Do you want to be able to speak French like a native? If so, then this blog post is for you. This article will show you how to become a better speaker of the language by teaching you vocabulary and grammar rules that are specific to French. We'll also provide some resources on where you can find opportunities for practicing your skills in France!
Read French Newspapers Online
To expand your knowledge of French vocabulary, it's important that you read newspapers written in the country. This will help expose yourself to new words that are used frequently within certain niches (such as business). I would particularly recommend this to intermediate learners (it's too difficult for beginners).
Learn the French alphabet and pronunciation
The first step is to learn the alphabet and pronunciation. Even though French uses an alphabet that is similar to English, it can be confusing at first because there are some letters with accent marks and others without them. It can also be difficult to know how each letter is pronounced, so it's a good idea to look up the alphabet online. Have a look at this video I made specifically to teach you the alphabet: https://youtu.be/El8wEAngnqs as well as this one to master the French accent and the basic French sounds: https://youtu.be/aUqir8em3nY
Practice speaking with a native French speaker
Practice speaking with a native French speaker. This will help you get rid of any grammatical errors that you might make and also refine your pronunciation skills. There are many language exchange apps such as HelloTalk, which allows you to communicate using text messages or video calls for free! It can be helpful to find someone who is at the same level as yourself, as you'll learn faster if both parties are on an equal footing.
YouTube is Your Best Friend
The best way to learn French pronunciation is simply by listening and mimicking native speakers of the language. YouTube provides some great resources for learning pronunciation from natives or those who have been studying for years! You might not sound exactly like them at first, but with enough practice you'll get there in no time :-)
Subscribe to my YouTube channel so you can start learning straigthaway: French in the Midlands - YouTube
Read children's books in French
Another great way to practice your fluency is by reading children books written in French. You can find many of them on Amazon or at the library. Children books can also help you to learn vocabulary that is specific to France.
Take advantage of any opportunities you have abroad
The last step for becoming fluent in French is taking advantage of all the opportunities that come your way when traveling or living abroad, such as part-time jobs and internships. It'll definitely help if you get involved with extracurricular activities while studying abroad like theatre groups, sports teams, etc. This will allow you to use what you've learned every day!
Use apps for practices
The best way to make the most of your time is by using language learning apps . It'll allow you to learn wherever and whenever possible, even on a subway or while traveling.
There are many types of apps like Duolingo (which has various levels), Memrise (which allows users to create personalised lessons) or FluentU (where you can watch videos with subtitles and transcripts). They provide some great tools for practicing different skills that you might need; it's all up to what works best for you!
If you want to learn how to speak better French, make sure that you practice everyday with native speakers or people who are on your level . Also try out apps like Memrise and Duolingo ! Even watching children's books can help you expand your vocabulary and speed up learning process! Good luck :-)