Best and fastest way to learn French vocabulary with limited resources and retain the words in your head?

I have an IB French exam in May, and I know like 20 french words!

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  • 9 years ago
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    It depends: conversational French or vocabulary French?

    If you just need to know vocabulary, paste Post-it notes in French on nouns all around your home: table, chair, window, mirror, clock . . . (just writing them helps a lot). Then, viewing them helps build vocabulary.

    If you need to know conversational phrases, try making your own cassettes or CDs. Talk into a recorder using both sides of the conversation; say, on side A. Then, record just one side of the conversation on Side B. (Creating them helps a lot.) Then, listen to Side A and try to understand what's being said, and listen to Side B to practice conversing.

    If the exam is mostly reading and writing. It just takes practice.

    Listening to French will help too. I checked a google search of "French radio online"; it was very helpful. And just hearing French actively or just in the background is how children learn their first language, and it can help you too.

    You could try a YouTube search. I found this site for beginning French: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4RlX84UJzk

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    The words and phrases are said at normal speed; then, very slowly; and, then, normally again.

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  • Orla
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    Start first by languageguide.org and ielanguages.com as they will be really useful. Also try Anki.

    Download free courses with audio provided:

    1) http://www.freelanguagecourses.com/category/langua... (Free download courses: I recommend: phonology, Free high quality French Textbook called Liberty, FSI French Basic course)

    2) http://jlu.wbtrain.com/sumtotal/language/DLI%20bas...

    3) http://ankisrs.net/ (Anki is a program which makes remembering things easy. Because it is a lot more efficient than traditional study methods, you can either greatly decrease your time spent studying, or greatly increase the amount you learn). I use it for learning Chinese. You have lots of shared decks online for French. Check first the video to learn how to use it.

    5) http://www.openculture.com/freelanguagelessons (Free 100 Coffee Break French Podcast lessons)

    Online:

    1) http://languageguide.org/french/ (Excellent Vocabulary guide pictorial, basic grammar, and readings)

    2) http://ielanguages.com/languages.html (The best online).

    3) http://www.jump-gate.com/languages/french/

    4) http://www.google.ie/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=... (if you don't know how to say a word or a sentence, select a French voice, type it in and play it)

    5) http://apps.facebook.com/dailyfrenchword/

    6) http://www.openculture.com/freemoviesonline (Free movie to watch online. Some are French. Few have English subtitles).

    Source(s): Anki, Languageguide.org and ielanguages.com are my favorites. All my links are free. http://phonetique.free.fr/alpha.htm (Phonetic lessons).
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  • 4 years ago

    If you just made the decision to learn this well-known language Mandarin why don’t you learn at the most well-liked on the internet program

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Rosetta Stone but that can be expensive. Try using apps on a computer or phone. There are many free French tutors that will get you on the right track. Also, you can try using books at a local library or school. Good Luck :)

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  • 9 years ago

    Check out your library.

    Try www.fsi-language-courses.org and http://mylanguages.org These are free.

    You might also look to www.byki.com and download a free sample in many languages. You can buy a more complete package for a fraction of the cost of other programs.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Rosetta Stone is great program, you can read reviews here (the majority are positive reviews, and they are reviews from actual people who bought and used the exact program you'll buy, not people who 'speculate'):

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&loc...

    Just search for your language.

    An alternative is Fluenz:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&loc...

    As for the price of these high-end software programs - you'll find that they are actually cheaper than alternatives. A tutor will cost anywhere between $20-$60 per hour, and you'll need at least several dozen sessions before you become even 'OKAY'. A Uni / College course will be $1000+ and a $100 + for textbooks (and you'll need to take it for at least 2-3 years).

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

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    Source(s): Learn Chinese Easily http://enle.info/LearnChinese/?1297
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  • 9 years ago

    Hi,

    Checkout "Daily French Word" on facebook at:

    http://apps.facebook.com/dailyfrenchword/

    and if you're willing to learn more words easily, I guess you should join their membership site at

    http://www.french101.me

    as you'll find yourself learning words with ease if you go through the practice exercises they offer.

    Hope it helps you!

    Source(s): I am using it to learn French
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