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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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Level 2, Session 19 introduces the informal you - "tu". HOWEVER it introduces it in the context of a stranger asking directions to the museum. In this context, in Paris, one would never address a stranger as "tu" but as "vous" -unless it's a child. What's even stranger is that in the intro to this session, Sonia discusses how formal the French are versus other countries. The introduction to "tu" needs to be done in the context of friends speaking to one another. This needs to be corrected.

Level 2, Session 19 introduces the informal you - "tu". HOWEVER it introduces it in the context of a stranger asking directions to the museum. In this context, in Paris, one would never address a stranger as "tu" but as "vous" -unless it's a child. What's even stranger is that in the intro to this session, Sonia discusses how formal the French are versus other countries. The introduction to "tu" needs to be done in the context of friends speaking to one another. This needs to be corrected.

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Experiences with French

Hi Andy: I have just come across the review and comments by Zac Hilliker. They are very sensible. I wrote some similar suggestions some years ago when I was doing Spanish; but they never were put into effect. Your programme is very successful,so far as it goes. I like the build-up at every stage, and find most of the practice exercises useful. But once one memorises the vocabulary, there is not enough emphasis on using the language for conversation. The exercises and flash cards build slowly from single words, and this is very useful at the beginning, but for conversation one needs quick responses to complex sentences. For this, I find the last exercise most helpful (Repeat the Phrases). I close my eyes and press repeat for each phrase and then try to repeat what was said and then make the translation and where appropriate try to formulate a response. The flash cards are frustrating because so much time and space is given to single words and phrases which are easy; and the flash cards use the same sentences as were in the exercises. What I suggested some years ago was that your staff have a festive meeting with lots of drinks; and start with the words/phrases important at every stage and come up with new and original full sentences. Then you could create a new flashcard programme (which you can sell as a supplement) of advanced flashcards consisting only of these complex new sentences. The important thing is to learn the ability to quickly comprehend a complex thought and try to respond to it. From my point of view it is easy to react to single words and phrases, but the more complex the sentence, the harder it gets to remember the beginning by the time I reach the end — and then to format an adequate response. I do not know much about programming, but you have the flashcard template. Surely it would not be too difficult to remove the current content and substitute new original complex sentences which can then be separately sold. Cheers. Archie

Hi Andy:
I have just come across the review and comments by Zac Hilliker. They are very sensible. I wrote some similar suggestions some years ago when I was doing Spanish; but they never were put into effect.
Your programme is very successful,so far as it goes. I like the build-up at every stage, and find most of the practice exercises useful. But once one memorises the vocabulary, there is not enough emphasis on using the language for conversation. The exercises and flash cards build slowly from single words, and this is very useful at the beginning, but for conversation one needs quick responses to complex sentences. For this, I find the last exercise most helpful (Repeat the Phrases). I close my eyes and press repeat for each phrase and then try to repeat what was said and then make the translation and where appropriate try to formulate a response. The flash cards are frustrating because so much time and space is given to single words and phrases which are easy; and the flash cards use the same sentences as were in the
exercises.
What I suggested some years ago was that your staff have a festive meeting with lots of drinks; and start with the words/phrases important at every stage and come up with new and original full sentences. Then you could create a new flashcard programme (which you can sell as a supplement) of advanced flashcards consisting only of these complex new sentences. The important thing is to learn the ability to quickly comprehend a complex thought and try to respond to it. From my point of view it is easy to react to single words and phrases, but the more complex the sentence, the harder it gets to remember the beginning by the time I reach the end — and then to format an adequate
response.
I do not know much about programming, but you have the flashcard template. Surely it would not be too difficult to remove the current content and substitute new original complex sentences which can then be separately sold.
Cheers.
Archie

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Hi Andy: I just came across your recommendation for "Extra" for Spanish. Do you know of a similar site for French? Cheers.Archie

Hi Andy: I just came across your recommendation for "Extra" for Spanish. Do you know of a similar site for French? 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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Hi, when the character speaks the above sentence it sounds like there is an additional sound or syllable between carte and de, sort of like "carte du de credit". Is this how it is pronounced and if so, is there a name for it, or is this an artifact of the editing? I've heard this in a few other places as well. I did not hear the extra sound when Caroline went through the tutorial section. I do hear the extra sound on Google translate of "the credit card." Am I hearing sounds that aren't there? Thank you

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when the character speaks the above sentence it sounds like there is an additional sound or syllable between carte and de, sort of like "carte du de credit". Is this how it is pronounced and if so, is there a name for it, or is this an artifact of the editing? I've heard this in a few other places as well. I did not hear the extra sound when Caroline went through the tutorial section. I do hear the extra sound on Google translate of "the credit card." Am I hearing sounds that aren't there?
Thank you

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Hello, I am really enjoying the upgraded French Fluenz! Thank you :). I noticed that in French 1 Lesson 18 in the workout titled Repeat the Words, the French word Onze is displayed but when the play button is pressed for pronunciation, Désolée is heard. Also in the same lesson but later in the workout titled Write the Words You Hear, there are two désolé 's - one désolé (m) and the other désolée (f). The second désolée is pronounced correctly but when either désolé(e) is typed, neither answer is accepted as correct. When the answer button is chosen to reveal the correct answer, Onze appears. Thank you again for helping me to learn French and I am looking forward to future lessons!

Hello,

I am really enjoying the upgraded French Fluenz! Thank you :). I noticed that in French 1 Lesson 18 in the workout titled Repeat the Words, the French word Onze is displayed but when the play button is pressed for pronunciation, Désolée is heard. Also in the same lesson but later in the workout titled Write the Words You Hear, there are two désolé 's - one désolé (m) and the other désolée (f). The second désolée is pronounced correctly but when either désolé(e) is typed, neither answer is accepted as correct. When the answer button is chosen to reveal the correct answer, Onze appears.

Thank you again for helping me to learn French and I am looking forward to future lessons!

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