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?
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.
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.
I haven't finished mine yet or anything, but I've heard people say you could now learn English from French. Backwards!
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)
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.
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.
You can do the French to English transition tier, keep you tree golden, or start a new tree
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 =)
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.
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.
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 ) :)
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:
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.
I was wondering the same thing for Swedish. Does anybody have a radio station, or something to listen to?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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