Are you struggling to learn French as an international student in Paris? Well, here are some tips on that!
It is a dream come true for many who come to study in one of the Parisian universities. After all, they are highly rated educational institutions in one of the most prosperous and beautiful cities in the world. Everything you want is offered in Paris, from the rich local culture to a sophisticated lifestyle. On top of all this, you can study at world class institutions that are sure to make your career prospects shine. However, all of these experiences can be affected unless your French is usable.
To live Parisian style, French is necessary. Whether it is university life or tourist experiences, you will only be able to appreciate the nuances of its culture if you understand French. But, as the world knows, French is a language with many variations, and it cannot be learned easily. Granted, it’s not easy, but not incredibly difficult. With the right strategy, you can achieve the necessary fluency in the language. What is the strategy? Below are some indications to note.
You will need the necessary equipment around you
Personally, there is nothing better than hard copies of any study material. I suggest you surround yourself with good quality French material, from dictionaries to exercise books; you will need them all. Just reading the words, rules and so on won’t help unless you practice them. So get as many practice books as you can. Read books in French and highlight words, phrases, or sentences that require understanding or memorization. Apart from these, there is a large repository of French material online, although many of them are only fully available by subscription. Download apps like Duolingo or Memrise and watch videos in French.
Set a target
You can’t do well if you don’t have a goal in mind. Not just a goal, you have to pair it with a strategy. How will you do it? One suggestion I would like to offer is to prepare a task sheet based on your preferences. You can assign daily, weekly, or other tasks, but you must complete them. These tasks may include learning 5 to 10 words per day, performing exercises, practicing oral expression in French, for example, talking about a subject, attending language classes or speaking. reading a chapter from one of your French novels. It is only when you are organized and focused that you can learn French.
Ask your friends for help
Make friends, especially those who are good at French. When you are around them, you will regularly hear conversations in French that will help you adapt and learn. The more contextually you hear, the more you will learn, as conversational French may differ from manual French. Ask your friends to help you practice. They can make you speak improvised French or help you watch French movies. If you have friends who are learning French, form a study group and organize practice sessions together. It will keep you motivated because you know that you are not the only one struggling with the language.
Consider paying for a language course
You can watch videos on YouTube or on Google blog posts, but a teacher can be very helpful. Classroom instruction stimulates a learning temperament that is not easily formed when learning on your own. In Paris, there are many good French language learning courses tailored to the demands of the international student community. In fact, your university may be offering a language learning course for international students. I know these courses can be expensive, but they offer long term benefits. Keep in mind that you are supposed to stay in town for a long time and that lack of fluency in the language can be a problem.
Write French as much as you speak French
Many international students focus more on oral French than on written French. Conversational French is relatively easy to understand because it is often learned in situ and often required on a daily basis. However, your foundations will be weak if you follow such a path. Just focusing on conversational French means you only know the French you need to survive. But, it also means that you don’t take full advantage of the French experiences. By learning and practicing written French, you will develop a mastery of the basics that will help you hone your conversation skills. Otherwise, your French will be very limited and of little consequence. You should know that you are there as a student and not as a tourist.
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