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Beginning French

 
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lumengentleman



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 9:23 pm    Post subject: Beginning French Reply with quote

I am just beginning to learn the French language; my goal is primarily to learn the language for "reading knowledge."

If anyone would be willing to help tutor me, I would greatly appreciate the help.

--Jake
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2005 11:23 pm    Post subject: Me to Reply with quote

I would also like somebody to help me to.
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Julien



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2005 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can answer questions
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2005 2:19 pm    Post subject: best method? Reply with quote

I'm also wanting to get to a reading level in French and not sure what the best method is of home study. What are some good books/CDs to use, which to avoid? I assume with reading, I'd mainly be concentrating on grammar and vocab.

Thanks.
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cookiegirl



Joined: 11 Mar 2005
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2005 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ive always dreamt of learning French and now im gonna take every opportunity i get... Very Happy thanks for the site and forum Smile Sad but what should i start with?
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Julien



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2005 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cookiegirl wrote:
but what should i start with?


The beginning.


Seriously, I think it's possible to improve his French by working on his own if you've learnt the basics with a teacher.
Start from scratch alone? Ouch, it's gonna be hell
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2005 6:36 pm    Post subject: learn french language Reply with quote

First of all, read a lot and stuff ilke this
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Nicholas Swift



Joined: 05 Mar 2005
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Location: New York

PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2005 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just started teaching myself to read French, and I can't offer any specific grammatical advice, but I can mention a few things I find fun and helpful.

I found a great book in my library called "French for Reading", but I can't recall the author's name right now. It's geared toward graduate students who need enough French to pass the reading examination, so a lot of the examples are about academic material, not everyday situations. But it does an excellent job of explaining common mistakes (like false cognates) and some of the fundamental features that differ from English. I finally found a paperback copy in a university bookstore, but it was $56!!! I couldn't believe it, and decided to just keep checking it out of the library.

I also like to read short newspaper articles at Le Monde's website. It's free. I'm from New York, so I find it helpful to read articles about America, because I can regonize most of the names and situations. They also have forums where you can read posts from readers around the world, mostly in French--but you can't write posts unless you subscribe. There are also free blogs from the newspaper's reporters.

A great online French dictionary can be found at:

http://www.tv5.org/TV5Site/lf/langue_francaise.php

I also found a nice reference grammar by Daniel Calvez, and went online to order it, and found a new copy for $1.07! There are still several copies from between $1-$2; you can find them here:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0844214973/qid=1110727821/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/102-2298202-2609752?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

Mine's still on the way Smile
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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2005 2:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is possible to begin learning a language on your own. I taught myself how to read and write in Russian. I also taught myself how to speak, giving me the ability to skip beginner Russian classes. However, as you become increasingly more indepth in the language, whether it be French, Russian, Italian, German, so on, it will become a lot more difficult. It would be better if you found a language school for a teacher, a personal tutor, or learn in school due to some of the complicated grammatical structures.

To be able to comprehend up to a level of reading for say, novels, takes quite some time. It usually does not come in a year due to having to learn the different tenses. After learning French for 5.5 years, I am able to comprehend a lot of the things I read, and yet there is still a lot to be learned.

Bonne chance!
(Good luck!)
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2005 2:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

:)
I am a chinese college student
Now I am in the same state as you
If you'd like to communicate with me
My E_mail is quweiundead@tom.com
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koala
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2005 3:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh
I nearly forget
I want to introduce a site to you
http://www.jump-gate.com/languages/french/
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Julien



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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2005 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

koala wrote:
Oh
I nearly forget
I want to introduce a site to you
http://www.jump-gate.com/languages/french/


Rolling Eyes
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vlotfi



Joined: 17 May 2005
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2005 2:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

koala wrote:
Oh
I nearly forget
I want to introduce a site to you
http://www.jump-gate.com/languages/french/


This site is excellent. I am taking French lessons at our local K-12 community schools. It is not a very rigorous class and our teacher is a wife of a French person who is here for a job. But, I have been reading the lessons at the above Web site and they are great. I actually printed them and placed them in a binder to read before bed-time.

I would be interested in exchaging e-mails in French. Please note that I know very little French.
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