https://www.duolingo.com/Dan.Cline

Tip for learning numbers

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Numbers are everywhere, but learning to recall and say numbers quickly in a new language is very challenging. I have found it very helpful to use a random number generator app. I set it to the range I want to practice, such as 1-99, 60-99, 1-999, etc., and say each number as it appears on my iPad.

12/1/2014, 2:26:25 PM

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/lemelisk

Great Idea. Your method Is probably best for learning numbers fast.

Personally, in order to learn numbers, whenever I see a number while reading/writing or in real life, I just say it in my head in french. Now - after a few months - I automatically/instantly understand pretty much any number in french and can convert any number into french without any effort/trouble. This way, I don't have to set any time aside to learn numbers,(except at the beginning of course) but I am constantly getting practice & my number skills are getting more and more concrete. The one down side of my method was that at the beginning I usually didn't have a french-english dictionary on me, so if i was unsure about a number I couldn't figure it out until later.

12/1/2014, 6:33:07 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Macjory
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neat idea!

12/1/2014, 2:35:25 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Owlish_Owl

Great idea, thanks!

12/1/2014, 6:14:51 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/centime
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I would love to see a comprehensive (hear/see/say) number exercise in Duolingo.

12/2/2014, 4:56:54 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/_splendor_

well done on your two years streak !!! here is a lingot as a gift !

12/4/2014, 9:38:32 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/John.Ru
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I listen to the news in french everyday and often when they talk about something that happened in a specific year, by the time i dissect that "mille neuf cent quatre-vingts dix huit" = 1998 i miss what they were even talking about.

12/4/2014, 4:38:43 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/nicfishe

Haha those 70/80/90s numbers are a killer..

12/4/2014, 1:00:14 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/alphabeta
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Good idea. I've tried making a habit of counting to one hundred in French in the morning in the shower. I do it aloud to get some practice in pronunciation (trois still gets me). Problem with this is I'm probably just learning the rhythm and not becoming accustomed to non-sequential arrangements of numbers. I still find saying years very difficult.

By the way, the French always say telephone numbers as two-digit units. So the number 56945787 becomes 56-94-57-87 (cinquante-six; quatre-vingt-quatorze; cinquante-sept; quatre-vingt-sept), so the numbers 10-99 are very useful.

12/3/2014, 5:34:46 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/_splendor_

cool ! can you plz tell me the name of the app ? so i can download it too ! and well done for 70 days streak!!!!!

12/4/2014, 9:36:56 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/ThatWhistlerGirl

wow I think i'll try that! That's a great idea.. I always struggle at numbers 70+ :)

12/4/2014, 11:11:15 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Dan.Cline
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The app I use is called Random# Generator. There are several others available. Simply search the App Store for "random number grnerator" and choose one you like.

12/4/2014, 11:12:37 AM
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