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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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Je suis Anglais, et au début, c'était très difficile de me souvenir du genre de tout les mots. Honnêtement, parce que je n'ai jamais trouvé des règles sans exceptions, je vous conseille de : Apprendre, avec chaque mot, le genre de ce mot aussi. Si on apprend le vocabulaire pour un contrôle, par exemple, ne pas éviter l’apprentissage des genres. Si on a des ...


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One advice: read introduction books/resources in Spanish and in English. After the introduction phase I don't think it makes much of a difference. (Assuming you are fluent enough in Spanish.) Example: Learning German pronunciation from the point of view of a French speaker is easier when explained from French than from English. But basic German vocabulary ...


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Je suis dans la situation inverse, celle de l'étudiant, et voici quelques remarques et retours d'expérience que je peux faire. Dans tous les cas, pour apprendre, les techniques de Spaced Repetition sont les meilleures. Elles peuvent très bien être faites avec des fiches en carton. Lire un roman : Facilité, Temps et pronoms Je ne pense pas que lire un ...


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Une question à peu près similaire a déjà été posée. Le site le Point du FLE peut être utile. Tu peux aussi te servir d'une méthode d'enseignement du FLE pour adultes


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Tu auras du mal à trouver des manuels scolaires directement téléchargeables à cause des problèmes de copyright. Mais tu pourras peut-être trouver quelque chose qui t'intéresse à partir du portail FLE (Français Langue Étrangère) Le Point du FLE. Dans la rubrique activités il y a de nombreuses adresses probablement intéressantes. J'ai repéré ces deux là : ...


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As you have noted, the most common way of doing it is to use suffixes, which sometimes indicate what gender nouns will have. You can easily find lists (with Google) such as this one which will give you suffixes and what gender they typically indicate. This second one actually includes the accuracy for each suffix, i.e. the percentage of exceptional cases. ...


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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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Il me semble que la meilleure méthode consiste à lire du français quotidiennement. La lecture apporte une intuition grammaticale et linguistique irremplaçable, permet de rencontrer de nombreux idiomes, renforce le vocabulaire, c'est on ne peut plus précieux. Pour "personnaliser" le résultat, tu pourras souhaiter d'orienter le choix de tes lectures, soit ...


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Essayez de ne pas rester seuls, trouvez d'autres francophones avec qui discuter, dans une ambiance détendue. On ne le dira jamais assez, rien de tel que l'immersion pour apprendre une langue. Je salue d'ailleurs vos cours uniquement en français. Si tu désires un livre pour enfants avec beaucoup de vocabulaire, je te recommande Histoire à toutes les sauces. ...


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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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Common sense would dictate that, Spanish being closer to French, it may be easier to learn the latter from the former; but I do not think this is entirely true – or at least, that it is not always true. My background is that of a native French speaker who is fluent in English but was never able to master Spanish; I have devoted a lot of time to teaching ...


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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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@citizen: That's a great question... The only book that I have been able to find that matches your description, is a book called "Easy French Reader," by R. de Roussy de Sales (ISBN 978-0-07-142848-4). The book starts off with "easy" stories, and the level of difficulty progresses with each chapter. There is a small glossary, and on average about three of ...


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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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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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It's a lot easier for a native French speaker (who's not very good with languages) to learn Spanish (or Italian): The sound of English is hard on the ear: Natives living in villages near NATO bases after World War I thought that "they spoke like ducks". The discrepancy between written and spoken is absurd: Worcester, Y, ... The habit of inverting ...


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Try ARTE RADIO. If you understand Vengeance à l'albanaise (2mn), it's ok. Try other reportages on this site. If not, listen the marvellous La vache et le Peul (but... 7mn ! ). Then try RFM.


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I watch sometimes french quiz shows. Often the questions are shown as subtitles. So you learn something about contemporary french culture, vocabulary, pronounciation and formulating simple questions and answers. There are also quiz shows for teenagers and kids, as the comment by oli suggests. Thanks to internet, you should be able to watch french TV at your ...


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There is a short radio program on "France Inter" which is called "qu'est-ce que tu me jactes". Each week, this radio program explains a French argot term. So you can download the podcast and listen to it, you will learn something in each program, it's quite interesting. I am French, and I learn something each time I listen to it. You can download it here.


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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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I'm currently using Duolingo and I can say that it is great for total beginner. I have tried other apps even online learning but can't seem to grasp it until I tried Duolingo. What works for me is that it introduces you to some basic words, how to string sentences with them and then Duolingo use it differently in different context and as you progress into ...


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Try tunein.com and search for "French Talk". You will get a few hundreds of French-talking radio stations. Something else that I found interesting while learning French was to follow dictation for children, like this one: www.ladictee.fr For radio stations, I particulary like Radio France Internationale, especially the section "apprendre, enseigner la ...


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Download the free "Radio Francaise" application for iPhone/iPad. It has tons of stations including ones from different regions of France as well as from other francophone regions outside of France. If you want something that is easier to follow then listen to news programs from "France Info" and "RFI Monde". RMC can be more for advanced learners if you ...



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