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What is the best way to learn French at home in 2022?

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So what is the best way to learn French from home? Here are the top 10 ways our students recommended in 2022.

what is the best way to learn french at home?

French Learning Level

Top Marks For Time

10 Minutes a day

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Overview - The best way to learn French at home

Possibly the best way to learn French from home is to use the Duolingo App daily. Over 500 million people used Duolingo to learn languages in 2021! That makes it by far the biggest language school in the world! Plus they use AI to develop the platform which would suggest that they know more about language learning habits than anyone else.

What The French Room students say about it

I like it because it is quick, easy to access anywhere and challenges my brain; similar to doing a crossword or sudoku

Lesley

I hear back a mixture of delight and frustration from regular users of Duolingo. On the plus side, it is a daily activity that is short and sweet that covers a lot of grammar.

 

There are also some nifty features like pronunciation practice and stories and, of course, you feel like a champion as you get rewards along the way.

 

 

The frustration comes from the snakes and ladders feeling when you don’t complete a task successfully or miss a day and lose your perfect record. Some also find the high accuracy demands for writing a little irrelevant for someone who just wants to speak.

What I think

If you are at The French Room level 1 – 3, this is an indispensable way to power your French learning forward and give you a solid foundation in basic French grammar.

 

 

You will learn French faster if you do some short and regular practice in the language on a daily basis. Just imagine how many times you would hear the same vocabulary day in day out if you were living in France. 

 

 

And then you can come to your French class ready to practice that learning in real conversation which is, after all, what it’s all about.

2. Coffee Break French

what is the best way to learn French at home?

French Learning Level

Top Marks For Interesting Content

20 Minutes a day

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Overview

Coffee Break French is a very highly rated way to learn French from home and offers French podcasts for beginners through to advanced level learners. It has made it back onto our top 10 this year because of its popularity with The French Room students.

What The French Room students say about it

I really like Coffee Break French because you can take it everywhere you go which means you can practice anywhere. The episodes are short but clear and the hosts make them easy to follow.

Ricky

What I think

Learning by listening has got to be a good thing. So many people say that understanding spoken French is one of the things that they find most difficult. 

 

 

It’s not that French speakers speak any faster than English speakers, they don’t as a rule. The average speed for an English or French speaker is about the same, at about 130 words per minute. It’s more a question of developing your ear to catch the words as they merge together and develop the skill of anticipating what is coming up next. 

 

 

What’s really great about podcasts is that you can listen to them while you’re doing something else so in theory they can slot into your day nice and easily.

 

3. Podcasts

French podcasts

French Learning Level

Top Marks For Natural Spoken French

20 Minutes a day

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Overview

An estimated 100 million people listen to podcasts every month. As many of us have now started making listening a part of our daily routine, this is another great way to learn French from home.

Sophie, who is a level 4 learner, shared a fab podcast list with me. You can find podcasts on Spotify, Apple Podcasts in App store, Google Play Music and many other platforms.

Sophie’s list – Quoi de Meuf, InnerFrench, Francais Authentique, One Thing in a French Day, Change Ma Vie, Fluidité, Louie Média, French Expat, Culture 2000, Frequences 9 3/4, Les Savanturiers, La Tête au Carré

And one further endorsed by Margaret – Hugo at Inner French

What The French Room students say about it

At levels 4 and 5 most French Room students have a favourite podcast that they enjoy. 

I listen to French podcasts because it helps me understand what's happening in France today. It gives me something to talk about with other French speakers and challenges my listening ability.

Sam

What I think

Have a listen while you’re driving, cooking, gardening or anything where you are relaxed.

 

I like to listen with an objective in mind – general gist, listening out for specific words or turn of phrase, noticing masculine and feminine words, pronunciation etc.

 

Your goal could be to understand 5% , 10%, 50% etc of what you hear and a few weeks later a bit more.

 

How ever you listen, your French can only benefit from the experience.

4. RFI

French podcasts

French Learning Level

Top Marks For Listening Practice

20 Minutes a day

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Overview

RFI  (Radio France Internationale) is a great website with news slowed down with their “Français Facile” service. 

 

 

What The French Room students say about this way of learning French from home

I can suggest the addition of one small thing, good for obsessive news followers like me, and that is - rfi Pure Radio (I have it on an app) Revues de Press. A five-minute-a-day review of the headlines of the French newspapers which you can listen to and then read to fill in the blanks!

Margaret

What I think

RFI is an incredibly rich resource for enjoying your French learning whilst discovering more about Francophone culture and not just in France.

 

 

Most people learning French struggle with listening and this resource gives you tonnes of resources to listen and check your understanding.

 

Very interesting and educational.

5. French Films and Box Sets

French Learning Level

Top Marks For Feeling Good about Learning French

1 + Hours

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  • Spiral (BBC)
  • Call my agent
  • Lupin
  • Intouchable (Film)
  • Family Business
  • A Very Secret Service
  • Vermin
  • Lazy Company
  • Chef’s Table France
  • Emily in Paris

Overview

There is so much choice of excellent French films and series available now on Netflix, BBC and Prime.

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What The French Room students say about it

Humour, characterisation and stories around French film agency draw you in to the satire and grab attention so that following the idiomatic French language is just as cool and chic as the programme itsel!

David

What I think

I remember when we when to Calais for a day trip  specifically to buy a DVD player and some French films in French. At the time they were in a different format to UK DVDs!

 

Now look what you can do. You can watch French TV is you want. Or go to Netflix and choose a brilliant French film or series and choose whether you have subtitles in French or English. You can even slow down the speech!

 

There’s been research to say that watching and reading in the native language can significantly improve language skills.

6. French Music

French Learning Level

Top Marks For Getting Used to French Intonation

10 Minutes a Day

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  • Christine and the Queens
  • Django
  • Les Freres Jacques
  • Les Negresses Vertes
  • Louise Attaque
  • Pierre Bensusan
  • Serge Gainsbourg et Jane Birkin
  • Louanne
  • Hugues Aufray
  • Jaques Dutronc
  • Johnny  Hallyday
  • Georges Brassens

Overview

Youtube and Spotify give us access to a whole new world of French music and what could be better than being able to sing along and understand the lyrics! 

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What The French Room students say about it

The best French songs and singers, like Charles Trenet, Yves Montand, Juliette Greco and Jacques Brel use really interesting and poetic language which goes well beyond the everyday language found in French text books.
It is stimulating trying to understand them and they are often atmospheric and evocative of a France that now probably only exists in the imagination.

The slower songs such as "Les Feuilles Mortes" are usually articulated and phrased very clearly and it is easy to pick out the words and to find them with a translation on such websites as lyricfind.

Steve

What I think

You can learn a lot about the rhythm, pace and intonation of the French language through French music.

 

Just get a copy of the French lyrics and have a go at copying the artist.

 

7. YouTube

French Learning Level

Top Marks For Humour, Interest and Answering a Specific Question

10 Minutes a Day

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Overview

The most famous youtuber teaching French is Alexa but there are hundreds or maybe thousands of great tutorial videos from all sorts of people using ingenious ways to get a point across.

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What The French Room students say about it

I use youtube tutorials to answer a specific question I have about something French. Most recently I've been using it to try and perfect my pronunciation of the "R"!

Sarah

What I think

It’s an endless resource to find the answer on pretty much anything. If you find a youtuber that you like on a subject that interests you, then you might be like me and end up watching videos on youtube everyday!

8. TF1 13H

French Learning Level

Top Marks For Getting to Know More About the Regions and Simple Daily French Life

1 + Hour

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Overview

TF1 13H is the most gentle, civilised news you will ever find. The big news stories are what is in season on the market, how to make a certain dish in the traditional way and places of interest to visit around France.

TF1 13h

What The French Room students say about it

Watching Tf1 13h on replay has really helped my listening skills and I love hearing about whole town festivals are organised around the making of a local speciality cake. It's relaxing and uplifting.

Tom

What I think

When I watch TF1 13h I feel like I’ve been transported back into my French life. I love it’s simplicity and how so much of what I knew when I lived in France still seems to be common practice even though the world has changed so much. There is something very reassuring about that.

9. Stories and Reading

Read French Stories

French Learning Level

Top Marks For Increasing Vocabulary

1 + Hour

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Overview

Reading any kind of French is going to help expand your vocab. You don’t need to jump straight into a French classic to get the benefit!

What The French Room students say about it

I found the Mr Men books a fun way to test and build my French grammar and vocabulary. The books follow a pattern and form that is familiar, allowing learning through repetition across many tenses, while quirky phrases and puns mean there is always something new to learn and enjoy, even for M. Grincheux like me!

Seamus

What I think

When I first arrived in France I tried reading “L’étranger” and it took me about 4 years to get beyond the first chapter!

 

I think that it’s better to read something that you know that you’ll enjoy and actually get through it. When I moved onto French translations of books I liked in English I found the whole thing much more pleasurable and so read loads more.

 

But it doesn’t have to be a novel, it can be an article, a scroll through the news on your phone or even a children’s story. 

 

You really will be surprised at how much vocab you pick up and if you pay attention to the tenses used you’ll find that comes more easily too.

10. Go to France!

Live online French classes

French Learning Level

Top Marks For Increasing Vocabulary

1 + Hour

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Overview

Nothing beats spending time in France! Let’s hope things will open up more in 2022 and we can do that more often this year.

What The French Room students say about it

Well it really does progress your French. At least I think it does. Especially if I'm on my own. There isn't an opportunity to take a back seat. You have to speak and listen.

Stuart

What I think

When you’re in France every time you step out the door you have the language all around you; written on signs, overheard in passing conversations, through loud speaker announcements and of course actual conversation with people.

 

I tend to try and take in as much as I can as soon as I arrive. I want to see what’s changed, what’s new. I also deliberately hang back and listen to people around me before speaking if | can. This is particularly useful when visiting a new region because ways of speaking vary across France and I like to get a feel for what people are saying before I join the conversation. 

 

And then every interaction is an opportunity to strike up a conversation however banal.

So there you have it! The best way to learn French from home in 2022. 

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