There are many reasons why people want to learn to speak French. Whatever the reason, learning a foreign language can be a confusing experience, but with the right approach, you can learn to speak French like a native speaker. Try the following tips. If you do, it will be almost impossible to learn the language without success.
If you want to learn French, you need to get the right materials. Buy or borrow French textbooks: Just because you are no longer going to school does not mean that you cannot use the materials available to students. Ask the clerk at your local bookstore for a vocabulary book and a French grammar book. Make sure that the grammar includes a list of French verbs and their conjugations. If not, you will need to purchase a separate book on French verbs. You can also go to your local school and ask your French teacher what kind of textbooks they use.
Learn a new word every day: Set a goal of learning 10 new words or phrases every day and make flashcards with them. You can also write them in a notebook and carry it with you at all times so that you can look up the words while waiting for the bus, in the waiting room, or in the supermarket line. This is the best way to learn French, otherwise you will be wasting your time.
The best way to learn French is to speak it. Therefore, you need to not only study from books, but also listen to French speakers and repeat what they say. Children learn best from songs. So why not listen and learn some French songs to get the correct pronunciation of the words you are learning. Try to buy French music CDs or download them legally on the Internet. You can also watch DVDs of French movies, and feel free to pause and rewind them.
Games are also a great way to learn French. Try simple puzzles, word searches, or playing Scrabble in French. If you are learning French with your children, the whole family can enjoy a skill game where you find an object of a certain color (advanced users can use the first letter of the word) and ask other players to guess what it is.
If you have access to French TV or radio, this will help you learn French. The more you listen to native speakers speaking your language, the easier it will be for you to learn French. If you don’t live in an area where you can receive French television programming, look for French news sites and blogs to find video content that you can watch online. There are now many French radio stations on the Internet, so try to listen to as many as you can. It takes time to get used to the French pronunciation, so don’t worry if you don’t understand it at first.