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

Really immersed

I'm benefiting from my efforts. One of the immersion articles interested me, and I found the author had written a few books -- all published only in French, of course. I ordered one several weeks ago, and it finally arrived this week.

It's quite different to be reading a real book -- no possibility of clicking on a word to get the Google translation. So far, I can pretty much just read along, guessing the meaning of a few words and verb tenses as I go. I'm going to try to read it just for pleasure -- not for studying -- and see if I can make a go of it.

Thanks, DuoLingo!

January 29, 2015

21 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carolyn250

Wonderful! I am, since the start of my Duo. journey, on book number 3, and it is coming easier and easier. You are absolutely right to just guess when pleasure reading-- too much use of the dictionary spoils the flow.

January 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jack.Elliot

Excellent

Reading for pleasure

is a joy, indeed

enjoy.

January 29, 2015

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

I did something similar with videogames (mostly RPG games), I couldn't "copypaste" words, so I used dictionaries and learned a lot. It's an interesting inmersive method.

January 30, 2015

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

I never thought of games - that's an interesting approach!

January 30, 2015

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

Hi Edith. I started years ago with Le Petit Prince and it took me half an hour, with a dictionnary and a pencil, to read a single page. But it gets easier with perseverance. It is such a good way to improve your vocabulary and general syntax. I have now read the whole series of Harry Potter and Twilight in French, just for fun. I'm now onto Deborah Harkness. Yes, I sometimes stop and search for a word, but generally it flows well. I find reading on my Kindle the easiest, since there is a built in dictionnary if you tap on an unknown word. Keep going!

January 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jack.Elliot

you inspire

thanks for sharing

January 31, 2015

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

Thank you for the encouragement, and also the idea of reading with a Kindle. I have to check to see if the Kindle app also has the dictionary. Your example inspires me - as there are quite a few words that are new.

A friend who is French Canadian looked at some of what I was reading and said, "How did you find this author? His writing is beautiful!" It is the man who wrtoe the short article on Charles Péguy that I put in Immersion -- and something about his language grabbed me there.

Perhaps we limit our language elearning with too much Wikipédia and miss the beauty of more literary authors.

January 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jack.Elliot

I agree

trying to find some beyond wiki

A little busy

so it is the time to sit and read that is precious

January 31, 2015

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

I'm French and I read some English books with a Kindle. The dictionary English-Frenh is a little summary but it's so easy to put on a word with a stiletto giving the translate ! Bon courage, c'est tellement enrichissant de lire dans une autre langue.

January 31, 2015

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

And thank you fmberne for your support on the French learning English tree. It is much appreciated.

January 31, 2015

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

Indeed - very much so!

January 31, 2015

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

You are welcome.

January 31, 2015

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

Hey, that is a great accomplishment! You must be proud of yourself, way to go! I like how you are reading the book just for the pleasure of it and enjoying it for the journey. Congrats!

January 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ILoveFrench30

Good job!

January 29, 2015

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

Well done, you!! That's what I'm aiming for. Bought a couple of French novels during my last visit to our holiday home in Montreuil Sur Mer but haven't attempted them yet. Hopefully soon!

January 30, 2015

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

great job edith congrats

January 30, 2015

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

Bonne chance!

January 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dunedin17

You can also listen to some podcasts. SBS (Special broadcasting service) Australia have French podcasts. I can't understand them yet but I can pick out some words.

January 31, 2015

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

Thanks for the suggestion - I will look into that!

January 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dunedin17

Hi, could you let us know the name of this author?

February 1, 2015

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

It is Jean-Marc Bastière, http://bastiere.com/

February 1, 2015
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