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Has anyone else tried Rocket French? It has really good reviews, particularly in terms of value for money.

I myself find it a very good program, but it would be good to know of any contrary views.

Do you agree with PC Mag that it is better than any other language learning software?

Rocket French Rocket French Review: 10 Reasons Youll Love It

Read 10 Reasons Why You’ll Love Rocket French at at http://ebestlanguagelearningsoftware.com/rocket-french/

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Do you know which is the 2nd largest French speaking city in the world after Paris? Montreal , Canada!

However, the city feels under siege or threat. They just had a protest / demonstration to highlight the importance of remaining a French speaking city and the laws to protect and privilege the French language there ( Bill101 ). Many English speaking Canadians do not support these laws which make English a secondary language with less rights.

At the same time, there is a group that wants to have Montreal declared a city-state.

Interesting stuff.

Global News

WATCH: Raw video from the French-language protest

MONTREAL – A protest to shine a light on the importance of French in Montreal took place on Wednesday night.

Hundreds of people gathered at the Place des Festivals, with many holding lamps. They grouped together to create an enormous glowing “101” and “MTL 101.”

The idea behind the rally is to “highlight the fact that Montreal is the second largest French-speaking city in the world.”

Billed as the “101 in Lights,” the rally was organized by Partenaires pour un Québec français (“Partners for a French Quebec”), which is made up of groups like the Société St-Jean-Baptiste de Montréal and the Mouvement national des Québécois, as well as several trade unions whose members care about the importance of French in the city.

READ MORE: Analysis, stories and more on Quebec language issues

The event took place as another group called for Montreal to…

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In The Atlantic this month there is an article about someone who is just so frustrated about learning French.
Here is an excerpt:

But what if you never learn the language? I don’t mean what if you never decide to learn, but what if expend a great amount of effort and learn nothing. …

The hardest thing about learning a language is that, at its core, it is black magic. No one can tell you when, where or how you will crossover–some people will even tell you that no such crossover exists. The only answer is to put one foot in front of the other, to keep walking, to understand that the way is up. The only answer is a resource which many of us have long ago discarded. C’est à dire, faith.

I know what the author means about French. I have spent so long learning it myself, and still….
Spanish, on the other hand is just soooooo much easier. I can’t believe how quickly I nailed that, and yet French remains so elusive. I have learned to live with my limitations and simply accept that I will never be really fluent.
What’s your view?

At our I Want To Learn French webpage, we help you decide on the best software for you to learn French.
We are firm believers that learning languages is an excellent way to expand your mind. Indeed, one interesting thing about different languages is that each has a vocabulary which sees reality in slightly different ways. In fact, there are words which express concepts that don’t even exist in other languages.

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For example, with French:

English supposedly has the largest vocabulary of any languages in the world (7x more words than French !), and well-educated people typically know less than 10% of them. There would be too many English words and nuances that do not exist in other languages (thousands in French, Italian or Japanese), but much less the other way round. Here are examples of the occasional French words that do not have an exact translation in English, or not in a single word.

Read more at http://www.eupedia.com/europe/missing_words_english.shtml

The list is really fascinating, and it really makes you see how various people can see the world so differently.