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Jacqueline
Too early??
I guys I am new to italki. I am in French 2 of Pimsleur right now, and I also have Assimil French that I will start soon. At what level should I begin lessons on here? Is the earlier the better? Or am I jumping the gun?? Thank you!! I look forward to meeting and chatting with you all!
May 12, 2020 4:56 AM
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those online polyglot guys like benny lewis say you should start talking to native speakers day 1. use tarzan language and try to build sentences. that's their advice

mine would be to match your studying with your goals. if you want to improve your speaking, start speaking lessons on italki. if you want to improve your writing, i think you could progress on your own with a grammar book and a lot of discipline.

so try some things out, and they are working, keep going, if they dont work, try something else

good luck!
May 12, 2020
Hi 👋🏼 I’m French native 😅

Pimsleur and Assimil are a really good choice for French learning. If you practice everyday writing and speaking, you are on the right way!
if you choose French courses on italki, better to choose conversational courses if you can already express yourself in French.

I can help you if you have any questions 😅
May 12, 2020
I have various language learning CDs / MP3s.It's one thing listening and repeating with those CDs. The problem is they don't speak back to you.

I started taking German lessons here on italki July 2019. I set up a trial lesson with a teacher so we could discuss how I wanted to learn and what I wanted to focus on. Learning isn't just a simple formula that can be applied across the board.

Perhaps try a teacher that covers a span of levels. The teacher will be able to determine your ability with French and can then adjust as necessary.

Don't try to think that the Pimsleur level corresponds to a specific level here on this site. You could find valuable things by starting at an earlier level than you think you are at.

Obviously I don't know how well you can converse in French. Nor do I know your writing skill in French. I know some of the CDs like to place less emphasis on writing and more on speaking. So, that is one thing to take into consideration.
May 12, 2020
Hi!
Amira said it all. :D

Don't hesitate to ask for help!
May 12, 2020
Hi Jacqueline, I don't think that that's too early - not that I have any idea what "French 2 of Pimsleur" means, or where that puts you in terms of actual abilities.

I think there are quite a few professional teachers here who will happily accept newbies, and, quite honestly, I think that personal and immediate corrective feedback is quite important. :)
May 12, 2020
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Jacqueline
Language Skills
English, French
Learning Language
French