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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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Hello, I'd like to know how you schedule your lessons? also any advise to keep going? any advice how to stick with the program, motivation? schedule? how many lessons per day or per week? Also if you use other programs in combination, assimil, rosettastone, duolingo, couchsurfing to meet people, and italki? any suggestions will be good!

Hello, I'd like to know how you schedule your lessons? also any advise to keep going? any advice how to stick with the program, motivation? schedule? how many lessons per day or per week?
Also if you use other programs in combination, assimil, rosettastone, duolingo, couchsurfing to meet people, and italki?
any suggestions will be good!

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I have managed to finish level 5 at last. However, I don't have anyone to practice speaking and understanding French with and so I wonder if there is anyone who might like to speak or write messages back and forth in French. Would anyone else like to do the same? if so please contact me ...

I have managed to finish level 5 at last. However, I don't have anyone to practice speaking and understanding French with and so I wonder if there is anyone who might like to speak or write messages back and forth in French. Would anyone else like to do the same? if so please contact me ...

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As I near the end of Fluenz French 5, I've been thinking about how and where to continue my studies. I wish there was a Fluenz French 6,7,8... but since there isn't, it seems like French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) might be a good choice. I'm curious if anyone who has gone that route could tell me what level of FIAF classes would someone who has successfully completed Fluenz French 5 be best suited for? All suggestions are welcome. Merci!

As I near the end of Fluenz French 5, I've been thinking about how and where to continue my studies. I wish there was a Fluenz French 6,7,8... but since there isn't, it seems like French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) might be a good choice. I'm curious if anyone who has gone that route could tell me what level of FIAF classes would someone who has successfully completed Fluenz French 5 be best suited for? All suggestions are welcome. Merci!

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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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I have a number of French films in DVD and blu-ray formats and I try to set aside time every weekend to watch one of them. But they only give me the option of watching with the English subtitles on or off. What I would really like is the option to watch with English subtitles, French subtitles, or no subtitles at all. Some English language films offer these options, but I really want to find French films with these features. Does anyone know of any?

I have a number of French films in DVD and blu-ray formats and I try to set aside time every weekend to watch one of them. But they only give me the option of watching with the English subtitles on or off. What I would really like is the option to watch with English subtitles, French subtitles, or no subtitles at all. Some English language films offer these options, but I really want to find French films with these features. Does anyone know of any?

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Putting the final touches on the wifi iPad access Fluenz Flashcards--fully optimized for iPad and iPad 2. We'll be posting here as soon as the beta release is ready.

Putting the final touches on the wifi iPad access Fluenz Flashcards--fully optimized for iPad and iPad 2. We'll be posting here as soon as the beta release is ready.

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This will go great for those of you who are working towards the higher levels of Fluenz French https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaNqp4FXh-s

This will go great for those of you who are working towards the higher levels of Fluenz French https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaNqp4FXh-s

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