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Ross Morel

I am learning french as a second language, it is the native language of my late grandfather and one of the languages of my bi lingual partner. Growing up i never really took the opportunity to learn from my grandfather even though i visited france several times. And now that i have a free tutor, i feel that i can make real progress, though i have rarely spoken with her as i am in the beginning stages of both my journey with the language, and our relationship.

I often find that moving your mind to this other language can be very difficult, things often won’t make sense until you are exposed to them to the point where they finally click. Though luckily french is so similar to english in some places, that other aspects of learning the language are relatively easy. I have been using lingQ for input for about 2/3 months now and it really does the job. But now i really need to push myself in the direction of a better balance between input and output.

The issues raised in this video seem to me to be the same ones that underpin my own learning, as i have come to see it. I tend to learn better when i look at content i enjoy, for example i love “eating out” on the lingq site, but cannot stand “who is she” even thought it is the same voices and a better story, i have found that eating out is probably just my level whereas who is she is a little beyond my reach at the moment. Also, i find myself studying as much as i can each day using books and lingQ, i find that i learn more on the days when i study for a few hours, as i find i get used to switching my brain into french mode, and this makes learning the language so much more intuitive. Also, this allows you to get better at noticing patterns in the language, i find.

great video as usual steve

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