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Do you ever wonder why learning a new language is so difficult? The “fluent learning” process can be challenging, whether you’re trying to learn French or any other language. But with a little practice, it can become second nature and an enjoyable part of life.
Many people make the mistake of thinking that learning a second language is simple: just pick a book or app, follow the instructions, and you’ll be speaking French in no time.
This simply isn’t the case. Fluent Learning is about more than just listening to words and reading subtitles. It requires active participation from both the student and the tutor. A native tutor provides support and will work with you to increase your proficiency in no time.
Find the Right Book or App for You
There are plenty of great books and apps designed to help you learn a new language. While you can use a book as a reference, many people find using an app more effective. Apps are more engaging and allow you to interact with the language more realistically.
The best apps are those that enable you to speak to native speakers as well as provide plenty of support for your progress. This can be more effective because you’re practicing the new language with native speakers in real-time.
Get a Professional Tutor
Although you can certainly learn the language independently, it’s much easier to improve your proficiency when you work with a professional tutor.
A good one will know a lot about a lot, help you better understand how you’re progressing, and offer suggestions on how to get the most out of your learning experience. You could also try learning French with professional teachers online with services like Lingoda.
Unlike with a regular book or app, you can practice with Lingoda’s teachers, and you won’t have the luxury of making mistakes when studying with these pros. They’ll correct you whenever you make a mistake, which will help you develop a more accurate sense of yourself as a speaker.
Plus, you won’t have to worry about burning yourself out with all the studying because you’ll always be working with a skilled tutor.
Set Small Goals
“How many days until I can speak French fluently?” This might seem silly, but it’s one question many people ask themselves. The truth is that while speaking a new language is an incredible and once-in-a-lifetime experience, it’s not something you want to rush. As with many skills, you get better with practice.
Learning a new language takes time and requires focused study. It’s not something you can just pick up and put down at any moment. If you set small goals for yourself, such as speaking one word in French every day for six months, you’ll see that it gets easier with time.
Be Patient and Persistent
You’ll give up at one point or another if you’re like most people. Whether you start to feel frustrated or because you’re running out of time, give yourself some grace by being patient. Take a deep breath and wait until you’re more relaxed before moving on to the next step.
Patience is the key to success with any skill, and it’s beneficial when learning a new language. If you keep putting off what you don’t feel like doing, the time will pass, and you’ll feel resentful, impatient, and forgetful. On the other hand, if you permit yourself to get impatient when it comes to learning a new language, you’ll waste valuable time that you could be using to move forward.
Join a French Club or Learn with a Native Speaker
If you’re serious about learning a new language, you should consider joining a French club or learning with a native speaker. These are great ways to practice your new skills and make new friends. Not only will you be able to listen to native speakers, but you’ll also be able to ask them questions and practice your vocabulary.
Learning a new language is an interesting journey. It can be challenging at first but once you start practicing, it will become second nature. The more you talk to native speakers, the more you’ll understand. It may take a while but speaking to people and learning new vocabulary are great ways to start.
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