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

From: John
Sent on: Monday, November 15, 2010 2:50 PM
Hi Kevin,
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You can speak excellent French within a year if you do it right. I studied Portuguese for a year (2 hours / day)?and after spending an additional 4 months in Brazil, spoke near-fluent Portuguese. Although, I did speak fluent French beforehand. You should be practicing orally-- not by email.
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Good luck,
John

On Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 2:40 PM, Linh Nguyen <[address removed]> wrote:
Kevin,
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It's commendable that you are trying. My German teacher said I should study harder as well. I appreciated it because she meant well. She had a great point. Different languages have different word structure, meaning, and vocab. It's very critical to get it right.
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Whenever possible, I try to find a native speaker, whether they be?French or German, then I try to carry on one-on-one conversations with them. I find this extremely helpful. It makes me less self-conscious and intimidated,?when I talk to?one person than when I speak with a?group or a?classroom.
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I also want to recommend?yahoo IM because I can sit and chat with my friends and have a dictionary at hand. It allows me to practice and formulate the sentences properly. Then when I speak with someone in real life, I know I've formulated what I've said correctly.
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Best regards,
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Linh
On Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 1:30 PM, Francesca <[address removed]> wrote:
Kevin:

I would also like to add a few words on the subject.
Living in the France (or equally taking French courses there) for learning to just build a sentence is not the cheapest option; my own experience also showed that.

There are some French software could be found on internet *I personally have used this http://www.france-russie2010.fr/En_France/20100317/187875226.html (But I? am a Russian speaker as well) and they, such programms? made mostly for children LITERALLY TEACH YOU HOW TO BUILD SENTENCES correctly. I am sure you could find something like this educational soft FOR CHILDREN in language(s) you know.

It is also important to watch movies (with titres or without). You'll get the rules of basic sentence building..:-)? even after watching the same movie a few times. No pain - go gain. :-)
Hope that helps.

Francesca

On 11/15/[masked]:05 PM, janet benson wrote:
Kevin -
? You are having problems "phrasing even the simplest sentences" because you haven't studied enough French. One year is nothing. You are not ready for a one-on-one tutor of any sort. I would suggest that you take another year of college French and then go live in France for a while.
janet

----- 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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