Don’t Write French
When you write French, as an English speaker, you’ll naturally start reading the words back to yourself with English letter pronunciations. Of course, this isn’t how the words sound when a French-speaker reads them. If you learn French in classroom environments that are more or less traditional, you’ll spend a lot of time writing sentences, words and phrases that you really don’t know how to pronounce. In the end, you may start pronouncing them with the wrong letter pronunciations, which can foster bad habits that are hard to break. Learning by listening ensures that you always hear native speakers saying each word correctly. You’ll also learn to understand it when it’s spoken, which you cannot learn from written words.
Learn French songs
You may also learn French songs in some classrooms. This is a great way to learn pronunciation and it’s very easy to remember what you learn when you sing new words in a song. In some learning materials, songs go along with the dramatic action. This provides a way for the creator of the material to emphasize important points and to make sure that the most common and useful language lessons taught by the materials are retained. Repeating words and phrases in songs is much more enjoyable than doing so as a part of rote exercises.
Listen, then write
If you listen and learn French, you’ll find that writing and reading will come more naturally later. You’ll understand the words you’re writing and, because you’ll have pronunciation down, you’ll be able to read new words more accurately. Speaking and listening are the first things we learn to do in our native tongues as children. This order of learning is still the most effective for adults. It also ensures that you learn more information that you can put to use quickly than you would with writing and reading exercises.
About the Author
Dr.Dennis Dunham has over 25 years in international education experience and is a co-creator of LanguageandLyrics.com, a website designed to help you learn French the right way. If you’ve tried every language product out there and haven’t made progress, visit LanguageandLyrics.com to see how learning French can be easy and fun.