I'm a newcomer to France, I've have never had a formal education in French at school (being raised in South Africa), and i'm really trying to improve my French by:
- Taking lessons once a week,
- Reading comics (Tintin, Blake et Mortimer),
- Reading books (currently Harry Potter but started with books for small children) every day,
- Listening to Podcasts (Learn French by Podcast, Daily French Pod) while travelling,
- Watching 30 minutes of French TV a day.
Despite this, i think i've hit a plateau and i'm not really improving any more. I still struggle to understand news-readers, people on the phone, etc. One-on-one in person is best, but still not very good.
My question is what have you found to be the best resource (of any nature) for learning to speak French? I work from home so i get very few opportunities to actually speak to people - which i think would be the best tool!
PS. I do plan to ask more questions in French but this one particularly aimed at other Anglophones! :) PPS. This is probably better as a Community Wiki? SE is telling me this will likely be closed as it is subjective (which it is) but any answers would still be very useful to me and hopefully others.