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Thanks for Help with How to Learn French Language

by Paul
(Philippines)

Just a comment to let you know how much I appreciate your article 'Understanding spoken French.'


I'm on my fifth month of studying French, giving it about 3-4 hours a day, and most of what I do now is listening activities, repeating movies as well as tuning in to TV5Monde.

Just when I think I'm making progress, I hear something that completely escapes me, and it's frustrating.

At times, like now, I click on my bookmark of 'Understanding spoken French,' and it's a source of relief and inspiration.

And for that I thank you.

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So Happy to Help You Learn French
by: Suzele

Hi Paul,

I know exactly what it feels like...

The most important thing to remember is to relax and enjoy it. Learning to understand French isn't something you can force.

Your brain will sort it out and I can vouch for the fact that everything I wrote in "Understanding Spoken French" is exactly how I did it myself.

Except that I didn't always have access to subtitles because I was watching French television some of the time.

Using subtitles in your native language or a language you understand very well helps to reduce frustration while your brain sorts out the sounds of the French language.

I also learned Alsatian and Swiss German in a similar manner...I did it by listening to people mostly because there isn't much television or movies in Alsatian or Swiss German.

After a while your brain will make sense of it all...

And I can also say that enjoying it will make it go faster too. I can't explain why exactly but stress doesn't speed up the learning process...

So please for your own happiness...enjoy yourself and you will learn faster...

Thanks so much : )
Suzele

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