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Can I learn French with an app or software product?
Many people are convinced that it is possible to to learn to speak French fluently with applications and apps such as Rosetta Stone or Duolingo. This is just not true.
While these types of products are very good for the very initial stages of learning (pronunciation, basic vocabulary, etc.), what you will learn is limited to the material contained with the lessons. Also, there is no live human being to provide much needed comments and feedback.
I have known Camille at Frenchtoday.com for many years and strongly recommend her À Moi Paris course. Camille’s audiobook course covers the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels and offers extremely helpful grammar explanations, pronunciation tips and vocabulary lessons. This page on our site has a detailed review of À Moi Paris.
I do suggest some other products for beginners. People who struggle with pronunciation can benefit greatly from Pimsleur. On this page I have written a complete and honest review of Pimsleur French. Here you can visit the Pimsleur French website.
One other program worth look at is called FrenchPod101. This product is also very beneficial for visually-oriented students as it provides a series of videos. On this page I reviewed FrenchPod101 in great detail and on this page you can visit the FrenchPod101 website.
How can I find an online French tutor?
Finding an online teacher is a very good idea. I have been offering lessons online since 2014 and have helped many people to learn French.
That said, at a certain point the live teacher will become a good tool because they can help with corrections, offer conversation practice, guidance and lesson plans, and shed light on the subtle nuances of the language.
How can I practice French conversation?
Finding ways to practice French conversation can be a big challenge for many students, especially at the intermediate level. On this website, I have written over 50 Q&A style conversations lessons covering a very wide variety of topics.
Many students have come to me over the years to practice conversation. These lessons offer students the opportunity to increase their vocabulary and solidify their grammar.
Can I learn French fast in three months, six months or one year?
Many people ask me if it is possible to learn French in the span of three months, six months or one year. The answer is NO! Even if you are extremely gifted and talented in the area of language learning, the process of learning to speak a language fluently takes a lifetime.
Anybody who claims you can be fluent in 3 months is not telling the truth.
While some students are born with the gift and talent for learning language quickly and others struggle with extreme learning difficulties, most people are somewhere in the middle.
Based on my experience in learning languages (I speak 6+ languages including French), it takes an average student about one to two years to lay down a solid foundation.
This includes attaining knowledge of the basic grammar structures and learning a basic vocabulary.
In this article, I discover the possibilities of how to learn French fast.
Where can I study French in France?
One of the single best ways to learn French is to do an immersion holiday through a homestay with a real French family in France. The benefits of traveling to France and trying to speak French with the locals far exceed any work you could on the internet.
My friend, Camille, at Frenchtoday.com has done exceptional job providing a hand-selected list of homestay opportunities in France and vetting the actual hosts/teachers.
How can I use YouTube to learn French?
YouTube is a great starting point for those looking to learn French online. There are many well known YouTube French teachers with extensive and comprehensive channels.
The most famous YouTube French teacher is Alexa as in “Learn French With Alexa“. I often suggest her videos to my students as review for our online lessons.
I also like Geraldine’s channel, Comme Une Française. Geraldine’s strong point is her cultural explanations of the French language.
How can I learn French with songs?
One fun approach to learning French is to use songs. No matter what your level, using songs is entertaining and a great way to pick up new vocabulary.
Should I bother learning French grammar?
Lots of people argue that learning grammar has no purpose and that it is best to just listen and repeat like a child. I totally disagree.
I feel that that learning the basic sentence structures is essential for learning to speak fluently and with minimal mistakes. This page offers a great starting point for learning the basics of French grammar.
One really good starting point for learning French grammar is the book Practice Makes Perfect: Complete French All-in-One. The book does a great job explaining the fundamentals of French grammar and provides lots of exericses.
How can I learn to read and pronounce French?
One of the single hardest parts about learning French is learning how to read and pronounce the words. This is largely because French is not a phonetic language and many of the letters which appear on the page are not pronounced. There are also several nasal sounds which require special attention.
Learning the reading rules correctly from the very beginning is crucial for success and makes learning down the road go much smoother and easier. I have helped hundreds of students over the years with mastering French pronunciation and reading.
This page on our site provides a list the French reading rules with audio.
In addition, you will see that Camille at Frenchtoday.com has created a wonderful audio course covering French pronunciation. In this course she does a great job providing precisely crafted pronunciation drills.
How can I learn the French alphabet?
Learning the French alphabet is an important step in the early stages of learning the language. While French uses the same alphabet as English, there are some distinct differences in how to pronounce the letters. This page on our site covers the French alphabet in detail.
How do I read French accents marks?
This French accents marks can be a big mystery for beginner students.
The two most common accent marks are the upward slanting line about the “é”. This is called l’accent aigu. The second most common accent is the downward slanting mark “è”. This is called l’accent grave. This page covers French accent marks in detail with pronunciation and offers sample words.
How can I learn French vocabulary?
Building a solid base of vocabulary is essential to learning to speak French. This page is your gateway to learning French vocabulary. Here you will find an extensive list of tips and tricks for building vocabulary.
Some of this site’s most popular vocabulary lists cover the following topics: The meaning of ‘Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?‘, color names, school subjects, food, jobs, body parts, the meaning of d’accord and animals.
How can I learn French verbs?
Learning the verbs and having a solid understanding of how verb conjugations and tenses work is absolutely essential to speaking fluently. This page offers a gateway to learning French verbs. You will find links to lessons to everything you need to know.
In particular, you will find tips for learning verbs, conjugation tables for the top-10 most common verbs with example sentences.
What are regular verbs?
In the early stages of your learning you will want to master the three groups of regular verbs in the present tense. The three groups of regular verbs are based on the last two letters of the verbs in the ‘to’ or mother form.
The first group are regular -er verbs. This includes parler (to speak). The second group are regular -ir verbs. This group includes finir (to finish). The third group are regular -re verbs. This group includes vendre (to sell).
By mastering the three groups of regular verbs you will be able to easily learn hundreds more verbs that follow the same conjugation patterns. This page covers the French regular verbs in great detail.
What are irregular verbs?
Irregular verbs are verbs that follow conjugation patterns other than the patterns of the regular -er, -ir and -re verbs.
This page covers conjugation patterns for groups of irregular verbs.
What is the passé composé?
The passé composé refers to the past tense in French. This is commonly the first form of the past that students learn before the imperfect (see below).
The passé composé is comprises two components: an auxiliary (helping) verb and a past participle. For example, j’ai parlé means I spoke.
While most French verbs used avoir (to have) auxiliary verb some verbs use être (to be). This page offers a detailed comprehensive guide to the passé composé.
What is the imparfait?
The imparfait, or imperfect is another French past tense. While the above passé composé is used to describe past one-off events, the imparfait is used to describe both events that used to occur or events which were occurring over a period of time.
This page on our site covers the French imperfect tense in detail.
How do I describe the future in French?
In French there are two main ways to express the future: The futur proche (near future tense) and futur simple (future tense). The difference between two is the near future tense uses a conjugated form of aller plus an infinitive.
For example, ‘je vais manger’ means I’m going to eat. Using the futur simple, ‘je mangerai’ means I’m going to eat. This page covers both the French future tenses in detail.
What are some French greetings?
Greetings can become complicated because there are formal and informal forms. For example ‘Comment vas-tu?’ and ‘Comment allez-vous?’ both mean how are you? This page covers French greetings in detail.
How can I learn the French numbers?
The French numbers 1-10 are very simple and easy to learn: un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, etc. However the teens, numbers 60-79 and 80-99 can cause lots of confusion.
Our page covering French numbers 1-100 and beyond offers lots of personal tips and mnemonic devices which will help you to learn the numbers easily.
How do I tell time and say the date?
Telling time and saying the date in French can be difficult. For telling time, it important to know all the numbers up to 23 because the French commonly use the 24-hour clock. For example, ‘Il est vingt-trois (23) heures’ means it is 11.00pm.
This page covers telling time in French in detail.
Saying the date is also complicated because the French reverse the day and month. For example, ‘Il est le 23 décembre’ means ‘It’s December 23’ and would be written 23/12.
This page covers saying the date in French, as well has the days of the week and months of the year.
How can I learn French idioms and expressions?
Learning idioms and expressions is essential to learning any foreign language. Expressions offer both opportunities for cultural exploration and vocabulary building.
On this page you will find explanation of 25 fun handpicked French expressions that you can use in everyday conversation.
Should I learn French slang?
While I feel that it is more important to master the fundamentals of French grammar and verb conjugations, I have always thought that it is a good idea to at least get a grasp of the slang.
This page offers an extensive list of French slang vocabulary. This list is broken down into user-friendly categories including people, professions, family, money and much more.
What are the French negation rules?
French has a very long list of negation rules. Basic negation requires that one wrap ne…pas around a verb. For example, ‘je ne mange pas’ means I do not eat. However, there are more complicated forms of negation were other words such as jamais (never) and rien (nothing) replace the word pas.
This page covers French negation rules in detail.
What are the rules for French adjectives?
Adjectives in French can be complicated because they must agree in gender (male and female) and number (singular and plural) with the noun they modify.
For example, un garçon intelligent (a smart boy) or une fille intelligente (an intelligent girl). Or for example, un homme riche (a rich man) or des hommes riches (rich men).
This page offers an extensive overview of rules for French adjectives.
How do the object pronouns work?
An object pronoun is a word that replaces a noun. For example, ‘I speak to Jean’ would be come ‘I speak to him’. In French this would be ‘Je parle à Jean -> Je lui parle’. Or for example, ‘I see the mountain’ would become ‘I see it’. In French this would be ‘Je vois la montagne -> Je la vois’.
Do I need to learn the French subjunctive?
Many students get frustrated and refuse to learn the subjunctive. The subjective is a mood used for expressing wish, emotion and doubt. It consists of two subjects on both sides of the word ‘que’. For example, ‘Je veux que tu fasses ton travail’ means ‘I want you to do your work’.