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One of my goals for the new year is to learn French. But, as I don’t know any French speakers, have never been to France, or ever studied the language, trying to get further than ‘oui’ or ‘merci’ was going to be a challenge. Until, I found these easy ways to get friendly with the French lingo.
And if you want to learn a language, you can use these easy and inexpensive ways too!
1) ON YOUR PHONE:
The most effective way I’ve found to learn a language is with an app called Duolingo. And there’s a good reason why it’s so popular!
Whether you want to learn French, German, Spanish, or something else entirely, Duolingo is an free app that you can use to do daily challenges set out into different categories, like people and greetings. It sends you reminders to keep learning, and is also fun as you have lives, streaks and can use your voice to record you speaking.
Apart from being a free way to learn a language, it’s also an incredibly easy to use app. It turns learning French into an actual course you have to complete. It tracks your progress, and gives you little tests on what you’ve learnt, motivating you to keep going.
2) OLDSCHOOL: PAPERBACK
A more traditional way of learning a language is with a book. The book I use is ‘Eyewitness Travel: French Phrase Book‘. It’s set out into phrases like travelling and ordering at a restaurant – the typical things you’d say if you were in France.
Its’s a nice thing to have in your bag if you’ve got a spare five minutes and don’t want to keep going on your phone. It has all the pronunciations featured in it and has covered stuff I’ve yet to go through on Duolingo. So together, they’re a great way to start learning French. Eyewitness Travel has these books in many other languages, so there’s sure to be a version for the lingo you’re learning.
I’m new to the podcast world, but the first one I did listen to was an instalment of a ‘Learn French’ series. It’s nice to have it playing in the background and to hear people talking French in real time (although it’s rather fast). It means i can hear the intonation and ways of saying certain words. I’d have to say this is the hardest way to actually learn, it’s more of a helpful way to get used to the accent.
If you’re not a fan of podcasts, there’s also tons of videos on YouTube you can listen to. There’s some even made to help you learn while you sleep! Here’s just one:
So while these are three easy ways to get started learning a new language, the hardest part is actually learning it of course! Using these tools may not make you fluent, but you’ll certainly learn words, phrases and basic sentence structure… and having apps, books and podcasts along in your journey are motivational and aspiring to keep learning.
Are interested it learning a language? If so, which one? And how are you going about doing so? If you’ve got any more tips or tricks to learning a language when you’re a beginner, be sure to share it in the comments! Merci!