finally speaking without really thinking about it
I have been on duolingo for three months, and there is nothing more exciting than being able to say basic things without thinking that hard! although I am best at reading and writing, my language skills have definitely improved. I find it difficult to hear/understand native speakers, but I can pick out words!
My teachers always used to put me down on my French skills, but a few months ago I went abroad for a week and had to speak French and EVERYONE praised me. It came natural. Sure, I might have stumbled on certain words, but I could converse with people! Whooo! Felt so good! xD
i am half way through my duolingo french program and am going to new caledonia in 2 weeks for a 2 weeks immersion program. live with a homestay and do 3 hours of french a day, no english at home or at school). you sound similar to me, what level will i come back with do you think??
I couldn't say. I'm really not good at estimations and stuff and also I think it depends on the person. But if you really want to learn, It should be a delightful experience :D
I studied French in college and was at the DELF B1 level. After doing an immersion class in France I increased to B2.
It really is nice! I have a native speaker teaching me, and I can almost converse
when you say converse do you mean just say sentences like 'i want that' or general conversation?
some of both, actually. I find that most of what I say has to be basic, though.
Yeah, pretty neat to realize we are actually getting the hang of it without always thinking. I'm still very new to the French language, and can understand only small parts of it, (I can also read more than I can understand spoken as well.) But it's amazing to actually realize I'm actually learning. Just this morning at work, while trying to finish marking off a shipping report and make sure everything on it was on the cart in their boxes, I realized only after a minute or two that I was actually reading and understanding the french labels instead of flipping over the boxes for the English ones.
One of the benefits of living in Canada: you can always get a mini French lesson on everything.
The other morning when getting some cream cheese out of my fridge, I realized that the way you say "the laughing cow" in French is "la vache qui rire."
I agree; DuoLingo is a terrific site, but it's strength is the written word. To communicate orally, you need conversation! It's difficult to find native speakers who are patient with a learner, especially in the U.S. I listen to Radio Quebec on Sirius; it's primarily "talk radio" and there are a variety of speakers. I find it helpful to listen to different accents, intonations, and expressions. Some have great diction and speak precisely, which is easier to understand. Others speak without taking a breath, and run their words together incessantly--they are a challenge! To practice speaking (and hear myself), which is essential for fluency, I actively translate news broadcasts from TV whenever I can. Obviously, I miss words and struggle to keep up, but I find I'm getting better with practice! Good luck; keep up the good work!
Gratz! It's really hard to understand spoken language in general, and Duolingo also doesn't help that much with the listening ... I understand a lot of written English but my listening is still crawling, but it has also improved a lot since most of the things I watch now is in English :D
If you want some more listening practice.... http://www.listeningpractice.org/dashboard.php (native speakers say stuff, you try to type out what they say... awesome practice) http://www.learnfrenchbypodcast.com/ (I listen to these on my drives to and from work)
http://play.nrj.fr/nrj/nrj-made-in-france.html (a little French music never hurt!)
Push yourself to watch more French youtube vids or TV/Movies in French with English subtitles. I almost find myself defaulting to more french options lately... My English isn't going away, worth forcing immersion in my mostly English speaking area.
There is something more exciting than being able to say basic things without thinking that hard - complicated things without thinking that hard! :)
I can't say complicated things, but I am beginning to bash out a few intermediate sentences and I surprise myself when I do.
One problem I have at the moment is making small mistakes that have a big difference. For instance: I used to think ne... meant "not", rather than "pas" meaning not". So a small mistake can lead you to saying "i do want something" rather than "I do not want something". Other examples exist in numbers (milliard equals billion whilst billion equals trillion).
Small mistakes with big meanings in difference can knock confidence, so I need to finish my tree first! On the last section now. Been using other sources too.
Bon courage !
Sorry about that! One of my friends was goofing off:(. That's not what this is for jeslyn
I'm getting a bit of that...
When you finish goldening your second "test out" area, try to find simple french videos for americans. My brother used to watch them. They are helpful because the actors speak slow French.
Non…Non…Je suis…Non Francais.