Tips for French Learners: Immersion
Here are some good ways to absorb yourself in French:
Listen to music in French. This will enhance your listening skills, even if you only understand a few words out of the entire song. Some good French musicians are Stromae and a French girl group called L.E.J
Read in French. There are some easy French books you can read such as "Le petit Nicolas" which has a lot of familiar words and phrases. I was personally able to understand most of the book. In ios platform there is a section in the iBooks app called "Livres en Francais" which you can browse a large selection of popular French books
Watch TV in French. There are original tv series in French which you can find on YouTube. As well you can watch movies or your daily news in French too. Watching without the subtitles challenges you to understand and boosts your listening skills. These all help, even if you don't understand most of what is being said
Travel. If you have the time and money, travel to France and explore the largest French speaking nation on the planet. When you travel, it seriously makes you learn a language so well it's almost like magic. And since everything is in French and everyone speaks French, it pretty much forces you to speak the language. Studying abroad is also a great way to immerse yourself in French. But France isn't the only place where French is spoken. French is also a co-official language in Belgium. and if you visit Quebec in Canada, you will find close to 7 million native French speakers
I hope these tips helped anyone:) Really this isn't just for learners of French but for anyone learning another language use these tips to improve your skills. Don't be afraid to make mistakes and always be willing to improve!
Edit: Nova Scotia in Canada has a large portion of French speakers too
Dr. Suess has also been translated into French (and other languages) and is a wonderful way to read French since you already know the stories.
Half of New Brunswick speaks French - if the town sounds like it has a French name, they speak French there. There are also pockets in Ontario that speaks French - Sudbury comes to mind. Ottawa and Quebec city are wonderful places to visit.
Thanks for the tips.
You would be surprised how many pockets of French speakers are all over Canada. I live in Alberta (arguably not a French speaking province) and we still have decently large amounts of French speakers all around. Only one French station here in Edmonton area on FM (no clue with AM) and that is a news station... but French is French. :)
Thanks for the tips. Ad 3) I tried to watch Japanese TV when I was there for a postgrad fellowship to get into the language. It was so crazy I could not keep watching for longer than 5 minutes, especially in the morning before work. Colleages were more helpful, so I got a small glimpse of Japanese after 6 months.
Most of the Japanese I know is because of watching anime with English subs... Been watching for years though so it was bound to stick in some way. Immersion is almost always helpful even if it isn't terribly apparent at first.
Great tips! Another popular band to listen to (who have a few songs in French) is M83!
Listen to Stromae, he is truly a very talented artist :) Best songs from him: Ave cesaria, Papaoutai, Tous les memes, Dodo etc. I also listen to La Marseillaise performed by Mireille Mathieu, it's very catchy :)