How to learn French in 5 minutes a day
You want to learn French but you don’t have so much time available everyday? Good news, a simple French learning habit will multiply your results - in just five minutes a day.
So, ready to dive in?
5-minutes French learning habit: reviewing your vocabulary every day.
Why it works:
Our brain learns with repetition. If you see or hear something only once, it’s not likely that you’ll remember it. But if you see it everyday, then you’re almost sure to remember it.
So, you go to your French class, or meet with your tutor or coach once a week. If you don’t do anything in between, by next week you’ll have forgotten almost everything you’ve learned.
This means that you are doomed to learn the same things over and over again week after week, and hardly make any progress. Bummer.
If you haven’t been making much progress so far, this could be why.
Fortunately, there is a very easy 5-minutes a day fix. Reviewing your vocabulary everyday in-between your lessons will ensure that you retain most of what you learn. Then, you can learn new things every week and make progress very fast.
How to do it:
Get a very simple notebook (you can see one in the video above). Alternatively, paper flashcards or an app like Anki can also work. Pick whatever you prefer. In my experience, about 80% of my learners use the notebook and do very well with it.
Draw a line in the middle of the page.
Write the French words and phrases on one side and the English translation on the other side. Make sure all the French words are on the same side of the page.
Then, use any free moment in your day to review your vocabulary. When you’re waiting at the cash desk, stuck in traffic or waiting for a meeting to start. The possibilities are endless.
Another option is to make it a daily habit and make it automatic.
Review your vocabulary everyday, and see how much faster you learn!
About the author
Angel Pretot is a French learning coach. He helps English speakers from all over the world learn French fast and become fluent. You can work with him one-on-one (online via skype or a similar software) or join a global community of French learners in his group program the French Fluency Accelerator.
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