Effective Ways To Learn French At Home

by Christopher Byrnes - Date: 2007-03-10 - Word Count: 438 Share This!

If you want to learn French, but you don't have access to a school nearby, or a language class, if you're house-bound, or if you don't want to leave the comforts of your home while studying, whatever your reasons, thanks to modern technology, you now have plenty of viable options to choose from. Want to learn French at home? You can easily make that a reality.

First, let's look at some of the more traditional options open to you, if you want to learn French at home.

There are plenty of language courses out there nowadays that ocus on the home language learner. Of note are the Teach Yourself series, by Hodder/McGraw Hill, the Ultimate series by Living Language, Linguaphone and the lesser known, but excellent BBC courses, to name but a few.

If you are going to go about learning French on your own, at home, I highly recommend getting hold of the audio component for each course, at the very least. If a video component is offered, you may also fnd that useful too.

If money permits, you could also go about hiring a teacher to come to you and teach you French in your own home. Of course, this can come with a huge price-tag over the course of a series of lessons, and is probablyout of reach of most people. However, allow me to let you in on a little secret: You can learn just as effectively without a teacher, if you apply yourself to the learning task in the right way.

Now let's look at the options that has become available to us over the last decade is that of CALL, which stands for comuputer assisited language learning. Computers have already changed the way we learn languages, because they are interactive in a way that ordinary courses could never be. The whole experience, if you have a course of sufficient quality, is the closest thing to learning a language with native speakers to guide you every step of the way.

So, there are two computer-based options avaialble to us. (1) Investing in a computer program and (2) Internet based learning.

Where you go with this will depend on how much French you want to learn. If you are serious about learning French to a high level, you might want to invest in a good computer learning program (watch out though: some computer language prograns are little more than gimmicks, and are not really suited to the serious learner).

If you wish to learn French at home, you are advised to invest in a good language program instead of trying to scrape together what you need from the various free Internet resources.

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