A light-hearted look at the benefits of learning French.
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The French you learn in school is not at all the same language as what you encounter when speaking to people in real life - there are all kinds of shortcuts, informalities, and other differences that you need to be familiar with in order to carry on a conversation. Check out some resources that focus on how French is actually spoken.
Practice is the key to improving your French, and just 15 minutes a day on some kind of French activity can make a huge difference. Check out these ideas and draw up your own schedule.
"Practice makes perfect." These simple words, so ubiquitous and readily accepted that you’ve probably never given them much thought, only tell part of the story. Yes, practice is vital, but there's more to it than that. It's not just practice you need, but rather deliberate practice.
Does dreaming in French mean that you're fluent? The short answer is no, but check out this article for the long answer based on my own and others' experiences.
A transference error is a certain type of mistake, common to foreign language learners, which can be particularly difficult to stop making. The hardest part is becoming aware of the error; once you’ve done that, it’s just a matter of figuring out the correction and practicing your way to perfection.
Sometimes you're going to feel stupid while learning French, and that's ok. Being self-conscious about making mistakes is counter-productive - so don't be.
Learn French by following the adventures of Victor Hugo as he explores the Francophone universe. The humorous videos and comics are suitable for post-beginners aged 15 and up, and include a variety of accents as well as slang.
A self-study French course divided into loosely themed units consisting of grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation lessons; cultural tips; and assorted quizzes along the way.
Frequently asked questions about French and Lawless French.