Good resolutions to help you learn French
The new year is here and it’s time to make some resolutions for learning French. Here, we suggest the five commandments that will help you improve your language level.
1) Practise your languageThe most important thing is to practise French every day. Don’t be shy and don’t be afraid of making mistakes: mistakes are essential if you are to make progress. This is equally true for grammar, french vocabulary and french pronunciation.
2) Set yourself clear and realistic goalsWhen it comes to the goals that you want to achieve, being over ambitious can be a problem. Don’t focus on french grammatical concepts which are too complicated and take a steady approach. Just because you haven’t perfectly mastered the subjunctive doesn’t mean you can’t express an opinion, give an order or state a wish!
3) Avoid word-for-word translationBeware of the dictionary: it’s an essential tool but one which should be used with caution. Opt for a monolingual dictionary and create vocabulary lists to revise every day. This will help you learn words in context rather than in an isolated manner.
4) Make use of films and videosIf you can, try to watch French films in their original versions. Don’t forget short TV series as well, such as Bref, Plus belle la vie, Parents mode d’emploi, etc. And consider checking out some of the funny videos posted by popular YouTubers like Cyprien, Le Rire Jaune, Natoo and Norman.
Ledvina - 12/01/2018
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