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Help me be francophone again

I need to return to my French language oral fluency by mid-October. What are your best tips and tricks to resuscitate your language skills? Websites? Podcasts? Structured systems? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 7, 2014 - 10 answers

expressing myself in a second language

I am a university student who takes french as a minor alongside law. My law essays are well received, and even when I miss the mark on the question my professors say I have expressed myself and written a good essay. In french, the opposite is true. I'm struggling with basic structure and linking of my ideas in this second language. Any help or advice? [more inside]
posted by Braeburn on Feb 24, 2014 - 14 answers

Help me teach myself French

I have some very basic French language skills, and I would like to develop them to the level of working proficiency over the next few months (I am prepared to study hard). I am enrolled in a class and have a tutor. What are some other resources (preferably free ones) that I can work with my own time in order to accelerate my learning as much as possible? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jan 9, 2014 - 30 answers

Learning (or re-learning French)

I took French in school and it was fun. However I did not keep up with it and here I am. I want to re-learn French again. My goal is to familiarize myself once again with all that I learnt and then start reading novels in French (which, once upon a time, I could do) [more inside]
posted by ladoo on Sep 5, 2013 - 10 answers

Simple French-language fiction?

I spent 4 years learning French in high school, and have retained just enough since then to vaguely eavesdrop on a fellow commuter's French novel the other day. I would like to brush up on my reading comprehension, and could use some suggestions for some simply written fiction to pick up. [more inside]
posted by thirdletter on Jan 16, 2013 - 25 answers

Best way to learn French in my spare time?

Hi everyone, I am a 24 y/o English native about to start a PhD in London. During the next 3 years, I would very much like to begin learning French alongside my doctoral studies, and I am interested in finding out the most effective and efficient way of going about this. Realistically I will probably be able and willing to dedicate between one and two hours a day to studying French. I am interested in learning to both speak and write the language in equal measure. Any advice is much appreciated.
posted by FuckingAwesome on Nov 23, 2012 - 13 answers

Language confidence

I was taught French through to Grade 10; however, have been far removed from it since then. I am too shy to try to converse in French with others; but would like to build the confidence to be able to. What are some good strategies for relearning a language and becoming more confident conversing in it at the same time?
posted by jamincan on Jun 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Can you recommend passages to memorize?

Can you recommend passages I can memorize in Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Russian? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Mar 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Sœur/sûr/sieur/cire/sueur

Are there online equivalents of FSI's "Introduction to French Phonology" for other languages? [more inside]
posted by jweed on Feb 1, 2012 - 1 answer

French language songs in Spotify

Calling all francophile music lovers: recommendations for modern french language songs. [more inside]
posted by inbetweener on Dec 11, 2011 - 53 answers

Better Learning Through Laziness

I would like to learn French. I like to watch movies. What are some French-language movies that might allow me to do both things at once? [more inside]
posted by eric1halfb on Sep 22, 2011 - 30 answers

Learn me some French.

What is the most reasonable way to try and autodidact your way into reading French well and speaking it passably? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jul 9, 2011 - 5 answers

Je veux faire la causette!

What are some resources that are inexpensive or free for improving my French from Canadian public school level to functional? [more inside]
posted by Phalene on May 19, 2011 - 8 answers

Any tips for vacation French immersion courses overseas?

Anyone have any tips or recommendations for French-language learning vacations? [more inside]
posted by huskerdont on Apr 27, 2011 - 4 answers

Best books/DVDs/CDs/online programs for an intermediate level French speaker who wants to learn more?

Best books/DVDs/CDs/online programs for an intermediate level French speaker who wants to learn more? [more inside]
posted by shoreline on Mar 31, 2011 - 1 answer

Where can I find spoken French with word for word transcripts?

Where can I find spoken French with word for word transcripts? [more inside]
posted by AlexanderPetros on Feb 8, 2011 - 7 answers

Keeping up my languages

Help me maintain my (fluent) French and (slightly worse) Italian post-graduation in a foreign language-free job. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Oct 19, 2010 - 16 answers

How do I learn French - all over again?

How does a once confident French speaker re-learn the language after six years of not using it? [more inside]
posted by schmoo on Aug 7, 2010 - 11 answers

How do I make the best of a trip to France?

I'm studying abroad in France this fall. I want to learn the language. How do I prepare so that I can make the very best of it? [more inside]
posted by superiorchicken on Jun 30, 2010 - 16 answers

How much does this cost? Ca combien?

I would like to find recordings of French phrases and their translations. I've gone through the other AskMe questions but I want something a bit different. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on May 12, 2010 - 7 answers

No translation language flash cards!

Monolingual flash card resources: Got any? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Apr 14, 2010 - 2 answers

How much French could I learn in a year?

I'm in London and pondering taking some part time French courses. I'd probably be receiving about 3-6 hours of teaching a week, with some obvious extra study at home. Specifically I'm pondering studying with the Institut Francais. [more inside]
posted by curious_yellow on Nov 30, 2009 - 6 answers

Recommend some French-language books (or sites) for a intermediate French-learner.

Recommend some French-language books (or sites) for a intermediate French-learner, to (hopefully enjoy) reading with the aid of a dictionary and bescherelle. [more inside]
posted by Kurichina on Oct 6, 2009 - 16 answers

Can I Learn While I'm Sleeping?

Does subliminal learning work? I'm at an intermediate level of french but since I'm leaving for France in a month I want to speed up the process a bit. I already do a lot of work (listening to RFI while I work, speaking whenever possible etc) but I figure if listening to podcasts while I sleep would help too then why not? [more inside]
posted by minicloud on Aug 31, 2009 - 19 answers

Help, s'il vous plait!

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. [more inside]
posted by thatbrunette on Jul 8, 2009 - 16 answers

Where to study French in France?

My wife and I want to spend about 6 months in France learning French intensively. Where should we go to study? [more inside]
posted by rongorongo on May 24, 2007 - 4 answers

M'aider Metafilter!

Help me learn French. [more inside]
posted by oxford blue on Nov 21, 2006 - 20 answers

How to improve and practice my english conversation skills using skype

I'd like to improve my english (french is my mother language). [more inside]
posted by vincentm on Dec 8, 2005 - 27 answers

Italian or French?

Should I take a course in Italian, or in French? [more inside]
posted by tepidmonkey on Apr 21, 2005 - 43 answers

French spoken-word podcasts or MP3s

I'm interested in acquiring a little comfort with spoken French - passively, by listening to it. I looked through a Podcast archive (and looked through some AskMe threads), and could only find French music. I'm interested in news, stories, interviews -- basically just listening to French people talking. Even stuff intended for children might be good. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Feb 25, 2005 - 14 answers

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