I am about half way through my first French primer book and I’m also halfway between astonished at how much I can read and dismayed by how little I understand verbally. This has always been my main hurdle with learning French, the complete disconnect with what a word looks like to me and how it is actually pronounced.
qu’est-ce que c’est which is pronounced: kess-kuh-say
WHY DO YOU HAVE SO MANY LETTERS IF YOU AREN”T USING THEM! Stop being such a letter hoarder!
I hope that eventually I stop seeing French words from an English perspective… but that hasn’t happened yet. Luckily when I need a good laugh I just put the French phrase into the English side of google translate and listen to the computer’s horrible attempt (left side):
Now don’t you feel better, I know I do 🙂
So halfway through the book and after about 12 hours of studying I know a variety of basic nouns like colors, numbers, animals, family members, days of the week, months, basic weather, telling time, and basic adjectives, verbs and prepositions. I believe the next section is going to be the rules for conjugating verbs in past, present and future… yay!
Since understanding spoken French has been my biggest hurdle I found a few super basic French Kid’s videos and basic French learning videos online to listen to to help my ears acclimate. First I watched several episodes of this series:
This series is definitely at my comprehension level… but it is so boring! It reminds me of the horrible learning films we had to watch in Spanish class. SO while I could understand it, it didn’t really hold my attention for long. So I switched to the BBC’s Muzzy. This is definitely a kid’s show and yet I find it much more interesting than the one above
I’m going to stick with Muzzy for now, I’ll let you know how it goes!