1 – Practice every single day
Tip number one . Practice every single day. You can read that everywhere and it’s because it’s true. If you practice every day your brain will get used to the language faster and of course your learning will be faster as well. If you learn only for hours on Sunday and it’s really good to learn for hours on Sunday, but you also have to do maybe 15 minutes every day during the week. Because if you only learn 4 hours on Sunday and then your brain will just forget everything, you won’t remember anything the week after. So, if you do it every day 15 minutes, just one day practice your grammar, the day after practice your vocabulary and then you’re listening or anything like that, even just a reading TV show, anything practice, every single day.
2 – Make mistakes
Tip number two. Make mistakes. As you can hear I am NOT a native English speaker. I do make mistake every day, I do make mistakes probably in every video. There’s probably lots of mistake in this video but if I focus on me, on the mistake I could make, I would never improve, I will never talk with anybody, I would never write an email. It won’t be positive for me. So, I just let it go, I make mistake, it’s not a big deal. I will be better tomorrow.
3 – Practice out loud and talk to yourself
Tip number three. Practice out loud and talk to yourself. This is probably the most embarrassing tip. I talk to myself a lot when I’m when I’m alone, only when I’m alone, I mean when I Drive on a kook, I just usually have a conversation with myself about the weather, what I’m gonna watch on TV, my weekend, the book I read. It can be anything beside the fact that now you think I’m crazy, and probably all the drivers on the highway will show me. It does work.
4 – Learn words in context
Ttip number four. Especially in French when you learn the word, try to learn it in context. Let’s say a noun in French can be either feminine or masculine. If she only learned the noun, well, you don’t know if it’s feminine or masculine. So, for example « chair » in French, if you only need learn « chair » you don’t know, like maybe you will have stream, it’s masculine when it’s indeed feminine. So, it’s not « chair ». So, just learning that way la says okay, so you know right away it’s a feminine word. But, you can go even further, you can say « the chair is comfortable » that says a comfortable. So, now you know that « chair » it’s feminine. You practice your verb ad and then you know one more adjective. It’s a win-win
5 – Watch your favorite TV show in French with French subtitles
Tip number five. Watch your favorite TV show in French with French subtitles. We all have those TV show that we watched a lot. We know everything that happens on there. We know the conversation, we know how it’s going to end, there’s very no surprise. But, the fact that you know, anything about those TV show makes it easier to understand. Even when they speak another language try to read those subtitles as much as you can, take note of vocabulary you don’t know, even if you had a long day, you can always watch one episode. It’s maybe 20-40 minutes. You just watch it, try to read the subtitles, it keeps your French going and you don’t miss your practice
6 – Learn words by group
Tip number six. Learn words by group. I don’t know if a lot of people do that but I did it when I learn English and he helped me build my vocabulary a lot faster than usual. If you learn a sentence, let’s say « the phone is ringing » (le téléphone sonne), what if you take the telephone. We have literally fun a phone, you have téléphoner which is a verb « to call » and then you have you in conversation telephone. Each a phone call so you learn three words just by starting with one.
7 – Read a bit every day
Tip number seven. Read a bit every day even if it’s just a page of a book. If she already reading a French book, if not I recommend les récrés du petit nicolas, just put it right here. It’s a book about her kid, it does all those kind of adventure with his friends. Otherwise you can also find a French blog or also the news, even if the news are usually more complicated to understand with vocabulary. But keep translating all the vocabulary you read in your book, your article, your blog, French website, whatever keep translating and it will come.
8 – Join a French-speaking
Tip number eight. Join a french-speaking group. Probably the less easy of my tip to apply but if you can find a french-speaking group in your city, even if you go only once a month, it can really do its magic. When you talk to yourself you choose the way the conversation goes, here you won’t be able to do that, you won’t be able to choose the answer, you’re gonna get you won’t be able to choose how the other person speak. If it speaks fast or not, the accent he has or even the vocabulary use. So, it really will improve your conversation skills.
9 – Give a break to your tired brain
Tip number 9. Give a break to your tired brain. When I was learning English there were days I will get up and I will not be able to think in English, there was just too much for me, my brain was tired, I needed a break and I will give him a break doing those day. I would just review my vocabulary, maybe watch a TV show like I said earlier one or two. During the day I will just practice where I already know and I will not bring in more information. If your brain is tired and it’s perfectly normal you have long days, you work your things to remember your things to improve. in every part of your life learning a new language is a big commitment for your brain so give your tired brain a break.
10 – Don’t focus on something you don’t understand
Tip number 10. The last one and I hope the best one – don’t focus on something you don’t understand. When I was learning English I could not figure it out how to use doing something. For example, « I’m eating an apple », I could not figure out how to use that correctly. It sounds not that smart now because it’s really easy to use but my brain will just not pick that up, not use it correctly and one day I just give up on using it, I said whatever I will use it one day. One day I will use it quickly and yes one day I did use it correctly, and now I never make the mistake again. So, if there is something you don’t understand in French, if not, it will come, just go around, don’t keep bumping it. It’s not useful, you lose your energy for nothing, you will understand one day, you will keep reading it, you will keep hearing it, and one day you will use it correctly. But, until then, just give your brain a break.