I started French from scratch and finished the tree -- Here's what worked for me
I recently finished my tree after starting with zero French knowledge. Here's what worked for me:
-DuoLingo -- I made it a goal to maintain my streak (sure, it's meaningless, but use it to motivate yourself), and went back over lessons until I felt like I understood around 90% of the material.
-Coffee Break French (free on iTunes) -- a podcast that starts off with very basic skills and eventually moves into complex grammar and listening exercises.
-TV5Monde -- has great listening exercises and has several exercises per video -- after completing the first one choose the next number on "ma progression" on the lower left. http://apprendre.tv5monde.com/fr/niveaux/a1-debutant
-Hosting French speakers with Couchsurfing to develop speaking skills.
Now that I've finished the tree I'm reading Harry Potter in French and continuing to work on listening and speaking. Thanks to Remy and Sitesurf and everyone who has worked so hard to develop this great course!
Félicitations! Your article is interesting, because, although I finished my French tree as well, I started with highschool and university education in the language. Now I am starting German knowing practically nothing, so it is encouraging to see how far you can come from scratch. Thank you.
513 jours de DuoLingo ! Incroyable. Bonne chance avec l'allemand, je suis sure que vous allez réussir.
Woah!!! yours is amazing!! I just signed up yesterday and seeing your effort has encouraged me soo much! Greetings from Vienna
During my French year of studying from scratch, I used so many resources that I posted them to a blog that continues to be used by around 100 other French learners (worldwide), every day.
The first four months of my study revolved around Duolingo, as I built up my vocabulary, and the process was exhausting. French is very challenging to an English speaker, while I found that German, Italian and Spanish are easy...or is it that French taught me how to work through language study? Benny Lewis says that his hardest language was Spanish, because it was his first, and I think I now understand that phenomenon.
- I've learned how to "tune my ear" and mimic what is being said, without introducing my native language's accent.
- I anticipate verb conjugation, and get them down quicker
- I absorb the first 2000 words quicker, and automatically uses a mnemonic when the word does not look like one I will easily remember.
- Sentence structure is accepted quicker.
- I know where to find listening, reading, and writing material in the new language.
- I accept that I am good at learning languages, regardless of the "belief" held by "language experts" that only children under four can learn fluency in a language. I don't need to be fluent, I just need to be clearly understood by a native speaker.
I have to say that you have created such a wonderful blog. ^_^ I'll be sure to check it out if I ever decide to study French seriously. I wonder if it helped you with your progress. As you know there are times when you don't feel like studying your target language. Did this blog encourage you to move further in those situations?
Portugese...that would be something completely new. I started peeking at that language over the last few days to see which language it is closest to.
[06/04/15] Spanish and Italian are similar to the Portuguese, but there are some different words that may confuse.
I posted this a few years ago, and went on to study Italian, Spanish, German and am currently working on Korean. It's fun to look back at how I struggled, and had to figure out how to get the most out of my techniques and resources.
It is nice to see so many inspiring stories, I am presently learning French from the beginning after learning Spanish for almost 3 years.....wish me luck, fingers crossed :)
I worked hard at it for about 6 months, then took a 6-month break (I was trying to learn conversational Japanese for a trip). I came back to it and polished and finished up the rest of the tree in about a month.
Bonne chance ! Vous pouvez y arriver.
Thanks a lot for sharing this! It's really helpful for me because I have not finished my tree and I bet your tips are gonna make a huge change so once again, thanks a lot!.... or should i say merci beacoup? ;)