We get it. Learning a new language can feel intimidating.
You’ve probably heard from a few friends who have already tried, but didn’t succeed. The reality is, they probably did not have the right guidance and help to succeed in the first place.
The majority of people who try to learn French or another foreign language go at it alone. They may use free language learning apps, watch YouTube videos, use traditional textbooks, and so forth. These resources can be useful in their own right, but like any endeavor, you need a strategy.
Luckily for you, we’ve gathered some of the top experts to reveal 7 tips for learning French as a beginner.
ps – we also wrote an article interviewing top polyglots sharing language learning tips.
7 Tips For Learning French (From Polyglot Experts)
1. Benny Lewis
Background: Benny is a popular irish language blogger who runs the famous blog: Fluent in 3 Months. He claims to speak seven languages with confidence and has been on a mission to help aspiring language learners achieve their goals faster. Through unique tactics and even unconventional learning methods, Benny offers candid tips for learning French or any foreign language.
Spaced Repetition Systems is a great method for memorising vocabulary and phrases. My favourite SRS tool, Anki, is free and allows you to create your own flashcards, so you can build a deck from your personalised French phrasebook.
Follow-up thoughts: We also recommend checking our Memrise.com.
2. Conor Clyne
Background: Conor is a former lawyer turned polyglot, vlogger, and globe trotter.
First things first, if you have the opportunity to go to the country of your target language, I suggest that you to grab the opportunity enthusiastically. Leaving your comfort zone is a great way to improve your skill set, broader your mind and expand your social circle.
Background: Lindsay is a blogger who started her journey in England as a private tutor and eventually expanded her brand as a vlogger and language influencer.
Follow-up thoughts: The chart that Lindsay illustrates above is a good reference for learning French plurals. It’s a constant struggle for French learners given the numerous plural endings that exist. You can also watch her video below where she goes deeper into sharing tips for learning French.
When it comes to learning languages, including French, not everybody is the same.
Some students need the expertise of a teacher to guide them through their studies, motivate them and find creative ways to explain the same point until it is understood. In-person and/or Skype French lessons can be a good solution.
Follow-up thoughts: As a company that have seen thousands of students come into our doors, we’ve gathered enough data to confirm this. Lack of information isn’t why most people aren’t successfully able to learn a new language. Like getting in shape, learning French requires accountability, feedback, and professional guidance to see results over the long-run.
Background: Our research-backed language blog sharing tips and tactics to help you learn any language with confidence.
Learning and mastering the first 1,000 most common French words will be an essential milestone we should achieve in any language, as this will allow us to grasp 88% of vocabulary in oral speech.
Follow-up thoughts: This fact is based on a study that suggests we should learn the most common words first. Like English (or any other language), we only use a portion of our vocabulary knowledgebase. For everyday conversations, a fraction of the words dominate usage, so it’s better to focus on learning those French words first. If you haven’t checked out our free language hacking masterclass, we highly recommend it. We have proven tactics to help you learn a new language faster.
6. Gabriel Wyner
Focus on mastering pronunciation as early as you possibly can. It will improve your ability to remember words and it’ll minimize the amount of time you’re practicing bad pronunciation habits.
Follow-up thoughts: Don’t go at this alone. Sure, you can watch YouTube videos and Netflix shows of Spanish speakers and try to mimic them. While you may see some improvements, you can significantly shortcut your learning by working with a private French tutor. May we suggest finding a French tutor on Rype?
7. Tim Ferriss
The apple is red.
It is John’s apple.
I give John the apple.
We give him the apple.
He gives it to John.
She gives it to him.
These six sentences alone expose much of the language, and quite a few potential deal killers.
Follow-up thoughts: Tim continues on in his article by sharing that these 6 ‘golden’ sentences help us in two major ways. First, it allows us to understand sentence structures of a new language like French, such as the ordering of subject-object. Second, and perhaps more important, is we can understand how the verb is conjugated. For example, Spanish verb conjugations are different than French, and French conjugations are different than Italian, and so forth.
Which of these French learning tips did you find most useful?
We hope you enjoyed these essential French tips from our language experts. Learning French or any language is a long but rewarding journey, and these tactics should help you go faster. Lastly, we suggest that you handpick a few of these learning tips above, instead of all seven, and implement them as soon as possible.
Once you’ve mastered the first few tips, then you can revisit this article and try out thte rerst. This way, you don’t feel pressured or overwhelmed to apply all of them at the same time. That’s a recipe for disaster!
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