is the owner of French in the Dordogne a language school near Bergerac which runs French immersion residential courses.
Listening is key
Children learn this way. Best with native French speakers or listening carefully to audio lessons via the internet or in the car, or on the radio. Repeat like a child would, imitating, preferably out loud, to ensure the pronunciation and rhythm of each word and expression is correct. Get feedback from French native speakers. People need to understand you. Focus on the most frequently used expressions We use very few words of our vocabulary, maybe only 5,000 in total. Concentrate on building expressions for use in key situations such as reserving a hotel room, ordering in a restaurant or booking tickets. Build up your vocabulary around these and get feedback. A little every day is better
Even 30 minutes watching a French film or a TV program with French subtitles, listening to French radio or doing some language exercises on the internet. Start writing the expressions down that you hear and read, go over and over the words and phrases until they become second nature, repeating them out loud. Don’t worry about mistakes
Just repeat what you hear the French say and ask them to explain if you don’t understand and ask them to correct you. You never stop learning a language! Take a week’s immersion course
To practice speaking over an extended period of a week or two weeks. This will give you the confidence to improve.