I made a list of ten tips to help you to improve your French. Some of them seems obvious but I wanted to write down this list on how to learn French since many readers (two haha) have been asking for tips to learn French.
1 – Live abroad
This is a pricey tip (but fun) to learn French except if you found a paid job in France. I’ve learned English and Spanish thanks for my time aboard (Internships and studies). Working as fille au pair can be also a great way to immerse yourself into the French culture. One important thing when you go to live abroad or in that case in France, don’t stick with people speaking your native language, BIG mistake. You will tend to switch back to your native language and you will be learning way slower. You definitely have to go outside your comfort zone and try to meet new people.
2 – Watch French movies / French YouTube channels
Watching French movies with the subtitles of your native language is a great start. When you will feel confident with your French oral comprehension, watch it with the French subtitles. You will improve your French writing. I wouldn’t recommend you to watch an American movie with French audio, I really hate it, the lips do not match with the audio. One of the readers of French Iceberg gave me an interesting tip that I am going to quote:
In the USA and Canada we have now Disney plus with all the Disney movies and most of them come in French with French subtitles, this is perfect to learn French.
This is true, it works for cartoons, for example, I prefer to watch with French audio South Park, the Simpsons or American dad, the French voices are hilarious.
I made a list by the way about my Top 12 Best French movies for cinema lovers and a list of 30 Current French Youtubers to improve your French.
One more thing, there are great French TV shows like Braquo or Guyane produced by Canal Plus or Dix pour cent on Netflix.
3 – Listen French songs / Podcasts
Another pleasant way to work on your French oral comprehension. You can learn about French slang and French pronunciation. I wrote a lot of articles about modern French music artists (French mainstream artists, French pop artists and French rappers) you can find all the articles here Category French music
Listening to podcast is a great way to learn French too. There are some specially about learning French (I have to do my research about it sorry).
There are two podcasts that I love to listen. The first one is about the cinema made by the creator of the YouTube channel Tales from the click (Link to Spotify) :
The other one is about a French humorist, Seb Mellia that invite some other French comedians to talk about the news. It is a lot of fun listening to this French podcast..as the previous one 🙂 It is on Spotify and YouTube (Link to Spotify):
4 – Read French books / Newspapers / Blogs
Great way to improve your French writing skills here is a list of the main French newspaper in France: https://frenchtogether.com/french-newspaper/
I would recommend you to check out French blogs about learning French like French Today or Street French.
5 – Participate on a French conversation groups
Like I said I’ve been learning language mostly because of speaking and not writing. This is my way to learn languages. In every capital or big cities in the world there is a French Alliance (Alliance française) or French Institute. They were created by the French government to promote the French language worldwide and increase its soft power. There you can take classes and learn French. For Europeans, there is the student association ESN linked with the scholarship Erasmus. They sometimes organize speaking group meetings, you can probably meet a French person and learn about the French culture.
6 – Use Language apps
There are tons of app out there to learn French or a language like Babbel or Duolingo. My favorite one so far is Tandem. You can use is for free and talk with people all over the world. You can look up for French speakers and learn about French by writing to them. There is also a premium version where you can take classes with language teachers.
7 – Use French exercise books
This is maybe the less fun tips but learning French through grammar or vocabulary French books will give you the base for French.
8 – Write a vocabulary list
Write down a list of basic French words or French verbs and put it on your desk or in your restroom. In that way you will be learning while.. 🙂
9 – Have a boyfriend or girlfriend
I saw some of my friends dating a foreigner while being abroad and this is the best way so far to improve your French skills. People are learning so fast while dating someone speaking another language!
10 – Modify your phone language settings
Simple tip is to modify your language setting from your phone. You will be learning French words without noticed it after a while.
(Bonus) – Go on French Iceberg
Last one and most important, go on French Iceberg to learn about French culture :p
I hope you discover at least some new tips and resources on how to learn French with fun. I am curious to learn some of your tips about learning French. Feel free to write it in the comment section 🙂