The French language is spoken by approximately 274 million people around the world. It’s the second most common mother tongue in the European Union, and it’s the second most studied foreign language in both Europe and North America.
Despite its international popularity, one of the biggest challenges for learners is understanding what you’re hearing when you listen to a native speaker speak. If you’re looking to improve your oral understanding in French, here are a few tips to get you started.
We all know how difficult it is to learn a new language. But don’t worry, with these six tips, you’ll be on your way to becoming a French expert in no time!
Just remember, practice makes perfect. So get started today and pretty soon you’ll be able to understand everything your teacher says in class.
Ready? Set. Go!
1) Listen carefully when someone speaks French to you.
Repeat what they say in your head several times so that you can remember it better. If you don’t know people who speak French, listen to French radio or TV programs.
I recommend the TV channel TV5Monde or the radio RFI. On both, you will find a space dedicated to learning French. I put the links below.
You can also find a tutoring program where you can practice conversation with a native speaker of French.
In this case, it is best to work with a French teacher. He or she will be able to correct your mistakes, explain the grammar rules, correct your phonetics and guide you in your learning.
Don’t hesitate to look at the French courses we offer 🙂
2) Make an effort to find out the meaning of new French words by looking them up in a dictionary or online
One of the best ways to improve your oral understanding in French is by learning new words. And the best way to learn new words is by looking them up in a dictionary or online. By doing this, you’ll not only learn the meaning of the words, but you’ll also learn how to spell them and how to use them in a sentence.
So make sure to add a few new words to your French vocabulary every day. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you’ll start to see results!
3) Pronounce French words correctly by practicing them out loud until you feel confident using them
One way to improve your oral understanding in French is by pronouncing words correctly. And the best way to do this is by practicing them out loud until you feel confident using them.
Indeed, if you know a word but you don’t know its phonetics, you will have a lot of trouble understanding it when a native French speaker uses it!
And in addition to practicing your French oral comprehension, it will be a very good exercise for your own phonetics!
4) Try to use as many different resources
One of the best ways to improve your oral understanding in French is by using different resources. By using different resources, you’ll be exposed to a variety of accents and dialects, which will help you improve your overall comprehension.
Some great resources to consider include:
– French radio stations
– French TV channels
– French movies
– French YouTube channel (that of Learn French Fun, for example… 😉 )
– French audio lessons
– French conversation tutors
So make sure to use as many different resources as possible to improve your oral understanding in French. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you’ll start to see results!
5) Watch French movies with subtitles
I made a video that gives you tips on how to improve your listening skills. In this video, I don’t recommend using subtitles right away. And yes, at the beginning, if you use subtitles, you will only be focused on READING and not on ORAL UNDERSTANDING!
Watch my video tips and then, when you have a little more control over your listening skills, you can use subtitles.
6) Use social media platforms such as Facebook and YouTube to connect with Francophone communities
By using social media platforms such as Facebook and YouTube, you can connect with Francophone communities all over the world. This is a great way to improve your oral understanding in French, as you’ll be exposed to a variety of accents and dialects.
You can also find French-speaking friends on these platforms who can help you improve your language skills. So don’t hesitate to join a few French-speaking groups or channels on Facebook or YouTube. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you’ll start to see results!
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Although it may not be easy to find opportunities to practice listening to native speakers, I hope that the tips in this post will help you improve your oral understanding of French. Remember, the most important thing is to keep practicing and don’t give up!
Bonne chance et à bientôt !