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Mike W

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Five and a half years ago I started to study the beautiful language of French. I began that journey with Fluenz French, after trying several other programs which took me nowhere. While I finished the Fluenz French program some time ago, I continued my French studies at Alliance Française, I still take classes there to this day. Today I decided to take on a new journey with Spanish. Naturally I chose Fluenz Spanish to guide me through what I anticipate will be challenging, rewarding, and fun, just as my French education has and continues to be. Please wish me luck, I'm excited !

Five and a half years ago I started to study the beautiful language of French. I began that journey with Fluenz French, after trying several other programs which took me nowhere. While I finished the Fluenz French program some time ago, I continued my French studies at Alliance Française, I still take classes there to this day.

Today I decided to take on a new journey with Spanish. Naturally I chose Fluenz Spanish to guide me through what I anticipate will be challenging, rewarding, and fun, just as my French education has and continues to be. Please wish me luck, I'm excited !

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andy@fluenz
All the best learning Spanish and good luck continuing your French as well!

All the best learning Spanish and good luck continuing your French as well!

Mike W
thank you!

thank you!

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Four years ago I began studying French with Fluenz, it opened an entire new world for me. While I completed Fluenz French some time ago, I continue to study French every day and take classes at alliance française and have no intentions of ever quitting. For a while I have contemplated studying another language and Spanish seems to make sense living where I live. I know a lot of people do study two languages at the same time, but I also wonder how difficult it is. I would love to hear some experiences and suggestions. Thanks

Four years ago I began studying French with Fluenz, it opened an entire new world for me. While I completed Fluenz French some time ago, I continue to study French every day and take classes at alliance française and have no intentions of ever quitting. For a while I have contemplated studying another language and Spanish seems to make sense living where I live. I know a lot of people do study two languages at the same time, but I also wonder how difficult it is. I would love to hear some experiences and suggestions. Thanks

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Hi Mike, I am actually tackling three languages at the same time - French, German, and Mandarin. I think that because each comes from a different family of languages, I am finding it pretty easy to study all three. They are so different from one another. It may also help that I already have a fairly solid background in one of them (i.e., French). I can see how studying two Romance languages may be more difficult, though, but, since you have been studying French for quite some time now, you may be able to leverage your French studies in order to learn Spanish. Good luck! Michelle

Hi Mike, I am actually tackling three languages at the same time - French, German, and Mandarin. I think that because each comes from a different family of languages, I am finding it pretty easy to study all three. They are so different from one another. It may also help that I already have a fairly solid background in one of them (i.e., French). I can see how studying two Romance languages may be more difficult, though, but, since you have been studying French for quite some time now, you may be able to leverage your French studies in order to learn Spanish. Good luck! Michelle

Mike W
Thank you Michelle!

Thank you Michelle!

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For anyone who might be interested, I created a list of French movies and tv series that are available on Amazon instant video. You can find it on IMDB here http://www.imdb.com/list/ls033604358/

For anyone who might be interested, I created a list of French movies and tv series that are available on Amazon instant video. You can find it on IMDB here http://www.imdb.com/list/ls033604358/

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Is Fluenz compatible with Surface 3 Pro running Windows 10?

Is Fluenz compatible with Surface 3 Pro running Windows 10?

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Mike W
Downloaded and installed. So far its working. Thanks Andy!

Downloaded and installed. So far its working. Thanks Andy!

andy@fluenz
Yes, please do. We'll be happy to help. usersupport@fluenz.com

Yes, please do. We'll be happy to help. usersupport@fluenz.com

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If you subscribe to Netflix, I found a couple of French TV series there. Les Témoins and Engrenages are both crime dramas, Les Témoins is a mystery. As expected they have English sub titles, but you can also turn them off, which I sometimes find helpful. They also have The Returned (Les Revenants) which was broadcast on Sundance last year. If anyone knows of any others, please share the info.

If you subscribe to Netflix, I found a couple of French TV series there. Les Témoins and Engrenages are both crime dramas, Les Témoins is a mystery. As expected they have English sub titles, but you can also turn them off, which I sometimes find helpful. They also have The Returned (Les Revenants) which was broadcast on Sundance last year. If anyone knows of any others, please share the info.

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You can get "Tele-Matin" online from France 2. It's sort of like the "Today Show". It's a great way to practice your french listening skills as you can go back and listen to a passage as many times as you like, and it's also a great resource for learning about french culture, politics, current events, & my favorite, la meteo!

You can get "Tele-Matin" online from France 2. It's sort of like the "Today Show". It's a great way to practice your french listening skills as you can go back and listen to a passage as many times as you like, and it's also a great resource for learning about french culture, politics, current events, & my favorite, la meteo!

andy@fluenz
I use an App called ARTE which has some great French/German documentary style shows. https://itunes.apple.com/fr/app/arte/id405028510?mt=8

I use an App called ARTE which has some great French/German documentary style shows. https://itunes.apple.com/fr/app/arte/id405028510?mt=8

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A couple of months ago now, I took the French A1 DELF exam. A few days ago I finally received my results and I passed :) I actually did significantly better than I thought I had. The series of DELF exams are based around a common European language proficiency standard. So while DELF is the French version, other languages also have their own exams but at each level they measure the similar standards. The exams are broken into four sections, listening, reading, writing, and speaking. The speaking part is like a panel interview, completely in French. I was asked to introduce myself, talk about my family, my interests, etc There were also some dialog role plays, real world type interactions. It was difficult and stressful, but I also had fun and enjoyed the experience. The listening, reading, and writing parts were all done in standard test style, I recorded my answers in a written booklet. For the listening section, they played several short recordings and then I was required to answer several questions. The writing part including writing an email on the scenario provided and had to be a certain number of words long. There is absolutely no question that for me Fluenz French built the foundation for me to both learn the language, as well as giving me the passion to continue learning. Before I ever seriously started to learn French, I looked at everything available. After that investigation, I felt Fluenz was the best and after using the software I still feel that way. Three months after I began using Fluenz French I started taking classes at Alliance Française. Up through, I'd say around the first four classes I took at AF, I had already learned most of the material through Fluenz French level 3. The most important part of my AF classes was, and continues to be, the ability to practice my French interacting with others in real time. In addition, I have some French pen pals that I exchange with on a daily basis. They of course are not following any curriculum, so I am exposed to language structures I know as well as a lot of advanced concepts. Language learning can be different for everyone depending on their individual goals. Someone might choose to learn a language because they are planning a vacation, to pass an exam, or like me doing it as a life long learning activity. For anyone I would highly recommend Fluenz as the best launch pad to begin that journey, by itself provides an excellent education and the ability to learn a language.

A couple of months ago now, I took the French A1 DELF exam. A few days ago I finally received my results and I passed :) I actually did significantly better than I thought I had. The series of DELF exams are based around a common European language proficiency standard. So while DELF is the French version, other languages also have their own exams but at each level they measure the similar standards.

The exams are broken into four sections, listening, reading, writing, and speaking. The speaking part is like a panel interview, completely in French. I was asked to introduce myself, talk about my family, my interests, etc There were also some dialog role plays, real world type interactions. It was difficult and stressful, but I also had fun and enjoyed the experience. The listening, reading, and writing parts were all done in standard test style, I recorded my answers in a written booklet. For the listening section, they played several short recordings and then I was required to answer several questions. The writing part including writing an email on the scenario provided and had to be a certain number of words long.

There is absolutely no question that for me Fluenz French built the foundation for me to both learn the language, as well as giving me the passion to continue learning. Before I ever seriously started to learn French, I looked at everything available. After that investigation, I felt Fluenz was the best and after using the software I still feel that way.

Three months after I began using Fluenz French I started taking classes at Alliance Française. Up through, I'd say around the first four classes I took at AF, I had already learned most of the material through Fluenz French level 3. The most important part of my AF classes was, and continues to be, the ability to practice my French interacting with others in real time. In addition, I have some French pen pals that I exchange with on a daily basis. They of course are not following any curriculum, so I am exposed to language structures I know as well as a lot of advanced concepts.

Language learning can be different for everyone depending on their individual goals. Someone might choose to learn a language because they are planning a vacation, to pass an exam, or like me doing it as a life long learning activity. For anyone I would highly recommend Fluenz as the best launch pad to begin that journey, by itself provides an excellent education and the ability to learn a language.

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This morning I sat for the DELF A1 exam. And while I won't receive the official results for at least a few weeks, I did come away with a strong sense that I had done very well on the exam. That I have to say is the most amazing feeling! For at least the past 15 years or more I have wanted to learn the French language, however nothing ever clicked for me until I tried Fluenz. The method is something that truly resonates with me. While French continues to be a difficult language to learn, I found that I progressed from the very beginning, and it's been fun through the entire journey, and I still have a level and a half to complete. Fluenz opened that stubborn door for me, they made one of my lifetime goals possible like none other could. And isn't being able to communicate, I mean really communicate in a new language an amazing thing? This program right here is the real deal!

This morning I sat for the DELF A1 exam. And while I won't receive the official results for at least a few weeks, I did come away with a strong sense that I had done very well on the exam. That I have to say is the most amazing feeling! For at least the past 15 years or more I have wanted to learn the French language, however nothing ever clicked for me until I tried Fluenz. The method is something that truly resonates with me. While French continues to be a difficult language to learn, I found that I progressed from the very beginning, and it's been fun through the entire journey, and I still have a level and a half to complete. Fluenz opened that stubborn door for me, they made one of my lifetime goals possible like none other could. And isn't being able to communicate, I mean really communicate in a new language an amazing thing? This program right here is the real deal!

andy@fluenz
Bravo Mike! Great to hear you feel confident about the exam. I'm sure you did very well if you have already done a few levels of Fluenz. Do you mind sharing any details on where you took the exam, how you signed up and other such things that may be helpful to users?

Bravo Mike!

Great to hear you feel confident about the exam. I'm sure you did very well if you have already done a few levels of Fluenz. Do you mind sharing any details on where you took the exam, how you signed up and other such things that may be helpful to users?

Mike W
Merci beaucoup Andy! I'm happy to answer questions about the DELF exams. I'll include a couple of useful links at the end of this post. There are certain testing centers which are authorized to give the exam, so the first step was to find the one closest to me. In my case it turned out to be one of the chapters of alliance française. On this particular chapter's web site they had information about taking the exams. I contacted them, and they gave me all the information I needed to register for the exam. The exams are offered twice a year, in June and in December, this is true world wide. For most people here, they are likely going to be interested in either the A1 or the A2 exam. The exams do not have to be taken in order, so someone could go directly to A2 if they felt confident to do so. Although I wouldn't recommend that unless the individual has at least completed all 5 levels of Fluenz. There are 4 parts to the exam, reading comprehension, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking. The exam is really about measuring your ability to use French in real world situations. So important preparation is using the language as much as possible. For most any exam, preparation is really two parts, learning the material and then learning how to take the exam itself. I used three different study guides which included a lot of practice questions and exercises. All three were excellent and included information on what to expect, and were all dead on in that regard. These books are all 100% in French. And at least was the case with me, everyone involved giving the exam always started out speaking French to me. They would only break into speaking English if I started first. The last part, production orale, the speaking part of the test, there were two examiners, and they only spoke French, no English at all. The learning, preparation, and the actual taking of the exam, was difficult to be sure, but overall an amazing experience and I would encourage anything who is interested to go for it. :) This is general information about DELFhttp://www.ciep.fr/en/delf-prim-delf-delf-junior-version-dalf-diplome-de... This is the link to approved testing centers. If you're in the US be sure to select états-unis from the drop down:http://www.ciep.fr/en/delf-prim-delf-delf-junior-version-dalf-diplome-de...

Merci beaucoup Andy!

I'm happy to answer questions about the DELF exams. I'll include a couple of useful links at the end of this post. There are certain testing centers which are authorized to give the exam, so the first step was to find the one closest to me. In my case it turned out to be one of the chapters of alliance française. On this particular chapter's web site they had information about taking the exams. I contacted them, and they gave me all the information I needed to register for the exam. The exams are offered twice a year, in June and in December, this is true world wide. For most people here, they are likely going to be interested in either the A1 or the A2 exam. The exams do not have to be taken in order, so someone could go directly to A2 if they felt confident to do so. Although I wouldn't recommend that unless the individual has at least completed all 5 levels of Fluenz.

There are 4 parts to the exam, reading comprehension, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking. The exam is really about measuring your ability to use French in real world situations. So important preparation is using the language as much as possible. For most any exam, preparation is really two parts, learning the material and then learning how to take the exam itself. I used three different study guides which included a lot of practice questions and exercises. All three were excellent and included information on what to expect, and were all dead on in that regard. These books are all 100% in French. And at least was the case with me, everyone involved giving the exam always started out speaking French to me. They would only break into speaking English if I started first. The last part, production orale, the speaking part of the test, there were two examiners, and they only spoke French, no English at all.

The learning, preparation, and the actual taking of the exam, was difficult to be sure, but overall an amazing experience and I would encourage anything who is interested to go for it. :)

This is general information about DELF
http://www.ciep.fr/en/delf-prim-delf-delf-junior-version-dalf-diplome-de...

This is the link to approved testing centers. If you're in the US be sure to select états-unis from the drop down:
http://www.ciep.fr/en/delf-prim-delf-delf-junior-version-dalf-diplome-de...

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I recently joined a community on Google+ called "French Language" Yesterday another member of the community organized a hangout for people to get together and speak French together in real time. This was the first time she had done this so only a couple of people showed up, but she is planning to keep trying to see if it's something that will catch on. Even though there were only a couple of people there, I still had fun and I think it has good potential. If you are interested this is the link to the community. https://plus.google.com/communities/104468262499907378153

I recently joined a community on Google+ called "French Language" Yesterday another member of the community organized a hangout for people to get together and speak French together in real time. This was the first time she had done this so only a couple of people showed up, but she is planning to keep trying to see if it's something that will catch on. Even though there were only a couple of people there, I still had fun and I think it has good potential. If you are interested this is the link to the community. https://plus.google.com/communities/104468262499907378153

andy@fluenz
That's a great idea. It looks like she has quite a bit of followers, so hopefully it will be something that you can continue together.

That's a great idea. It looks like she has quite a bit of followers, so hopefully it will be something that you can continue together.

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Seems like we are experiencing a spam intrusion. Until Fluenz is able to disinfect them please don't reply to any messages that appear to be off topic or otherwise doesn't make sense for this forum. Doing so keeps them on the front page longer.

Seems like we are experiencing a spam intrusion. Until Fluenz is able to disinfect them please don't reply to any messages that appear to be off topic or otherwise doesn't make sense for this forum. Doing so keeps them on the front page longer.

andy@fluenz
Thanks Mike. I delete any spam I see and block the users from accessing the Commons.

Thanks Mike. I delete any spam I see and block the users from accessing the Commons.

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Something I think would be tremendously helpful, are flash cards that are entirely vocabulary words. What I mean by that are just single words without the full phrases. I think that it would be helpful because it could be something a student could go though fairly quickly and help to reinforce what has been learned. I'm finding that I tend to forget some French words that I learned early in my Fluenz training because I haven't used them for awhile. In particular I tend to forget the gender of nouns. Single words do currently exist in the current flash cards, but being mixe in with phrases takes much longer to go through them. In other words, if I happen to have five or ten minutes free, I could go through an review some vocabulary in that time if it were only words and not phrases.

Something I think would be tremendously helpful, are flash cards that are entirely vocabulary words. What I mean by that are just single words without the full phrases. I think that it would be helpful because it could be something a student could go though fairly quickly and help to reinforce what has been learned. I'm finding that I tend to forget some French words that I learned early in my Fluenz training because I haven't used them for awhile. In particular I tend to forget the gender of nouns. Single words do currently exist in the current flash cards, but being mixe in with phrases takes much longer to go through them. In other words, if I happen to have five or ten minutes free, I could go through an review some vocabulary in that time if it were only words and not phrases.

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I appreciate Mike's comment about single words in the flashcards. For my style of learning, however, I like having the vocab in phrases to help with context and grammar. It seems more helpful within a contextual phrase than if each vocabulary word is presented alone. Maybe including both would help both styles of learning.

I appreciate Mike's comment about single words in the flashcards. For my style of learning, however, I like having the vocab in phrases to help with context and grammar. It seems more helpful within a contextual phrase than if each vocabulary word is presented alone. Maybe including both would help both styles of learning.

Mike W
i agree the flash cards are great in their current state, very useful review tool. I was suggesting that it would also be very useful to have a mode which was only single words. I would envision a useful vocabulary only review, in addition to the grammar review.

i agree the flash cards are great in their current state, very useful review tool. I was suggesting that it would also be very useful to have a mode which was only single words. I would envision a useful vocabulary only review, in addition to the grammar review.

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