17 years I was when I fell in love with my ears on holiday to a Parisienne.We communicated with hands and feet. The little French that I had followed on VWO proved sufficient for ordering a baguette, but more really not.
A month later, back in the Netherlands, an invitation to a week to come along in Paris followed.She still lived with her parents.
However, I have stayed no week, but three years.
Recorded in a French family and completely immersed in the French language I became a sponge.After a year my knowledge of Frans was already sufficient to be admitted to a “classe préparatoire” which prepares pupils for a competition to be admitted to a Grande Ecole.
I read in French, performed at the table during lunch and dinner long conversations in French and I started dreaming in French.
I have learned to speak the French language.
My final exam grade for French in high school was a 8.5.You would think that I should have mastered the French language properly… When I emigrated to a French-speaking country, however, I didn’t get much further than: Hello, day and my name is….
My experience is that you learn a ‘ foreign ‘ language best and fastest by spending a poos in the country in question.By only being exposed to French speaking people, TV, newspapers etc, I learned in about three months what the six years at school should have taught me, namely: French speaking and reading.
Student from Belgium here.In ASO Secondary Education I got about 4 hours of French per week. Here was mainly focused on rules and words learning.
This didn’t really satisfy me and in my 3rd secondary school I went for a trimester to a Walloon (and thus French speaking) college.Although I was initially very uncertain about this decision, it was a really fantastic experience! I would recommend it to anyone. I have spoken French effectively, contrary to what I did at my Flemish school. I had French speaking friends, stayed with French speaking family. You only realise that you can learn a language only by using them.
Moreover, this made no extra costs since secondary education in Belgium is free and I also did not have to deal with my exams at the end of the year.My Flemish school found that I had deployed enough during the year and had no need for 3rd test results.
Makkie: I was born in France.
French is my mother tongue.I learned it through my surroundings, but also by reading children’s songs and booklets. Grammar went a lot smoother thanks to my passion for reading.
I did the same thing to learn other languages: Learning Children’s songs, reading short booklets.In French I started with Les Contes de Perrault, in English with Alice in Wonderland, in Spanish with the Alchemist and in Dutch with all the children’s books I read for my children.
It does take time, but it is well worth the effort.
‘, ‘ By going to work and living in France.My company was taken over by a French company and I got an offer. I had three years of French in high school and dropped it as soon as possible, I was bad at it, a real beta. Before we went to France, my then wife and I had done an individual crash course in French for two weeks. It did not come along but we saved it. Later I was sometimes laughed at by my wife and children who spoke French accentingly because I wasn’t so good, but I traveled a lot and talked a different language every day. I also do not like my accent and I would agree with colleagues. They said they were charming, they would regret it if I were to lose it.
“,” By working four summers in France.Only when you really are in the country where they speak the language do you really learn to speak to me. Had French in high school for six years.
I live in Belgium, close to the French border.You hear the French language all around you anyway. (that is not to say that you can also speak the language directly) I usually understood nothing of what they said, because I was educated as one of the few with 1 language, Dutch. From the fifth grade (Group 7 in the Netherlands) I got French lessons. Then we got words like ‘ ‘ Bonjour ‘ ‘ or easy phrases like ‘ ‘ Je suis Jacey ‘ ‘ Every year it became a little harder and we learned more difficult verbs. I currently also have a little trouble with French. (I’m now in high school) And now we are learning a lot of new verbs in a short time and that is quite difficult. I would just like to read you many French texts again if you want to learn French. You also have apps that can help you learn French or create sites where you can make exercises. You can also ask someone who speaks French to practice some French with you. Writing French is also very important. There are many rules in writing so that may take a while until you understand that. Good luck!
As soon as I learned to speak.And Dutch just before 40: Because of a Nederlanderin, although she speaks perfectly French and even better than some French with low training. And this though the languages were not her work (she was then a surgeon).
At one point I was spontaneously and moved to Brussels on the Bonnefooi.I started my life there as a volunteer in a youth hostel where Frans was the main and primary language. I had to do so. It started with simple words and in time my knowledge grew naturally. Then I got a job as a driving instructor, Watt took care of a thorough deepening of my knowledge. Now I dare to say that I speak the language fluently, although not flawless. In any case, good enough to be able to translate French texts of any complexity into Dutch and English.