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Not exactly a series per se, but I found "Qui veut gagner des millions?" to be very interesting to watch to improve my own French. The questions (and answers) are comparable to the English version, with say 50% being cultural (which I mostly hadn't a clue on, but learned a lot from) and 50% being general knowledge (which I knew or could guess at in English), ...


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This may sound obvious, but avoid translated movies/series - pick ones which are natively in French. There aren't that much of French series, though: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_French_television_series. I'd probably recommend starting with animated series, being targeted at children the langage may be easier. The "Once upon a time..." (Il était une ...


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For understanding I suggest (besides the obvious time spent listening) to listen specifically to children's audio books and to "bad" movies. The reason is that in these settings there are over-emphasized phrases that are "over-pronounced" and this is one of the ways to actually get your auditory brain to decide what kind of new sounds are important before ...


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I'd strongly suggest finding a local group that speaks French socially, and going along! Meetup.com is a good way to do this, but it isn't the only way to find groups. (It just so happens to be very strong on French language groups near where I live, which is why I know about it). Once you've located a nearby group that welcomes people at your level, go ...


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This may be off-topic (downvote if you think so!) but I think books are just as useful for learning a language as movies, if not more so. I especially recommend the Harry Potter series, for the following reasons: It was written for children, so it's fairly easy to understand, especially the first two books. It's very long (the English version is about ...


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Here are some observations while learning French. The French spoken by native French is very fast. For beginners its very hard to catch up. Also the pronunciation is not always clear or sometimes there is no distinction between two words. As our brain is not trained yet for these sound patterns, for beginners its hard to understand. For beginners, I would ...


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Having lived in France for a few years, I myself spoke well enough to live there happily, play for a local football team, run a business and have French friends. My partner at the time however did not. She only had a very limited French vocabulary and had no idea how to string a sentence together. You say me where bakery. Bakery where? Where is the bakery? ...


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For a native English speaker with no previous French experience and limited time, I would recommend dividing one's efforts between reading a phrasebook, for vocabulary, and using Duolingo, for general familiarity with the language, its grammar and its constructs.


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If you're fairly new to French, then I'd suggest you try watching easier French films with English subtitles on them. You want something that doesn't have a lot of slang (argot) in them. Comedy films often work well, as do quite a few RomComs. There are loads of films in this category that you can watch, so your easiest way is probably just to watch out for ...


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In big cities in France, you can take lessons at L'Alliance française. Many foreigner friends of mine found that this is a great experience, not only because of the high quality of lessons but also because of the social events with all the students and french as the only common language.


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Immersion helped my French extremely and attempting to be friends with French. Don't be shy, attempt to talk to everyone. Also, try to learn the tenses for some important verbs. ex. to go aller irai (future, je) je vais aller (near future) I'm going je suis allé (past tense) i went


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Il y a une belle liste sur le wikipedia de la littérature française. En ce qui me concerne, je dirai Le Petit Prince et Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, 2 œuvres simples et rapides à lire.


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This is maybe not a tool to begin with, but it helps a lot when it comes the time to write a sentence with maybe, some medium skills. When I'm writing a text in french, I usually use this online tool: http://bonpatron.com/en/. It is easy to use and gives you reason of why you made a mistake somewhere. Although I speak French all day long, this tool always ...


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En gros, tu cherches à connaitre les classiques de la langue française. Une sorte de canon compilant tout ce que la langue française compte comme joyaux. Une bibliothèque idéale. Ta question subjective attend une réponse pas moins subjective. Pour ma part, ayant déjà été confronté à cette question, j’ai tenté d’en préparer une réponse exhaustive. Ma ...


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Le plus simple est de trouver une anthologie : dans un style très scolaire http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagarde_et_Michard qui, malgré tout ce que l'on peut en dire, donne les mille et une facettes littéraires de la francophonie au travers des siècles. Ensuite, les rencontres se font (ou pas) avec les auteurs ; tout bon libraire saura vous orienter selon ...


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As Patrick Sebastien said, this isn't really an appropriate question as it is mostly opinion-based. Though, the question remains interesting, so I'll try to make my answer as objective as possible: Here's what I'd propose (they aren't exclusive with each others): Having a good teacher is often a really good solution. But you don't usually choose your ...


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I just found a study on the internet saying that by knowing the 1000 most frequent words in English, you are able to understand 84.3% of a conversation. It might be a little bit less for french, but anyway, with your first 1000 words you will known already a lot! I've seen on the internet some videos and pages with lists of the most frequent words, which ...



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