French Speed

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Falls Church, Virginia
United States
Jan 17, 2014
Jan 28, 2018 at 8:25pm

I am not sure where to post this, but it is more of feedback and not a question. As a beginner I feel the speed of the French speakers in part deux is a bit fast even in the slow mode. I know it is good to hear how native speakers sound, but sometimes I feel as if I get little value from listening since it is hard to pick up the subtleties. It seems like it is best to memorize the dialogue at the start so you already the conversations. If someone randomly said a line of the dialogue to me I would have no idea what they are saying without knowing what the previous line was. The writers may tried to keep the speed fast to keep the student really paying attention to the little differences because that is what real life is speaking the language, but feel I would learn more if it was slower. Maybe at a higher level to move up the speed. I still love the program but just want to give some constructive feedback

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United States
Feb 6, 2011
Jan 30, 2018 at 3:20am

We sincerely appreciate the feedback. I can understand how you feel. I went through the same thing when learning French, but in retrospect, my frustration came from thinking that I only needed to play the phrase once and I should be able to understand, which isn't the case. Now when I learn, I listen to the phrases at least 5-10 times each and it helps tremendously. Keep in mind too that languages are not all the same frequency, so you need time to tune your ear to the frequency of French. Keep at it and you'll be surprised in a few weeks or months how much you'll be able to understand

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