Bonjour, mes amis! This year, I’ve embarked on a delightful and challenging journey – learning French! My trip to Montreal and my lifelong existence as a wayward Quebecoise have both made it clear that it’s time. And guess what? I’m bringing you along on this adventure, sharing the tools that are making this language journey both fun and effective. So, if you’ve been dreaming of whispering sweet nothings in French or just saying “Bonjour” without a hitch, join me as I explore these fabulous tools for Learning French.
1. Duolingo: My Daily Dose of French
Starting with the ever-popular Duolingo, this app has been my go-to for daily French lessons, just like it was for Hebrew. It’s like having a mini-tutor in my pocket. The bite-sized lessons are perfect for my on-the-go lifestyle, and I love how it turns learning into a fun game. Plus, keeping my streak alive has become my new obsession. On top of that, it now offers Duo Max for French, which uses AI and actually allows for back-and-forth discussions. It’s a ton of fun and is très serviable.
2. Books: Heading Back to School
There’s nothing like curling up with a good book, and now, I’m adding French books to my reading nook. I located a solid text book off Amazon that should be helpful…once I learn a little more from Duo. (Pssst: That’s an affiliate link.)
3. Instagrammer Extraordinaire: French with Frederic
I’ve found an Instagram gem – French with Frederic. His posts are not only educational but also incredibly engaging. He breaks down complex French concepts into digestible, Instagram-friendly snippets. He’s also kind of my type, so not too terrible to look at…It’s learning with a touch of social media fun.
4. Movies: French Cinema at Its Finest
Movie nights just got a French twist! Watching French films is helping me with listening skills and pronunciation, not to mention the immersion in the captivating world of French cinema. It’s entertainment meets education, and I’m here for it.
5. Music: Grooving to French Tunes
And finally, French music! From classic chansons to contemporary hits, tuning into French music has been a joy. It’s helping with my listening skills, and let’s be real, singing along is just plain fun. As of right now, I am enjoying a band called Le Trois Accords and Loco Locass. Both are on Spotify, if you want to give a listen!
So there you have it – my top five tools for learning French this year. Whether it’s through apps, books, social media, movies, or music, I’m embracing this beautiful language one day at a time.
À bientôt, and happy French learning!
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