Whenever I ask a student what is the most difficult part about learning French there are 3 typical answers:
Ah the infamous French gender for words. Why do we have those rules for words? Who plays heads or tails with each word and decides that a table (une table) is feminine and a book (“un livre”) is masculine. Nonsense!
Well, I feel the pain and this tool tries to tackle this issue in two major ways.
1/ Understand the logic behind the gender (because yeah there is a sort of logic/pattern behind the words)
2/ Try to create some automatic reflex when it comes to choosing the gender. The objective is to develop a reflex when you say the word in French.
French people do not memorize the gender of words. They just see it , hear it everyday and whenever somebody says the wrong gender of a noun, people will automatically cringe and think “hey it does not seem right, it is not le table but la table”. Imagine your favorite song and you know the lyrics of by heart but suddenly the singer did not sing it in the original version but in a different language.
This is the same idea for gender. You have to learn the “melody of a word” by associating the word with the gender automatically. I want you to develop the same logic by creating a daily routine for 30 days. Spend 15 minutes per day by associating a word with the right gender. I am not asking you to memorize the word itself.
I took the 600 most frequent words from French. These 600 words apparently account for 90% in common texts. If you know all of them, you can claim “yes I speak 90% French” (yeah it does not make any sense). I break it down into a 30 day drill session in order to remove the pain for you. Learn the gender of 20 words without memorizing them, it is not something terrible right? Of course you can even speed up the process by focusing on the word that you really care about. If you don’t want to talk about politics with your friends, then no need to learn the word “president”.
Each day you will have to listen 20 words (not memorizing) several times. There is a checklist of the words of the day, it will help you to verify that you know well the gender. You will find 4 tracks (MP3) per day at a different speed:
Every 5 days you will have a mini quiz.
Do not hesitate to repeat one or two times the Mp3 to make sure you get it right.
The PDF has more than 600 pages, I display 1 word per day so you can download the PDF on your smartphone and just swipe the page like a flash card.
Download a sample by clicking the image below.
How much is it?
Only $19! And it comes with 30-day money back guarantee. So if at the end of your study you did not see any improvement, just ask me a refund. No questions asked.
Frederic Bibard is the founder of Talk in French, a company that helps french learners to practice and improve their french. Macaron addict. Jacques Audiard fan. You can contact him on Twitter and Google +