French is a good language of choice if you would like to expand your skills set to increase your marketability, in business and career. In United States alone, French is the 3rd most frequently used non-English language at homes and businesses. French is a major language where countless of resources available both online and offline. We can always enroll to language schools to learn but if you prefer to learn French at home, here are some tips for you to follow:
Online French Lessons – There are various companies offering French tutorial via skype. You can also google the French basic vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and verb lessons. To date, there are plenty of French learning software, compact discs and videos being offered online. These modern teaching methods will help as you learn the intricacies of the French language.
Books and Movies – Another important technique in learning French is by listening and reading. Listening and reading does not only familiarize you with the words but will also help your brain to think in French. Read novels like The Princesse de Cleves, Candide, and Le diable boiteux aside from learning French, these books are a good read.
French Movies can help a lot, just make sure to turn the subtitles on so that you can also imitate the pronunciation of each words. I recommend watching Amelie and The Perfume Story to tickle your fancy and inspire you to speak and practice French.
Practice speaking and writing in French – What is learning without practice? Nothing. Try to speak French whenever and wherever you can. For example while eating in a French restaurant, say “Je voudrais un café, s’il vous plait” to oder a cup of coffee. Use French proverbs while giving an advice to a friend in need, like “Après la pluie, le beau temps.” Write your shopping list and to do notes in French.
ENJOY- Learning French at home doesn’t have to be a chore. When you enjoy learning you’ll easily pick-up the patterns to learn French at home. Just enjoy the experience and knowledge you are gaining.