Consuming and propagating foreign goods are nothing new for us. Now if you have chosen to learn and speak in French then let me tell you that it is the most taught foreign language in India due to the surge in tourism, hospitality, and innumerable sectors. In recent few decades, Indians have taken varied interest in French wines and cheese and till 20th century France had the monopoly over wine-making and still boasts of one! It all shows that India and certain cities in it are becoming more cosmopolitan day by day- thanks to the frenzy that Indians have for speaking in English. Basically, knowing English to get any job is mandatory and if you know one more foreign language then it’s an ‘icing’ on the cake. So, let’s find out the ingredients required for this ‘fusion icing’ called English and French-
Ways to be fluent in English and French language
Peek into History
One unique similarity between English and French is that French comes from Latin and English influences whereas English comes from Latin and French influences and thus there is great level of similarity in terms of sentence structure. In fact, French has a host of loan words from English. A little peek into the history will tell you William the Conqueror who became the King of England made Norman French the official language of the upper classes, especially the church and government. As they say, history repeats itself- so ironically loads of French words made their way into English and they are still existing. What I actually want to assert is that- knowing English will make your path smoother when you venture into French.
Techniques for fluency
Time is a precious commodity, whether we are learning French or English, whether for business or pleasure. Hence learning five words per day related to your purpose would be a great process for self-learning. Over a period of time, these words will not only help us in speaking but writing as well. It’s an exercise that can easily hit two birds with one arrow. Firstly, new words can be learned at practically any time, even when you are commuting to the office. Secondly, these words can predominantly help you to write your CV from English to French, especially if you are planning to look for a job overseas.
Join an online class
It is ideal to join an online class, where you can practice speaking in French and English in group or individual sessions. You can not only clarify your doubts but also get instant corrections. Here I would like to recommend the name Multibhashi. It is an ed-tech platform, where you can get professional trainers to guide you and make you achieve the level, specifically if your target is career-oriented. You may click on the link- https://classes.multibhashi.com/courses/live-French-classes-online. Hiring a trainer will be a lifelong investment as the material stays with you throughout. You may also take a demo of your chosen trainer at a nominal cost. One word of caution would be, any new change in our life requires discipline and dedication. So, if you are regular and focused then no one can stop you from flaunting your French speaking-muscles in no time!
As a teacher, I feel there is no substitute to reading, writing, and comprehending. Thereby speaking comes organically! If fluency is in your mind, then grab a book of French language learning and start asap. As far as English is concerned, grab children’s books which are not only cheap but also a simple process of enhancing your vocab in no time. If you are running on a tight schedule then grab your earphones and start downloading e-books or listening to podcasts readily available for English and French at your fingertips.