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How To Learn Another Foreign Language

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    footballism

        After kicking off my previous thread titled " Learning Another Foreign Language", and based on those splendid suggestions you guys give me in that thread, I decide to learn French, but my problem is that I am lacking several indispensable French language materials such as dictionaries, tutorials, reading and listening materials etc, and even worse, I don't know how to start learning this language. can you guys give me some sensible suggestions on how to learn French? and from a foreigner's perspective, what kind of things I have to pay attention to when learning another foreign language.

        Sheva

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    Sven Groot

    Get a teacher. There's no substitute for human interaction. The teacher will also know what books and other materials would be best to get.

    Also, my condolances. There is nothing on this world I hated more than learning French. Although it was more because of the teacher than the language. So to add to the advice: get a good teacher. Smiley

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    Karim

    Sven Groot wrote:
    Although it was more because of the teacher than the language. So to add to the advice: get a good teacher.


    Preferably a female French one.  LOL

    America has "Uncle Sam."  The French version of "Uncle Sam" is a woman named "Marianne" who always seems to be falling out of her dress for some reason:






    Marianne is supposed to represent "wisdom."  Or something.  Anyway, once you figure it out, you'll be well on your way towards understanding the French.

    As for understanding the French language, there are lots of resources online.  I like these two:

    http://www.laits.utexas.edu/fi/

    http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tex/

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    TommyCarlier

    Sven, I understand you Dutch people don't like talking French. It's really funny to hear French with a Dutch accent Wink

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    TommyCarlier

    Footballism, the best method to learn a foreign language is to get a girlfriend that ONLY talks that language. Find yourself a French girlfriend, and you'll be talking French in no time.

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    Cybermagell​an

    I learned Russian using the Bertliz language tapes from the local library and going to sleep listening with it...then the next day I would read a chapter of the book that came with it...that really helped out with those TaTu girls....

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    dotnetjunkie

    TommyCarlier wrote:
    Sven, I understand you Dutch people don't like talking French. It's really funny to hear French with a Dutch accent Wink

    Most Flemish people don't like it either.
    Have you ever listened to a French talkshow?  It's pure torture, they have a horrible attitude (constantly interrupting other people while they're talking, and rattling like a snake Big Smile)

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    TommyCarlier

    Yeah, and in Belgium, Flemish people (like me) talk French pretty fluently, but the Wallons don't talk Dutch, and don't want to talk Dutch, although both Dutch and French are Belgium's official languages.

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    dotnetjunkie

    So true Smiley

    And a typical Belgian solution for this otherwise unfair situation is Flemish and Wallon people talking English with each other Smiley

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    TommyCarlier

    Yes, that would be a solution. If the Wallons would only try talking English.

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    footballism

    Sven Groot wrote:

    So to add to the advice: get a good teacher.

    Lo, I'm sort of self taught guy, so it's really impossible or even unwilling for me to find a teacher not to mention a good teacher:(

    Sheva

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    footballism

    TommyCarlier wrote:

    Footballism, the best method to learn a foreign language is to get a girlfriend that ONLY talks that language. Find yourself a French girlfriend, and you'll be talking French in no time.

    A French girlfriend? oh, no, it's implausible:P

    Sheva

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    footballism

    Does any one know where I can find a French-to-English & English-to-French dictionary software which has voice capability as well as Phonetic annotations?

    Sheva

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    leighsword

    learning the new stuff based on the previous exist one, English.


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    nineguycrazy

    I think Sven Groot is right get a teacher or summin like that:D Trust me, Im learnin french and id never thought i'd say this, TEACHERS ARE MIRICALS

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    Steve411

    nineguycrazy wrote:
    I think Sven Groot is right get a teacher or summin like that Trust me, Im learnin french and id never thought i'd say this, TEACHERS ARE MIRICALS



    Ironic, isn't it? Tongue Out

    - Steve

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    Wil

    footballism wrote:
    Does any one know where I can find a French-to-English & English-to-French dictionary software which has voice capability as well as Phonetic annotations?

    Sheva


    Is this what you mean?

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    iStation

    If you are a engineer, I recommend to read J.Fourier's "Theory of Heat" in French
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Fourier

    If you are a money lover, how about stock market in French
    http://www.zonebourse.com/zbatgratuit.php?sico=7206&page=&mode=&news=&PHPSESSID=

    Or if you're a geek, how about this one?!
    Talking Translator
    http://www.abhisoft.net/ Cool

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