What is the easiest, quickest way to learn French?
I would like to learn French, but in high school I took two years of Spanish and barely passed. I have no knack for learning different languages.
Does anyone have any good, free websites and/or tips on learning French?
This sounds extreme but you really do have to live the language to learn to speak it like a native. And it’s the fastest way to learn. If you can manage to move to a country or region where they speak only french, you’re forced into learning the language to survive so your brain does it all much more quickly. Anyone can learn a language this way. Our survival depends on it in that case so the brain’s language learning center (whatever that’s called) kicks into overdrive. Very frustrating though. I studied French all through school and then moved to Montreal in the tenth grade. I learned more French in that six months living there than I did all the years i studied it. Like i say it’s frustrating.. it’s like being a tiny child learning to speak again and people will giggle and mistakes are made lol. But it happens very quickly. The younger you are, the easier it is. But no matter how old you are, this will work.
If you can’t do that, the next best thing is to surround yourself with it. Read in French, find people who will only speak in French to you.. surround yourself with it as much as you can and suppliment it with lots of learning tools such as tapes. it’s easier to learn by hearing than by reading (language is very much a hearing thing) so tapes are awesome for helping. But dont’ discount books! They can help a lot too. You can never have too much. I recommend getting a book on masculine and feminine articles (la versus le.. some nouns are feminine and some are masculine. This doesn’t exist in English but it does in German which is close to English. It sounds funny when you attach the wrong gender to a word but that will come in time even though it sounds really counterintuitive.:)
Pick up a copy of La Bescherelle. It’s the French verb superbook. You learn the regular and irregular verbs and how they’re conjugated. Verbs are the most important part of speaking a language beacuse we use verbs more than anything. So you have to learn how they’re used in order to speak about anything. With the Bescherelle, if you’re stuck, you can quickly find out how to express that verb in that moment. I loved mine and never went anywhere without it.
Bonne chance! (good luck!