In this article, we would like to offer a few suggestions and tips to help you learn French efficiently. We hope you will find it useful and interesting.
When learning a foreign language, we know that it can be exciting, motivating, rewarding and fun but inevitably, at times, it can also be discouraging, frustrating and difficult – it is a bit like a roller coaster. Don’t worry, these are perfectly normal feelings and they are part of the language learning process so try to be patient, don’t be too hard on yourself and even if you’re at a stage where you feel that you are not moving ahead, you are still learning and progressing!
And now some French learning tips : (taken from an article we wrote for our e-magazine with audio “French Accent”. Register to receive the magazine for FREE: French Accent Magazine.)
Don’t worry if you’ve heard the same word 10 times or more and still cannot remember it. You will notice that some words will come easily to you and others not. There is nothing wrong with repetition. You will need a lot. It’s normal. Repetition is an important element in acquiring a foreign language.
Any linguistic expert will tell you that you need hundreds of hours of listening to develop your comprehension. Your ear needs to be trained to recognize the new sounds of this language. The web is a wonderful resource where you can find many interesting audio links such as:
RFI (Radio France internationale)
This website provides audio links to short news stories in français facile (easy French)
Another site offering videos of news stories, in French. Good for intermediates but also for beginners
A good website with many activities (videos, songs, etc.) adapted to the level of every student
A very good source for videos of news and general “people” gossip
If you live in a French speaking country, watch French TV and listen to French radio stations! TV is not as bad as you think. Many students have a negative attitude toward French TV – sure it lacks interesting programmes, but there are a few good ones. You just need to find the one which appeals to you. But what you can do is at least listen to the weather forecast, the adverts (the adverts are very short stories and you will hear lots of repetition in each one) as well as in the cartoons and travel programmes. You can learn a lot from these various media sources! They can be a wonderful learning tool.