Richard Good Lists silently mock the idle language-learner. You said you wanted to learn French, they say. Well here I am. Now go ahead and learn me. It’s never nice being confronted by your contradictions. I’ll put it on my list of things to do, replies the idle language-learner. In fact I won’t. I don’t […]
Learn the gender of 6000 French nouns in ten minutes.
Success in acquiring a foreign language often hinges on enjoying the act of learning itself. So what should you do if you’re finding it difficult?
Most of us aren’t entirely introverted or extroverted. We tend to be comfortable in situations where we feel safe and ill at ease when we sense that we’re vulnerable. But if you have borderline social anxiety disorder, being thrust into a foreign-speaking environment sure is an anxious place to find yourself.
Forgetting with grace is something you have to get used to as an adult learner of a foreign language.
The idea of artificial intelligence intruding on our lives is unsettling. The threat to our sense of identity, the loss of human contact, the loss of jobs. And yet. Set aside those thoughts for a moment and ask the question: can AI help us learn a language?
The film La Vie Scolaire (School Life), co-directed by Grand Corps Malade and Mehdi Idir is a fictional account of a year in the life of a school in Saint-Denis, a banlieue on the outskirts of Paris. It’s an excellent introduction to contemporary spoken French.
Richard Good If you are familiar with the world of foreign language learning, you’ll have no doubt come across labels like A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 or C2. You’ll find them on course textbooks, visa application documents and job descriptions. When you sign up for classes you may be assigned to a group based on […]
There can be many reasons why native speakers don’t understand what seems perfectly good French to you. But if you’re an English speaker talking French, very often it can be a question of vowel pronunciation.