Hi!I’m Nika.Nice to meet you!
Last month, I wrote a blog-post on my June goals 2018.It included being better at French.That’s when a lot of you realized that I’m a French student, and I realized that a lot of you guys also learn French!
I got a few requests after that, to write about French studies.I thought, that if I made a video about it on my YouTube channel, it would be a lot easier, but then again….why not do both?
So, I decided to introduce a new category on my blog, all about French, where I write blog-posts about the topic, and also update you guys whenever I upload a video on my YouTube channel on the same.
To start with, I decided to give you guys some tips on how to improve your French in 10 easy ways, including the links to some very helpful videos about this.
Before we begin, I want you guys to know that I’m in no way a professional.This is all just based on what has worked for me.
Now let’s get to the point.
This is the easiest way to improve.If you can fake the French accent, you’re almost halfway there.Like, even if you suck at French but know how to speak French with the native accent, you will sound much more French and much more professional than your friend who can speak well but can’t speak in the French accent.
Now the real question is, how the fudge to develop a French accent?
I’ll tell you how I did it.
Literally, for 10-15 minutes everyday, say “grrrrr”.That’s it.Say “grrrr” till you think your “grrr” sounds like a French “grrrr”.
I know, I know.But trust me.It works.
I mean, that’s exactly how I developed a French accent.Infact, after doing this everyday for about a month, I developed a rookie French accent so strong, that when I spoke in french, I just couldn’t speak without the accent.So when I speak in French with someone who doesn’t, It’s impossible for me to tone down my accent and make it more Indian so they’ll understand.
It’s permanent AF.But isn’t that exactly what you’re looking for?
2.Each word 5 times.
People call me crazy for doing this, but it really works.
Whenever you come across something new-vocab, conjugations, ANYTHING, write that shit down 5 times.Do this for a week, and you’ll never forget that thing again.
I did this 5 years ago, and hence I still remember the vocab that I learned 5 years ago.
3.Speak it everywhere.
When I’m alone, in front of the mirror.In front of my friends who don’t understand what I’m saying but still tolerate it.In my journal when I’m writing my ideas or thought or whatever down.You don’t have to have a French friend to speak French.You just need to speak in French whenever you speak.Simple?Totally.
4.Listen to French.
No, I’m not talking about TF1, or France Radio 1.Who the fudj wants to listen to French news?We need something more interesting.
Watch French YouTubers!
One of my favourites is a French lifestyle blogger, Jenesuispasjolie.
5.Start using everyday French words everyday.
Let me explain.
I’m Indian, Marathi is my mother tongue, and I speak a little bit of Hindi too.But, I’m best at English out of all the languages that I speak, so I speak in English everyday, everywhere.
However, there are times when I inevitable blurt things out in my native languages.Like, if my toe hits the table, instead of saying “ah shit”, I inevitably and naturally end up cursing in hindi or Marathi instead.If something goes wrong, instead of saying “oh, man”, I naturally end up saying “arey yaar”.
Similarly, get into the habit of saying small common phrases like these in French instead of the language you speak, as if French is your native language.
Like, when your toe hits the table, instead of cursing in English, say “ah, merde!”(I feel like a total bish trying to promote the use of swear words, but that is not what my intentions are.I hope you get the point?).
The small salutations we say everyday like “thankyou’, “hello”, what’s up”?Start saying all of those in French instead of the language that you speak.
What this will do is form the habit of using French vocab often.And soon enough, you’ll realize that the words you say in French everyday come out naturally, and you’ll start using more of French in your everyday use.
The purpose is to incorporate French in your everyday life.
6.Journal in French.
Instead of English, Journal in French.
When we’re learning a new language, we’re often too impatient.We over-estimate our capability, study for less than half an hour a day and expect to be amazing at the language.
Sorry to burst your bubble, but the law of attraction doesn’t work with learning a new language.You gotta practise and study everyday, consistently.Most importantly, learn because you’re in love with the language, not because it’s a “cool” language to show-off.
Which leads me to:
8.If it’s cool, it’s not worth it.
If you’re learning it just because it’s a cool language, it won’t last long.Make sure that you genuinely love the French culture and language, and that you would do it even if nobody knew that you learn French.
9.Use the internet wisely.
Here are some free sources online AKA my go-to sources for French studyin’
10.Find someone to motivate you.
Someone who possibly learns French too, and who will motivate you to keep going.
Can’t find one?I’m here.DM me on Instagram.My social media links are at the end of this post.
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Thanks for reading.Please let me know if you want more posts of this kind!
Question of the day:
What’s one language that you want to learn?