Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Learning French is Fun and Easy

Learning French

The language which is used most in the world, after English, is French. The usage of the French language is vast with almost all countries having some parts of their entire population speaking French and fluently so. No wonder it is the language which is preferred the most world-wide by people who look forward to learning languages. Schools and colleges in almost all of the countries world-wide make sure that the language is taught to their students in order to give them a global acceptance. People all over the world are willing to learn the language. The best way probably to learn the language, besides the traditional schools is learning French online.

Even on the Internet, there are various places where one can learn French and a lot of sites which guarantee the student control and fluency in the language. A sad reality is that some of these sites are just scams and are fraudulent in nature and aim at looting the students of their money. The learning of the French language can be through either free lessons or through a tutor for which you have to pay a nominal amount of money. The free lessons, to be honest, are hard to find and even harder to decipher whereas paying for a tutor is worth it. There are various paid programs on the net which enable you to learn the language in as much as 8 weeks.

The French language is also considered intellectual and is also on a list of the United Nations of the literacy missions to be undertaken. The most important benefit of the language is probably for travelers. The language is spoken widely in a lot of regions and thus can be a great bridge for the communication breakdown barrier. The language also helps in certain business endeavors and provides various business opportunities.

The language can also be learned with the help of various self-help books. A major drawback of the books is that the pronunciation cannot be achieved unless there is interaction with the French speaking people. The issue can be dealt with the help of various audio equipments available but the cost of them always poses as a hindrance.

French is a global language and should thus be undertaken as a subject of learning. Learning French is not only extremely useful, but is also extremely fun to do. The place of learning, be it the Internet or a school, should be chosen carefully and as per one’s needs and capabilities.

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Review of Rocket French

Review of Rocket French

One of the best features of Rocket French is that it is available via instant download to your computer! If you are looking for a quality French program, this one is one of the more affordable options, and one that does seem to help many French students! It helps students learn the basics through an intermediate level. I would not recommend it for advanced French lessons, however.

Despite the fact that their homepage looks a little, well to put it bluntly, cheesy – this program delivered on all of their promises and makes an enjoyable experience from learning a foreign language.

You are guided through your lessons with “Paul” who provides a fun sense of humor and keeps your learning light and fun. Used as a teaching tool, the humor helps student stay focused on the lesson at hand, and helps with comprehension and retention of what you have learned.

Visual learners will love the interactive software games that let you see and say the words you have been learning.

Another great feature of the Rocket French system is the customer service experience. Most questions are answered within 24 hours of them receiving it. The only downside is that their Customer Service does not work 24/7, so if you have a question in the middle of the night, it may be awhile until you hear from them. Other than that, their service is friendly, courteous and quick!

For many of us, the most efficient way to learn French is online. You don’t have to worry about attending a class at a certain time, you don’t have to worry about learning “faster” or “slower” than other students, and it’s a great cure or insomnia! Can’t sleep? Conjugate some new verbs and within an hour you’ll be ready for bed! The convenience factor is a major plus when choosing an online language course.

Rocket French is very affordable!

Another considering factor in learning online is the affordability. A private tutor could cost you hundreds of dollars, if not thousands. Most of the courses online are yours once you pay for them. So whether it takes you 3 months or 3 years to complete the course, you are only out your initial purchase price.

One of the most popular online courses available, Rocket French offers a money back guarantee. If you follow the course intently, you can be reasonably proficient in French within 8 weeks. Rocket French sells for $99.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Selecting a Foreign Langauge

Just before entering high school, most of us are asked to select a
foreign language we'd like to attempt. Considering the fact that you
need at least two years of a foreign language to get into most
respectable colleges, this little choice is quite a commitment. At
most high schools, the languages offered are Spanish, French, and
German; with respectful popularity. To many students, Spanish appears
to be the easiest and German sounds the ugliest; which leaves French
in a category of its own.
Spanish is an easy route for many students because it is familiar.
After a couple weeks of classes, there is no shortage of high school
boys going up and down the halls repeating common Spanish phrases in
the most stereotypical Mexican accent possible. Along with being
nothing short of annoying, it is also not very unique. Those students
don't stand out.
Learning French is almost like getting two for the price of one.
Since Spanish and French are both Latin-based, the languages share
many similarities. However, French is somewhat more complicated.
Consequently, it may be easy for a student of French to pick up
Spanish, but not necessarily in the reverse situation. As Americans,
we are often inundated with Spanish words, but they are heard so often
that we rarely notice. French offers more of a challenge and more of
an opportunity. Trust me. My knowledge of French allowed me to skip
Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 in college.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Daily French Pod

Here is a really cool site that I just discovered that has a daily free podcast French lesson. Also an amazing video vocabulary. Check it out here. Daily French Pod

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Why Learn to Speak French?

Why Learn to Speak French?

French is the second most taught language in the world only after English. French as well as English is the official working language of the International Red Cross, NATO, the United Nations, the International Olympic Committee and many other International Organizations. And France was the United States first ally.

There is no secret to learning a new foreign language. It requires a commitment to daily practice, energy and patience. French is a difficult language to learn because many sounds are very different from English. French pronunciation is very tricky because there are a lot of silent letters and it uses nasal sounds which we do not use in English.

The Best Ways To Learn French

The best way to learn to learn French is to travel to France and study at a language school. That is the total immersion method and the most effective to quickly learn French. When you are in France then you must speak French throughout the course of your day.

Thee next best option to learn French would be to take a class at your local community college. It should be taught by a native speaker and you will make new friends and you will learn to correctly pronounce the new sounds that go along with learning French. Another great option is on line French lessons if you can commit to be tied to your computer for an hour each day. The most flexible way to learn French is an audio course. By having the lessons on CD or in MP3 files you can take them along in your personal CD or MP3 player and practice while driving, working out or walking. The down side to this method is that you still need to find a French speaker to practice with. Some courses mainly focus on vocabulary and grammar. If you want to learn French you really need to start speaking it right away.

Quick Tips On Practicing French

Check if your local community college has a French club then you could have other French speakers to practice with on a weekly basis. You could also see if any members of your church speak French and ask them out for lunch or coffee and practice with them.
Buy or rent French films. By hearing the language you quickly become familiar with the different sounds that you will need to be learning anyway. Listen to French audio lessons daily.

The best method that I have found for learning French is found in this review of a great course in learning Rocket French - The Ultimate Guide To Learning French.