have non English-speaking backgrounds so it just makes sense to learn at least a few words of the languages you encounter. French is my main focus as my wife and I want to go to France. We have been to New Caledonia and I got to practice my french. I have dabbled in Chinese , Bislama, Portuguese, Indian, Indonesian Fijian , Polish and Italian. But dabbling is not speaking a languge so I chose French and Spanish as the two most useful European languages, with French as my current focus.

3 years ago

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I'm learning it because my grandma's family is from there and I want to reclaim/revive my family's culture and maybe pass it down. Same motivation for German but that would be from my paternal grandparents. If only they'd passed down their languages... orz

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SarahGoode_

Parce que I just moved to paris!

3 years ago

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Enough said.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kyuubeydoo

My boyfriend is a bit of a prankster and enjoys switching into French (which he took in high school and speaks near fluently) to confuse people... mostly me! I decided to learn to throw it right back at him and surprise him a little. :p

3 years ago

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It's a beautiful language with a rich culture and one of the largest literary traditions in the World.

3 years ago