@mollydolally - ha, I am fully aware how awful GT is. I try to avoid it at all costs, but when I’m trying to look up the meaning of an individual word, sometimes it can be helpful. I’ve tried very hard not to let have too much room in my language-learning experience. Maybe you should hold daily [name_m]French[/name_m] lessons on Nameberry, haha! (I keep wanting to message you, because I keep hearing how you teach [name_m]French[/name_m], and I’m not sure where to go from here. [name_f]Do[/name_f] you have any really great self-help [name_m]French[/name_m] resources? I feel like I know a lot, based on the app I used, but I feel stuck here now, and I want to keep progressing! I keep reviewing on what I’ve learned so far, so hopefully I won’t lose it, but I really want to be fluent, eventually, and up and moving to a country that speaks [name_m]French[/name_m] constantly just isn’t in the works for me right now, unfortunately…)
@c@29 - erm, for [name_m]French[/name_m], it was interesting! It was a rather strange experience for me, because I took two years of it in high school, was going to take it in college, but I couldn’t get into the class I needed, so I was forced to take Spanish for 4 semesters then (and ohmygoodness, I kept saying things with a [name_m]French[/name_m] accent, or even accidentally replacing Spanish words with [name_m]French[/name_m] ones, for the longest time! I felt like I was trying to talk with cotton balls in my mouth, lol.), and then about 8 months ago or so I tried to start learning [name_m]French[/name_m] again. It took me a while to find duolingo.com–I had been planning on trying to get [name_f]Rosetta[/name_f] [name_m]Stone[/name_m] for my birthday, or [name_u]Christmas[/name_u], or something, but then my sister’s friend was using duolingo to learn Spanish, so I figured I’d give it a try. I really liked it, for the most part, because I was getting quizzed, rather than just reading a text book and trying to remember everything, while I wasn’t being quizzed at all. It also helped, because the order of information they presented was not the order I’d learned [name_m]French[/name_m] in during high school, so I felt like I was having information refreshed (verb endings for different pronouns, greetings, basic stuff–ohmygoodness, they didn’t even present numbers until more than half the way through their [name_m]French[/name_m] course!), but I was also learning new verbs, like manger and boire, which were hammered in straightaway, but I don’t think I ever got in high school (I didn’t even get to a foods section until rather late in [name_m]French[/name_m] 2). The one thing I don’t like is you get very little in regards to grammar instruction–you just sort of intuitively learn which goes where, but very rarely do you learn any rules. I’m still trying to figure out how you can tell when to use “de”, “pour”, or “à” before the infinitive form of verbs ([name_f]Molly[/name_f], please explain!!!). I have googled some things, like the difference between “l’herbe” and the other words used for grass, for example. I’m hoping reading the [name_m]French[/name_m] textbook I have will fill things in. I’m sort of terrified that this is what’s going to happen to me again, but I feel like I really just need someone I can talk to in the language I’m trying to learn. (We could even do that here, if you all wanted! I’m not sure how it’d work, since we’re all trying to learn different languages, though…) [name_f]My[/name_f] best friend was [name_m]French[/name_m], and she was going to help me trying to learn the language, and talking to her in [name_m]French[/name_m] and stuff, but she passed away almost 3 years ago now, so the only other people I can talk to in [name_m]French[/name_m] is pretty limited (my cousin lives in [name_f]France[/name_f], but she’s originally American, and I’m not sure how good her [name_m]French[/name_m] is yet?). I tried seeing if my best friend’s little sister would email back and forth to me in [name_m]French[/name_m], but I still haven’t heard a response from her, and communication with Ang is pretty spotty in general, haha! Sometimes @bonfireazalea will answer my posts in [name_m]French[/name_m], and occasionally we’ll message back-and-forth in [name_m]French[/name_m], just to try and keep it going a little, and I try watching videos in [name_m]French[/name_m], too. It’s hard! I wish it were easier to keep languages at the forefront. I know in [name_u]America[/name_u], it’s hard especially because no one seems to have the desire to learn another language. It’s always “you’re in [name_u]America[/name_u]; you speak English now”. I know lots of people who frown on teaching your child another language when they’re young, and I think that’s just stupidity.
Also, I think it’s really frustrating to watch films with both the audio and subtitles in the foreign language. I don’t think I’ve seen one film where the words matched up! It was really jarring with the first movie I watched this way (Pride and Prejudice!), but I’m more used to it now. I love watching films that have some [name_m]French[/name_m] subplot written into it, too, because then there’s actually [name_m]French[/name_m] spoken, and I can generally pick up the gist on that really well.
@julylacs - that sounds great! I’m trying to learn now because I want to be able to speak pretty much solely [name_m]French[/name_m] to my children, when I have them.