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If you have the budget, I can highly recommend the Fluenz software. I have the Spanish version and it is fantastic - designed for adults who need to learn useful vocabulary and functional grammar - quickly and in a fun and modern way.
I'd say, being a native french speaker that you are best off watching movies you know in french with french subtitles so that you will hear the words and understand what they sound like and see how they are written. Sometimes it is best to first learn phrases or small sentences which you notice are recurrent like "hello how are you?"; or "what?" or "pardon me?". Try to find patterns if you notice that one word come back across many sentences it means something common like it or that or he or she. In french you'll often find the words "je" or "tu" or "toi" or "moi" all those are basic me you words. One way I find easy to learn other languages is to watch them in the original language with english or french subtitles languages over which you have full mastery. This will give you if you do everything else i told a concept or their grammar system and syntax (sentence construction). Si tu cherches quelqu'un avec qui parler francais je peux toujours t'offrir mes services pour repondre a tes question si tu les postes sur ce site. Hopefully this will help you get started. Speak french to as many people you know around who are literate or fluent in french (french restaurants or in unis and things like that ;)) Good luck.
je parle francais, if you need any help please feel free to ask me. But as a senior this year in AP French 4, I strongly believe the best way to learn French is just to study the language hard. It's pretty easy as long as you get really into it, and as long as your serious, most of it just rather basic, but start off with High School classes.
D'accord Cj mais qui te dis que cette personne est a l'universite? Ma suggestion est donnee partant du fait qu'elle veut se la couler douce ou apprendre tout en douceur. Et puis tu as le francais des livres et tu as le francais parle et il y a entre les deux un monde de differences.
This is true, however the best way is with an actual teacher, for example what you said in french, she would have no idea what you just said even if she looked it up because to her, it's just weird letters and off sounds, It's best to have someone fluent within the language so that way she not only knows how to read it, but she understands how to pernounce the words and speak it as well. But yes, books should be applied as long as there is an instructor. Comprendre? :D
First learn the basics with learning the Regular & irregular verb's conjegations.
Moi je dirais a la fin chacun sa methode. Que ce soit a travers les livres ou la discussion l'essentiel est de vouloir apprendre la langue; apres ca la facon dont on s'y prends c'est essentiellement personnel. Moi je parles trois langues courrement et quelques langues vaguement mais je trouves que parler la langue et l'entendre parlee te donnera plus d'envie et t'inciteras d'autant plus a apprendre la langue parce que tu vois les resultats vivants de l'apprentissage d'une langue.
I learnt French by living in France, and I say that watching French movies, listening to French music, reading French books, chatting to French people etc. both helps you learn (vocabulary and grammar) and puts the knowledge you'll accumulate into practice - making it useful and fun! However, in order to properly understand and communicate (written and spoken), following lessons in a logical order can help immensely. Whether this be with software you buy (I still recommend the Fluenz stuff it's great), private lessons, a night class, or free online resources comes down to your personal preference and budget. You haven't said what level of fluency you hope to attain, but there are some good (and free) French language resources at french.about.com, notably on this page: http://french.about.com/od/lessons/a/beginningfrench.htm.