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Best Way To Learn How To Speak French

Mar 24, 2008
If you are thinking of learning a second language then French is a good one to consider. English and French are closely related. Many French and English words are exactly the same except for the pronunciation and a few accents here and there. By learning French you will improve your understanding of English. And having English as your native tongue will give you a head start in your study of the French language.

French is spoken throughout the world and is an official language of many World Organizations like the United Nations. Being able to speak the language can help you in your private and professional life.

So if you are settled on learning French, no doubt you want to learn it as quickly as possible. I can't blame you, the best bit of learning a new language is being able to speak to people. The other stuff like learning vocabulary or how to form verb endings is pretty monotonous. So what is the best way to learn French so that all the good stuff is in and the bad stuff is out (or at least not as apparent ) ? This article will deal with the best way to learn French.

I think the best way to learn any language, including French, is to take an immersion course. An immersion course typically means doing an intensive course in a French speaking country. So this could be in France or Canada for instance. Ideally you want to do the course and then spend a bit more time in the country to build on your studies.

It goes without saying that you need time set aside for something of this nature. Ideal occasions are in a gap year between school and university or maybe your work allows you to take a sabbatical year off.

The more you take part in the daily activities of the country the better your understanding of the language will become. For instance, a simple job will give you real world experiences that will make the academic learning stick in you brain.

So why is immersion learning so effective ?

For two reasons. You have no excuses and fall backs to learn and speak the language. Nobody speaks your native language so if you want to get by you have to speak French. This gets you out of your comfort zone and any worries of sounding like a fool are banished. In short, you are extremely motivated.

And the second reason is that your learning has a point. You can use what you learn. This continues to motivate you and makes the pain of potentially tedious learning worthwhile. So being able to order a meal or have a conversation in a bar will motivate you. And the sights, sounds and smells that you experience when you have that conversation will make it come to life and help you to understand more.

Immersing yourself in French is the best way to learn French but is also potentially expensive. It may also be hard to organize unless you have some time on your hands. Other ways to learn French if you do not have the finances or time to go to another country are to do a night course or even a self study course.
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