French is one of the most romantic languages out there. It's also a language that can be very difficult if you're just starting out learning it. There are many obstacles that stand between understanding and speaking French, Do you want to speak French? Then read on! These tips will help you overcome any difficulties you may encounter.
Take a French course locally
If you're in an area with a large French-speaking population, then take advantage of it. There are many people who will be able to help you learn the language and practice speaking with native speakers is incredibly helpful.,
Use apps on your phone
There are some great free apps out there that can make learning very easy. Apps like Duolingo or Babbel have tons of lessons for beginners so if this is where you need the most work they'll definitely get you started off right! And they're completely free too!
If you are happy paying for an app, try FluentU - it's my personal favourite.
Read books/watch films in French
This may sound difficult but trust me it's easier than you think. You don't need to read complex novels just yet; children's books, song lyrics, comics and films are all great for beginners. Soon enough you'll be reading at a higher level.
Listen to French music/radio
Listening is one of the most important aspects of learning any language, but especially useful in French since it's not based on your native tongue or English! Listening will help you get used to hearing words pronounced differently than they would normally sound.
Listen to podcasts with dialogue in French
This is a great way to get used to listening and understanding conversations in French. Rather than just focusing on vocabulary, you're learning how the language works as well.
Watch films with French subtitles
Once again this may seem like it would be difficult at first but trust me it gets easier as you do it. French speakers normally speak really fast and the subtitles can help you follow what's going on.
Get a tutor for speaking practice
While apps can be great learning tools they won't replace a real live person entirely. Find someone who speaks French fluently and have them help you along your French learning journey. I do offer one-to-one tuition, so if you want to try a free sample lesson, just book it at this link: https://calendly.com/frenchinthemidlands/30min
Practice speaking French by talking with native speakers
You do need a tutor to practice speaking but you can also find someone locally or even talk with people online! There are many language exchange apps and websites that make it easy.
Don't give up!
At first you may feel like French is an impossible task, but after just a short amount of time practicing these tips will begin to pay off and you'll be surprised at how much progress you've made. And most importantly remember: the more effort you put into learning this beautiful language, the better your results will be!
Find someone on Social Media who speaks French fluently
There are many ways to find someone but you can also do a search on social media, check out forums or even go to meetup.com where you'll be able to connect with other language learners.
Find friends online who speak different languages than yours. If this isn't possible in real life then connect with people from all over the world on sites like Facebook or Instagram.
French is a beautiful language that's rewarding to learn if you are willing to put in the effort. The more you practice the better your speaking skills will become.
These are simple but effective tips to get you started on your learning adventure with French. Remember, the only way to gain fluency is practice and patience!