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emilycp
12-09-2013, 02:29 AM
I'm a freshman who has just started homeschooling this year. I'm taking French 1 (Holt: Bien Dit!) and I'm having a very hard time learning french on my own. I was wondering if anybody knew of some resources that could help me (especially with pronunciation)? Thank you so much!

dbmamaz
12-10-2013, 11:09 AM
Well there are the computer-based programs like Tell me More and Rosetta Stone, but they are very expensive. Have you tried looking for pronunciation help on youtube or ItunesU?

ksb427
12-10-2013, 11:45 AM
I'm a freshman who has just started homeschooling this year. I'm taking French 1 (Holt: Bien Dit!) and I'm having a very hard time learning french on my own. I was wondering if anybody knew of some resources that could help me (especially with pronunciation)? Thank you so much!

There are a ton of podcasts on iTunes. For instance, this one has quite a lot of episodes.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/coffee-break-french/id263170419?mt=2

Then there are the Extra videos which are available in several languages. It appears the French version, at least the one I quickly found, is not as good in video quality as the Spanish one, but it's something. Extra french avec sous-titres- Episode 1 - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nV6SDDlc60g)

Also, check to see if your library has free access to Mango Languages. IMO, they're a bit dull, but should help you with your pronunciation.

inmom
12-10-2013, 12:28 PM
Some libraries also carry Rocket Languages that you could access for free. Learn a language online with Rocket Languages (http://www.rocketlanguages.com/)

murphs_mom
12-10-2013, 02:50 PM
Community colleges or 4yr institutions may have French clubs where you could connect with others. You could also try posting for a tutor at one of the schools. In addition to Rosetta & TMM, there's Syracuse Language Systems: Triple Play Plus French: Syracuse Language Syracuse Language Systems: 9780838447291: Amazon.com: Books (http://www.amazon.com/Triple-French-Syracuse-Language-Systems/dp/0838447295) which doesn't seem too expensive. :)

farrarwilliams
12-10-2013, 03:35 PM
I keep hearing good things about Galore Park's So You Want to Learn French. It has a CD.

bibiche
12-10-2013, 05:14 PM
French in Action is a great program. You can find videos on youtube. Here is one: French in Action 02 toAVI - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zX6uPUJhPo)

Watching cartoons is a fun and easy way to work on pronunciation as well. Google "dessins animes". Sometimes content is not available outside of France, so you might have better luck searching whatever it is that interests you on youtube. There is also French tv that should be avaialbe in the USA here: francetv pluzz : programmes de France TÚlÚvisions en direct ou en replay ! (http://pluzz.francetv.fr/depuis-l-etranger)
French movies with subtitles (in French, not English) are also a good way to learn, but keep in mind that the subtitles do not always exactly reflect what the speakers are saying.
I find that listening to repeating news is also a good way to learn a language. You might not understand what is being said at first, but after it is repeated several times you will start to figure it out: franceinfo (http://www.franceinfo.fr/) (click on "le player")

Have fun!

Fairielover
12-15-2013, 03:25 PM
Google Translate has a button you can push to get the pronounciation of some words.

Avalon
12-17-2013, 01:07 AM
Duolingo is a terrific little app for iPad or for Android.