Online resources to learn basic French?
by ArizonaDawg (2017-09-13 11:17:42)

Quick backstory: We've relocated to the Toronto area. D14 is a 9th grader. Most of the children in her class have been learning basic French since the 4th grade. She is required to take French, but even the "remedial" 9th grade french class is nearly conversational. I was able to convince the guidance counselor to let her take french second semester.

I'd like her to incorporate an online French class in order to teach her the basics. What are your thoughts on Rosetta Stone? Are there other online options that are better?


I used duolingo for German pre euro trip
by airborneirish  (2017-09-13 19:18:19)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

And could speak with just about everyone I met. 15 minutes a day for 11 weeks. I was happy I could hang with folks who didn't know much English.
I am using t to refresh French and looking for more speaking practice.


For speaking practice look at iTalki
by starburns  (2017-09-14 05:42:05)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

More or less everyone I know in full-time language training uses it for supplemental speaking practice. You can either find a "language partner" (a native speaker who is looking for English practice in exchange for practicing their language with you and no monetary payment) a "community tutor" who can provide informal tutoring or speaking practice but generally doesn't provide actual instruction, or professional instructors who you pay to teach you/speak with you. For a language like French, you can undoubtedly find teachers in Haiti or West Africa with very reasonable rates. I think the professional teachers are best if you have the spare cash; they can often provide supplemental exercises for grammar and will correct your grammar and pronunciation (whereas language partners and community tutors sometimes won't).


Duolingo is a great start and is free
by Starburns  (2017-09-13 15:12:54)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

I like Babbel for more in-depth study.


Agreed. Duolingo accelerated my learning speed in Hungarian *
by Odschool  (2017-09-13 17:10:50)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Memrise is a great app
by KeoughCharles05  (2017-09-13 12:42:32)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

I liked using it incombination with Duolingo.

"Slow News in _____" is also a great resource. News clips discussing current events in foreign languages, read slowly.


Kissing, fry or the language? *
by BacTien  (2017-09-13 12:41:49)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Try French porn where the answer is always "oui" *
by Frank Drebin  (2017-09-13 11:37:05)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


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by Jvan  (2017-09-13 12:49:25)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


So does his staff *
by sprack  (2017-09-13 13:03:16)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Literally. His staff. *
by NDscott  (2017-09-13 13:48:06)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Brought me to the vergé of laughter *
by fletch  (2017-09-13 21:25:30)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Alec Baldwin *
by Porpoiseboy  (2017-09-13 11:34:41)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Duolingo is OK; essayez YouTube aussi...
by Kbyrnes  (2017-09-13 11:31:57)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

...There's all kinds of language learning stuff for free on YT.


Don't want to forget French in Action
by coachslacker  (2017-09-13 11:28:50)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

These were good to watch.


Duolingo is the answer. *
by VTND  (2017-09-13 11:21:45)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Duolingo is a start
by coachslacker  (2017-09-13 11:21:20)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

and is free and somewhat entertaining.


A start, yes
by ndtnguy  (2017-09-13 12:00:42)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

But the format really rewards being good at multiple-choice tests over being good at the language you're trying to learn.