Before you start learning French, here are 15 important rules to keep in mind:
- Learn quickly. Don’t wait to get started. Don’t bury your head in grammar books. Don’t worry about how bad you are at memorizing lots of words.
- Focus on communication. Learn the fundamentals and apply right away whatever you learn. Know when to stop learning, in other words how much is enough to meet your language training needs. Always keep in mind, there is no limit to perfection and trying to master a language can be a time trap if you don’t know what do you need it for.
- Do have a real reason to learn a language. To get started and to keep going. Any reason will do, more employment or business opportunities, research, romance, fascination with a culture and so forth. Here are three questions you may want to ask yourself:
- What friendships and opportunities have passed you by because you don’t speak French?
- What doors would open if you speak French right now?
- What could you accomplish in the future, if you speak French?
- Choose the right approach. No one is a crap at learning a foreign language no matter how old are you and what you abilities are. It is all about the right approach. The best one I found so far is to focus on verbs rather than numbers, nouns, prepositions, adverbs and adjectives. Try to learn as many verbal expressions as you can, you will be able to say a lot – guaranteed.
- Start today. The sooner you start speaking the chosen language – the more opportunities you will be able to find. World becomes more and more competitive, nobody knows what will happen in 3 years when you finally learn something. Speed is a key to success. Be faster and more skilled than your competitors.
- No one needs it perfect. Why? Because no one will appreciate it. Drilling grammar for years doesn’t guarantee you or your company success, but guarantees lost time, lost money, lost opportunities and lower self-esteem.
- Language cannot be mastered. Learning a new language may become a time trap if you don’t know how much is enough for you because there will be always a room for improvement.
- Main focus on result not on process and long time learning.
- A language cannot be taught, it can be only learned. If you are not ready to learn on your own for hours and invest a lot of your time and effort but want someone to teach you asap, don’t even start.
- Aim for fast results. Nothing kills motivation as fast as lack of results.
- Speak as much as you can. Try to speak the language outloud from the day 1. I know this one sounds simple but speaking the words out loud is important to learn the correct pronunciation. A simple and fun way to learn pronunciation is to learn a song in French. There are many children’s songs that prove to be great tools for learning French pronunciation.
- Label Items. Label common items around your home with the item name written in French. I feel this is one of the easiest and most underused techniques in learning a new language. By by labeling common household items, within a few short days, you will easily learn the names of many commonly used vocabulary terms.
- Think in French. Practice thinking about things in French. Easy to say, I know… but just give it a try.. I always recommend to plan out your day in your mind but try doing it using the French language. At first this may be difficult but it will quickly become easier as you get used to it. Learning languages is all about practice, practice, and more practice. The more you practice the better and more efficient you will be at learning the language.
- Listen Intently. Listen to how the French language is spoken. I always recommend learning to French radio programs and TV channels. If you don’t have access to French radio or TV, you can listen to thousands of French radio stations for free on the Internet. Or, you can purchase your favorite movie and select the French language option when viewing it.
- Have fun. It is important you make it fun to do and don’t treat it as a chore.
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