French, descending straight out of the Roman Empire is a beautiful language often known as the language of Romance. Being the official language of as many as 29 countries is enough to explain its popularity worldwide. Learning French is equally fun. It is amongst the easiest languages to learn across the globe. If you are someone who is learning it, this blog is exactly for you. Here are some good tips to learn the French language quickly.
There are a few things that are a must-do while learning a new language, that will help you learn and incorporate the language in your lives easier as well as quickly.
Do the basics right
Always start with the basics, some people start with learning to speak and listen in the language, then focus on the writing part. But the correct way is to start with writing, first the alphabets, then slowly learning the sounds associated with them, and then word building and conversing. This will help you learn the language much faster and easier and you will not face difficulties in the later stages of perfecting the language.
Write it all
Maintain a journal from the very beginning and start noting things down whenever you come across a new word, a new grammar rule, a new phrase, a new proverb. Anything new just write it down. Writing it down will ensure that you remember it for a longer time, plus even if you forget you will always have the advantage of just turning a few pages over and finding it instead of wondering where you came across them. Writing will also help you in practicing the letters and words and their spellings. That is also very essential while learning a language.
French all around you
Study shows that you learn and grasp a lot from your surroundings unconsciously and subconsciously. This type of learning is known as acquired learning. Where a learner acquires knowledge from its surroundings, without even noticing. It is a great way to learn, by ingraining French in your day-to-day lifestyle and surroundings you will be able to learn it faster and without a fuss. Some interesting things you can do are –
- Create and stick notes at places that you see the most, like beside your dressing table, your refrigerator etc. these notes can include new words and their meanings, or some quotes and proverbs.
- Use flashcards.
- Keep magazines and newspapers in French and you can try reading small quantities. Or just have a glance at them whenever you have time throughout the day.
- Maintain a diary in French and try writing all your daily events in it.
- Listen to music and songs in French.
- Watch French movies, shows, etc.
Make it fun
Try making your learning process as much fun as you can. That way you will not be bored of learning french. Indulge in a lot of movies and TV shows. This will keep you entertained as well as teach you new words, their pronunciations and how to effectively start and continue the dialogue in the language. Listening to French music, audiobooks and podcasts will also help you in learning it. French also known as the language of romance, has a great collection of books and novels to read. You can begin reading them as soon as you start recognizing the alphabet and the morphology. By the time you are a pro in French, you will have read so many books of french literature. You can also download apps and games such as Duolingo, flash academy. These will help you recall what you have learned.
Evaluate yourself constantly
Once you are thorough with reading and understanding French try taking quizzes in it. You can also download apps and games that are meant for French learners. They are a fun way to test yourself as well as improve your reading, writing, and speaking skills in the language. While evaluating, focus on where you go wrong and how you can improve it. Self-evaluation helps in bringing quicker changes.
While learning a new language, one must not do a few things, that would simply prove to be a waste of efforts
Do not overwork yourself
In the race of learning it faster, a lot of times learners end up learning the concepts all at once. You might feel you have learnt so much in such a short amount of time, but after some days you will realise that you have forgotten a lot of what you studied. The key to effective learning is taking baby steps. One must divide the portion in small batches and move on to the next topic after practicing the previous one. This will help you understand the topic better and also be able to remember it.
As you see, learning French is a lot of “fun to indulge yourself in” type of activity that you can take up. It might feel time-consuming at the beginning but as you get comfortable you will find it fun and be able to move forward quickly and easily. Keep these steps in mind and there’s no one stopping you from achieving your goals. Bon apprentissage