So, if learning French is your goal and you are not sure where to start then I suggest try it home first. Yes, you heard it right! Learn French at the comfort of your own home. There are countless different resources you can use to study French at home. What could me more fun than sitting at home and watching TV, right? Here's how watching TV helps you learn French.
This method is not only easy - it's a whole lot of fun! Watching TV programs like French news, movies, concerts and French cartoons can really help in developing your foundation. Learning a new language is difficult because our ears and brains are used to hearing your native language. Words and anything foreign to them are deemed to be irritating and even stressful. To facilitate learning French, you need to get attuned to the sound of it. So, watching TV tuned in French programs is a great way in training our ears and our brains. It can greatly help them adjust and get used to hearing French.
Keep in mind that if you want to make learning French easier and less painful, you must make it gradual. Don't be in such a hurry. For instance, at the early stages of your learning, start by watching English programs or movies with French subtitles. Reading subtitles while listening to a language very much familiar to you helps you better understand conversational French.
If you're already used to this, you can then move on to watching French movies or channels with English subtitles. Try to understand what the characters mean and use the English subtitle as a guide. Take down notes while watching if necessary. This can be helpful when doing revisions.
Remember, learning French should not be all work - make it an enjoyable experience. Although learning a foreign language is in undeniably hard and time-consuming, you can devise ways to make it pleasurable! See for yourself what difference having fun while learning makes. . . Happy learning!
Yannick is a French teacher living in Paris, owner of ParisByPod.com . Learn French the easy way with dictations, exercises, tests, photos of Paris and French lessons by email!