In a recent conversation with my husband, he asked what I would want for a superpower. “To know all languages!” I declared (he said teleportation). I have been learning French for years. I’m always looking for fun ways to improve my comprehension. Here are my top suggestions for acquiring basic communication skills quickly:
- I watch French films to tune my ear. Netflix has a pretty good selection such as Un plus Une and Amélie (all time fave). Other films I love are Le Chef, Jean de Florette, and La Tête en Friche (My Afternoons with Marguerite) You can either use english, french or no subtitles.
- Spotify is a great tool. I listen to French music but also you can listen to a podcast on learning a language. I adore female artists such as Edith Piaf and Carla Bruni. A couple podcasts that I have found helpful are: Learn French by Podcast and Coffee Break French.
- Doulingo is a free app which is great for daily practice of a language. It is fun and easy and gets you on your way quickly. Elementary school use this as a learning tool for students. Learning basic speaking, writing and reading is a breeze with this useful app. Don’t be afraid to work on two languages at once! Studies show this can increase your comprehension.
- Practice, practice, practice! A lot of cities have clubs which meet to speak foreign languages in a social setting. Join meetup.com and you may find such a group. I also keep in touch with friends I have made in France using facetime and email to practice French with a native speaker.
Feel free to contact me with any questions or for additional information. Bon chance!