https://www.duolingo.com/profile/anas.ghazi

Finally, i have finished my french tree.

I have started on 13th June, and finished on 28th September. Today 18th October all of my levels are in gold .

Mais, Je ne parle pas tres bien Francais. J'ai besoin de beaucoup de pratique. :)

October 18, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jolynnedougherty

I suggest a lot of reading, too. Reading out loud is especially good because your ears hear how the sentence should be formed. I don't know that it is particularly helpful for getting the accent right, though. Anyway, Congratulations!

October 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KentSeaton

Insanity! Much faster than I for sure. Now for a challenge, do the reverse tree. Set your language to frainçais and conquer l'anglais arbre in the same amount of time.

October 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GrandApple

Great! Je voudrais practiquer parler français. J'ai un grand accent américain.

October 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mere_des_chats

As far as improving your accent, a good way to get started is to keep your tongue against your bottom teeth. If you do that even while speaking English, you will notice a very different accent that is close to how a French person with a strong accent might speak English. Even trying to make an r sound with the tongue against the lower teeth automatically produces the French r because with your tongue tip not moving, you have no choice but to produce the sound from the back of your mouth. Another tip I have is for the short [u] in a word like "tu": In order to differentiate it from "tous" which sounds like two, make the [ee] sound but round your lips as if to say two. In other words, it would be like you are saying tea but with lips rounded in the [oo] position. Switching between tu and tous can help you get used to the difference. The way you pronounce tu is the same way you would pronounce the vowel in du. Words that end in N like mon ton son have a nasalized ending but instead of it being harsh like in the word ending, it is light. If you read "mon amie" as "mo(ng) amie" it sounds more French.

The Larousse dictionary online or the app also has pronunciations so you can polish any words you feel unsure about. Even sentence examples are given. Youtube is also helpful with pronunciations if looking for single words. I hope this helps,

October 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/artifexia

That tip for the guttural r helped a lot. Thanks.

October 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mere_des_chats

You are very welcome. :c)

October 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hamlet92

Constantly keeping your tongue against your bottom teeth? Is that even healthy for dental care? I've been trying this and my bottom teeth feel sensitive along with my gums. Do French people really do this? I know their tongue is less active because they don't have as many diphthongs as we do.

November 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mere_des_chats

Haha! You mean to tell me you cannot rest your tongue against your bottom teeth in a relaxed way? No one said to exert force and PRESS or PUSH HARD against your teeth. If placing the tip of your tongue against your bottom teeth gently causes them to hurt, maybe you need to see a dentist about that.

I don't think French people deliberately do this any more than the Irish or Americans have their tongues raised so they sound different from say someone from England. I just think your tongue gets used to being held a certain way from years of habit that you don't give it much thought.

If you dropped your tongue lower in your mouth when saying R in the Spanish word "perro" and keep the tongue relaxed, the R will sound more naturally Spanish than if you had your tongue raised in the back as you do when speaking, in which case you would not roll the R properly. With the tongue low and relaxed, tip is able to flap and produce that rrrrrrrrrr sound that makes Italians sound so sexy.

November 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ridley-C

Congratulations! What helps me with speaking French is imitating the voice that pronounces the words in the lessons. :)

October 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KentSeaton

You have to be careful with that. There are some words which need serious attention. A good example is the word for monkey (singe). Compare words with another source like forvo.com. A great way to learn pronunciation is with other resources... try to read along. I like newsinslowfrench.com as well as pimsleur. You have real people, instead of a computer generated voice.

October 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dapizzle

Oui, Primseur est bon

October 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mere_des_chats

If you click on the dumbbell icon at the top right-hand corner of the page with the tree, you can get exercises to help you practice and strengthen your skills. I usually do that if I complete a level and feel still unsure of what the lesson was supposed to have taught me. I find it helps me reinforce my retention.

October 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Batomouch

Bravo anas.ghazi ! Il manque seulement un accent grave sur le "e" de très :) For me, write in other languages is enough easy, but speak is more difficult. Practice is necessary yes!!

October 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cutequeer

Félicitations! Je suis sûr que tu parle tres bien. Au revoir!

October 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BalqeesKhalifa

tous mes felicitaitons pour vous ^^

October 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/devilwizard

Félicitations :)

October 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lucyclouds

félicitations!

October 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PauloNideck

Très bien! Felicitations!

October 18, 2014
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