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I'm a year 12 student hoping to study Law with French Law as a degree and was looking for any advice on studying French in general- if anyone has any regrets from when they studied a language.Which note-taking or forms of revision worked best for you? Another question that seems more difficult to find the answer to is for advice on the book L'étranger by Albert Camus as it doesn't seem a popular text to study.
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Reply 1
Original post by Freya.G
I'm a year 12 student hoping to study Law with French Law as a degree and was looking for any advice on studying French in general- if anyone has any regrets from when they studied a language.Which note-taking or forms of revision worked best for you? Another question that seems more difficult to find the answer to is for advice on the book L'étranger by Albert Camus as it doesn't seem a popular text to study.


Hello! Regarding L'étranger, see https://www.sparknotes.com/lit/stranger/ and https://bookanalysis.com/albert-camus/the-stranger/analysis/
And with note taking, instead of just writing vocabulary down, make them into flashcards during the lesson. Preferably on a space-repetition system app like Anki or Memrise. For revision, I'll split them into parts: *Also see the attached file!!!*

Reading:
- Use a spaced repetition system with your flashcards. This eliminates the forgetting curve.
- Blurt all of the vocabulary you have revised onto a mind map. for example, *sport*, *types of sport*, *examples*. Fill in those you didn't know with a different colour and revise those more using the flashcards.
- Read more books than necessary in your spare time.
- Past papers.

Writing and grammar:
- Past papers, again.
- Steal vocabulary from books, films, plays, podcasts, blogs, social media accounts etc.
- Search up "[grammar topic] worksheet or [grammar topic] booklet. You will find loads of stuff.

Speaking and listening:
- Past papers, for the final time.
- Imitate other native speakers.
- Practice with a native, a friend, yourself, a teacher or anyone that can speak at a similar level to you.
- Do not try to translate words in your head, instead treat the foreign words like english synonyms.
- Break up all of the sentences that you hear. for example, ‘car je devrai’ can be difficult to understand in fast spoken french but, if you can pick out ‘car’ and ‘dervrai’, you should be able to decipher the meaning.
- Memorise as much vocabulary by theme as possible, especially keywords, and pick them out of the long speech.

Here are some general online resources that I have collated over the years:
L = listening, R = reading, W = writing, G = grammar, S = speaking.
- Revision World; (LRWGS - past papers)
- Quizlet, Memrise, StudySmarter or brainscape; (LR - vocabulary)
- BBC Bitesize; (LRG - general)
- YouTube; (LRWGS - you can find anything!)
- GetRevising; (LRWGS - you can find loads of stuff)
- SparkNotes; (W - well, analysis and book summaries)
- https://speechling.com/tools: (LR)
- French Listening Comprehension Practice: https://speechling.com/listening/french?overwriteDefault=true
- French Dictation Practice: https://speechling.com/dictation/french
- https://www.lingolia.com/en/. (LR)
- LanguagesOnline; (G)
- Zut! (LRW - basic activities)

I hope this helped! Now, here are my favorite french smilies. Have a wonderful day! :heart:
:subjontif: :france:
Reply 2
Original post by fr3ts
Hello! Regarding L'étranger, see https://www.sparknotes.com/lit/stranger/ and https://bookanalysis.com/albert-camus/the-stranger/analysis/
And with note taking, instead of just writing vocabulary down, make them into flashcards during the lesson. Preferably on a space-repetition system app like Anki or Memrise. For revision, I'll split them into parts: *Also see the attached file!!!*

Reading:
- Use a spaced repetition system with your flashcards. This eliminates the forgetting curve.
- Blurt all of the vocabulary you have revised onto a mind map. for example, *sport*, *types of sport*, *examples*. Fill in those you didn't know with a different colour and revise those more using the flashcards.
- Read more books than necessary in your spare time.
- Past papers.

Writing and grammar:
- Past papers, again.
- Steal vocabulary from books, films, plays, podcasts, blogs, social media accounts etc.
- Search up "[grammar topic] worksheet or [grammar topic] booklet. You will find loads of stuff.

Speaking and listening:
- Past papers, for the final time.
- Imitate other native speakers.
- Practice with a native, a friend, yourself, a teacher or anyone that can speak at a similar level to you.
- Do not try to translate words in your head, instead treat the foreign words like english synonyms.
- Break up all of the sentences that you hear. for example, ‘car je devrai’ can be difficult to understand in fast spoken french but, if you can pick out ‘car’ and ‘dervrai’, you should be able to decipher the meaning.
- Memorise as much vocabulary by theme as possible, especially keywords, and pick them out of the long speech.

Here are some general online resources that I have collated over the years:
L = listening, R = reading, W = writing, G = grammar, S = speaking.
- Revision World; (LRWGS - past papers)
- Quizlet, Memrise, StudySmarter or brainscape; (LR - vocabulary)
- BBC Bitesize; (LRG - general)
- YouTube; (LRWGS - you can find anything!)
- GetRevising; (LRWGS - you can find loads of stuff)
- SparkNotes; (W - well, analysis and book summaries)
- https://speechling.com/tools: (LR)
- French Listening Comprehension Practice: https://speechling.com/listening/french?overwriteDefault=true
- French Dictation Practice: https://speechling.com/dictation/french
- https://www.lingolia.com/en/. (LR)
- LanguagesOnline; (G)
- Zut! (LRW - basic activities)

I hope this helped! Now, here are my favorite french smilies. Have a wonderful day! :heart:
:subjontif: :france:


Wow thank you so much for this ! Are you in year 13 at the moment ? If so could I also ask for recommendations of books/podcasts/tv for a personal statement or just general enjoyment. Thank you once again this is so helpful !!!!
Reply 3
Original post by Freya.G
Wow thank you so much for this ! Are you in year 13 at the moment ? If so could I also ask for recommendations of books/podcasts/tv for a personal statement or just general enjoyment. Thank you once again this is so helpful !!!!


Of course! Here are my suggested readings. :bubbles:

Books:
- Le Français dans tous les sens - Henriette Walter
- Traité sur la Tolérance - Voltaire
- Le Misanthrope - Molière
- Thérèse Raquin - Émile Zola
- Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
- Through The Language Glass - Guy Deutscher

Podcasts:
I find many podcasts boring, so I only listen to this one.
- https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLycTNLUo2y2HCxxHcT7PPNHRTMiDa4Q6l

TV programmes:
I don't watch TV often, so here is someone else's list. :smile:
List of French television series - Wikipedia

Films:
- Les Intouchables
- La Haine
- Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis

Poetry: (I am addicted to poetry, so here are my favourites of all time)
- "Demain, dès l’aube"

Spoiler


une passante"

Spoiler

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Reply 4
Thank you so much these posts are incredibly helpful. Good luck with your studies and future :smile:

Original post by fr3ts
Of course! Here are my suggested readings. :bubbles:

Books:
- Le Français dans tous les sens - Henriette Walter
- Traité sur la Tolérance - Voltaire
- Le Misanthrope - Molière
- Thérèse Raquin - Émile Zola
- Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
- Through The Language Glass - Guy Deutscher

Podcasts:
I find many podcasts boring, so I only listen to this one.
- https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLycTNLUo2y2HCxxHcT7PPNHRTMiDa4Q6l

TV programmes:
I don't watch TV often, so here is someone else's list. :smile:
List of French television series - Wikipedia

Films:
- Les Intouchables
- La Haine
- Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis

Poetry: (I am addicted to poetry, so here are my favourites of all time)
- "Demain, dès l’aube"

Spoiler


une passante"

Spoiler


Reply 5
Original post by Freya.G
Thank you so much these posts are incredibly helpful. Good luck with your studies and future :smile:


Thank you, sweetheart, good luck to you too! I can tell that you will go far :smile: :heart:
Original post by Freya.G
I'm a year 12 student hoping to study Law with French Law as a degree and was looking for any advice on studying French in general- if anyone has any regrets from when they studied a language.Which note-taking or forms of revision worked best for you? Another question that seems more difficult to find the answer to is for advice on the book L'étranger by Albert Camus as it doesn't seem a popular text to study.


In Year 13 now applying to study French at uni - make one big quizlet or memrise of EVERY new word you come across!
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Thank you ! I've currently made them per topic ( family and cyber society )

Original post by ecriresoleil
In Year 13 now applying to study French at uni - make one big quizlet or memrise of EVERY new word you come across!

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