辻 ツバサ (tsubasa_en11) wrote in linguaphiles,
辻 ツバサ
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My French teacher is driving me nuts!


Dear my always truthful Linguaphiles,

I took French as an elective in my university this semester and it's completely a basic class for beginners. However, after four lessons (which today is the fourth), I found that my passion and interest for French is diminishing gradually or I might be just too dumb for French. Last week, I was taught 1 to 20 in french and this week I've been taught 20 to 100000 and in half an hour, the teacher started randomly picking up a student and asked questions like "how to say 1325 in French?". Since the class starts at 10am and ends at 12pm, supposedly we'd be taught 2 hours but the lecturer always comes late and leaves early, resulting only an hour for lesson. He didn't pronounce it clearly enough for me to grasp the pronunciation before going to the next, I ended up being a jerk in the class when he randomly picked me up and asked, "what's 2309 in French?". Today, he scribbled the followings on the whiteboard:

etre
Je suis
Tu es
il est
ns sommes
vs etes
ils sont

avoir
j'ai
tu as
il a
ns avons
vs avez
ils ont

faire
je fais
tu fais
il fait
ns faisons
vs faites
ils font

He explained a bit on the changes of tenses but it's not clear enough and I'm still at a total loss how the verb changes according to pronouns.
Also, we're taught "Où habitez-vous?" and were required to answer where do we live. The thing is, until now, I've no idea how the last consonant/vowel be connected/linked to the next word and it's pronounced differently from the original word itself. For example, "J'habite au l'Afrique du Nord", how should I pronounce the "I'Afrique"? One of my coursemates asked how do we know when should we pronounce the last letter and when should we not, but the lecturer replied lightly that we'd know it as long as we get used to the pronunciation.

Now, my problem is, I seem to be the only one in the class that can't get whatever he taught and have to be double hardworking checking online and French websites to get a better idea how what he was trying to teach. French is the first European language I ever learned except for English. Most of my classmates are either majoring in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese or German. I don't know having learnt other European languages would influence the speed of learning French or not, but if that really has some effect on it, I regret that I might be the slowest student in the class.

What should I do so that I can catch up with the class without making fun of myself in the class? Please enlighten my lost soul.
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