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You really want to learn French
Being very excited when you think of learning French, « I really want to learn and improve my French, youpi » ! Or having a good reason to spend time studying it, it could be :
-going to live or to travel in France or in a French speaking country soon, discovering different culture (France, Québec, Belgium – the French culture is present in several countries (for example : Russia, Japan,…))
-having conversations with members of the family that speak French
-to read the classics French novels (Victor Hugo, Emile Zola,…) and poetry (Rimbaud, Beaudelaire,…), to have French native speakers friends
-to have an access to the French culture
Learning a new language is not easy everyday, it could be painful sometimes, so if you really know why you want to speak this language and why you do not spend your time to do something else, it will help you a lot to keep the motivation.
Being surrounded by the French language
Create an immersion in the French language, wherever your are. Do as if you were in France ! Immersion experience.
-At your home, put post-it on the objects with the name in French, for example : frigidaire (fridge), placard (cupboard), bureau (desk), étagère (shelf), lit (bed), tapis (carpet), lumière (light), vêtements (clothes), chaussures (shoes),…
-Attending French speaking event in your city, meeting the French native people
-Reading books, novels, newspapers in French
-Studying with an audio support, it could be the radio, videos (with French subtitles), movies, audiobooks, podcasts, songs,…
-Change the language of your cellphone into French, do everything in French : your research on Google, downloading an app, using Whatsapp,…
Having your own phrasebook
In this book you will write all the sentences you need for your first steps in France or in a French speaking country : the basics ones that are common to every people who learn French and the phrases related to you, to your life. With a simple conjugation and translation.
The basisc French sentences could be :
–Quel bus je dois pendre pour aller au centre ville ? → Which bus should I take to go to the city center ?
–Où est le centre commercial le plus proche ? → Where is the nearest shopping center?
–Quel est le restaurant le plus proche d’ici ? → What is the closest restaurant to here?
–Où est-ce que je peux louer une voiture ? → Where can I rent a car?
–Où est-ce que je peux faire des courses ? → Where can I go shopping?
The phrases related to your life could be :
–Je viens de Los Angeles → I come from Los Angeles
–Je travaille dans l’informatique → I work in IT
–J’aime faire du basket et lire des romans → I like to basketball and read novels
–Je suis parti en vacances en France → I went on vacation to France
–J’ai une passion pour la montagne → I have a passion for the mountains
With simple phrases and sentences related to your life it is easier to learn and to remember of the French language. And you will be able to talk about yourself with French people, which give motivation to continue studying it.
Accept your mistakes
Between French and English there are common sounds but as well sounds that exist only in one language. So you will not able to say them in a right way right away, it will take time in order to do it properly. So when you are talking to someone, accept the mistakes. The mistakes are part of the way to reach your goal : be fluent in French ! If you feel uncomfortable about speaking French, it will take more time to be fluent. Push yourself, it worth it !
Having conversations with native people
You can find people for that in your city, with the websites
MeetUp is a website to look for social events, it could be sports, board games, music, language exchange,… and you can ask in a group if a French native person is available to talk with you. Couchsurfing is a very famous social website, in several cities in the world they organize a cultural meeting every week , it could be a language exchange, but if there are no French people you can find them through the website and make a skype exchange. There are two famous online language plateform to meet someone to talk French with
-Italki : It is free, or you have to pay if you want to have a course
-Hello Talk : this is a free mobile app
They are one of the great resources, better than flashcards, to incerase your stock-word learning a variety of expressions.
Learn French with courses
You can go to a summer university for 1 week, 2 weeks. You can mix it with living in a host family (exchange). Which is helpful is that you will get feedbacks from the professors who know the language, it will correct your mistakes. You can decide to go for an exchange in France or in a French speaking country for a semester or one year (example : erasmus), maybe you will not study French but you will study in French.
Learn French with a private tutor
The professor is here just for you, he will correct your accent, all the aspects of the language that are difficult for you. The bad point of being taught by a private professor is that is more expensive than a group course.
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