Learning French 3 Minutes At The Time

FrenchRivieraMentonDo you remember the old days when you could learn French only with a bad school teacher?  I sure do remember my bad English teachers in French schools. Never learned anything worthwhile with them.

Well, I don’t want to sound mean for teachers, but I know one thing, learning a language with a non-native or at least someone who has spent consequent years in the country of the language they are teaching, can’t really be trusted 100%.

That’s why 15 years ago when I was  tutoring high school students from home to help them with their French classes, I was kind of filling in where the teachers were lacking.  Like my mother used to fill in where my bad Spanish teacher was lacking when I used to be in School. Never learned Spanish with that (French) teacher either

Today, however, there are programs that are spoken and taught by natives, and even if you didn’t want to spend money learning French with a program that you would have to pay for, you could always browse videos on YouTube and learn some French that way.

So, for this fun summer post, I browsed around French pronunciation videos by natives French and thought I’d share some with you.

Pronunciation in French is very Important

Well, as it is for any language, right?

I think we’ve all heard that at times foreigners have said that French are rude, and they are at times, but what happens sometimes is that they get annoyed if your pronunciation is so way off that they can’t understand you.

You see, when you’re someone like me, living abroad and having traveled a lot, your ears get used to understanding any type of accents under the sun.

That’s why I’m able to understand people who speak very bad French and with a very  heavy accent.  On the other hand, people who have not traveled that much and lived only in France their whole life, they will probably not understand a heavy accent.

I remember that my mother used to dread it when someone here would try to speak to her in French, because when they had a heavy accent she wouldn’t understand them at all.  So, she dreaded it, because she didn’t want to offend the person, yet she could help it, if she didn’t get it. It wasn’t her fault, it was the heavy accent’s person’s fault.

So, when that happened, I basically had to translate what they were trying to say in French to her, and then I had to go into an explanation why she wouldn’t understand them while making sure they wouldn’t get offended.  Oh boy, I didn’t like it either.

So, keep this in mind. For a French ear, a strong accent will most likely NOT be understood, and you might get reactions that you are taken for being rude, but they may not have the time or the patience to try to figure out what you’re saying.

So, my tip for you today is this. Work as much, if not more, on your pronunciation as you would on vocabulary.

Here is a series of cool videos to learn easy and useful sentences along with the correct pronunciation.

How to say thank you and you’re welcome

Apologizing

 Numbers

How much it is?

So what do you think?

Don’t forget to leave your thoughts and comments below!

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9 Comments

  • Partha Mandal says:

    Thanks for sharing these tutorials video. I told my friend about your blog , he is very much interested in learning French. Hope it will work for him.

  • AdrienneTwitter: adriennesmith40 says:

    Hey Sylviane,

    I thought that learning French would be really neat but back when I was in school and we had to learn a language I went for Spanish instead since I had so many Spanish speaking friends. I thought it would help. I’ll tell you one thing, I didn’t do very well. I can only say my name, how are you and count to eleven. That’s the extent of my learning a foreign language.

    French is such a beautiful language though and these videos are a nice touch. Thanks for that and sharing this with us.

    ~Adrienne
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Adrienne,

      This post was the worst so far 🙂 Nobody came 🙁 but you are my trusty friend.

      Yes, I guess French is not bad. I like it even better now.

      Thanks for coming, my friend.

  • Nicola says:

    I’ll say it reminds me a lot of the Michel Thomas method. That’s true, I hope it’ss not ruled out because it’s something different

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Nicola,

      Interesting, I do not know him or his method, but I’ll check him out.

      Have a great week end.

  • Sue PriceTwitter: suejprice says:

    Hi Sylviane

    As you know I love, love the French language. It is just the best to listen to.

    I learned from a teacher who had lived in France for some of her life. But that did not prepare me for when I first visited France. I spent quite a bit of time there when I lived in London and started to pick it up much better.

    When my daughter was learning she would practice with me and I started to pick it up again. Now I can count and do basics but not much more.

    Loved the videos and her accent 🙂

    Sue
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Sue,

      Yes, I know you do love French, and that’s great, Sue.

      I thought those videos were cool too and with the right pronunciation from a native.

      Thanks for coming.

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