While stuck at home, what better use of time than to learn a new language! It’s fun, beneficial for your brain and helps improve creativity. As you know I am French, and my Australian partner has been trying to learn the language! Believe me, I know it’s hard! BUT I’ve gathered easy, fun and free ways to master my beautiful mother tongue! With them, you’ll learn French from home effortlessly.
When I was first looking at ways to teach my partner in a way that’s entertaining, I found several Instagram accounts that help you learn French in an interactive way. Everyday day, in their feed and stories, you’ll acquire new words and sentences. I recommend following @frenchwords who has a pretty feed with French quotes and beautiful words (with translation). Another one of my favourites is @learn.french.bonjour: daily posts with sound so it’s easier for you to understand and repeat! Finally, @encorefrenchlessons is managed by a native French teacher and gives lots of helpful tips to avoid French’s language traps!
I learned English mostly by watching English speaking movies with French subtitles which I later switched to English. I suggest you do the same: make a list of 5 French-speaking movies and listen to them by paying attention to the vocabulary and the way sentences are made. In the same time, you’ll discover some amazing films! My pick would be “99 francs”, “Blue is the warmest colour” and “Le Premier jour du reste de ta vie”. I’ll write another post soon with every French movie you should watch, don’t miss it! 😉
Of course books! Not books in French, it would be too hard, but English books that teach you French. It’s the least favourite way of my partner to learn but I know it will suit people who don’t want to look at screens! There are so many books you can buy. I’m choosing to share the following with you because they were recommended to me by a librarian in a reputable Parisian store: “French Phrasebook & Dictionary” by Lonely Planet has all the essentials and a pull-out fast phrases card for when we will be able to travel again! “French in three months” by DK is perfect for vocabulary, grammar and conversation based on real-life scenarios. “Lire et écrire en Français” published by Belin is great for intermediate level (only written in French inside). This book is normally for unschooled French adults; it offers you a very progressive approach to learn how to read and speak French. You can buy all these books on Amazon!
Duolingo is for sure my partner’s favourite app to learn French. Even with their free mode, you can discover new topics and reach new steps every day. They update their content regularly, you can see your achievements and there’s heaps of tips and levels! Just to show you how addictive it is, one of my Australian friends who is trying to learn French has been going on the app everyday day for 70 days and she loves it! She’s getting better every day too!
A lot of podcasts to learn French have emerged these past few years. It’s perfect for you if you want to learn while going on a run, a walk or doing households tasks. I used to listen to English-speaking podcasts in the Parisian subway or while having a bath. They’re great because most of the time the host really explains vocabulary and grammar gives funny insights and so you become addicted to their voice! “Learn French with Daily Podcasts” is great: French teachers from Paris broadcast daily! The topics are interesting and relevant. “French Your Way” is another good one: Jessica has an easy and unique way to catch your attention and teach you the grammar and vocabulary, but also French expressions and stories.
I hope this list is helpful and will make you want to learn French from home! It sure is an efficient way to spend your time inside. You will be coming out of quarantine ready to travel to France and speak with locals!
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