Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Learn French Fluently

Learn French Fluently - Don't Throw in the Towel...Yet(part3)

3. Write It and Speak It

Learning French fluenlty requires learning hundreds and hundreds of new vocabulary words. Here are 2 cool ways to absorb and add to your vocabulary:

1. Make your own index cards. The simple "act" of writing each French vocabulary word on an index card and saying each word out loud will help you to remember them instead of just buying ready-made index cards.

2. Put these new vocab words to the test by using them when you're out and about and see objects on the street, in your home, grocery shopping, etc. As the saying goes, "If you don't use it, you'll lose it." So practice by applying your new French vocabulary to your everyday life.

By making your learning an active process instead of a passive one, you can learn French step at a time.

Learn French Fluently

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Learn French Fluently

Learn French Fluently - Don't Throw in the Towel...Yet(part 2)

2. A Colloquial Dictionary

Another useful tip to help you learn French fluently is to use a colloquial French dictionary. This will help you to avoid blurting out (innocently of course) something offensive or impolite in French. It will also eliminate the many moments of awkwardness such as saying to a teenager, "Excuse me, good lady, what time is it?" instead of "Hey, do you have the time?".

At any rate, using a colloquial dictionary will keep you "in the know" regarding French social and cultural norms. A colloquial dictionary is a fun way to learn some cool French words and interesting off-beat facts about France. It'll most certainly keep your motivation and focus to learn French fluently alive and kicking.

Learn French Fluently

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Learn French Fluently

Learn French Fluently - Don't Throw in the Towel...Yet (part 1)

Let's be frank here. Learning French fast isn't a cake walk. You probably feel like you are on a treadmill expending lots of time and effort to learn French fast but not really getting anywhere.

What you have to do is not to throw in the towel. Rest assured that you are not alone and that it's part of the ongoing process of learning French fluently.

You can learn French fluently when you have a little help to keep on, keeping on. You must stay positive. Here are some useful tips that can keep your mission to learn French fluently on target and your journey moving forward.

1. Watch French News or English Programs with French Subtitles

Even though you will not comprehend a lot of what they are saying, you can figure out what's going on with the pictures and video clips that accompany each news story. Also you should notice that there are a lot of French words sound similar to English words that have the same meaning.

In Canada (especially in Quebec) there are many English T.V. programs either dubbed in French or with French subtitles. It's a great way to improve your vocabulary and get used to hearing colloquial French or day-to-day French.

Next week we'll continue with some more tips to learn French fluently...until then...check out some French T.V.

Learn French Fluently