Tour Eiffel | © Copyright 2016 Marie de France
1.1 Power Listening
Have you ever studied French in school, but never lived in France? Then you know that 3 or 5 years of school lessons are not enough to understand French people in real life.
We now propose a radically different experience. If you follow our advice, you’ll understand the MP3 audio files (just listening, without reading the text) of the articles about God, climate change (page 151), abortion (231), junk food (303), ‘aesthetic’ medicine (347), tourisme (413), Edward Snowden (461) and Brexit (479) in less than a month. (Download the GigaFrench MP3 audio files from www.gigafrench.com/download.) We will help you conquer, perhaps for the first time in your life, a French “island of total understanding”. From there on out, exploring further territories of understanding will be smooth sailing.
If you have never studied French, follow our advice anyway. It will take you a few more weeks, but in less than two months, you’ll understand all GigaFrench texts, too.
1.1.1 Rule #1: 30 minutes
Learning a foreign language is a rigorous daily exercise, not unlike going to the gym. You will need at least 30 minutes to devote to GigaFrench, 30 minutes every day, five days a week. If you don’t have 30 minutes a day, it will be almost impossible to learn French, or any other language for that matter.
1.1.2 Rule #2: AB Player
You’ll need to install on your smartphone a so-called AB Player. With the AB Player, you’ll cut a GigaFrench audio file into portions of 2, 3 or 4 seconds and listen to these portions 5, 10 or even 15 or 20 times (examples: slow audio, normal audio). While listening, you will read the French text and check constantly the English translation (see page 36 for a detailed description).
The best AB repeat player is currently the Ear2Memory app for Android smartphones: www.Ear2Memory.com
There is no comparable alternative for IOS smartphones. If you have an iPhone, try and arrange for an Android phone (even used and old).
An AB Player such as Ear2Memory is essential for working with the GigaFrench audio files that you’ll download from http://www.gigafrench.com/download. Without these audios and without the AB Player you can’t fully exploit the potential of GigaFrench.