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As you know it is not possible to learn French in 3 months, especially if you can not study it several hours everytime, but in 3 months you can improve 1, 2 or 3 points, it could be the conjugations of a specific tense or mood, some grammar points, just focusing on the oral comprehension (with songs and movies with subtitles), just focusing on reading and increasing your word-stock. I suggest you to not study a lot of thnigs but just a few things. Setting short terms goals, set up a schedule.
I suggest you to take between 30 minutes and 1 hour everyday, and more time during one day on the week-end.
Beginner, learners : best books to learn French in 3 months for vocabulary
Having a phrasebook
A good resources. Write on the cover « My French Phrasebook ». First, I suggest that you write the reasons why you want to learn French, you can write it in English and in French : Pourquoi est-ce que je veux apprendre le français ? → Why do I want to learn French ? And making a list of the reason : the emotions you want to feel in different situations,… You will write as well all the sentences and words you think of during the day, everyday. The ones that are relevant to you : when you are ordering some food and you do not remember how to ask a specific question or how to say a specific food (ex : pain → bread) in French, when you imagine yourself going to take the bus and asking to the driver how much is the price for a one-way ticket (Quel est le prix du ticket pour un trajet ?). Here are others useful sentences you need to know when you do your first steps in French, write the English translation to help you at the beginning, when you will feel more comfortable you will watch just at the French ones :
Bonjour, salut → Hello
Comment vas-tu ? / Comment allez-vous ? → How are you ?
Ça va bien, merci. Et toi ? / Et vous ? → I am fine, thank you. And you ?
Ça fait longtemps qu’on ne s’est pas vus → Long time no see.
Comment t’appelles-tu ? / Comment vous appelez-vous ? → What is your name ?
D’où venez-vous ? / D’où viens-tu ? → Where are you from ?
Bonne journée → Have a nice day.
Bonne chance → good luck.
Bon appétit → enjoy your meal.
Pouvez-vous répéter, s’il vous plaît ? → Please say that again
The idea is to be able to say basics things by your own, without help from the others, so if the grammar is not perfect at the beginning it is ok. Keep your phrasebok with you everytime, put it in your bag or in the pocket of your coat and have a look everytime you need to. You are going to use these sentences everytime you will talk to someone, so quickly you will be able to say them easily, and having fluent little conversations.
Learners : how to learn French in 1 month for lessons, vocabulary
Online language exchange
Italki or Hello Talk, to have your first talk with a native French person. You can do it with anyone you meet randomly on the app or on the website, or, if you want to be taught by a professionnal ask for a French professor, some of them will ask for money and some of the others will give you a free trial course. I suggest you to review the sentences you wrote in your phrasebook to prepare for your first conversations. Make your phrasebook a very good reference with all the sentences you need, when you get a new helpful one, write it down. So, your phrasebook plus the talks with the native person will lead you step by step to a better comprehension of the language, more fluency, more confidence, a better interaction, an immersion-like feeling, having more motivation to reach your goals,… Here are useful sentences that maybe you will say to your language partner :
Parlez plus lentement s’il vous plaît → Please speak more slowly.
Pouvez-vous répéter s’il vous paît ? → Could you say that again ?
Having two language exchanges a week is a good rythm.
Students, beginner : learn to speak French through stories for lessons
Increase your word-tock : Sensations
Here is a little French course to have more words to enrich your interaction with others and it participates as well of creating an immersion experience.
Avoir mal à la tête → to have a headhache
Avoir mal à la gorge → to have a sore throat
Avoir mal au dos → to have a sore back
Avoir mal aux pieds → to have sore feet
Il a mal au bras → his arm hurts
Il a mal à la main → his hand hurts
Do not say j’ai mal
à mes pieds, but j’ai mal aux pieds.
Feelings of lack
Avoir faim → to be hungry
Avoir soif → to be thirsty
Avoir chaud → to be hot
Avoir froid → to be cold
Avoir sommeil → to be tired
Avoir besoin de → to need
Avoir envie de → to want
Avoir peur de → Be afraid of
Do not say Vous
êtes chaud, but vous avez chaud.
Speakers, students : how to learn French in 1 week for fluency
Exercise to practice
Write your choice in the comments and I will tell you if it is ok or not, and I will give you the correction.
1 – (kinésithérapeute / dos) –Il est chez le kinésithérapeute parce qu’il a mal au dos → He is at the physiotherapist because he has a sore back
2 – (dentiste / dents) –………………………………………………………………………………….
→ He is at the dentist because he has a toothhache
3 – (médecin / gorge) – ……………………………………………………………………………….
→ He is at the doctor because he has a sore throat
4 – (ophtalmologiste / yeux) – ……………………………………………………………………
→ He is at the ophthalmologist because he has sore eyes
Have a look at others articles for more resources, conjugations rules, movies, French songs with subtitles, keeping the motivation, words used in different situations.
Teacher, speakers : how to learn French in 30 days for confidence
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