learning to speak french

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  1. Ivory55

    Ivory55 Funster

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    hi has anybody used the rosetta stone system for learning a language? seems alot of money but the pair of us do not want to be the ignorant english when in france. like when trying to buy local produce etc. cheers ivory55
     
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    There are a lot of mixed reviews about it. You can get cheap copies of Rosetta stone on eBay but I'm not sure if they allow change of ownership in their licence, so you'd want an un-opened/unregistered copy to be sure. The BBC Learn French resource is supposed to be good and its free:thumb:
     
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    Jim's right!

    My wife is doing the BBC Spanish course, she says it's great (me? I just SHOUT) :Blush:
     
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    I use the Michel Thomas method. Brilliant....
     
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    I don't need to speak French.

    I have someone to do it for me.

    JJ
     
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    good morning, afternoon, evening. Thanks and how much, just about all the French I have and manage with hee hee.
     
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    Wildman, surely you meant....

    bonjour, midi, soir. Merci et combien, à peu près tous les Français que j'ai et gérer avec hee hee.

    He he, Google translate eh? :BigGrin:
     
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    Google translate est merde.

    JJ
     
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    HAAAAAAAAAA. Au secours pas Google!!!!! Pitié :Eek!::Eek!:
     
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    Ah ha, Yodeli, I have not been here long but somehow I just knew it would draw you out! :Wink:

    To be honest my French is so bad Google could have said anything and I would have been none the wiser :Blush:
     
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    Last winter we went to the local French Institute and did two courses of French. We had both done it in school many years ago but had forgotten a lot of it.
    The courses were great - a mixture of conversation and grammar in a small group of adults. All the staff were French and from the moment we arrived it was like being in France - no-one spoke English unless you asked them to.
    This summer in France we were much more confident speaking to people and asking for things.
    Not so easy when they replied at speed :Wink:
    It made the whole trip so much more pleasant.
    If you can get a conversational course I would say that is much better. You can't switch a real person off and rewind but you can learn to ask them to repeat things more slowly.
    have fun!
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    French

    BBC Learn French works well enough

    The only problems you get really are the replies are usually too fast
    well for me anyway.

    :Smile::BigGrin:



     
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    hi thanks everyone we will look at others first as rosetta stone a lot of money. we need something as we prefer to go to the quiet places in france. cheers colyn and jill
     
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    Get Rossetta Stone from Library, and renew every month, or try other french courses from there and take your pick:BigGrin:................Del
     
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    Or howsabout staying on a campsite where they offer courses? Have thought of doing that a number of times, as my O Level vocabulary has all but deserted me!

    However, I think I'd get annoyed if they were only teaching you to ask for un baguette etc.
     
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    What? You want more than one baguette?
     
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    I tried google translate in france some time ago,it did get some strange reactions:Eeek:
     
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    Google Translate

    Google Translate's great.... It's a real laugh.

    An Italian friend who speaks little English and I with even less Italian do enjoy "chats" using Google Translate - we call it:

    GIGGLE translate :BigGrin:

    Peter S
     
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    I wonder what that famous Rapido owner uses whe he is on a campsite with his organic free range home brewed silver service coffee ?

    Oi mate got a light :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Peter
     
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    Always ask for two:thumb:

    un pain au chocolat
    un croissant
    :Blush:
    une baguette :thumb::Wink::BigGrin:
    une brioche
     
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