I don’t know about you, but the very thought of learning French makes me recoil in horror. But that’s probably because I still have nightmares about my first teacher in Paris, who mocked me when I couldn’t give him an example of the subjunctive tense. That’s true, he literally mocked me. I’ve never tried again.
With all this in mind, I invited Camille from French Today onto the podcast to give me the answer to the age-old question: How should I learn French?
More specifically, I asked her about the order to do it in, how to be efficient in learning the language, and what the other teachers are doing incorrectly.
I share some tales of woe in my own French learning, and pose a few day-to-day questions that I’ve been storing up, and Camille also teaches me what I’ve been doing wrong when I try to say “bow-tie” in French, or “noeud papillon”.
Also, Camille has written in great detail about the best method for learning French, so if you want some great extra reading content then simply follow this link. It explains some basic tips to get you started, like sticking in the present tense, mastering the negative, and how to ask basic questions.
So, click that link above to read about it, or click play below to hear our chat on the podcast (and be sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts).
If you want to learn French with Camille’s method, find the audiobooks here.
PS: The photo above has nothing to do with learning French, but it was a particularly beautiful restaurant I passed in Montmartre the other day and thought I’d share. Find it on Rue l’Abreuvoir in the 18th arrondissement.
To hear all the episodes with Camille on The Earful Tower, scroll around below.