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I want to speak French - please help.

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by keyboard2, Dec 9, 2010.

  1. keyboard2

    keyboard2 Established commenter

    Hi all,
    I hope you can assist here.
    I am an English teacher and would love to speak French?
    Any good websites worth subscribing to? Books, CDs or DVDs worth purchasing?
    Thank you.
     
  2. dalej

    dalej New commenter

  3. keyboard2

    keyboard2 Established commenter

    Wonderful Joe. Coffee Break French: do you have to subscribe to this?
     
  4. dalej

    dalej New commenter

    It's free to subscribe for the podcasts, but if you want the premium resources you have to pay.
    Click here to get started:
    http://radiolingua.com/2010/05/introducing-coffee-break-french-step-by-step/
    or copy and paste this feed into iTunes or Google Reader
    http://feeds.feedburner.com/coffeebreakfrench
    For iTunes, click on the Advance menu, Subscribe to podcast ... and paste in the feed.
    For Google Reader, go to http://www.google.com/reader/ sign up for an account. login, click Add Subscription and paste in the feed.
    Have a look at this guide for Coffee Break Spanish:
    http://www.radiolinguamedia.com/cbs/www/guide/rssfeed.html
    Hope that helps.
    Best wishes
    Joe

     
  5. keyboard2

    keyboard2 Established commenter

    Cheers. I'm not very good with computers so I don't know what to do with one or two of your suggestions. Anyway, If I subscribe to the podcast do you think that will be enough if I start from the beginning?
     
  6. keyboard2

    keyboard2 Established commenter

    Hi Joe,
    I've just had a look at iTunes, bit of a problem. The lessons begin from lesson 92 - I'll need lesson 1!
     
  7. dalej

    dalej New commenter

  8. keyboard2

    keyboard2 Established commenter

    Thanks Joe but I don't know how to keep the first podcast on my iPhone once I have listened to it as my phone/computer is taking the podcasts from my phone once listened to. Any suggestions?
     
  9. dalej

    dalej New commenter

    I don't have an iPhone and so I've asked people on Twitter to see if they can help. I'll post their answers here.
     
  10. dalej

    dalej New commenter

    @scottlo has suggested - Sync podcast setting for the iPod/Phone in iTunes should be set to "all podcasts" not just "unplayed" or "recent".
     
  11. dalej

    dalej New commenter

    If you subscribe via iTunes, you can click the GET ALL button and they will all download.
     
  12. dalej

    dalej New commenter

    @montroulez has added - yes I might be too late but with sync and check on which podcast u want that should work. All options opened with iTunes.
     
  13. There is a good series of CD-ROMs for learners of French, produced by EuroTalk at affordable prices. A nice feature is that they include a language lab type activity in which you can listen to native speakers (both male and female) pronouncing a word or phrase and then you can record your own voice and play it back to see how you sound. I have used this series to pick up the basics of Polish and Mandarin Chinese. I have written a review of the beginner-level Mandarin CD-ROM, Talk Now, in my ICT4LT blog:
    http://tinyurl.com/3779kn6
    You can easly download the words and phrases on the CD-ROM to your iPhone. You just click on a button on the home screen and the audio recordings are transferred to iTunes on your computer. After that just sync iTunes with your iPhone (or iPod) in the usual way. Further info at:
    http://www.eurotalk.com/
    Regards
    Graham
     
  14. keyboard2

    keyboard2 Established commenter

    Thanks for your help folks!
     
  15. dalej

    dalej New commenter

    I would say from the point of view of making sound spelling links, having the words and,meanings would be very useful. It's a personal choice though obviously. Glad you've found the podcasts useful and you've been able to download them via iTunes.
    Merry Xmas
    Joe
     
  16. dalej

    dalej New commenter

    Hi MissedOpportunity,
    I've had a look at the samples and I think they look a useful supplement. If you feel seeing the written word while listening to the podcasts will help you retain the new language, I'd say go for it!
    Best wishes
    Joe
     
  17. keyboard2

    keyboard2 Established commenter

    Thanks Joe!
     
  18. BrightonEarly

    BrightonEarly Occasional commenter

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