When setting out to learn a second language such as French, it is important to have the time, the right attitude, and the right tools. Fortunately, there are many great language tools available for the language student today.
There are many good books, flash cards sets, and websites that do a fine job teaching the written language. However, an important key to success is to add French audio lessons into your study materials. Including audio is crucial for a number of reasons.
When someone concentrates all of their study efforts on the written word, it is certainly possible to learn a lot of material, but it is also possible that they may be learning the wrong things. What is meant by this is that a person could have an idea of how a word sounds that, because they have never actually heard it, could be entirely wrong. They continue to study and learn, cementing the improper pronunciation in their head. At some point they will use it, be corrected, and then have to relearn the word or words.
The human brain learns best when it is challenged in a number of different ways. By combining reading and writing French with hearing it as well, the brain will retain the information much better than simply reading it. Adding audio also helps keep the student’s interest, as studying does not get boring when it involves different inputs.
Audio lessons with native French speakers can teach so much that cannot be learned from a book. The proper pronunciation as well as conversational tone and inflection can only be learned by listening. By repeatedly listening to French, one can develop their own, natural sounding conversational tone instead of a strained, mechanical, “by the book” style that is very unnatural.
Some computer programs offer the option of being able to record yourself speaking French, too. Being able to hear it, speak it, then replay and compare the two is very helpful. Having this instant feedback and being able to make adjustments is a great learning tool.
Another very positive aspect of audio French lessons is convenience. The ability to listen to French in the car, working out, or anywhere else is a huge plus. The more often that you hear it, the better you will learn and retain it.
Read it, write it, and listen to it. This multimedia approach will advance your French language learning much quicker and make it far more enjoyable, too.
About the Author
Ellen Graham began studying French over 25 years ago and has had a love of the language ever since. She enjoys sharing information she gathers about France and its language through her website, www.FrenchLanguageNow.com. You can find out more about French audio lessons at her site as well.