A guide to learn French

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Here I m going to introduce you to a specific way to learning the French language. You can study the French langugae with several ways to do it. I introduce you here a specific way to study the French language. I use the green color for the newbies, the yellow color, the orange color, and then rhe red color when you are able to speak the French language fluently.  

The first step

The green color is for the newbies, you have never spoke the French language. The first thing to do is to learn some words, the basics of the language, the grammar rules as well. How can you get some words to learn, also numbers and colors ? You can check them on the internet : websites, blog, dictionnary online. First I suggest you to learn the words you use everyday. For example, what objects do you use everyday ? When you are studying ? When you are working ? What object do you see when you go out, to go shopping or to get some food in a restaurant ? A book, (un livre), a pencil (un crayon), a pen (un stylo), a notebook (un cahier), un bureau (a desk), a shop (un magasin), the street (la rue), the menu (le menu),… Set up a French speaking environment. Do as if you lived in France or in  a French speaking country. If you live by the sea you can learn the words related to this specific environment : the beach (la plage), the sun (le soleil), the sunglasses (les lunettes de soleil), the sand (le sable), the towel (la serviette de bain),… So, it is a nice game to learn some new words everyday, and as you do it you keep up the motivation all along your learning journey. I suggest you to focus on that before learning others things. After doing this you can study the numbers and colors,… end everything we can learn at the basic level. Then I suggest you strongly to study the verbs you are supposed to use everyday. For example : to go (aller), to be (être), to have (avoir), to eat (manger),… Once you know them well, once you are able to use them easily everyday, you can study the others ones. In the French language, we find three categories of verbs. Verbs ending in –er,ir, –re. The verbs ending in –er belong to the first group. The verbs ending in –ir belong to the second group. The verb ending in –re belong to the third group. The rules are not the same everytime, in each group. It is important that you can conjugate many French verbs. As a newbie you need to do it, it will help you a lot.

I suggest you strongly to study the verb that you will use in your everyday life, choose one and learn it in different tenses.

For example, let us see the verb aller (to go) at the present tense :
Je vais → I am going  
Tu vas → You are going
Il/elle va → He/she is going
Nous allons → We are going
Vous allez → You are going
Ils/elles vont → They are going

The verb aller (to go) at the past tense (passé composé) :
Je suis allé(e) → I went  
Tu es allé(e) → You went  
Il/elle allé(e) → He/she went
Nous sommes allé(e)s → We went
Vous êtes allé(e)s → You went
Ils/elles sont allé(e)s → They went

The verb aller (to go) at the future tense :
J’irai → I will go
Tu iras → You will go
Il/elle ira → He/she will go
Nous irons → We will go
Vous irez → You will go
Ils/elles iront → They will go

Then, you will add some words, adjectives,… to build up phrases. I suggest you to use flashcards, it helps a lot. You can use them almost whenever you want and wherever you want. To build up my flashcards I need to write down the words, doing this helps me to memorize them quickly. You can also put post-its in your house, on the fridge with the words le frigidaire (the fidge), on the bed with the word le lit (ther bed),… And listen to songs-lyrics, videos,… When you are ok with that, you can use them easily, you are done with the first step and you can move on to the next one.  

The second step

This is the intermediate level. This the time to learn new words and verbs. I suggest you strongly to watch movies, series, tv shows for the kids to learn the French language. So, you will learn new words, intermediate words, but not words for the advacend level. I suggest you strongly as well to ask yourself why are you learning the French language. Why are you learning the French language ? If you learn the French language for your professional career, learn the words, the adjectives that you need for it. If you want to learn the French language to pass an exam, you need to do the right study to get a success. If you want to learn it to make a trip, learn a bit of everything. You have to manage to use the different tenses : past tense and future tense. As you are intermediate I suggest you strongly to take courses with a professor to refine your French language. He will help you to get a better accent, to get a better understanding of the grammar rules, the conjugations rules,…

The third step

So, now you are going to learn more advanced French and getting more confidence in using all the verbs and tenses. Now you will learn the future tense (futur simple) and for the past tense (imparfait). I suggest you to read the newspper, books, movies, and … for the native French people. No things for kids anymore. I suggest you as well to find a native French peple to talk with.

The fourth step

You have reached the red color step. Now you speak the French language fluently ! Well done ! It is almost like the French language is your mother tongue.

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