In my long teaching experience, I have met people of all ages in my classes. So being 60 or more is no longer an excuse…
1.Learning a language one hour a week gives few results. Spending 15 minutes a day is great! In public transport, in your car, at night, when doing sport, etc. You have plenty of short periods in the day. You can find a lot of MP3, songs etc. for your iPod.
2. Learn what you need or what you want. Don’t spend your time to learn a vocabulary list related to science if you are mostly interested in litterature. If you need French for day-to-day life, it might be more usefull to be able to shop or to ask for information in the streets than being able to speak about politic and economy.
3. Find your own method. Grammar is frustrating? Learn by dialogues. You find that learning grammar is usefull? Buy a good grammar book and go ahead!
4. Share your learning with others. It’s often easier to learn with someone else. You can choose to have group classes, private classes. If you have no time, many schools offer course on line (via Skype, for instance). You can also choose for a tandem: find someone who wants to learn your native language and exchange it against his…
5. Don’t be afraid of your mistakes. Speak! How do you feel when someone speaks your language and makes mistakes? Do you laugh? No. You feel happy that this person is interested in your culture and language… It will be the same for you!
6. Be convinced: you are good at languages! Stop thinking that languages are not your cup of tea… You just need to find the right way to learn and have fun!
7. You can also find a lot of exercices, texts, games on Internet to help you. Let’s quote among others:
The website of TV5, The website “Français Facile”
On this website as well, you will find some exercices in the recent posts. The monthly newsletter released the 15 of each month is also full of exercices, games, etc. to learn French.
8.You are walking down a street, having a walk, making shopping? You will for sure encounter difficulies linked to a lack of vocabulary. Write down the words in a small notebook that you keep in your handbag/pocket. At night, it takes you five minutes to check them on the Internet.
9. Everybody has a favorite moovie, watched ten times or more. For my part, I used this tip when I was learning English. I discovered that the famous moovie “La mélodie du bonheur” was in fact “Sound of Music”. That was really fun to rediscover a moovie from my childhood in the original version!
Find a French version of your favorite moovie… and enjoy!
9. A good teacher can also help a lot! Find out what is for me a good teacher!
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