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

Finished my French tree, what's next?

I finished my french tree after 158 days of 15-30 minutes practice every day. I can parse basic written french, but I just shut down if I have to understand the spoken language. It's way too fast usually.

I am looking for some basic texts and audio resources to advance further. Some people here on the discussion forums suggest some entry level french books and podcasts to people, but they rarely provide examples.

Also I saw a link to a page that can produce much better french pronunciation than duolingo, but I have forgotten what it is called and google is of no help. Does anyone know what website I'm talking about?

February 8, 2015

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

Félicitations !!!!!

February 8, 2015

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

The pronunciation website you are referring to is probably www.forvo.com . As for post-tree resources: french.about.com

It should be noted I'm still on the tree (only done a 1/3 of it)

February 8, 2015

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

As far as I can see forvo only has single phrases? The site I found allows you to type in a sentence and it will then be pronounced. You could select multiple speakers of both genders and when you selected one it would put an short bio about them in the text field.

February 8, 2015

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

You probably mean http://www.ivona.com/

February 8, 2015

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

Merci beaucoup!

February 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dorothy1234

me too! Your note, I mean.

February 9, 2015

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

RF1 "Le journal en Francais facile" has already been mentioned, it's great. http://www1.rfi.fr/lffr/statiques/accueil_apprendre.asp (very top of the page, small links --> click them)

I also listen to L'avis de Marie http://www.podclub.ch/sendungen/l-avis-de-marie-f-2 (free podcast and script available online) and One thing in a French day (free podcast) http://onethinginafrenchday.podbean.com.

What I would really like to recommend is taking finding a conversation group, this can either be paid through your local community college with a teacher at hand, or a more ad-hoc arrangement via eg. Meetup.com, look for a language exchange group in your area.

Bonne chance!

February 8, 2015

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

For practice understanding spoken French, this website has really helped me:

http://lazaf.ca

February 8, 2015

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

For vocabulary building I recommend https://lingvist.io/ . It teaches about 6000 words, has some listening and reading exercises and it's still free.

February 8, 2015

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

I haven't finished mine yet or anything, but I've heard people say you could now learn English from French. Backwards!

February 8, 2015

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

That's a very interesting way of doing it ^^

February 8, 2015

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

Yeah, but I think it would help!

February 8, 2015

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

I should really try this one day xD

February 8, 2015

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

Do it!

February 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luis-C12

Vous pouvez telecharge "News in Slow French" C'est très bon. And HelloTalk which allows you to text real Native French people, and you can text, call, and voice chat. (Is a language exchange program. you help them in English and they help you in French)

February 8, 2015

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

News in Slow French is really good, but it should be noted that only a fe minutes of each episode is free, to get the full material you need to subscribe to their service at what I consider too high a rate.

February 8, 2015

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

Looks great, thanks!

February 8, 2015

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

For pod casts I use "Coffee Break French", It's very simple and the phrases they teach are very practical. Once you get the hang of this, try listening to "Learn French by Podcast" it's a more advanced.

February 8, 2015

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

You can do the French to English transition tier, keep you tree golden, or start a new tree

February 8, 2015

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

One of the best advices ever gave me another fellow duolingoist: Listen to the French news each day while reading them! You know what? The Radio International France, RFI has 10 minutes long news in easy French. You can listen to it, read it, download it each day. Since some words are repeated everytime, that'll absolutely boost your vocabulary and listening experience. Have fun =)

February 8, 2015

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

I was just about to recommend this resource, it is brilliant and free! There is even a word/expression of the week (is it on Sunday nights?) that help explain some current term a bit further.

February 8, 2015

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

Thanks man! I'm learning French, English and German, you helped me a lot! If someone wants to listen to this podcast. It's also good! :)

February 9, 2015

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

It's great that I could help =)

February 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alastair17

Just gave it a listen, I love the fact that you can read along with the script and that it's international news. Also, when an English speaker like Obama is speaking and they dub over him with French you can understand both at the same time is a big confidence booster.

February 10, 2015

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

here's what I'm gonna do: I enrolled to a French course at coursera.com the course is on "Introduction aux droits de l’homme" by the Université de Genève and I hope it shouldn't have many technical terms. it is mostly video lectures with French subtitles. if anyone wants to join this, now it's a great moment because it starts today.

My background in French - zero in May 2014, finished the French tree in Jan 2015, and still don't feel strong with future and subjonctif. Listened to about 55 Coffee Break French episodes. We'll see how I fare with the human rights course (hope there won't be compositions to write, just choice test ) :)

February 9, 2015

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

www.archive.org has, in their Librivox free audiobook archive, at least 60 books in french (classic and otherwise) for the taking. it's not exactly entry level, but a good opportunity to get used to decoding the sounds of spoken French.

February 10, 2015

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

Felicitations!

I will reiterate what others have said -- Le Journal en français facile from RFI is great. You can download it as a podcast if you want to listen to it on the go. Best way to practice is to listen to it multiple times - two or three times so you will get more and more out of each episode. Try to understand the gist of the stories the first time, then try to pick up details on the second and third times. The announcers keep it nice and slow, but the reports are sometimes from regular RFI so they are at normal speed. It's good to have both so you can practice listening comprehension at both slow and full speeds.

I'm working my way through lingvist.io as well to build up some extra vocabulary. It's excellent with great pronunciation (much better than on duolingo.)

For pronunciation you can also try languageguide.org which has a robust vocabulary section with proper pronunciation.

Memrise is another great app and website. There are a number of french courses on there where you can improve your vocabulary. It works off of the spaced repetition method of learning much like lingvist.io.

For beginner books, I really like the McGraw Hill Practice Makes Perfect series:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0071819541/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8=1789=9325=0071819541=as2=kyles090-20=FCTOGE7BCYAXG53V

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/007163469X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8=1789=9325=007163469X=as2=kyles090-20=3LDLA3QM6OVL4KE4

and especially -- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/007178781X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8=1789=9325=007178781X=as2=kyles090-20=IE5ZNUIREHE4UESR -- which comes with an online answer guide so you can see AND hear the correct answers.

February 9, 2015

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

I was wondering the same thing for Swedish. Does anybody have a radio station, or something to listen to?

February 9, 2015

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

I don't listen much to the radio but I think P3 or P4 would be okay if you want to learn Swedish.

If you want to listen to Finland Swedish (I don't know how much you know about Swedish-speaking Finns but their Swedish sounds a bit different from how they speak in Sweden, some people say it's easier to understand,) you can try out Radio X3M (for younger adults) or Radio Vega.

Lycka till med dina studier!

February 9, 2015

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

Thanks!

February 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dorothy1234

Learned any bonus skills? if you haven't, then you haven't learned everything there is to learn in French Duolingo! If you have, then just learn some other languages.

February 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alastair17

I find that immersion really helps with seeing how everything that you've learned fits together, plus memrise.com for vocabulary drills. Immersion I find is better if you upload your own documents so that you're reading what you yourself are interested in, and Memrise is nice because it's gamified like duolingo.

February 10, 2015

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

Thank you for the question Genki, and many thanks to all of those who have answered as I am also in the same boat and want to continue and fill in the gaps especially listening to spoken French.

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Medard
February 12, 2015

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

Hey People,I am really confused about French Grammar. Can anyone recommend a good French Grammar book that uses simple language and not too much technical jargon.I am from India and looking for a book that helps learning French Grammar with the explanations in English

February 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kim480502

All of the Marvel shows on netflix have the option to be watched in french with either french or english subtitles or none if you got the guts.

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