5 powerful tips to learn French faster
Hello there, bonjour a tous !
Today I want to share some powerful tips that will help you step up in your French learning routine. Because I believe that the key to learning a language resides permanently in one's ability to practice with consistency and regularity, I recommend you find ways to help you implement little tricks here and there, which will help you keep French on your mind and practice effortlessly. But first, I want to remind you that everybody learns at their own pace and no method can be regarded as universal. To get started, think about what works best for you? Listening? Writing? Reading? Or Speaking? Obviously, all these elements are important, but some will resonate more with you and betting on your strong point will take you a long way.
Now, for the real stuff:
1) PlanObvious much? Well, yes, planning and writing down to do lists are proven methods to track your goals. Make sure you do not enter the vicious circle of "I wrote my list - it already feels like an achievement". Think about what you do, when you have the time (or take the time). Then, visualize your goals and objectives. Do you to Bullet Journal? Be sure to plan small goals such as "learn 5 new verbs" "Write my day in French" "Watch a French movie" ... and so on. Keeping track of your past accomplishments is a powerful way to keep you motivated and in touch with how far you7've come
2) Shift focus
Making sure you have your "French break" planned in advance will help you save a great deal of time. Whatever habits you already have (good or bad) you can twist them a bit. Do you play on your phone while smoking? Use Memrise or Duolingo instead and rehearse your vocabulary! Or do you listen to Spotify in the transport? Change to our awesome French playlist! You get it, whatever you already do, add a French twist to it.
For those who struggle with the Subjunctive mode, make sure to repeat to yourself the list of all you have to do today using Il faut que + subjunctive (Ex: Il faut que je prenne le bus...)
3) Wake up earlier
Can't find at any time to squeeze in a bit of French? What about getting up earlier? Ok, if you're like me, you need at least 2 hours to emerge in the morning, in which case, I'll tell you to take 15 minutes to study before bed, sleep on it, and look at it again when you get up. Finding time can be difficult, everyday life sinks in and making more room seems impossible at times. The good thing is, I do not ask you to find 3 hours at once. Simply, make sure you do a little bit here and there, every day if possible.
Miss a day? Double the load to force you to be regular
4) Be accountable
If you read books on how to change your life, be it lose extra weight, learn new skills, master your finance... you will often find that having someone to hold you accountable for your work makes the list. It means making sure that a person close to you will regularly ask you if you stick to your routine. Of course, it has to be someone who cares about you and your well being and sometimes it might just be... you? Write yourself messages to project yourself in the future. Fix a date, like by the end of the months, I must know the Passé Composé tense and make sure you'll have gone through this by the date you planned.
5) Start small
Of course, there are two parts to your planning, an end date but also a roadmap. If we keep the example of Passé Composé, a tense with various rules, you can chop this objective into learn the regular Past participles, learn the list of verbs conjugated with auxiliary être, learn 10 irregular Past participles a day, then make 5 sentences a day and so on. Mastering a skill takes lots of little steps but when cut down into one day goals, they are easy and can be accomplished daily. Your roadmap has to be clear and concise, without compromise. If after a week you realize that you can't finish your daily goals, try something easy instead. Adjust as you go along the way.
Voila ! I hope that these tips will be useful and practical to you, leave me your questions below and tell me what works best for you!
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