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Great Tips for Learning French

French is one of the most beautiful languages in the world because of its preciseness and way in which it can be eloquently spoken. Due to its fairly complex syntax and deformation of verbs French can sometimes be difficult to learn for beginners, but learning any language is a challenge well worth undertaking. Here are some tips to help you learn this beautiful language. But please note that every learner has his/her own styles of learning. So please first discover yourself. See how you learn better and then use the tips accordingly.

1. Label Items - Label common items around your home with the item name written in French. This is one of the easiest and most underused techniques in learning a new language. By labeling common household items, within a few short days, you will easily learn the names of many commonly used vocabulary terms.

2. Use French Phrases - Use French phrases for normal every day conversations.

Learn the most common phrases Such as "Good morning", "Goodbye", and "How are you", so you can open and carry normal conversation topics. When you greet someone during the day think about how you would say the phrase in French. This will get you out in the environment learning to think in French as well. You'll probably be surprised that by only learning a few common phrases you can soon begin to have lengthy conversations.

3. Think in French - Practice thinking about things in French. At first this would

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.

4. Speak Out Loud - 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.

5. Listen Intently - Listen to how the French language is spoken. Listen 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. At first you will not be able to understand anything. But gradually you will start picking the common French words and that would be great achievement for you.

6. Know why you are doing it and then commit yourself.

If you don’t have a good reason to learn a language, you are less likely to stay motivated over the long-run. No matter your reason, once you’ve decided on a language, it’s crucial to commit:

“OK, I want to learn this and I’m therefore going to do as much as I can in this language, with this language and for this language.”

7. Find a partner.

Find someone with whom you can speak in French. Even if you can’t get a sibling to join you on your language adventure, having any kind of partner will push both of you to always try just a little bit harder and stay with it.

8. Talk to yourself.

When you have no one else to speak to, there’s nothing wrong with talking to yourself. This can keep new words and phrases fresh in your mind and build up your confidence for the next time you speak with someone.

9. Act like a child.

Try learning the way kids do. The idea that children are inherently better learners than adults is proving to be a myth. New research cannot find a direct link between

age and the ability to learn. The key to learning as quickly as a child may be to simply take on certain childlike attitudes: for instance, lack of self-consciousness, a desire to play in the language and willingness to make mistakes.

We learn by making mistakes. As kids, we are expected to make mistakes, but as adults mistakes become taboo. When it comes to learning a language, admitting that you don’t know everything (and being okay with that) is the key to growth and freedom. Let go of your grown-up inhibitions!

10. Listen.

You must learn to listen before you can speak. Every language sounds strange the first time you hear it, but the more you expose yourself to it the more familiar it becomes, and the easier it is to speak it properly:

11. Watch people talk.

Different languages make different demands on your tongue, lips and throat. Pronunciation is just as much physical as it is mental. If you can’t watch and imitate a native-speaker in person, watching foreign-language films and TV is a good substitute.