Posts Tagged ‘language’

Learning French with Lingoda (REVIEW)

Written by Diane. Posted in French language

Learning French with Lingoda review

Contrary to what many people might think, simply living in France will not magically make you fluent in French in a matter of months. Living here will help you up until a certain point, but to really improve your level, you’ll need to study French beyond what interactions at the pharmacy and grocery store (or small talk) can provide. Having a background in French from high school or college helps, too. But what do you do when you aren’t sure about how to take your French to the next level? Private lessons can be expensive, we don’t all have access to native speakers, and books can be ineffective and boring.

How can a language learner boost their foreign language skills no matter where they are in the world?

With Lingoda.

Read on!

How to use context when speaking French

Written by Diane. Posted in French language, on life in France

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Learning a new language is no joke. There’s always something new to learn and your comprehension and speaking abilities may not advance at the same speed. When you’re in France and need to converse face-to-face with French people, all your classroom learning gets very real.

For all the times you understand and reply without a hitch, you’ll have other times where you’re going to stumble, not understand and sometimes want to run and hide. Even the most confident person gets butterflies in their stomach when speaking French in a new situation. Having to speak up in a crowded boulangerie, with someone you’ve never met, or in front of a large group can create all kinds of anxiety.

But you have one extremely helpful tool at your disposal and all you need to do is to open your eyes: context.

Here’s how to use context when speaking French. Read on!

What changes when you’re the one with the foreign accent

Written by Diane. Posted in French language

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No matter how compassionate or empathetic you are, sometimes the only way to truly understand something is to experience it for yourself. I never really considered what life might be like for someone with a foreign accent… until I experienced it as an American living in France. In this post, I’m referring to all types of “levels” of accents: simply having an accent but pretty much speaking like a native with no trouble communicating at all and also every stage right on down to a stumbling beginner. It’s been humbling to say the least…

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Why getting complimented on your French means you’re not fluent

Written by Diane. Posted in French language

Why people complimenting your French means you've got a ways to go toward fluency1

You’ve been living in France for a little while now. At first, it might seem like a good thing when native French speakers compliment your French. Yay, someone has noticed! You feel proud, accomplished and like you’ve made progress… and you should feel all of these things. Congrats! Language learning is hard. But the real marker of progress is when native French speakers stop complimenting you on your French. That’s when you know you’ve majorly improved. Yes, really. Why is this the case?

Read on!

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