5 Tips for Studying French

We have said it before and we will say it again, many times over: In this modern day and age, where technology allows for a globalised market, learning multiple languages carries immense benefits. There are so many reasons why mastering many tongues is a good idea, but some of the main ones are a competitive edge in the career marketplace, ease of travel, and brain boosting benefits.

If you want to know why you should learn French in particular, read our blog on the 5 reasons to learn French. Did you know that learning a foreign language offers significant benefits for your brain? A foreign language is a whole new intricate system of rules, lexis and structures. Because language can be complex, the brain has to work fairly hard to make sense of it and recognise patterns. This effort results in the development of skills in thought articulation, memory, multitasking, critical thinking and problem-solving, to name a few.

French at ME At ME, we offer French lessons and prepare students for further education in French dominant educational institutions. Our French tutors provide lessons in interview prep, phonics, writing / comprehension, grammar, speaking, reading comprehension and CEFR Preparation. CEFR is The Common European Framework of Reference (for Languages) and is a guideline for students of foreign languages across Europe and other countries. We asked our French tutors for some helpful tips when it comes to learning the beautiful French language and this is what they shared. 5 Tips from Our French Tutors Read French Books Reading is helpful with any language skill acquisition, even the mother tongue. If you are learning French and you enjoy reading in general, try adding a French book into your collection. Even magazines or comic books count as learning if you are reading them in a foreign language. The pictures and illustrations can even enhance learning and comprehension of the text. Watch French Movies/Television It’s not every day that a teacher will tell their students to watch more TV but, in this case, it’s good advice. Watching something with French subtitles is an excellent way to learn and be entertained at the same time. Students will be able to pick up on modern language style as well correct pronunciation and intonation. You may develop a flawless French accent from watching French films. Don’t Worry About Sounding Silly Learning a new language can be intimidating, especially when speaking to a native French speaker. You may feel shy or embarrassed to attempt speaking when you are not confident with your vocabulary and grammar, but rest assured, this is the best way to learn. If you are afraid to make mistakes, you will hold yourself back from learning. That applies to anything in life. The person you’re speaking to will usually feel good that you are speaking in their language and may offer constructive criticism if you get something wrong. That’s an excellent way to learn as it allows you to practice your new skill and offers correction when you get it wrong. Practice! Practice! Practice! Speaking of practice, if you have access to a French speaking person on a regular basis, we recommend that you speak to them as often as possible. If they live at home with you – even better. Endeavour to speak to them only in French. The more you practice the skill of language, the better you will get and the more your vocabulary will improve. Consistency is Key The best way to learn is to continually practice. Once a week is not enough. Students should make an effort to practice their French every day even if it is only for a few minutes. This way, the lessons you learn remain foremost in your mind and bit by bit, the skill will develop and mature. If you would like to learn the French language, be sure to sign up for our highly specialised French tutoring. To learn more about these classes, please give us a call on +852 2383 0300 or WhatsApp +852 92983538.


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