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According to some scientific studies it takes 30 days to get a new habit. So, it is better if you take an good way to study the French language, the good methods and good resources.
What do you want to be able to do in 30 days?
It is important that you ask yourself why you want to learn to speak French, what are the reasons? Do you want to travel in a French speaking country or in France? Do you want to have French speakers friends and having conversations with them? Do you want to know more about the French culture or the French history and to talk about these topics with French language partners? Do you want to understand easily French movies or podcasts? Do you want to get more confidence and fluency when you are talking to someone? Do you want to learn a variety of French expressions? Do you want to speak without doing any mistakes in conjugation? If you know why you want to learn and improve your oral skills to be able to speak the French language, it will help you to choose the right language resources. Ask yourself: how many hours can you study every day? If you can study fifteen minutes or two hours, you are not going to have the same level at the end of your 3O days journey.
To get the right material
First, you can study with some specific textbooks and workbooks to get the basics of the French language : the main French conjugation and grammar, and the words, sentences and French idioms you need to know. I suggest you to get the specific material which is related to what you want to achieve, for example if you want to go to Paris to go up the Eiffel tower, it is not appropriate to choose a book whith a big list of words related to something you do not want to do, for example words about doing sports, but you need to learn that kind of phrase:
Bonjour, combien coûte un billet pour monter la Tour Eiffel ? → Hello, how much does a ticket cost to go up the Eiffel Tower?
Spend time to study pronunciation
It is important that you try to say what you want to say properly, it is going to be easier for the French people to understand you. The pronunciation of the French language is not very easy, so you have to take the time you need to practice it, I suggest you that you focus on it everyday. For example the links between some sounds are hard to do in a proper way, for example the nasal consonnants. Nowadays we have internet, so you can find more examples and the rules on the internet: videos about pronunciation and some special liaisons.
Use an app
Using an app is a good way and sometime a funny way to get some new words, some French grammar rules, the structure of the phrases, the different types of sentences: questions, affirmation, negation. You can learn almost wherever and whenever you are: in the bus, during the breakfast, on your bike for a ride, in a terrasse of a cafe,... You can use, Duolingo, Memrise,...
Build up a structure for a good learning
We are not all the same so it could be different for someonelse, have alook at these two points and pay attention to them:
- You need to take the time for one rule: do not study two rules at the same time, studying two or more element at the same time make the learning harder, it is not efficient, so it will be harder to build up confidence. It is better to focus on for example how to make a negative phrase instead of learning the structure of the sentence in general.
- Study the rules that you are going to need, each thing you study has to be related to your goal. If your goal is to go in a French speaking country to visit, for example if you want to go to Paris to visit the Eiffel tower and the Musée du Louvre, you have to study
- the basics sentences ( Quel est sont les bus qui vont au musée de Louvre ? → What are the buses that go to the Musée du Louvre ? / Combien coûte le ticket pour visiter le musée, s’il-vous-plait ? → How much does cost the ticket to visit the museum, please? )
- the oral comprehension: being able to understand pretty easily what the native people are saying.
- having a good pronunciation to be easily understood by the French people, having a good one is hard but at least paying attention to this part of your study.
The progression has to be in a logical way, first I suggest that you study the present tense and then a more complicated tense. And do not study what you will not need for your journey in Paris, you do not need to know the subjunctive tense to have a nice trip. If you want to get to know more the French language you can learn it when you will be back from your travel, and to have better conversations, and getting more fluency for your next trip in a French speaking country.
Example for the day 1
I suggest you to learn the very basic: the alphabet. Learn the letters of the alphabet and how to pronounce them. It is good to train your memory, it is a good base, and to keep up the motivation because you are going to need these knowledge a lot of time. The letters combinations, how to greet (Bonjour, au revoir, comment allez-vous ?, je vais bien, que faites-vous dans la vie ?, je travaille comme..., Où habitez-vous ?, j’habite en Angleterre, je reste 15 jours en France,... you can use flashcards to study it.
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