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Obviously you know it is not the reality that you can learn the French language in 3 months, specifically in some situations like if you cannot study it a few hours a day. But the reality is that in 3 months you can improve some elements of the language, it can be the conjugations some tenses, some verbs), some French grammar rules, studying the French language with songs (with songs and movies with subtitles), Reading a lot and increasing the number of words you know, to get more confidence in speaking. I suggest you to not study a lot of thnigs but just a few things. To do so I suggest you to have short term goals and to have a schedule. I suggest you to take between 30 minutes and 1 hour everyday, and more time during one day on the week-end.
Having a phrasebook
It is a good resources, a good thing to have. I suggest you to write on the cover ‘My French Phrasebook’. First, I suggest that you write the reasons why you want to learn the French language, you can write it in the English language and in the French language: Pourquoi est-ce que je veux apprendre le français ? → Why do I want to learn French? And making a list of the reason: the emotions you want to feel in different events,… You are going to write as well all the sentences and words you think during the day, everyday. The ones that are relevant to you: when you are ordering some food and you do not remember how to ask a specific question or how to say a specific food (ex: pain → bread) in the French language, when you imagine yourself going to take the bus and asking to the driver how much is the price for a one-way ticket (Quel est le prix du ticket pour un trajet aller ?). Here are others useful sentences you need to know when you begin to learn the French language, write the English translation to help you at the beginning, when you are going to feel more comfortable you will watch just at the French ones:
Bonjour, salut → Hello
Comment vas-tu ? / Comment allez-vous ? → How are you?
Ça va bien, merci. Et toi ? / Et vous ? → I am fine, thank you. And you?
Ça fait longtemps qu’on ne s’est pas vus → Long time no see.
Comment t’appelles-tu ? / Comment vous appelez-vous ? → What is your name ?
D’où venez-vous ? / D’où viens-tu ? → Where are you from?
Bonne journée → Have a nice day.
Bonne chance → good luck.
Bon appétit → enjoy your meal.
Pouvez-vous répéter, s’il vous plaît ? → Please say that again
The idea is to be able to say basics things alone, that you do not need the others, without help from the others, so if
Your French grammar is not perfect at the beginning it is ok. Keep your phrasebok with you everytime, put it in your bag or in your pocket and have a look whenever you want. You are going to use these phrases everytime you are going to talk to someone, so fastly you are going to be able to say them easily, and having fluent little conversations.
Online language exchange
I suggest you to use either Italki or either HelloTalk or the both of them, to have your first talk with a native French person. You can do it with anyone you meet randomly on the app or on the website, or, if you want to be taught by a professionnal ask for a French professor, some of them will ask for money and some of the others will give you a free trial course. I suggest you to review the sentences you wrote in your phrasebook to prepare for your first conversations. So, when you add your phrasebook and the discussions with the native French persons you are going to go to the next point: a better comprehension of the French language, you are going to get more fluency, a better interaction, an immersion-like feeling, having more motivation to reach your goals,… Here are useful sentences that maybe you will say to your language partner:
Parlez plus lentement s’il vous plaît → Please speak more slowly.
Pouvez-vous répéter s’il vous paît ? → Could you say that again?
Having two language exchanges a week is a good rythm.
Increase your word-tock: Sensations
Here is a little French course to have more words to enrich your interaction with others and it participates as well of creating an immersion experience.
Avoir mal à la tête → to have a headhache
Avoir mal à la gorge → to have a sore throat
Avoir mal au dos → to have a sore back
Avoir mal aux pieds → to have sore feet
Il a mal au bras → his arm hurts
Il a mal à la main → his hand hurts
Do not say j’ai mal
à mes pieds, but j’ai mal aux pieds.
Feelings of lack
Avoir faim → to be hungry
Avoir soif → to be thirsty
Avoir chaud → to be hot
Avoir froid → to be cold
Avoir sommeil → to be tired
Avoir besoin de → to need
Avoir envie de → to want
Avoir peur de → Be afraid of
Do not say Vous
êtes chaud, but vous avez chaud.
Exercise to practice
Write your choice in the comments and I will tell you if it is ok or not, and I will give you the correction.
1 – (kinésithérapeute / dos) –Il est chez le kinésithérapeute parce qu’il a mal au dos → He is at the physiotherapist because he has a sore back
2 – (dentiste / dents) –………………………………………………………………………………….
→ He is at the dentist because he has a toothhache
3 – (médecin / gorge) – ……………………………………………………………………………….
→ He is at the doctor because he has a sore throat
4 – (ophtalmologiste / yeux) – ……………………………………………………………………
→ He is at the ophthalmologist because he has sore eyes
Beginner, learners: best books to learn French in 3 months for vocabulary
Learners: how to learn French in 1 month for lessons, vocabulary
Students, beginner: learn to speak French through stories for lessons
Speakers, students: how to learn French in 1 week for fluency
Teacher, speakers: how to learn French in 30 days for confidence
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