Hey guys, sorry I haven’t been uploading consistently, i’m preparing for job interviews and have only been updating on my tech blog. That has taken 90% of my free time. As a result I need to get back on the language grind and posting my travels. I am taking the B1 French fluency exam in December. That means I have 2 months to get to a B1 level of French in reading, listening, writing and speaking. I took 2 semesters of French in college 4 years ago. However, that has been extremely insignificant being that I only passed because I crammed the night before exams. I literally new like 10 max French words before I started French about 2 months ago. I have not been studying French consistently because of my studies and now I have to rush. I’m planning on applying to teach in France.
*I should also note that I am basically fluent in Spanish(B2/C1), as I’ve been studying it intensely for the last 3 years. And I am B2 in Esperanto. This has aided me French journey a lot.
How i’m studying
Duolingo– I’m not even halfway through the tree yet and i’m trying to finish it by the end of the month. Not only do I need to finish it but I also have to go back and redo past lessons for review. I currently have a 200+ day Duolingo streak. You should follow me: https://www.duolingo.com/purplewater
Lingvist– I had used this for about 2 weeks before I got distracted by my other studies. It is amazing and definitely a great compliment to Duolingo. I find it very engaging.
Yabla – I won’t pay for this until November but I’ve used it for Spanish. It’s amazing. Yabla improves your listening comprehension and teaches new vocab. It’s hands down my fave in terms of entertainment.
Pimsleur French – This is to help with my pronunciation. I have several of the discs from years ago that I never got to utilize. It’s perfect for practicing pronunciation.
Meetups/Tandem – I’m from NYC. There are tons of language exchange meet ups here. I’ve been attending meetups since 2011. The Tandem app is also great for language exchanges with French speakers.
Well there you have it. I pray I am able to pass that exam easily despite my busy schedule. I’ll check back in every 2 weeks. I also made a video a while ago so that I could compare the little French i’m starting with to the results after my exam. Stay tuned.