French Language Learning Guide
Why Learn French?
America’s fascination with Parisian style has made French one of the most sophisticated choices for second language study. But apart from giving French speakers that certain je ne sais quoi, French is quickly becoming an important global language. Today, French is spoken on every continent and by an estimated 270 million people worldwide. It is the second language used for communication by the United Nations and at Olympic events. According to a study conductued by Natixis, an investment bank, predicted that French will be the most spoken language in the world by 2050, noting its predominance on the continent of Africa—a massive, potential economic powerhouse that’s been steadily gaining ground in recent years.
Language Learning Exercises for French
Since the Academy is canceled this summer, we've put together a French language learning guide that will help you with your French practice this summer.
Here are different exercises you can choose from daily this summer to build or stay on top of your French skills:
- Write 1 or 2 sentences in French to sum up your day. For tips on writing in French, read this.
- Listen to a song in French. Here's a list of 8 catchy songs in French.
- Watch a video or movie in French. Here's a list of movies to get you rooted in French culture.
- Conjugate a verb. Or learn a new word. Here's 5000 in an Anki deck.
- Read a tongue twister and attempt to say it out loud. Better yet, post a video of your attempt and tag a friend to challenge them! #AcademyTongueTwisterChallenge
- Count from 1 to 100 in French.
- Sing or say the alphabet.
- Read a page or more in a book written in French. You can find sources for reading materials in French here. And here's some reading tips.
- Cook a dish from a Francophone country. Get started with some recipes here.
- Have a family member or friend who speaks French? Do an activity with them completely in language, even if you have to resort to hand gestures. Remember to keep a translation dictionary and small notebook on hand to learn and remember new words.
We hope these exercises and resources prove to be helpful for your language learning journey. Stay safe, stay healthy, and keep in touch!