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Having a good textbook is of utmost importance. While the software packages may indeed be useful by offering digitalized flashcards, they don’t do as good of a job at teaching language fundamentals including sentence structure and proper verb tense usage. In addition, to really learn well you need a teacher who can identify your personal strengths and weaknesses, make useful corrections and enhance the learning process with his or her life experience.
Master pronunciation and reading from the very start. The single most challenging aspect to learning French based on my experience is pronunciation and reading.
There are a lot of sounds that simply don’t exist in English. Key examples are the French “r” and “u” sounds. Reading French aloud also poses a huge challenge to students. The reason is that the language is not phonetic, meaning that the way you see a word written is not the way it’s pronounced. There are numerous letter combinations such as “ois”, “ait”, “ent” and many more that have specific pronunciations.The way to master these and knowing how to pronounce them when reading aloud is to have a teacher bringing you through a pronunciation course. That means having a teacher or a conversation partner challenging you with questions about your life that are based on the vocabulary you’re learning.
One of the best ways to improve your French in the shortest time possible is to do drill exercises with your teacher. This means that the teacher picks a particular sentence structure that you might find challenging and gives translation sentences one after the other. Let them hear your mistakes Not all students of foreign languages have equal speaking abilities. One of the most challenging situations is where students are shy and afraid to make mistakes. If you’re one of these people then there’s a solution. Rather than trying to avoid making mistakes take on the mindset of, “I’m going to make you listen to my mistakes”. Also, most importantly, don’t be too hard with yourself. It’s normal to struggle when learning a foreign language. Continuously remind yourself mistakes are not a problem and that they’re part of the learning process.
Progress not perfection
It’s very easy to put too much pressure on yourself. This is especially true if you’re learning French in order to pass an exam.
Together we can
Learning to speak French is indeed a tall order. But, the goal can be achieved over time by combining the key ingredients of the student’s willingness and aspirations along with the teacher’s enthusiasm and experience.