I have been learning French for like 100 years. I started learning French when I was 13 and studied it for like 6 years straight but when you’re that young sometimes you don’t take things as seriously as you should and I don’t think I realized just how much my love for the language would stay with me. So I stopped studying it after college and when you don’t submerge yourself in a language, you start to lose it. So last year I went to Paris and it was the most beautiful life-changing experience …and I never wished more that my French was better than it was. I got by. I can read it really pretty well but to speak it is still quite rough. I have the memory of a goldfish so vocabulary goes in one ear and out the other. Since returning I have vowed that I will speak this language fluently and emerge myself in it in every way I can.
Podcasts are awesome for learning French. Hearing a language is a really big part of being able to speak it and so hearing native speakers speak and having them teach non-school versions of French is super helpful! My favorite French podcasts are:
French Your Way Podcast: Learn French with Jessica – Jessica is so cute! She’s funny and informative and I love listening to her not only speak French but speak English in her accent. Jessica’s French lessons are really relatable and she’s really awesome at helping with all those little things we get stuck on as English speakers. She has a really informative website too.
Coffee Break French – I usually have no idea what’s going on in this podcast, lol, but its very helpful in hearing French and pulling out words and training your ear. They go through news stories and other stuff I can’t fully understand 🙂
Real Deal French – I like this podcast because it gives lessons at all different levels. They bring in real life scenarios to help you to relate and it’s awesome for the very beginner all the way to the more advanced French speaker.
Duolingo – Duolingo is set up like a series of games that you play and your basically being taught French and then tested on it. As you pass levels you move up in difficulty. I love this app because it really touches on all different parts of speech and French grammar which is really important to get down so you don’t sound crazy with wrong verb tenses and adjectives that don’t agree. They also have a whole bunch of languages so if French isn’t your thing, pick your fav!
Learn French in 24 Hours – This isn’t a very comprehensive app but I like to put it on just to hear vocabulary works repeated again and again to help drill them into my memory (because Mom brain!).
Rosetta Stone – You can’t talk apps and leave out the big guns. I don’t currently have this app activated on my phone but I do have the older downloadable version on my computer. I haven’t delved into it as deeply as I should because it is repetitive and I get distracted easily but now they have a new app that you can listen to on the go which is pretty awesome. It is mildly expensive though but the good thing is they now offer monthly subscriptions and you don’t have to pay all at once!
This is actually new for me. I know the only way I’ll learn is to immerse myself in the language. When I was in college I was a communicative disorders minor for awhile so I took a year of ASL and had to go to many silent dinners. I learned SO MUCH just having to use the language constantly and not having the option to speak. The same applies to French so I recently joined a meetup group for people who get together for the purpose of using the language and learning it better. I haven’t been to my first meetup yet and I’m scared!! Lol. But I know it will be an amazing experience!
Have you learned a second (or third) language? Comment down below and tell me what some of your favorite techniques were to becoming multi-lingual!!