French, considered by many to be the language of love, is one of the most spoken languages in the world. With more than 300 million speakers in 29 countries on five continents, this language becomes the third most spoken language in the world. Fancy being one of the 120 million students who are learning this wonderful language?
Whether you’re a veteran or a beginner, just curious or planning to take a course abroad,we teach you 5 tips for learning French very quickly!
Immerse yourself in the language
The best way to learn a new language is to do a total immersion in it, so you have to try to expose yourself to French as much as you can. The more you hear it, the better I’d talk about it. That’s why we recommend that you start watching TV shows on streaming platforms like Netflix or you can also search for videos on Youtube. Surely at first you will need to see it with subtitles, but whether you are beginners or have a more advanced level, watching TV in French is a very simple way to make an ear and learn new expressions.
If you’re not much of a TV watcher, you can try other options. Podcasts are a simple and fun way to learn French. On Spotify you can find plenty for students of all levels and also topics that you may find interesting. You should also try as hard as you can in the language. If you’re just getting started, magazines or books that contain images are a great choice because they help you understand the context. Then you can dare with blog, comics (Tintin
is a classic that never fails) or even simple novels
Practice makes the teacher
You should talk about it whenever you can! Try to organize a language exchange with a native speaker or join groups (reading club, wine tasting even a party), any occasion is good to practice. Another good option is to download free language-sharing apps, such as Tandem where you can connect with native speakers. Anyway, if you don’t find anyone to practice French with. you can do it with yourself, it’s no joke. Even if you get a little qualms at first, speak out loud and you’ll see how practicing is really the key.
Fun ways to learn
A very simple and fun way to learn vocabulary is to place notes of the different objects you have at home: table, chair, fridge, cup… You can also prepare a notebook with vocabulary and draw an illustration to help you remember it. Another fun tip is to sing songs in French, whether they’re childish, classic or the style you like the most, try to understand what it says and learn it! You can also do crossword puzzles in French or even play online game (hangman is great). There are countless options to make the learning process fun.
Get ready for an official exam
There are those of us who need a little pressure to start studying… or you might want to get hold of an official diploma to stand out professionally. However, it is worth informing yourself about the different types of official French exams that exist. The Ministries of National Education offers two options: DELF and DALF. DELF (A1 and A2) is an exam for elementary levels, DELF exams (B1 and B2) are for intermediate levels, and DALFs (C1 and C2) for students with a more advanced level. Having a specific goal will help you achieve that motivation and fulfill what you set your mind to.
Study French abroad
And there is obviously no better way to learn a language than by spending time where they speak it. You must put into practice everything learned in the classes talking to indigenous people or just sightseeing Explore the country and soak up its culture as much as you can! Now all you have to do is decide which destination you prefer. Do the Alps or the Cote d’Azur call you more? You can also head to Canada and find out what the language is like on the other side of the puddle.