You just arrived in Paris and you are starting to get settled with your job and home.
You started taking French lessons and you are doing your best to progress fast. However, the people you are connected with in Paris are all English speaking, and so is your company. You are feeling that something is missing to help you go further in your learning of French.
No French conversation partner available right now? No worries.
Here are a few tips to work out your conversational French if you are on your own:
- Step out into the streets of the Capital and use every pretext to engage a conversation: order some coffee, buy some croissants, ask for info about a place, buy some fruit and vegetables. This is FREE practice that you can apply ANY TIME. And do not be shy about making mistakes: most people will correct you if what you are saying is incorrect in French.
- use some audio documents and repeat sentences…do it several times during the day…the more you repeat, the better you will be.
- take your phone and make a call to an administration: just ask for some very basic things ( if you are feeling usure, you can always prepare a few sentences on a paper sheet)
- use passive learning: turn on your TV, radio or audio documents and keep doing what you have to do…just hearing French regularly will also make you progress rapidly. I am using passive learning regularly when I don’t have time with other languages, and I can ensure you that it truly works.
- Try to think in French, and use the structures that you already know.
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you need some further learning tips. I am very willing to help you out!
Wishing you best luck in learning French rapidly!