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I've been leading French for at least 4 years now and I know over 4000 words. However I still can't make sentences, understand spoken French or read a lot of stuff. (I swapped my phone to French to help immerse me and I get stuck a lot)

Over all I fell like I haven't advanced since year 1 and it's seriously making me debate quiting because it's stressing me out and I'm starting to question if there's even a point.

What should I do?

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Hello Jodie.

I have the same problem... but in english. And I have to speak english in my job.

It's the reason why I am on this site.  I try to answer in english.  It's not good. But the first time I did't know how to begin and my first answer was written in  hour for one sentence. It was very difficult.  but little by little it's easier.

Now it's more fluent. Only 15 minutes to answer your post. And I am less worried if I do mistakes. I just try.  I just hope the reader will understand.

And I listen to a lot of movies and series in english with subtitles.

Try to write sentences. I think you can open a subjet just to make sentences and discuss. And there will be someone to answer and correct your sentences.

 I didn't realize you were trying to improve your English Chantal.

In that case  you should say "make mistakes" .Otherwise all good except perhaps you might have said "write some sentences" instead of "write sentences" (just a little more natural)

Oh and also ,maybe "start a thread" rather than "open a subject" (did you have "entammer " in your head perhaps?)

I didn't realize you were trying to improve your English Chantal.

In that case  you should say "make mistakes" .Otherwise all good except perhaps you might have said "write some sentences" instead of "write sentences" (just a little more natural)

Oh and also ,maybe "start a thread/topic" rather than "open a subject" (did you have "entamer " in your head perhaps?)

removed bad formatting above from trying to post from my phone

Hi George.

Thank you very much. It was very helpful for me to read and write in English.

When you say something like "maybe "start a thread/topic" rather than "open a subject"", I think "oh yes of course."

But often, I don't remember, I have the french sentence in my head and I make the main mistake : I look in the dictionary.

But the more I write, the less I look in a dictionary and the more I remember syntax.

In french we have a lot of way to say that :

- ouvrir un sujet / topic (the word "topic" is used in France) that i translated word for word (this expression too) ;-)

- démarrer un sujet

- créer un topic

but entamer une conversation. is not for a topic on a forum.

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