Managing Speaking Anxiety

French speaking anxietyFear of speaking, glossophobia, is one of the most common phobias - even just in one's native language. If you feel nervous when speaking French, it's probably due to a lack of confidence in your skills. The obvious solution is to improve your French, but there are also other ways to increase your confidence and feel more comfortable speaking French.

Mastering Verb Conjugations

Conjugating French verbsThe mountain of French verb conjugations you have to learn can be overwhelming - even just in the classroom where you have plenty of time to think about the correct response. Once you start talking to people in the real world, trying to figure out the appropriate verb conjugation can leave you speechless - literally. So what's the solution? Learn, then practice, practice, practice!




On the Phone

French phone phrases
Talking on the phone can be trickier than face-to-face conversations, for a couple of reasons. The lack of gestures and facial expressions means there are no visual hints to help you understand, plus there's something about the phone that makes certain sounds more difficult to distinguish. Knowing some standard phone formulas will help your brain fill in any comprehension gaps.



Quand même

Quand même - French expression
You're not really going to pass up the opportunity to learn how to use this French expression, quand même.


Reported Speech

French reported speechA large part of communicating has to do with reporting what other people have said. This grammatical grapevine comes in two varieties: direct speech and indirect speech.


Solo Speaking Practice

French speaking practiceEven without a confinement order, it can sometimes be difficult to find other people to practice speaking French with. Believe it or not, there are quite a few ways that you can practice on your own, and they can help you feel more comfortable when you do meet someone face-to-face.

Speaking Practice

French speaking practiceOne reason speaking French can be tricky is that by its very nature it requires at least one other person. But not to worry, finding people to talk to is easier than you might think, no matter where you live.