Help, s'il vous plait!
July 8, 2009 7:09 PM Subscribe
I'm a student who is in the process of teaching herself French. As much as I would love to take the French I course through my university, the course conflicts with a class I am taking Fall semester for my major. What I need? Practice.
posted by thatbrunette to education (16 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I am basically working with as much immersion as I can throw at myself. If it's not Michel Thomas on my ipod, it's Pimsleur. Rosetta Stone drills every night before bed. If I can't listen and respond with the Michel Thomas or Pimsleur, I'm listening to French audiobooks (right now it's Harry Potter a l'Ecole des Sorcieres!) to attempt to hone tone and speaking patterns.
I'm approaching this as a child approaches reading. I work at a library, and have about 5 hours when I'm not on desk to listen to all this material, which has been great. I also have access to a wonderful library system, and have ordered children's books in French, picture dictionaries- even dvds of "5, rue Sesame", the French version of Sesame street. What I am hoping for is enough fluency to move into French II or higher come next Spring. Eventually, of course, I want to be fully fluent. I even purchased the French textbook our school uses, and am working with the videos of that series (Capretz).
Is there anything else I can do? I came here seeking a way to practice what I'm learning: either a pen pal or e-mail pal or IM pal... someone who is native or fluent enough to pass as native in French that I can converse with and practice with. That someone would need to be patient, but hopefully realize that I am determined! What do you suggest, Mefites?