Whatever your reason for learning French, you want to do so as efficiently as possible. Make the most of your study time with these language-learning tips and tricks.
There's no secret recipe for fluency; indeed, it's difficult to even find consensus on what "fluency" actually means.
Tip 2: Don't believe the myths
Fact: Everyone who can speak one language can speak two.
If you're a complete beginner, one of the best things you can do to jumpstart your language learning journey is spend some time absorbing the sounds of the language.
Tip 4: Have realistic expectations
Learning a language like French is more a matter of racking up study hours than anything else. Your native ability is secondary.
Being self-conscious about making mistakes is counter-productive, so don't be.
Immersion in a language exponentially increases your language hours, and inversely decreases your fluency timeline.
Tip 7: Be kind to yourself
Practicing self-compassion has numerous benefits related to learning a new language.
A recent study proves scientifically that slightly modifying repetitions can actually double the speed at which you learn.
Don't spend hours poring over material you've already read. Just reread enough to understand or remind yourself of the information and then practise recalling the information by taking French tests.
Tip 10: Learn about learning
Learning how to learn is key to mastery, but it turns out that tried and true methods of learning aren't necessarily so true after all.
In this section
- French Test Prep
- Language Learning Myths
- Listen in Preparation for Learning
- Be Kind to Yourself
- Realistic Expectations
- Intensity Is Vital to Language Learning
- Repetition Is Essential
- Recall Your Way to Better French
- Learning about Learning
- The Importance of Setting Goals
- Language Learning Benefits
- Don't "Practise Your Mistakes" in French
- French Glossary and Jargon Buster