Thursday, October 25, 2012

Learning French--the easy way

Here are some tips to make learning French easier to do. Sometimes we feel learning a new language is something only children can do, but with these tips, you might be on your way to mastering the French language.

Want to Learn French the Fast Way? Here's How Learning French Can Be Made Easy!

By Lynn Halladay

Learning French, or any other foreign language, can be a tough job if you're an adult. As a child a new language is much easier to learn. Even high school French classes are easier! That is because as an adult learning is comparatively difficult because adults tend to compare a new language to languages they already know or speak. Therefore, the complexity level of one is not equal to the other. On the other hand, children learn by the sponge method, where they simply absorb everything that is being taught.

Our language abilities tend to slow down a little as we grow older. It's always easier, therefore, to pick up a language in school rather than later in life. One of the main reasons for this is that adults we tend to question why the language works in a particular way, why the structure of the words are not similar to the structure of our native tongue. It's easy to get annoyed by conventional language programs, since you'll need to put in a lot of hard work and progress will be slow.

There's no need to get discouraged. Everybody can pick up a language no matter how old they are. It's all a matter of finding a reliable that guides you through the language at your own pace.

Here are a few tips that will make your French lessons smooth, fun and easy to learn. The basics of learning effective French in a relatively short time are:

Practice makes perfect:

AT the risk of sounding cliché, practice makes it perfect! Though we all know it, it's difficult to gather enough time for regular practice out of our busy schedules. But it needs to be done. Practicing whatever you've learnt is essential. The best way is to gather people who you could practice French with. Put up notices in your neighbourhood and get acquainted with people who know the language. You could also try Alliance Françoise. And if you get a chance to go to France, what could be better?

Passive listening:

Listening to French, even if you don't understand it is a good method to recognize words and increase your vocabulary. Start listening to French music or audiobooks on your way to work, while doing household jobs or exercising.

Vary your practice:

Try doing different things on different days of the week. That'll keep you interested and the coursework won't be monotonous!

Don't Skip a day:

The golden rule of learning French or any other language is o keep at it daily. Practicing daily has better efficacy than even the very best method of language training. Daily classes help you pick up the language quickly.

Try online programs:

If you don't like the local French language program or find it difficult to fit classes intro your daily routine, or if French classes are simply unavailable locally, you could always try online programs. There are a number of how to learn French classes on the web nowadays where you get a thorough training. Find one that suits your needs. It's also the best bet if you want to be in touch with the language regularly and at your own time and pace.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Interactive French Lesson

Interactive French

The great thing about French-learning videos from this series, is that they are interactive.
While the narrator goes through parts of the video (in this case, parts of a face), you can simply click on a word on the left, and the video will automatically move back or forward to that specific point, making learning French more of a hands-on, active experience.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Hugh Laurie Parle Français

Hugh Laurie

We've already had a motivational treat for the boys, with the video of Lost's Evangeline Lilly speaking French. Well, to be fair to women, here's a video for them. This time, it's English actor Hugh Laurie speaking French (to the best of his ability).

Friday, July 20, 2012

Evangeline Lilly parle français

In this video, Evangeline Lilly (Kate from TV show Lost) is asked a question by a Canadian journalist, and answers in a surprised and surprising French.

Just a short video to push you to learn French, because Evangeline Lilly has just made French a whole lot sexier...

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tips on Learning French

Learning French is always a good idea. It's a beautiful and useful language, after all. But in today's economy, when hundreds of people compete for every entry-level job, learning a new language will give you the edge you need over your competitors. There are many ways to learn to speak French. Some better than others. Some more expansive than others. The article below lays out the reasons to learn French, as well as some ideas on the best way to do it.
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Learn The French Language
 by: John Davison
The French language is spoken by 130 million people around the world. The language is the native tongue in countries like France, Switzerland, Haiti, and parts of Canada. And many Americans in the states of Louisiana and Maine are native French speakers. French is also an official language of many organizations including the International Olympic Committee and the United Nations. If you are interested in learning a second language, either for professional reasons or just for personal enrichment, consider French. Long considered one of the most beautiful spoken languages, French is a language that implies class and distinction. Learning the French language will be an asset in your career, and will enhance your experience if you travel to French-speaking nations.
If you intend to learn the French language, you have several options from which to choose. You can attend a college or University and earn your degree in French. Earning a college degree in French will provide you with a sound expertise of formal French, both written and conversationally. With a college degree in French, you will most likely be fluent in the language. If you are already established professionally, and feel that learning French would be an advantage to you career, you can also enroll in accelerated courses in the French language online, which will offer you the opportunity to gain knowledge of a very basic foundation in the language. Learning the language in this manner will be a relatively quick and highly convenient way to learn a second language. There are many online colleges and learning centers that provide accelerated programs in French, as well as many other languages.
Of course, if you have the time and the means, another option is to learn the French language through an immersion program. In this manner, you will not only learn the French language, but you will also experience French culture. Learning French in France, where the language has its origins, you will plunge yourself into the life and culture, and you will learn the language quickly and with surprising ease. You will learn the conversational and idiomatic styles of the language. You will interact on a daily basis with people who are native speakers of French, and who won’t necessarily be willing or able to communicate in English. Therefore, you will be compelled to try to communicate with them in their own tongue. You will be absorbed into the everyday life of France. You will grow to understand and appreciate the French culture: the art, the architecture, the food, and the people. You will attend courses in which you will learn how to read and write in French as well. Learning the French language through immersion is an ideal way to go.
Being fluent in more than one language has many advantages professionally. If you are fluent in the French language, you can be certified as a foreign language translator for example. This is a challenging career opportunity that offers you many options. You can work full-time for a foreign language translation firm, translating important business documents or web pages for global corporations. Or you can do freelance translation work, making your own workload, and setting your own schedule. Another career opportunity is to teach English to students in French speaking countries. By knowing English and French, you will be able to live and work in one of many countries whose native tongue is the French language.
Learning to speak, read, and write the French language gives you the potential to further develop you career by working abroad, or to embark on a new career as a translator. Learning French will enhance your travels as well. Learning the French language is an intellectually and personally enriching achievement that will open your eyes to a new culture.
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John Davison is a director of numerous Internet companies and is a published author. Many articles have been produced on a variety of subjects with excellent content and depth. All his articles may be reproduced provided that an active link is included to

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Benefits of Learning French

So many people in so many schools are teaching French, yet too many people get left behind. And this is truly being left behind. This is not simply about not speaking a beautiful language, but about making your situation, including your career, take a positive turn.

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Why Learning French is Important

Learning French can be a very useful skill. After English, the French language is the second most frequently taught second language in the world. Learning French can open untold numbers of doors to employment in a variety of occupations such as in teaching, translation, interpreting and the travel industry. Learning French greatly increases your chances of success in the job market. Hence learning French can be a fun task, as well as an important one.

Even if you're just a casual traveler, learning French can be beneficial since most of the sign boards and instructions in France are written in French. Learning French to order food, communicate with locals and talk with taxi drivers will enhance the experience of your travels significantly.

Learning French is one step to joining the ranks of the cultural elite. French is one of the great languages of the world. Learning French is, as it is all over the western world, part of a world-class education.

With the French language spoken in Africa, the French Caribbean, in Canada, where it is the official language of Quebec, in addition to being the mother tongue of France, the importance of French is clear.

Learning French is not easy and there is no single method can insure that the proficiency will be achieved without investment of time. So make sure to vary your resources to insure that you maximize your language learning experience.

Learning French is definitely easier than learning a non-European language, at least for most English speakers. Choosing the right course is critical and that can make learning French a cake walk or much more difficult. Much importance should be given to the accent and pronunciations while learning French.

Learning French doesn't require expensive personal tutors. So you want to be careful not to end up paying more money than is necessary. Learning French is an ongoing and involved process. While you can't learn French overnight, you can find resources that may give you an edge time wise and simply the amount of effort you exert.

A critical challenge to remember is that of vocabulary. Having used various books and courses to learn to read French I found several to be of benefit. The most valuable ones were those who made sure to present new French vocabulary first. Then a short story utilizing this vocabulary in conjunction with previously learned vocabulary was presented. Basic grammar and basic conjugation followed.
Jacob Lumbroso is a world traveler and an enthusiast for foreign languages, history, and foreign cultures. He writes articles on history and languages for and has used Pimsleur Courses to learn various languages.

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Romantic Phrases in French - An Unfair Advantage

By Bert Friolet
French, the language of love; the most romantic way to serenade the opposite sex. It's almost an unfair advantage to be using it, but isn't true that all is fair in love and war?
Let me give you a primer on romantic phrases in French. There are after all, several degrees of expressions, from the extremely romantic "je t'aime" whispered in one's ear (I love you, but better), to the powerful "Je t'aime a la folie", loosely translated in "I'm madly in love with you". In between, you'll find "je t'adore" (I adore you), "mon amour", (my love), "mon grand amour" (my great love), "mon seul amour" (my only love), and much more...
Some pitfalls to avoid; while going out with one of my first girlfriend (ages ago), she asked; do you love me? In French. Taken slightly aback and lacking experience, I answered "bien sur, je t'aime bien", which very loosely translates to "sure, I like you a lot", except that in French, that's also how you'd describe your feelings towards your puppy! It did not go well, so you may even keep that one to gently repel someone who really understands French. The same goes for "voulez-vous coucher avec moi", like in the "Moulin Rouge" (do you want to sleep with me), you may get slapped when used on the wrong person.
Not only using French is it a great way to make romantic conquests, it's also fantastic to rekindle romance, or to add a little spice in your life. The unexpected use of romantic phrases in French can light up a night in a most pleasant way; a few "je t'aimerai toujours" (I'll always love you), "je serai toujours avec toi" (I'll always be with you) can take you a long, long way.
I could go on and on, but just a few romantic words in French is all you need to start. If used on a French person, it's even better, there is nothing sexier than a foreign accent in romance, it adds a certain "je ne sais quoi".
Check out some fun tips to help you learn French faster. There's even a free six day course available in my review of the best online course I could find. Just click here to follow up.
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