For today’s French Friday I thought I’d give a quick update on how I’ve been feeling about the project and it’s not good. Since the last update things have only taken a turn for the worse as I haven’t felt this unmotivated in a long time to continue learning french, not to dissimilar from the last time I quit. Continue reading French Progress #2→
The Simpsons have always taken shots at the French so I thought it’d be neat to compile a few clips from various Simpsons episodes and share them. I’ve always wondered how the French translate these jokes, obviously the jokes are tongue in cheek. From the time that Bart learns to speak French to the time the Simpsons all travel to France.
Reading tweets in French can really be helpful in the learning progress, or at least that’s what I’ve been able to tell with me personally. It helps that there is a built in translator to help you out when you don’t understand so you can just click when you’re overwhelmed by a tweet. I already posted about some tweeter accounts to follow but I was asked to post more so here are other ones that I personally follow and have been for at least a few months.
Learning a language without a teacher can be extremely difficult; now I don’t doubt that there are people who can do it but not everyone is autodidact and that’s alright. While I can teach myself many things through the internet I do feel a teacher has helped me improve my French and force me to memorize and learn stuff that I wouldn’t have otherwise. I will start my next semester of French next week so I thought I’d take a look back at my previous experiences with teachers.
Having a good teacher is extremely important and that goes in a lot of ways. You don’t only need a teacher that knows their stuff but that also knows how to teach and likes doing what she is doing. No matter how excited you are to learn a language a teacher with a bad attitude can take all of that joy away until you no longer want to continue. In the same way if the teacher is good at their job they will get you excited to learn more even if they’re a very strict. Continue reading French Teacher Experiences In My Life: The Importance of a Professor→
In my course for learning french in one year, the best way to really get the feeling of the language is constant practice and interaction with the language. Something as simple as changing the language to your cellphone or TV help out even if a little. Of course it can also make it difficult to use your devices.
But using that same logic of making something you already do in your daily life and transform it into a hidden french lesson helps you in the process. I am not a big fan of other social media sites like Facebook but I do like and use twitter on a daily basis. I started following different twitter accounts to help me out which you should as well; Don’t forget to follow me as well @0sdp. Continue reading French Twitter→
In my quest to learn french in one year, one of the most difficult skills to improve on has been listening. It’s fine when it’s one sentence but when people are actually speaking it becomes quite difficult. My experience trying to watch movies or even differentTV shows has not been excellent as I end up relying on the subtitles to understand anything at all.
The solution I found was to listen to podcasts and I’ve been trying a few different ones and here are three that I’m listening to right now. Overall I feel like it has helped me a lot in my listening but I still have a lot of work to do. I don’t get to listen to them daily but I try to at least once a week. Continue reading French Podcasts→
As some of you guys know, I am trying to learn as much French as I can in one year. There is at least one article per week on Friday’s that will be French related though other days will also include French content if applicable.
I thought it’d be appropriate to write updates on my progress so far and it’s been about a month since I started my current “phase” of studying. Originally these updates were going to be monthly but I”m starting to think that they’ll be bi monthly or so after this one to have a larger lapse of time to see some results or lack of.
So far my progress has been a bit slow, I don’t think I’ve made tons of improvement grammar wise though I do think the vocabulary is starting to stick. Vocabulary is one of those things that you have got to memorize one way or another and through the apps I’m using daily. Even someone like me who forgets the vocabulary often, has been able to retain a good amount of it. I still forget plenty of it and very basic words but I do see a small improvement in my vocabulary.
Besides the apps I am also using some beginners books and podcasts to improve my reading and listening which I will talk about at a later time. I have also made a page to archive all my french posts at miscrave.com/learn-french. So check that out if you’re just starting or want to see what you’ve been missing on.