How to Learn French Quickly

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
Trying to learn French quickly? It may seem like a formidable task, but it need not be. Read on for tips, advice and strategies to help you master the language of love in as little time as possible.

Five Tips to Help You Learn French Quickly

1. Be Confident

For many people, the biggest hurdle to learning French is fear. It is critical that, before you commit to trying to learn the language, you accept that you will make mistakes. Expect to pronounce words incorrectly, misuse vocabulary and verb tenses and, essentially, sound silly sometimes. If you are self-confident, and understand and patiently embrace the inevitable mistakes, you will be on your way to learning the language. If you struggle with self-confidence, check out this short How to Build Self-Confidence lesson for tips and suggestions before you tackle the French language.

2. Use Technology

Chances are, you already spend a lot of time on an iOS or Android device each day. Did you know that you could allocate some of that time to mastering French? Many apps - free and paid versions - are available on both platforms. These apps help you learn the language through a variety of strategies, including interactive games, writing and grammar lessons, and interaction with native French speakers.

3. Immerse Yourself in the Language

To learn French at any pace, but especially if you hope to master it quickly, you'll need to study every day. Along with traditional studying - such as practicing vocabulary, grammar and sentence structure - be sure to integrate French into your daily life as much as possible. Reading books in French (start with children's books if you're a beginner), listening to French music, using French cooking recipes, and watching French movies can expedite the learning process. You may also want to put labels on things around your house or office, identifying what they are in French, to promote your thinking about the language throughout your daily routines.

4. Start By Thinking Conversationally, Rather Than Academically

While learning things like vocabulary and verb conjugation is important, if you master the structure of the language but can't put together answers to conversational questions, it will take you longer to learn the language. To master French quickly, converse with other learners or, ideally, someone whose native language is French. To prepare yourself for conversations, think about the questions or topics that arise in common, simple conversation, prepare a script of answers and practice those responses. To ease conversation, it is a good idea to also master French filler words - the equivalent of English language terms such as so (alors) or in fact (en fait), so you can confidently pause to gather your thoughts when speaking in French.

5. Use the Right Learning Tools

Along with helpful apps, there are a variety of resources available to help you learn French quickly; choose those that best fit your learning style. Textbooks can be helpful, or you may want to take a course in-person or online. Study.com offers several online tools for French language learners. The Basic French course, for example, covers fundamentals such as grammar, pronunciation, spelling, verb conjugation, expressions and vocabulary. Because the course is self-paced, you may complete it as quickly as you'd like, making it a great option if your goal is to learn the language quickly. You may also want to take advantage of Study.com's interactive French Flashcards to help you master common vocabulary.

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