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Learning a foreign language - what helps me learn French?

Contrary to appearances, learning a foreign language is great fun. I know that some people see it as something unpleasant, but what is the satisfaction when you start to understand the words and then the whole phrases. It's so motivating! For a long time French has been my dream and if everything returns to normal, we will start with Piotr a course of this beautiful language to Lord from French (if someone doesn't know him yet, he has to make up for it). Why did we decide to take the course with him? Because we want to learn a language that we will use, not something that will never be useful in our lives.

My French story is quite complicated - for 3 years of high school I studied French as an additional language at school. Unfortunately, the classes were at a very low level, and the teacher was not able to motivate me enough to leave high school textbooks after high school (now I regret it). I only learned from classes that I could count to 10, introduce myself, say that it is raining or not raining and ... that I can't speak French well (it will definitely be useful when we go on a trip to France ... of course, as already everything will be back to normal).

Here are some ways that help me learn French, but I think you can easily use these tricks to learn other languages.

Listening to the language

Recently, I read somewhere that each of us, often listening to a foreign language, at some point begins to understand the basic words and phrases. That's how our brain is supposedly programmed. I don't know how true this is, but for me listening to language is one of the most wonderful things. Thanks to the fact that we often watch movies or TV series with French dubbing (you can change settings in Netflix), I learn not only pronunciation, but also I get basic phrases. We are not yet advanced enough to watch movies or series 100% in French, so we use Polish subtitles.

In addition to watching movies or series in this beautiful language, I often listen to news radio (France info) in French or podcasts on Spotify. And here, as in the case of movies - I can't translate what they say during the broadcast, but I listen to the pronunciation and catch single words. I will tell you in secret that it is very motivating when I realize that I understand a word. Often also a word that I do not understand, and it will catch my ear - I try to find on the Internet (thankfully, Google search engine is so intelligent that I usually find the word I am looking for).

Reading in a given language

Of course, I'm not talking about suddenly starting to read books in a given language (unless someone is ambitious enough, estimate!), But at least short news / information. For me it's a great way to "deal with" language. I often translate a given text in a Deepl translator (which is quite good when it comes to translations), and then put it in a translator that allows you to listen to the text (I do not recommend Google translator, because often there are very strange things like "Kali eat banana ").

Paris stylizations

Online training

The current situation does not allow us to attend group classes. There is advice for this - online training. It's a great form of learning, especially in the current situation. You do not have to give up education because of the coronavirus and the order not to leave home. To join the course you only need a computer and a good internet connection.

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If you belong to a group of people who currently do not go to work (and do not work remotely), I recommend using your free time to polish a foreign language. Especially the language you have thought of for a long time, and you never had time for it. Learning a foreign language is really a great way to use your free time in a very effective way. Important - appreciate the small steps in language learning and don't fall into a vicious cycle ,,not enough".

2 Comments

  1. Avatar michal 30 March 2020 / 09: 05

    I have always dreamed of learning English, your post is very motivating.

    • dpblogpl dpblogpl
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      30 March 2020 / 09: 50

      English is a very useful language. You can use it properly in most places on Earth.

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