Bonnes résolutions pour le nouvel an
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Happy New Year! Take advantage of this annual fresh start to make a New Year’s resolution regarding your French learning.
Resolution 1: Set a French goal
Whether you want to start learning French, be able to carry on a conversation with your neighbor, see how quickly you can relearn French, or finally master that blasted subjunctive, it helps to set an actual goal so that you can track your progress.
Resolution 2: Work on your French every day
The more time you spend learning and practicing French, the more quickly you will learn and the better you will remember. Resolve to practice French every day – even if it’s just by reading the Mot du jour or taking a single Progress with Lawless French kwiz.
Resolution 3: Join a French club
Practice is absolutely vital. Don’t wait to visit France to speak. Join the nearest branch of the Alliance française, or find another way to practice speaking French. Classes, meetings, movies, and other opportunities for improving your French are just around the corner.
Resolution 4: Don’t be shy
Many, many French learners hesitate to use their French because it’s not perfect. Don’t be one of them – avail yourself of any opportunity to practice, mistakes and all.
Resolution 5: Watch French movies, TV, or theater
Make an effort to watch things in French once in a while. French departments of community colleges sometimes put on plays, and independent cinemas are usually good for a French movie now and then. Otherwise, check out the foreign section of your nearest video store, or consider subscribing to an email DVD service.
You don’t have to go to France to listen to French – there are all kinds of resources right here on this site and elsewhere on the internet. Make an effort to listen to French regularly.
Read the French news (online or off), read a book, read a magazine, read a blog – make a point of reading something in French at least once a week.
If you’re like me, there are some mistakes that you make over and over. Resolve to get rid of at least one, with regular practice and self-correction. Can’t think of anything? See how you do on a French proficiency test.
Resolution 9: Have fun
French learning doesn’t have to be tedious – play games, read comics, listen to music. Anything you do that involves French is good.
Resolution 10: Plan a trip
Why not put your French to the real test? A visit to France or another French-speaking area can be interesting, informative, and inspiring.