How to Become Fluent in French – 6 Reasons Why You Should Chat With Native Speakers Often


I think that most people who start learning a language do so for a good reason. They are inspired to learn French for example for business, school or pleasure.

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For those learning French, very often the question is how to become fluent in French.

If they can find a way to speed up the process, all the better! I have already covered quite a few ways you can do that on my blog. These are things that I myself did to become fluent.

There are many ways that you can become fluent in French and one of the best ways to do that is to chat with native speakers often.

A language, I’ll keep saying, is meant to be spoken. It is a communication tool so it’s not good enough to simply be able to read it and write it. You should be able to read it, write it and speak it well.

Of course, I am only speaking to those of you who really want to become fluent in French. I take that to mean that you really want to COMMUNICATE properly in the language 원어민 영어회화.

I decided to spell out why chatting with native speakers is so important beyond the obvious. The most obvious reason is that you get more practice speaking French with native speakers.

But what does that really mean for your language and how does that improve your fluency in French?

1. You get to hear authentic French as it is spoken daily by people just like you. When you open a newspaper or listen to the news or listen to any other structured type of broadcast, yes, if it is spoken by native speakers it IS authentic French but the language used is not the typical everyday language you hear on the street is it?

No. Even in English this language sounds very different. So you want to talk to native speakers, friends preferably, the same way that you would talk to your own friends in English.

2. You get to speak and make mistakes. You know how I feel about making mistakes. The more you make the better, because you’ll be corrected and you’ll probably remember and never make them again. This is how you speed up your learning process too.

3. You become better at picking up the subtleties and the nuances of the French not only through words used and how they are used but also through gestures, facial expressions coupled with tone of voice, etc. Remember that communication is made up of verbal and NON- verbal messages/cues or body language.

The only way that you are going to pick up the non-verbal cues is if you are right in front of the person and interacting with them. The more you have face to face interaction, the better you become at picking up the nuances of the French language.

4. You improve your French listening skills. As you speak more often with your French-speaking friends and colleagues, your French listening skills will improve without you having to do very much. The mere fact that you have to understand what this person is saying in order to have a good conversation with them will inspire you even more to get what this person is saying.

In any case, you will become accustomed to each friend’s intonation, tone of voice, body language and how he or she expresses him/herself. You’ll find that you start to understand even more with a lot less effort.

And, of course, even though each of us is individual and unique, the French language itself does not change so once you start to understand your friends more easily, those who you’ve become accustomed to talking with often, you’ll be able to understand other people more easily as well whether they are from Quebec, Paris, Fort-de-France or Yamoussoukro.

5. You improve your accent. Because you are speaking French often with native speakers you start to talk just like them. I made a point to do that because I love how French sounds so I wanted to sound like that when I spoke it. For me imitating the French accent was the way I learnt to speak the language with the same intonation and accent.

6. Because of all the above, you improve your speed, your French, your accent and of course your confidence in speaking the language! As your confidence increases, you speak even more and the more you speak the more you improve and the more fluent you become in French.

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