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Re: What's the easiest way to Learn French?

All of the suggestions about learning a foreign language provided by other users are valid and you should definitely look into enrolling at a language school in your country OR do a 2-3 week immersion course in France. I own a language institute in Montpellier if you are interested (Montpellier International Language Institute)....but this is not advertising for my school as I am interested in providing you my own personal opinion on things that will help you learn faster. See the following list of things that you should keep in mind:
- Take a course(s) to get the basic vocabulary and grammar if you have never done this.
- Try to find a pen pal (tons of sites out there that can help you) where you can practice your writing skills. There are some services that allow you to connect to people via SKYPE and thus allow you to practice your speaking skills as well. Both of these options are great and FREE.
- You have to get your ear accustomed to the French accent and I don't think there is a better way than listen to Podcasts. What do you like to do or listen to in your native language? Politics? News? Sports? There are podcast for all of them in French. I highly recommend this option in parallel with the rest of my suggestions as it will allow you to hear real people speak the language in subjects that you find of interest. HOWEVER, I don't believe this is a good option if you have not mastered the basics. Otherwise, you will become frustrated at the speed and sometimes difference French accents you will hear on the podcasts.
- Use the Internet. As an educator I use it a lot as there are tons of great material available to learn a language, many of them quite interactive. You can even read French newspapers online as wells as see the news using French version of some search engines such as Yahoo and Google
- Music is also a great way to learn a language. I love music and with the internet, it is easy today to find the lyrics to follow the sons of our choice.
I hope this helps. You don't have to do all of them as it can become quite overwhelming but I suggest you start with a few and track your progress and later on you can add others.
Best of luck. French is a beautiful language

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Re: What's the easiest way to Learn French?

I think the suggestions of Judith and Chezmili are both really sound. Learning a language from scratch is a daunting business, and you need to use all the methods you can to help you. So listen, read and write. These approaches are complementary, and contribute to a good grounding. The main thing is to keep trying. Someone  has already said that there is no easy way, but with determination you will do it. so my advice is to use the replies you have got here to identify the resources and methods you think suit you best. Don't give up, there are many reasons for learning French, you must have one yourself!  Bonne chance.

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Re: What's the easiest way to Learn French?

 Cendrillon wrote:
add to that :
  • listening to the radio only in French and same with T.V.


It's a great help to switch the (French) subtitles on for the French TV.  It's designed for the hard of hearing, but is very helpful to help make sense of the vernacular French.
Go to the text/TV mode, and punch in 888.

Angela

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Re: What's the easiest way to Learn French?

Clip on sous-titres from sourds.tv.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xdddiw_la-liste-des-soustitrages-teletexte_webcam


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Re: What's the easiest way to Learn French?

I have just come across Yabla, which seems to incorporate many of the ideas in previous posts. Part of the course is to see videos- on topics of interest to yourself, with text in French and English below,You can even slow down the speech if you so wish. I have enrolled for a trial and have just watched a video by a jazz musician which kept my interest.
Jazzer
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Re: What's the easiest way to Learn French?

There is no easy way ...its hard hard slog, doing a bit everyday for years , its tears and laughter its heartbreaking and humilating , its joy and fulfillment and finally a small feeling of achivement ....then its back to the books .... But darn it ....its worth it
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Re: What's the easiest way to Learn French?

Work 80 hours a week in French. Do not have any social life unless you speak French.
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Re: What's the easiest way to Learn French?

 Pads wrote:
There is no easy way ...its hard hard slog, doing a bit everyday for years , its tears and laughter its heartbreaking and humilating , its joy and fulfillment and finally a small feeling of achivement ....then its back to the books .... But darn it ....its worth it


I would recommend French learning software,is an excellent way to learn how to speak French.In my view,it is better than French classes or even getting a French tutor.The primary reason being for this is that it allows you to spend time each day learning French, and in a properly formatted and structured way.Spending some time each day at most an hour is vital if you want to learn how to speak French quickly.


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