Re: [french-679] Looking for Fluent Frenchspeaker to help my phrasing

From: Ron C.
Sent on: Monday, November 15, 2010 4:11 PM
Two thoughts.

(1) I'm studying Japanese.  I've tried a variety of textbooks,
dictionaries, on-line reference tools, iPhone tools, and in-person
classes, and have found them all frustrating:  none of them felt like
they gave me the context of real-life learning that I had when I was
learning French by living in France.  But I recently found the
Pimsleur brand of audio lessons, and I *really* like them:  they come
the closest to simulating real-life conversation, and therefore
letting me learn in a way that feels (almost) completely natural.  The
Pimsleur folks seem to have a technique they apply to all their
languages (details available if you wish), so I'd assume their French
stuff is just as good as the Japanese stuff.  Here's the one I'm


...and here's the matching French one:

There's also a less-expensive intro set, which lets you see if you
like it.  That's how I got "introduced" to this set -- I got the $20
intro CDs:

(2)  When I lived in France, there were several people in my dorm who
came from different countries, and had no experience with French at
all.  They were still able to do very well at French...  because we
all had the same rigorous introductory program:  one month of
intensive French classes, 6 hours a day, followed by (of course)
living in France, actually having to find restaurants and the
bathroom, etc.  It was very helpful to me, too, even though I'd had 10
years of French classes in the U.S. before then.  So if you have the
chance, you might want to do that -- take an immersive French class in
France for a month.  :-)  I don't mean this as a joke; it was
tremendously useful.


>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: "Kevin" <[address removed]>
>>> To: <[address removed]>
>>> Sent: Monday, November 15,[masked]:45 AM
>>> Subject: [french-679] Looking for Fluent Frenchspeaker
>>> to help my phrasing
>>> Hi, I've taken 1 year of college french, and I still often
>>> have problems phrasing even the simplest sentences.
>>> When I attend this meetup I often find myself struggling
>>> to say what I'm thinking in my head. I'm looking for
>>> someone fluent in French to correspond with occasionally
>>> (over email) for help on my phrasing. Thanks!
>>> ?Kevin

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