The Best Way to Learn FrenchRecently, I have read an article written by Aurelio Locsin, eHow Contributor from web. May be it has something relate to may second language, when I saw this title-the best way to learn French, I was a little bit excited about it, and I posted this article to share with all of you. French is spoken by about 75 million people as a first language and an additional 265 million as a second language. Including people like me. It is widespread in 35 nations including France and French Canada. Because many English speakers associate the language withculture, cuisine, opera, fashion and love, they are eager to learn it as effectively as possible. 1. Immersion A total immersion program brings you and other learners to France, where, under the guidance of one or more teachers, you must speak only French and are not allowed to use English. When you leave the classroom or work, you use the language for such everyday tasks as shopping, taking the bus and ordering food. In addition, you hear it spoken all the time with different accents and by different people. This constant exposure makes you learn quickly. 2. Canada French immersion programs are also available in Quebec, the French-speaking province of Canada. While this area may prove more familiar and easier to get to because it is closer to the United States, the accent differs considerably from that of France. (In fact, many French people consider the Quebec accent inferior.) You are also being exposed to English, since that is an official language of the region. 3. Disadvantages An immersion program can prove quite expensive since you not only pay for tuition but for travel and living expenses. You must also commit at least a semester away from family, friends and work. Adjusting to a foreign locale, different customs and unusual food can add more stress to the already difficult task of learning French. 4. Source Your most credible source is your local college or university, which often run programs in the summer and through which you can obtain college credit. But you may need to apply up to a year in advance, given the preparation and prerequisites needed. You can also contact universities in France or Quebec for information on their courses. 5. Agency A convenient way to discover foreign immersion options is through an American-based agency such as Lingua Service Worldwide (http://www.linguaserviceworldwide.com). They can handle all school arrangements as well as travel, paperwork and accommodations. Naturally, the agency charges extra for their services but their expertise can save you time and money in the long run. 6. Alternative A French immersion program taught at your local university offers a cheaper and effective alternative to study abroad, specially if it allows you to commute from your home. You eliminate all the hassle and inconvenience of foreign travel and living arrangements. Unfortunately, once you leave the confines of the program, you are exposed once again to English, which you fall back on for everyday living. This can slow your progress in French.
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