How to speak French

The French language holds official status in 29 countries worldwide. Across regions, there can be significant variations in dialects.

Learn to speak french with confidence

Connected by the English Channel, the historical French-Anglo relationship spans centuries. Despite occasional conflicts, the unique bond endures. Each year, 17 million Brits flock to France to savor its vineyards, art, music, culture, gastronomy, and a touch of l'amour. Mastering French unlocks vast opportunities; it's the only language, aside from English, spoken on every continent, with over 200 million speakers globally. Learning French enhances career prospects, facilitates reading Proust in the original, enables participation in international relations, fosters friendships, and brings you closer to your dream chateau. Plus, learning French lays a solid foundation for mastering other Romance languages like Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

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What are a few valuable tips on how to speak French? 

  • Start with useful words and phrases

  • Set achievable goals

  • Practice often

  • Read French recipe books

  • Listen to French podcasts

  • Immerse yourself in French culture

Unlock a new world with language skills

Adopt French culture as your own. The benefits of learning French will make the challenge worth it. As an English speaker, you hold a natural advantage—45% of English words originate in French, making your learning journey somewhat smoother. Embrace this advantage by immersing yourself in French culture. Explore popular series like "Dix Pour Cent" and "Plan Cœur" on Netflix, tune into French digital radio, and delve into the latest podcasts. What makes podcasts particularly useful is that there are shows tailored for beginners, intermediate learners, and those seeking advanced challenges.

Maintain a consistent study routine. Remember those school days when a weekly double period of French resulted in forgetting everything immediately? Just as your French teacher emphasized, practice is key. Fortunately, it doesn't need to be monotonous verb conjugation drills in a classroom setting. By dedicating just 15 minutes a day to learning new French words and honing your language skills, you'll accelerate your progress. Cultivate the habit of labeling everything you encounter in your daily life. When you pose a question in English, challenge yourself to find the French equivalent.

Engage with French natives to enhance your developing language skills. Consider joining French meetup groups for conversation practice, or find a motivated French native looking to improve their English while practicing French. Another effective way to boost your language practice is by planning a trip to France. Whether you choose a family camping holiday in Eurocamp Brittany or a luxurious city break in a Parisian apartment, the opportunity to converse with locals will serve as a tremendous learning motivator.

Enroll in French language classes through various venues, such as evening classes, language summer schools, or college courses that offer a recognized qualification. These methods can all be effective, though their success depends on course quality and the proficiency of the instructor. Keep in mind that such courses may be expensive, especially if they involve a residential component, as many summer schools do. Alternatively, some students choose individual tutors for in-person or online sessions, but considerations of quality, accuracy, and availability are crucial. You should research thoroughly if you're opting for this route to ensure a suitable match for your learning needs.

How to speak French with Babbel

Want to know how to speak French like a real francophone? Babbel has you covered. Babbel is designed by a team of language experts, educators, and designers who know what it takes to get the most out of learning a new language, so you're guaranteed a top-quality French learning journey that’s educational, engaging, and fun. Babbel’s French lessons are designed to strengthen your skills in the four main areas of language learning — reading, writing, speaking and listening — and make sure the content you’re learning is committed to your long-term memory. Helpful tips along the way reinforce what you’re learning by making connections in new ways. Lessons introduce new words and expressions in stages, focusing on vocabulary that applies in conversations with actual native speakers — not nonsensical or impractical words that you’ll never use. And almost every lesson features a simulated real-life dialogue to help you put what you’re learning about French grammar into context in the sorts of conversations you'll be having with native speakers.

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