French for Pauline

Some of this may be repetitive, but "repetition" is the "key" to success! These all came from separate sheets, just put together.

So you want to learn another language? The first thing to do is analyze what type of learner you are. If you learn best by something visual, you need to SEE what you want to learn. If you learn aurally, you need to HEAR what you want to learn. If you learn kinesthetically, you need to PHYSICALLY be involved in what you are learning.

Here is something you can do, besides the usual flash cards, repetition, chanting, etc. Get a hand-held tape recorder. Record what you want to learn, leaving a space after each word or expression. Now, at first only listen passively. This is as close to learning by osmosis as you can get! Then, listen and repeat in that space you left, trying to match exactly the pronunciation, intonation of the model. To do this you need to be sure that the model is correct. If you are not that good at French yet, get someone who is to put it on tape for you. The third step is to listen, say, and read (see) what you are trying to learn. Then, when you can listen, say, close your eyes and "see" it in your mind's eye you are ready for the final step. Listen and write in that space, then checking VERY closely with the written script, having the exact spelling, including accents.

This type of practice will hit every style of learning and you will soon know what is best for you, individually.

Now, let's talk about �gProgrammed Learning.�h That means that you have typed the vocabulary in 2 columns, one English and one FRENCH. Cover the FRENCH side first, with a straight-edge so that you cannot see through! (If you �gcheat,�h you will only cheat yourself!) Look at the English word, then say what you believe to be the FRENCH equivalent OUTLOUD. Practicing outloud is very important. You might even �grecord�h your answers for LISTENING later, trying to come up with the English.

After you attempt the FRENCH word, slide down far enough ONLY to see that FRENCH word. Now say the correct word OUTLOUD, thinking of the English. Here is the benefit: see the word, have one chance to learn it. Say it outloud, have 2 chances to learn it. LISTEN when you say it (hear it), and have another chance to learn it. Later, WRITE the word(s) instead of the oral response, and have a 4th chance to learn it.

Continue, looking at the English, �gguessing�h the FRENCH and immediately verifying if you are correct or not. If you are correct on the first try, �gskip�h that word. If not, you might �gCOLOR-CODE�h the word. I usually suggested that billious yellow, lime-green or hot-pink. This will �gset�h it in your �gmind�fs eye.�h Later you will only spend time on the color-coded words, because they are the �gsticky ones.�h MAKE FLASH CARDS.

VARIATION: When you are comfortable with this procedure, move on to the next. Now, look at the FRENCH saying it OUTLOUD, listening to it, and �gguessing�h the English. Slide down CAREFULLY, uncovering ONLY one word or expression at a time. Don�ft try to rush, and it is not necessary to do the entire list at one sitting. In fact, a little often is better than a lot seldom!

And of course, another step is to WRITE the FRENCH as some one else dictates the English to you, if you wish. I have lots of suggestions for learning vocabulary, but this usually works well.

If you feel REALLY weak on vocabulary, look at the FRENCH, copy it once carefully, look again, copy again - a total of 3 times minimum. Then, covering the FRENCH, try to write from �gmemory.�h Also try to write from English to FRENCH. (a total of 5 steps) You�fll soon know the things that cause you trouble. MOST IMPORTANT: whatever you write in FRENCH (especially), check VERY CAREFULLY with the original - each consonant, vowel, accent in its proper place. MAKE FLASH CARDS.

Any questions? Write them down as you think of them, to tell me later. Instant correction is always best.

STUDY HINTS:


1) Pay attention in class. The old "you snooze, you lose" saying applies here.

2) Ask questions. How will you understand something confusing if you do not ask?

3) Study a little every night. You can not learn a language just by attending class and then putting your book in your locker until the next day! Language learning is an ongoing process. Think about how you learned English as a young child! (First you only listened, then you tried to imitate, later you learned to read and last of all, to write.)

4) Make flashcards! Start today! For each vocabulary lesson, make a stack of index cards or cut paper in small squares. Write the English on one side and the Spanish on the other. Flip through them while you wait for the bus, during homeroom, during tv commercials, in the cafeteria line, etc. That can add up to 10 to 20 minutes a day and then you have reviewed--no pain!

5) Participate ACTIVELY! Do not wait to be called on; raise your hand! French class is not like other classes. You have to be an active member in class so you can get feedback on your pronunciation and make sure you have a handle on what you are learning!

6) Color-code the spelling problems you have to "set" this in your "mind's eye." Use the bilious yellow, orange, lime-green, hot pink, etc.

Chapter 2 will be some sites for you. It's helpful to also know your textbook, etc.

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