How to Learn French

Written byAmélie Pinon

Learning a new language can sound exciting but daunting at the same time.

Personally, I have never considered myself the “language type of person”.

In school I stumbled with learning French while other people around me seemed to take to it like a duck to water, so I just assumed I was bad at learning languages.

Fast forward 6 years and I decided I would try learning French again, this time not in a classroom with a teacher but using other methods that the internet had to offer. I have to admit I was amazed at how well I managed to pick up the language that I now LOVE. This website is dedicated to people wanting to learn French, that like me find it exciting and just a bit daunting! (but don’t worry it’s not daunting, it’s an amazing experience). For me the highlight of learning French was to go to France.

When I started learning I decided there and then that I would visit France once I could speak the language, after 6 months of learning I was confident that I could speak the language well and booked my flight.

18 months after not being able to speak a WORD of French, I was enjoying the French spring time and speaking French to all the locals, it was an amazing experience I fill cherish forever. I already have plans to go back. This time to the south of France.

How I learnt French

I have found the most amazing way to Learn French! (seriously) 

I am not exaggerating here, this is exciting stuff. When I first found out I could use this – my jaw dropped.

It just goes to show that you really can be good at just about anything in this life, you just need the right tools! You can try for yourself what I used by clicking the link below, or read on for more info.

What I really love about this method is that it made learning french FUN, learning French is not hard when it is so much fun it seems as easy as counting 1-2-3!, I actually looked forward to my weekly learning. What impressed me so much is that I could do it from home but at the same time I felt connected to the world with fellow pupils and expert teachers at my disposal.  

Did you know that over 175 million people speak French?

Not only does the entire population of France speak French (obviously!) but even within your home town you can find many French people, so you can start impressing people with your French skills straight away. Many other countries have French as a main language including Canada, Many countries in Africa (e.g Morocco, Seychelles, Madagascar, Ivory Coast and many more!), Belgium, Switzerland, Vanuatu, French Polynesia and the list goes on. In fact there are 29 different countries in the world that have French as a main language.  

The Joys of Speaking French in France

Everyone knows that Paris is the city of love. France has everything from art to food, to music, even culture –  take a trip to Paris, and have lunch in a quaint little cafe and absorb the stunning atmosphere that is unique to France.  

Imagine going on a tour of the Eiffel Tower and being able to understand your tour guide. Even ask questions, in French. Being able to stroll down the streets and shop in all the wonderful stores France has to offer, and greet everyone in their language. Love music? France offers It is not just spoken in France.  

If you’ve ever heard a French person speak, you will know it is such a beautiful language. Although it can be challenging to learn, it is not impossible, and can be very fun and exciting. Imagine being able to speak such a romantic language abroad.  

Different ways to learn

If you’re not fortunate enough to have lived and studied in France, there are still several ways you can go about learning the language. As with learning any language, especially a foreign language, you will need to learn the alphabet. You will need to learn how to pronounce words, how to conjugate verbs and construct sentences. It is important to practice everyday, choosing a few words or sentences at a time.

The best way to learn French (in my opinion)

As I mentioned, I am not a natural at languages and the traditional methods of learning French in a classroom with books did not work for me. It no doubt works for some people who are naturally good with languages but not for me. I also tend to think that anyone will be able to learn faster using the method I used. I was amazed at how far technology has come and the French language package I purchased is called ,. Here’s why I think it is so amazing:

  • It immerses you straight into the French language. You will only be speaking, hearing and seeing French. Although that might sound a bit daunting, it is not.. it is more fun and accurately represents how we naturally learn any language. When we first learnt our mother tongue from our parents we did so by being immersed in the language – we are naturally predisposed to this method, it simply works.
  • You can learn in your own home. Getting to classes can be a hassle for people like me who have too many things to do as it is. I love being able to learn from home, take a bit of time out to learn my French has become a highlight of my week.
  • Fun yet scientifically proven techniques, using a combination of imagery, text, audio and speech recognition the package knows how to get your brain learning French fast and it keeps you engaging and having a blast along the way.
  • So many more good things, I can’t recommend it enough check out the software yourself to see more about it.


Other ways to Learn French – Books

Books are probably the most common and traditional way to learn French, all you do is purchase books such as dictionaries and language learning work books. A dictionary is always a handy tool to have no matter what language you speak, and can be very valuable in learning a foreign language. Your local library is an excellent place to start looking for books. If you don’t see any that catch your eye, you will want to go to your nearest bookstore. They will certainly have a vast selection of books and dictionaries to help you in your learning journey. The main benefit of buying a dictionary is you will have access to it anytime you need help in learning a new word. A bookstore will also have work books available. This will help you in learning not only how to read and write the language, but give you the practice you need in retaining what you’ve learned.

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