Docricky's French Learning Journey

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Docricky's French Learning Journey

Postby Docricky » Tue Jul 21, 2020 12:41 am

Hello Language Learners !

Finally my love for french songs has caused me to start my journey of self-studying french. I have had various false starts in learning french but this time I'm doing it well for about three months non stop starting from today ( many thanks to this great forum) . I can't wait to speak,read, write, listen and understand some french with ease .

I'm going to use the multiple track approach. I'm going in for Michel Thomas courses , FSI Beginner Course, and journal en francais facile podcast. I want to listen to the ten minutes journal early morning , do michel course for about thirty minutes in the afternoon and FSI beginner course for an hour in the evening. During my false start I completed Michel's foundation course but I will start this journey by reviewing all those lessons. I might or might not read a parallel text created from the journal transcript. I'm also planning on enjoying some of the articles in global voices once I'm done with the actual plan for the day and perhaps my schedule is already cleared. Oh yeah, I'm going to keep a log here!

I'm wondering if google translate is faithful . I'm open to any other faithful translator.Is there any good and recommended french dictionary I can download on my phone? Please suggest anything I'm missing in my routine or need to give it a thought.
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Re: Docricky's French Learning Journey

Postby Miss_French_2020 » Tue Jul 21, 2020 3:25 am

Docricky wrote:Is there any good and recommended french dictionary I can download on my phone?

Hi Docricky! Good luck with your studies :D The dictionary apps that I like to use are Reverso Context and Linguee.
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Re: Docricky's French Learning Journey

Postby Docricky » Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:06 pm

Miss_French_2020 wrote:
Docricky wrote:Is there any good and recommended french dictionary I can download on my phone?

Hi Docricky! Good luck with your studies :D The dictionary apps that I like to use are Reverso Context and Linguee.

Thank you very much. I will check them out
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Re: Docricky's French Learning Journey

Postby Docricky » Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:14 pm

Day 1 .....21/07/2020 - Started (July)
-Ten minute listening of journal en français facile ( Jeff) in the morning
-15 tracks of Thomas Michel Foundation Review Course in the afternoon
-Revisited Jeff + it's parallel text in the evening

Comment : was wondering if I will improve my listening or simply get the most out of the parallel text by doing the following.
    Listen without parallel text
    Read English translation
    Listen without parallel text trying to test my understanding now after first listening.
    Listen again now following the French transcript.
    I didn't note down the words and their meaning but some do bounce off to me as I listen.
What should I add or change if I want to really improve my listening skills because only few words made meaning to me on the first listening
Should I go through , checking meaning word for word.

Tip : Sleep early so that I can get time to do 1 hour of FSI French Basic Course in addition .
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Re: Docricky's French Learning Journey

Postby Miss_French_2020 » Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:54 pm

Docricky wrote:What should I add or change if I want to really improve my listening skills because only few words made meaning to me on the first listening

"Dictée" exercises really helped me improve my listening ability. The added benefit is that Dictées also highlight my gaps with vocabulary and grammar.
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Re: Docricky's French Learning Journey

Postby Docricky » Wed Jul 22, 2020 7:12 am

Miss_French_2020 wrote:
"Dictée" exercises really helped me improve my listening ability. The added benefit is that Dictées also highlight my gaps with vocabulary and grammar.

Great but I'm new to Dictée . How can I access such exercises. Any link?
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Re: Docricky's French Learning Journey

Postby Miss_French_2020 » Wed Jul 22, 2020 7:35 am

Docricky wrote:How can I access such exercises. Any link?

Two free sites that I know of:
https://speechling.com/dictation/french
https://dictee.orthodidacte.com/categories/dictees-fle

Yabla also has this functionality ("scribe" function) but it is paid. Although there is a 2 week free trial. https://www.yabla.com/

You could also just use any audio clip that has a transcription. For example you could even use a 30 second/1 minute section of the JeFF podcast if that's what you're working with. Basically you play an audio and try to write was is said. Keep repeating the audio until you've written as much as you can. Then check your transcription against the real transcription to check your gaps and errors. Then replay the audio while reading the transcription.
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Re: Docricky's French Learning Journey

Postby Docricky » Thu Jul 23, 2020 12:14 am

Miss_French_2020 wrote:
you could even use a 30 second/1 minute section of the JeFF podcast if that's what you're working with. Basically you play an audio and try to write was is said. Keep repeating the audio until you've written as much as you can. Then check your transcription against the real transcription to check your gaps and errors. Then replay the audio while reading the transcription.

I love this idea nevertheless I will check out the other links. Thank you
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Re: Docricky's French Learning Journey

Postby Docricky » Fri Aug 07, 2020 1:01 am

Update - Month Of August
It's been two weeks since I started my French journey. I have been caught up lately in a lot of stuff. I didn't study most of the days. :cry:

This month of August , my main goal is maintaining a consistent study habit .
I feel I'm ok with the various introductory lessons , I want to delve into grammar now.
I have chosen grammaire en dialogue Book + audio for study. I want to study one chapter or two a day . --- all these to ensure I do a little study every day

I will continue enjoying native materials but mainly using français facile journal. This I plan to do after my studies.

I can feel the improvement in my reading , comprehension and listening already.
I plan on giving update every week or two.

Haven't had any level test . Will do well to test my French level at the end of the month.

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