10 tips for learning French
- When you start learning French, it's importand that you start learning the right pronunciation. French native speakers will shallow a lot when they speak, but don't try to do that when you're a beginner. Just learn the official pronunciaton first. See this example. Natives will shallow 'ne'. official: Je ne comprends pas le mot. natives: Je comprends pas le mot. This brings me to point 2.
- When you write, you always have to write down 'ne'. If you know the official pronunciation, you can start make speaking easier by shallowing some words. (like 'ne') If you say the sentence from above, you can shallow 'ne'. But when you write the sentence down, you have to write the full sentence (with 'ne') you also have to do this with the letter 'h'. You don't pronounce this letter in French, but you need to write it.
- Use 'vous' when you have to say: you (formal). DON'T use 'tu' what means: you (informal)
- In French, grammar is the toughest thing. First, learn some basic verbs and grammar things. (like negatives and how to make a question). When you know the basic grammar points and verbs, you can easily make a lot of sentences, after you've learned a new vocabulary.
- Maybe it sounds weird, but sing when you learn a new verb. Just sing all de forms in a rhythm what fits.
- If you want to use duolingo or something, you have to start later with it. First, experience with the language and learn basic things. You'll notice that you will be easier through the course. (Because these sites start directly with a lot of vocabulary).
- Use a notebook to make notes. (even when you use duolingo). Making notes is a great way to review things. When you forgot anything, you can look back on your note.
- write! write! write! When you write, you can remember so much more.
- Color-code your notes. It's neat, organized and it takes not that much time.
- Don't do more than 5 lessons because you won't remember everything if you 'overlearn' your brain. (okay, that is not a word)
I hope it's useful for you!!! :)
Excellent pedagogical counsel. For those truly beginning, 11. put French labels on items around the house. 12. practice the Tinycards. 13. physically point to things and name them out loud in French. 14. Ask Siri how to say words in French throughout the day, from your real life.
d'accord! With both Mark's - et plus: ...15. listen to french music. ...16. sing along while looking at the lyrics ...17. translate the lyrics ...18. watch favorite movies (that you almost know by heart) with the french dubbing. ...19. Relaxe! Don't be afraid to make mistakes and by all means don't get mad at yourself for not remembering! Be patient! Give your brain room to breathe! You'll be surprised how much you learn playfully!
I find watching Disney movies in a new language is a good way to learn. :) Easy to follow and you probably know the story. Plus, who doesn't love the songs?
Merci beaucoup for the amazing facts it helped me learn faster and now I know a lot of french merci.
I don't get # 10 Why don't do more than 5? Do you mean level five or what?