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best self-paced way to learn french and/or spanish? nmJS Haiku Shop
Feb 20, 2003 7:00 AM
go to francemohair_chair
Feb 20, 2003 7:28 AM
The best way to learn Spanish is to go to L.A. and work in a restaurant. That's how I learned the Spanish I know.

The only way to learn French is to immerse yourself in it, because phonetics are all important. You can't really learn French out of a book, because you have to hear it and speak it to pick up all the nuances. It's sort of like we say "thismorning" instead of "this morning," and how we choose "a" instead of "an." If they could, the French would merge all the words in a sentence together and pronounce it as a single word. Sometimes they do.

If you do go to France, don't live in Paris. Everyone wants to speak English there.

If you can't go to France, there is a series that shows up on TV every once in a while (PBS, TLC, etc.) called "French in Action" that is pretty good. It's totally in French, and it's at the beginner-intermediate level.
Endorse "French in Action"KeeponTrekkin
Feb 20, 2003 8:28 AM
I taped the series 10 years ago and used it to refresh my skills before trips to France. Very beneficial to me.

Bon Chance!
go to franceAlpedhuez55
Feb 20, 2003 9:21 AM
I remember that series. It is a pretty good one. Actually the series and study guides are available for sale:

You my be able to find a better price. Or also see if it is due to come on a PBS stateion any time soon.

Mike Y.
Any recommendations for software products ?ms
Feb 20, 2003 11:19 AM
There are several software products on the market for language instruction. I had a year of French in college a generation ago (1976-77). In all of my previous trips to France, I have traveled with friends or my wife, all of whom are fluent in French. So, I never really used what little French I know. This July I will be traveling with a friend who knows less French that I do. So, I would like something to help me to improve my proficiency.
french and/or spanish girlfriend nmPdxMark
Feb 20, 2003 12:38 PM
my wife would be pissed. nmJS Haiku Shop
Feb 20, 2003 12:53 PM