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French in six months
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December 27, 2012
10:33
jplwine
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My overall mission is to be at B2/C1 in French in six months.  I plan to update this log every week with my progress and goals for the next week.

 

So, for this week, my goals are to:

1. Speak french every day

2. Go to the Alliance Francais and pay my library fine, entirely in french

3. Take out a copy of Bien Dire magazine and read it over the course of the week

4. Find some French TV shows/movies to watch (any suggestions would be welcome)

 

My goals for the month are to at least use french every day in some form (i.e. read, listen, speak). If I can do this for 30 days, I think I will be well on my way.

 

I have some french in my background, so I am not starting from scratch, but I haven't used any french in many years. I hope it is stored in my brain somewhere.

 

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December 28, 2012
08:50
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Ok, so the library is closed until Jan. 3rd.  I'll have to wait until then to pay my fine. Not a big deal, as I will be in Maine until the 2nd.  I did find a French TV show on Netflix called Spiral, which I plan to start watching when I get back.

 

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December 28, 2012
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Ouais, tu peux s'y entraîner jusqu'au temps. Par exemple tu peux écrire quelque chose en français, s'il te plaîtwink

Est-ce que tu as rendu visite à la Culturethèque ou la Franceculture ou aux Euronews? Il y a beaucoup de films brefs à voir.

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December 28, 2012
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Merci pour ces sites internet! Ils ont l'air interessant.  Bien sur, je parlerai et lirai en francais chaque jour pendant mon vacances. Peut etre j'ecrirai aussi.  

 

Here is what I hope this says:

 

Thank you for the websites! They look interesting.  Of course, I am going to speak and read in French every day during my vacation.  Maybe I will write too.

 

Also, I need to get my computer to type with accents, etc. Any suggestions?

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December 28, 2012
19:53
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It depends on your OS. Usually you have some Language and Keyboard settings which would show you available keyboards. I use Canadian French layout.

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December 30, 2012
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Qu'est-ce que tu vas faire pour parler français tous les jours? Est-ce que tu as des amis qui parlent le français où tu vis?

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January 1, 2013
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Déjà, bonne année et bonne chance. Tu as TV5 monde chez toi ? Ca pourrait t'être utile car ce post de télé rediffuse pas mal d'émissions d'autres chaînes française, belge et suisse très sympathique.

Aussi, il y a Arte qui diffuse ses programmes sur le net en français et en allemand (c'est une chaîne franco-allemande), c'est une très bonne chaîne mais encore trop peu reconnue en France. Pour finir il y a aussi France Television qui diffuse pas mal de programmes intéressants et instructifs.

Par contre il y a un bémol sur certaines chaînes comme TF1 ou M6, il est presque impossible, même pour un belge qui habite juste à coté de voir leur programmes sur le net mais heureusement que les proxys existent :p

En espérant t'avoir un minimum aidé.

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January 3, 2013
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Hello,

I have been away and my access to the internet was not good.  The only thing I had with me was a French grammar book, so I read some of that every day.  

 

Tuco, I am still trying to figure out how to speak every day.  I am signed up on Verbling and would like to Skype with some very patient people if possible.  I can read and write much better than I can speak.  I am involved with the Alliance Francais and have a few friends at school who speak french, but I don't see them every day.

 

Koyomi, thanks for the info.  I will check out Arte and the TV5 website. If you know of any other good sites, I would like to hear about them.

 

Merci bien!

jplwine 

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January 4, 2013
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Okay, I think I can help you as I'm a native speaker =)

Add me on skype, I'll do my best to get you fluent.

 

By the way, if you're looking for some french tv shows / movies : here's a small list

 

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January 8, 2013
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Update:

 

The library at the Alliance Francais finally reopened after construction.  I went there yesterday and took out a couple of easy books and a copy of Bien Dire.  I also paid a late fee and renewed my membership number and password.  I did it all in French.  The woman at the desk was very patient and nice.  She only spoke English to me once but I just kept speaking French and she did too.  All in all a pretty successful visit.  

 

While I feel like I am off to a bit of a slow start speaking-wise, I have been working on my French every day either through watching French TV, listening to French audio books, or reading in French.  I haven't spoken as much as I need to, so I will be trying to Skype this week.  Overall, it feels good to be making some progress.  

 

Merci,

 

jplwine

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January 12, 2013
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Starting Assimil today.  We will see how it goes.  Still haven't Skyped yet, but I'm getting there.

 

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