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Why Learn French?
French is an extremely important language in the world today. It is used in business transactions, within large companies and is great to have when travelling to a foreign country. At Lingoda, we offer highly intensive courses that are taught by native French speakers. This is extremely helpful, as the best way to learn French is through a professional who is naturally fluent.
As with any language, one of the most difficult aspects of learning French is using the correct pronunciation. This can be nearly impossible to understand through text alone. By using qualified instructors in live online study sessions, students can develop a much better grasp pronunciation and accents. This will aid in the overall learning process immensely.
Of course, the learning process will take time and it can be challenging. Factors such as pronouns, word order, common expressions and the proper way to ask questions are all very important. In this way, conversations are just as necessary as understanding grammar. By providing our students with a great deal of study materials and resources, Lingoda has simplified this process and you will learn how to speak French before you know it!
Tips to Help You Learn How to Improve Your French
While studying is an excellent way to understand this language, there are other methods that can be very useful (and fun at the same time). What are some of the best?
- Watch French-language movies. Movies will help you to develop an understanding of the ways in which words are pronounced. Even though you may choose to begin with movies for children, your level of comprehension will rise quickly.
- Reading out loud is another excellent way to begin to learn how to speak French. Children’s books are a good resource to use in this case.
- Speaking regularly is critical. So, practice your skills often. Even if you only talk to yourself, your grammar and sentences will improve within a short period of time.
- Speak as often as possible, for no one expects you to master French overnight. The more effort you make to communicate, the better your grasp of the language will become.
- Finally, do not worry if you make a mistake. French is a difficult language and “practice makes perfect.” Try to speak at least thirty minutes every day.
Speak French like a Native Speaker
You can become very confused when you start learning French, because often the way a native speaker pronounces a word won’t bear much resemblance to the way it’s spelt. Often words are connected or contracted to make the flow of speech easier and more natural. Here are some more tips to help you speak French the way native speakers do!
- When asking questions, native French speakers don’t use the “correct” sentence structure you will find in text books. For example, a correct way to ask “what have you done wiould be ”Qu’as-tu fait?”. However, native French people usually say “Tu as fait quoi?” (contracted to T’as fait quoi? which literally translates to “you have done what?”)
- Spoken French also avoids using first person plural pronoun “nous” (“we”). Most of the time, it is being replaced by “on”, except in formal speech and writing.
- A good way to learn to speak like native speakers do is also to learn slang words. However, use them carefully and never in formal setting! To get you started, we have compiled 10 French slang words on our blog!
- When talking about the past, French native speakers almost always use passé composé instead of passé simple, which sounds too formal.
- Native French speakers use “ne … pas” to express negation. However, when speaking, the “ne” part is often dropped: for example, instead of saying “je n’ai pas faim” (“I am not hungry”), native speakers usually say “J’ai pas faim”.
There are many examples of words and phrases that are used differently from the way they’re taught in textbooks by native French speakers, and there’s no doubt that the best way to learn how to speak like a native is to listen attentively, and of course to speak French to French-speaking people. It’s also a good idea to watch television programmes in French – sitcoms are ideal as they generally contain a lot of dialogue – and to think about the differences between the spoken and the written word while you’re watching.
Common Mistakes to Avoid
French can be a very challenging language to learn, so it is only natural that mistakes are made during the process. In fact, there are a few common areas to keep in mind when you are beginning to learn French. What are some of the most frequent?
- First, it is important to remember not to “think” in your native language. The chances are high that there will be a great many differences (such as placing an adjective after a noun). By learning to train your mind to think in French, it will be much easier to remember all of the most important rules.
- In the same manner, do not try to directly translate sentences from your language into French. The meaning may be entirely different and the end result may not make sense when the translation is completed.
- It is common to hurry when first learning how to speak French. Instead, speak slowly and distinctly. Not only will this allow you to further understand the accents and pronunciations, but it will be much easier for the listener to comprehend you.
- When speaking with another person (or during one of our online video exchanges), never be afraid to make mistakes. In fact, mistakes are one of the best ways to learn! By overcoming this fear, you will begin to enjoy the processes involved with how to speak French and then, your overall understanding will quickly improve.
- Avoid using resources such as Google Translate. Although these can be good for individual words, the software is not perfect. Sentences can be translated incorrectly and in some cases, you may even miss the entire meaning of the text itself.
- Keep in mind that it is only through practice that French will be better understood as a language.
- Practice speaking on the phone. Does this sound a bit strange? Another important talent that needs to be developed is the ability to understand a person when you cannot see his or her lips and facial expressions. This is very important if you are working in a business that requires regular communication with clients from other countries.
These are some great ways that will help you learn to speak French better and more fluently. At Lingoda, we are happy to offer you a wide variety of tools that can make this process quick, constructive and fun. Although learning French can be challenging, it has never been easier to become a fluent speaker with the numerous tips and tricks that we offer!