French is a language that is spoken all over the world. It is an official language in about 29 countries. French ranks second among the world’s most frequently taught languages, after English. You might therefore want to know how to learn French.
As with learning any language, learning French takes time, patience and energy. Learning new material and then practicing it are the keys to reaching fluency. However, learning French and practicing it doesn’t have to be a drag. There are lots of fun ways to incorporate both learning and practicing your French.
How To Learn French
- If you have a computer, or spend a lot of time on computer, consider buying a learning program, like Rocket French.
- Use free online podcast lessons, available all over the internet.
- Log in to online translator websites, such as Bonjour, where you type random phrases to get their meaning. However, these kinds of translators can sometimes be wrong, so double check by using your dictionary.
- Taking a French class is the other way of learning the language. Check your local community centers, colleges, craigslist, and meetup groups.
How To Practice French
In order to absorb this language as quickly as possible, try to have conversations in French and practice what you have learned wherever and whenever you can.
- You can practice with a French speaking student from your local college.
- Find a pen pal over the internet to practice with.
- Subscribe to a French magazine or newsletter and see how you will learn pretty fast as you continue reading French. Whenever you find a word you don’t know, look them up.
- Teach the new French words you have learned to your non-French speaking friends, as a way of practicing.
- Watching French movies or listening to French music is also a good way of learning French. This will help improve your listening skills as well as help you improve your accent. As a beginner, you should go for the French movies with English subtitles.
- Alliance Française, a non profit organization that is devoted to promoting the French language throughout the world. By joining, you are guaranteed to get all the help you need to learn French, by mingling with other French speakers.
See, now you know how to learn and practice French! If you can spend 30 minutes a day practicing the French you have learned, you will be well on your way to fluency.
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