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

Helpful resource for learning French in the most unthinkable way :)

I've recently bought a game to enjoy with my girlfriend. That game was Pokémon Y, my girlfriend got Pokémon X. I had reset the game, and upon resetting the game, I was given a wonderful choice to play the game.

Choose you language:

A long list of languages were given to me to pick from, and I sat there contemplating for a long while to choose rather to go on my way playing in English, or setting up my challenge and picking French. The catch, though, was that I could not change the language mid-game.

I did indeed pick French, and while being confused most of my journey through, I mastered words I have recently learned here on Duolingo. By learning basic words that build up simple sentences, I was able to pick up many other words through context.

What my point in this discussion is, if you're truly dedicated to learning a language, nothing should stop you or hold you back from doing it, whatever it may be. Look for ways to incorporate your language learning experience in everyday life. Rather it be watching a wonderful movie on Netflix in French or in French subtitles, to listening to French radio, there's more than one way to learning and Duolingo alone (though a very reliable source of learning) is not enough to truly master the language you're learning.

What are ways you guys learn or incorporate your French? Thanks, and have a wonderful day!

April 29, 2015

42 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Garrett2015

This is an excellent idea! I may need to change some language settings now. :-)

As for my own incorporations, I've been listening to French music and French podcasts, watching French TV and YouTube videos (of all varieties), and reading portions of French whenever I can (YouTube comments, blogs, news sites, etc.). I've installed language apps, too, such as Langua.ly, which provide short topical articles with target words.

It may be silly, but for fun I even write French words and simple messages on foggy windows and mirrors, haha.

EDIT: Merci beaucoup pour les lingots! :-)

April 30, 2015

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

I don't know where the French channels are sadly. It's really hard to find French anything. Do you know of any good music? Thanks :)

April 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Garrett2015

I don't even have TV so all channels are on free places like YouTube. :-P On YouTube, "Comme une Francaise" is a great "everyday life" learning channel, and Apn9a is a French polyglot blogger; meanwhile, you can find shows like "Extra" (literally "extr@"), which is a Friends-esque sitcom directed at language-learners, with French YT subtitles.

I have no idea what kind of music you like, but some I've stumbled upon include music from Indila, Mozart Opera Rock, Marc Lavoine, and Coeur De Pirate (it's a bit of a hit or miss). I'm always on the lookout, even though I have no idea what to look for still!

April 30, 2015

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

+1 for Indila. She enunciates very clearly and I like her music (of course, tastes differ).

April 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Garrett2015

Totally agree. I remember when I first came across her music, I was amazed I could actually recognize words in the songs as a French newbie. My first go at a translating project was translating her lyrics in "Tourner dans le vide" and "Dernière danse" so I could understand them better. A fantastic learning tool. :-) I've recently come to love her song "Ego," and the Canon Rock-style "Feuille d'automne". Among many others. She's quite popular, and I can hear why.

April 30, 2015

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

I second Apn9a on Youtube! She also has some really good videos with advice on language learning and talks (sometimes in French with English subtitles) about interesting topics. For music, I really like Stromae, though the lyrics are quite fast.

April 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Garrett2015

Yay, someone else here knows her! She's such an interesting and sweet person.

Stromae, yes, another great singer. There's a few songs I really like, and the recently popular a cappella group Pentatonix has a rendition of his "Papaoutai", featuring violinist Lindsey Stirling. Might be worth checking out sometime. :-)

April 30, 2015

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

Watching "Extra", the French version on YouTube. Thanks for the recommendation!

May 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Garrett2015

Fantastic! Enjoy! :-) I watched it in French without subtitles at first, but then after I realized there were also French subtitles available I started to re-watch it. (It's helped a lot). Hopefully it helps you too!

May 2, 2015

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

Thanks, I will definitely look these up.

April 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Garrett2015

De rien. Bon courage!

April 30, 2015

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

That's a really good Ideas. When I was learning English (I'm Ukrainian - speak Ukrainian,Russian,Hebrew(live in Israel) and English Fluently now ) I was playing World of Warcraft just to learn English! watching TV series (after a while) without Subtitles - And the learning phase just went so fast. you need the basics, and the basic common words, and you can begin doing everyday activities that you do (online mostly) all in French. I started French yesterday and I hope I will speak French by the time I will go to Paris in a couple of month (at least a little French :D )

April 30, 2015

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

Good Luck! Hope you have a fun trip, I wish I was as lucky as you and had a chance to go to France XD

April 30, 2015

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

Facebook in French, watch French TV (Les Revenants is a really good drama!), take French at school!

April 30, 2015

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

This is a great idea and I have been doing this too. I like "trivia crack" which I play in languages I am working on, even some that I have never studied just to see what I can piece together. Picking it up from contextual clues is much more like how children learn - they are immersed with no dictionary and have to figure it out. Trivia Crack lets you choose the language for each game so you can experiment easily.

For youtube videos in French, I find the videos by parole de chat very informative and hilarious. E.g.:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_zJLS-5POo

For French movies, Netflix has quite a few (in US) but I wish they had sous-titres in French. I liked "La fee" (the Fairy - nice, slow francais, maybe from Belgium, easy to follow).

French TV: Un Village Francais, Spiral. Was able to get the first season of Un Village Francais with French subtitles.

April 30, 2015

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

Thanks a lot! and all true too. I believe immersion is the best way to learn, but it means nothing at this point in age without a basic structure, a.k.a. "Hi, Good bye, I am, you are, good, 1, 2, 3, etc. "

April 30, 2015

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

Yes, structure is key. Ads, soap operas, young adult books - all tend to follow scripts that make the language more predictable. I wouldn't like any of the above in my native language, but I find them very helpful in languages I am learning. Formulaic is good for learning!

April 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lizwade89

I've been challenging myself the way my French teacher challenged me. I'm an artist, so most of these are fun for me: 1) Draw pictures of animals, objects, food, etc. with the word underneath (like you would see in a text book). 2) Create comic strips/stories/short scenarios 3) Write scripts and role play interactions that happen on a daily basis with another person (i.e. ordering food, making small talk, introducing yourself, etc.) << it's great to have a study buddy. 4) Flash cards

May 3, 2015

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

Congratulations!

When I was starting to learn English, I changed the most I could to English, like facebook, steam, etc, it is a good tool to get yourself immersed, one thing that really helped me was talking to American/Canadian people, in games such as Counter-Strike/Rust.

April 29, 2015

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

That's really cool! I'm interested in knowing your first language, and as much as I wish I can immerse myself in my target language by playing with others, it's hard since I can never find them. I end up just listening to French music when I play.

April 30, 2015

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

My first language is Portuguese, I'm from Brazil.

Steam is amazing because of this, you can communicate with people all over the world. The only problem by playing with them is the ping, but you can get over it.

April 30, 2015

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

My internet is not of the highest quality, c'est trés terrible, so I am limited to console gaming, lol.

April 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JonathanAV95

I began my journey in French in High School, studied it for about 2 years (French I & II), i continue studying very little, then duolingo inspired me to learn in a different way! I recently bought a psp vita and have it in French! Man it sure is hard playing a game in another language but you learn to formulate sentence in ways you wouldnt imagine. Music and reading books never did it since i found it boring! This is just my perspective!

May 1, 2015

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

Yes, this is a great idea! I try to choose the option of French where ever it is available. Facebook is a good one, My TV menus are in French...various games as you suggest. It all goes in the mix! :-)

May 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shakespeare.x

I changed the language setting on my phone when I first started learning Korean, but gave up in less than a day because I was constantly worried I might press the wrong key, or share something weird on facebook. :( Has anyone done the same? :)

April 30, 2015

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

I think you need to do so only after a while, after at least a month of learning. so you can actually understand a part of what you do.

April 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shakespeare.x

I changed it after learning for a few months, but the vocabulary I encountered was quite different from the vocabulary you usually learn when you first learn a new language.

April 30, 2015

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

I spend some time searching for sentences or words that I would like to master, by putting them into the Tatoeba database of Native Sentence search engine:

http://tatoeba.org/eng/sentences/search?query

I then take my time working through the results, jotting down those that I would use in Skype sessions, into my Skype dialogue PDF.

April 30, 2015

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

Good for you!

April 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nroy94

Spotify! There's french music playlists - rock, classical, whatever, it's cool to have on in the background and you get to discover french artists you like :)

April 30, 2015

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

I didn't know they did that. Thank you.

May 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nroy94

no problem :) hope you find something you enjoy

May 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Skylar761463

It is too bad that when you pick a language, you have to erase the save to pick another. That's just how I remember it.

May 1, 2015

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

Songza has a bunch of french music stations. They have a French hip hop station and a bunch of Quebec music festival inspired stations as well.

May 1, 2015

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

Good idea, an excuse to watch Netflix! Oh, and learn french. That works to, I guess.

May 1, 2015

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

Installing The Sims (2, 3 or 4) in a language you're learning can be extremely useful too. I played it a lot when I was younger and it drastically improved my English vocabulary and grammar. It's nice because you are interacting with everyday objects, see their names and verbs of the actions. And the game constantly gives you short announcements about life events of your sims :)

May 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TracyS221

I changed my Sat Nav to Spanish - using it to start with only on journeys that I was very familiar with until I had a good idea of what they were saying. (I had to look up several words after the first couple of journeys then it suddenly clicked!) Now I understand almost everything it says & there's always the map to look at if I'm not sure! :-)

May 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Autumn-e

I have definitely used French settings on Pokemon X, my 3DS, my computer, my phone, my Kindle, and other devices to keep trying to 'think French. It's a wonderful idea once you know enough to get around, and it helps immensely with learning words from context without expending huge amounts of effort to do it - you're already planning on using those things, and don't have to set aside more time to practice! It's also very exciting to be 'really using my French'. I don't really need a dictionary at all with Pokemon, which is a source of great glee.

edit: I found video games to be one of the only activities I can really get into to practice French when I'm not in a study mood. (I've tried comics, actual novels, translated manga, tv shows...) If you're looking to practice French and like the interactivity of games to do it, I recommend Pokemon wholeheartedly! It's easy to emulate on your phone! Otherwise, Guild Wars 2 has a French toggle (with some of the voice acting even being French!). It's also possible to download the European client of World of Warcraft and play on a free trial account through some low level questing areas. I found I could play GW2 pretty alright in French, but WoW had a lot of vocabulary I couldn't grasp yet. If anyone has any other French video games with interesting story and characters, please recommend!

May 2, 2015

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

The assassins creed games are meant to be enjoyed by all cultures, they have a large language setting as well, but that's if you're into games like that. but thank you, for understanding where I come from with this.

May 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Autumn-e

I don't own those (or those systems...) but they're on my list of 'someday'. Looks like I'll add the note of playing them in French to that!

May 9, 2015

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

How do you remember

April 30, 2015

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

Flash Cards are really really helpful. Write the target language word on one side and the english on the other, and trust me, you'll start remembering other words without even studying it.

April 30, 2015
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