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In the flashcard There are six pastry shops and two very good bakeries there, the correct answer is il y a six pâtisseries et deux très bonnes boulangeries là-bas, but would il y a six pâtisseries et deux très bonnes boulangeries-là also be correct?

In the flashcard There are six pastry shops and two very good bakeries there, the correct answer is il y a six pâtisseries et deux très bonnes boulangeries là-bas, but would il y a six pâtisseries et deux très bonnes boulangeries-là also be correct?

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Why use avec in "des sandwichs au jambon avec de la moutarde" as opposed too "des sandwichs au jambon et a la moutarde" like in un crepe au chocolat et a la chantilly?

Why use avec in "des sandwichs au jambon avec de la moutarde" as opposed too "des sandwichs au jambon et a la moutarde" like in un crepe au chocolat et a la chantilly?

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Experiences with French

Je viens de finir tous les cinq niveaux de Fluenz French. J'ai commence le programme quelques fois mais je ne l'ai jamais fait a la fin avant. My keyboard doesn't allow for accent marks, so I'm switching to English so you won't think I don't know how to spell properly. :-) I've had the program for years and have tried to get through it all a few times, but I never made it past half-way through Level 3. This time I started over with Level 1 in January and committed to doing one level per month. Today, June 12, I finished Level 5! I'm so happy, and I truly appreciate Fluenz - and especially Caroline, who did a wonderful job in the tutorials. I wish you could see the stack of flash cards I made while watching her tutorials. It's 8 inches high! I'll use them over and over to reinforce my learning. Now I know I must do as she says and find other ways to keep advancing my knowledge of French. Movies, a language buddy, Internet news, trips to France and/or Canada? All of the above? Thank you, Fluenz! Thank you, Caroline!!!

Je viens de finir tous les cinq niveaux de Fluenz French. J'ai commence le programme quelques fois mais je ne l'ai jamais fait a la fin avant. My keyboard doesn't allow for accent marks, so I'm switching to English so you won't think I don't know how to spell properly. :-) I've had the program for years and have tried to get through it all a few times, but I never made it past half-way through Level 3. This time I started over with Level 1 in January and committed to doing one level per month. Today, June 12, I finished Level 5! I'm so happy, and I truly appreciate Fluenz - and especially Caroline, who did a wonderful job in the tutorials. I wish you could see the stack of flash cards I made while watching her tutorials. It's 8 inches high! I'll use them over and over to reinforce my learning. Now I know I must do as she says and find other ways to keep advancing my knowledge of French. Movies, a language buddy, Internet news, trips to France and/or Canada? All of the above? Thank you, Fluenz! Thank you, Caroline!!!

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I am now half way through French upgraded 5. I have enjoyed the journey; and now can read (very slowly) French prose. But I have trouble verbally. It may be a function of my venerable age, but I have difficulty spontaneously formatting complex sentences. (And, I hate to admit, repeating what was said..) Because of this, I find the workout “Repeat the Phrases” most useful, and the flashcards much less so. The latter has a high preponderance of single words and phrases and it is tedious to go through them just to come to the more complex sentences. What I would like to see is the equivalent of flashcards, but only with all your “Repeat the Phrases” sentences randomly given. Also, it would be great if it were possible to slow down the verbal the way it is possible with Yabla. Understanding is difficult at her speed with her accent. Conversation is a complex interplay of compound structures. And I feel that the Fluenz programme does not provide sufficient practice in that. Perhaps a level 6 is called for. Maybe the last 10 lessons would cover that, but I doubt it. Cheers. Archie

I am now half way through French upgraded 5. I have enjoyed the journey; and now can read (very slowly) French prose. But I have trouble verbally. It may be a function of my venerable age, but I have difficulty spontaneously formatting complex sentences. (And, I hate to admit, repeating what was said..) Because of this, I find the workout “Repeat the Phrases” most useful, and the flashcards much less so. The latter has a high preponderance of single words and phrases and it is tedious to go through them just to come to the more complex sentences.

What I would like to see is the equivalent of flashcards, but only with all your “Repeat the Phrases” sentences randomly given. Also, it would be great if it were possible to slow down the verbal the way it is possible with Yabla. Understanding is difficult at her speed with her accent. Conversation is a complex interplay of compound structures. And I feel that the Fluenz programme does not provide sufficient practice in that.

Perhaps a level 6 is called for. Maybe the last 10 lessons would cover that, but I doubt it.

Cheers.

Archie

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Travel + Culture

I was wondering if you guys are working on a French Immersion Class like the one you have for Spanish???

I was wondering if you guys are working on a French Immersion Class like the one you have for Spanish???

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Carolyn Janin speaks of French music artists in French-1, session 6, the conclusion. Could someone list them.

Carolyn Janin speaks of French music artists in French-1, session 6, the conclusion. Could someone list them.

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Session by Session

The sentences throwing off my understanding are: 1) There is a very beautiful plaza next to the hotel. In the lesson, it's "Il y a une place tres belle a cote de l'hotel." Would it be correct to also structure it as "Il y une tres belle place a cote de l'hotel"? 2) We went (there) for work: In the lesson it's "Nous y sommes alles pour le travail.". Would I be correct in saying it this way as well: "Nous sommes y alles pour le travail"?

The sentences throwing off my understanding are:
1) There is a very beautiful plaza next to the hotel. In the lesson, it's "Il y a une place tres belle a cote de l'hotel." Would it be correct to also structure it as "Il y une tres belle place a cote de l'hotel"?

2) We went (there) for work: In the lesson it's "Nous y sommes alles pour le travail.". Would I be correct in saying it this way as well: "Nous sommes y alles pour le travail"?

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Bonjour! It looks like there is a typo in Upgraded French 1 Session 4 in Choose the right answer. The question was "Pour lui, un jus d’orange, s¡il vous plaît." There is an upside down exclamation point instead of an apostrophe in "s'il vous plaît"

Bonjour! It looks like there is a typo in Upgraded French 1 Session 4 in Choose the right answer. The question was "Pour lui, un jus d’orange, s¡il vous plaît." There is an upside down exclamation point instead of an apostrophe in "s'il vous plaît"

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