Learning how to speak a new language is wonderful, motivating and often disastrous at times. There are so many things that you need to make sure you are getting right.
Some people use applications on their phones to see flashcards, some people use websites like Colanguage to speak to real French teachers, and some people read out of textbooks.
No one way of learning works for everyone and with that in mind, here are some of the best ways of learning French.
Before you begin to learn any language, you need to understand that the way that you find easiest to learn a language could be incredibly hard for someone else, and vice versa. You will have to spend quite a bit of time trying different methods and different techniques until you find one that suits you perfectly.
When it comes to French, we would advise that you start out by using flashcards. These will give you a basic grasp of vocabulary, in the same way that a child learns a language, word by word. But, you should also spend some time looking at sentence structure. Start off with incredibly easy sentences and slowly work your way up a ladder.
Once you have a little bit of vocabulary under your belt, you can start trying to read French. The key to reading French effectively is to make sure that you understand the pronunciation of each of the words that you are reading, this is something that will help you when it comes to speaking French fluently in the future. If you are reading words incorrectly in your head, then you will also say them incorrectly.
Sometimes, even reading things that you don’t yet understand can help you learn a language. You start to cherry pick the words that you recognise and work out how sentences are strung together by doing this. You can also learn new words by simply Googling them or asking people either via a forum or a mobile application, like HelloTalk.
Grammar is an incredibly important thing to consider when it comes to reading French. It’s one thing to be able to translate every word in your head, but it is another to actually be able to understand how they are strung together and why they appear in a certain order. This is the foundation that you need when it comes to learning how to write French.
Learning how to write in another language is difficult. You need to have everything that we have already mentioned and more. Your vocabulary is incredibly important, but so is your understanding of French grammar. If you don’t understand the grammar that comes with the language, then you might find yourself writing sentences that are a direct word for word translation of English sentences, meaning that they won’t actually make sense in French.
One of the best ways of learning how to write French is actually to write essays. You would essentially be giving yourself homework, but this homework would be the key to you learning how to write properly. Remember that the word et (and) is your friend and it will enable you to expand on what you are trying to say. You can also use phrases like de plus (in addition), ensuite (next) and ainsi que (as well as) to add even more to your essays.
Once you have written your essay, you might want to consider submitting it to an online French teacher. These are people who can teach you French and show you exactly what areas you should be focused on by working out where your weak spots are. They would be able to spot any flaws with your essay and show you how to correct them. If you cannot afford to pay for a French teacher, then you could use a language sharing application so that you know a real person is reading your work and not Google Translate.
Learning how to speak French can be a difficult task, but there are certain steps that you can take to make sure that you know how to pronounce French words correctly while you are learning the language.
If you have already learned the basics and you are moving on to handling basic conversation, then we would highly recommend that you seek out a French teacher, like those who can be found on Colanguage. The thing about seeking out a French teacher is that they are generally both experienced and affordable.
The benefits of working with a teacher include the fact that they can help you immediately if they notice that you are pronouncing something wrong. This immediate intervention means that you won’t build a habit of pronouncing certain words differently than how they should be pronounced.
By using a service that is also used by a number of different teachers, you can also make sure that you find a teacher who uses teaching methods that work well with the way that you learn. The last thing that you would want would be to be stuck with a teacher who you don’t get along with or be stuck with a teacher that simply does not use the methods that you need when you are learning.
Remember that pronunciation is the key to speaking any language successfully. If you don’t spend enough time learning how to pronounce words, you will be speaking a different language using the pronunciation from your own. This can lead to words and sentences sounding like completely different things and a lot of misunderstandings.
This article is finished, but your journey into learning French is just beginning. Remember that you cannot do everything on your own and you will need to find a language partner of some sort. How will you know if you are doing something wrong? Get textbooks, or flashcards, or websites up on your computer. The way that you learn best is for you to decide.