The Secret to Building Better Sentences in French?
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The secret to building better sentences in French ?

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« Frédéric, how can I build a correct sentence in French? »

It is a very common (and valid one) question but beyond building some simple sentences « I give some chocolate to my sister = Je donne du chocolat à ma sœur », you won’t get very far with this logic.

If you are looking to build more natural and complex sentences in French you have come to the right article, my dear. I will share with you one big tip, and try to convince that you need to change your approach when it comes to French.

 

The best way to make complex and natural sentences is…

Reading! 

 

I am huge believer in reading when it comes to learning French and there are some good reasons for that:

 

#1 “Reading is fun” (Captain Obvious)

Reading is an activity that most of you like to do, right, but what about using this hobby as a learning tool? There are tons of resources online to read (magazine, newspapers, blog…) so no matter what your passions are, I am sure you can find some useful reading materials in French.

Let’s say you like movies, what about reading about some movie reviews in French. You can learn tons of vocabulary about this topic by reading one article per day. Sure, it might difficult at the beginning, but you will notice a pattern (= how the sentences are structured). You will learn how to express more sophisticated sentences/vocabulary related to a topic that you like.

 

#2 Imitate the writing style

By imitating the writing style of several authors, you will know how to structure your sentences more fluently. Perhaps you won’t get why they use this structure, but I am sure you can find some online community (Facebook / google+ …) which can help you get some ideas, the exact same way that you learnt from your parents and people around you when you were younger. You can learn from them without learning the Grammar rules.

 

#3 A nice way to build a learning habit

You have a smartphone or a computer and you check the news there? What about doing that in French? Reading is the easiest way to learn French. Waiting for someone? Read. Waiting for the elevator to arrive? Read! In the toilet? Read! Driving your car? Rea…. Hmm, maybe not, use my podcast instead   😛

You can just read 5 or 10 minutes and you will be amazed at how quickly you can improve your French. Spend a good amount of time reading, and then spend few moments to verify the vocabulary that you often see in the articles.

 

#4 Help for memorisation and spelling

The more you read, the more you will see the same vocabulary over and over again,

It will help you to:

  • avoid spelling mistakes
  • memorise the vocabulary (since you see the vocabulary again and again).

Your brain will start to get accustomed to French.

 

#5 Build vocabulary in a context.

French, like English, has a lot of vocabulary, with different meanings depending of context or idiom. All of which can be very confusing without any context. Reading an article will add the context you sometimes need to fully grasp the idea.

Some examples below:

coffee café

Café ou

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Café?mixed_nuts

Nuts orNuts

Nuts?

So what makes you avoid reading?

I know that sometimes it is not easy to find the right article on the internet to suit your level.

Another issue is checking the vocabulary in a dictionary in case you are really stuck about the meaning of some sentences or idiom. So ta-da!

I have created an updated version of my short Ebook ” 5 easy French Stories”. I change the name.

Learn French with Stories:: Improve your reading and listening comprehension in French with (French Stories with English glossary + MP3)

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Only $4.90. 

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What’s in this e-book?

These French short stories are perfect for beginner and intermediate level French.

It’s a painless way to improve your French vocabulary and your confidence at reading and listening.(including Free MP3).

No dictionary necessary: Each story is broken down with French and English Glossary. See example below;

“Même si Laura est trop mauvaise cuisinière. Elle ne souhaite pas rater l’occasion de revoir toute sa famille. Elle réfléchit beaucoup mais ne trouve pas de solution.

  • est habitué = get used
  • se nourrir = feed
  • rater l’occasion = miss the opportunity
  • réfléchit = think “

Never forget the vocabulary again: Vocabulary recap at the end of the book and each chapter.

Practice your writing: Try to make your own summary. Compare it with an example for each chapter;

Variety of situations: 7 stories about Travelling, Cooking, Shopping, Love, School, Relationship

Diverse Grammar structure and vocab: A good mix of dialogue and description. Improve your reading comprehension for newspaper articles, but also French spoken in the street.

Practice your pronunciation and your listening with the free MP3!

 

Technical Details:

  • 111 pages (7 stories of 2000 words each)
  • Around 1000 words and expressions
  • 7 summaries (250 words X 7) to practice your reading
  • 70 minutes of MP3.
  • Level: A2-B1 (low/intermediate level in French)
  • For a price of $4.90

Only $4.90.

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Also Available on:

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Thank you so much.

– Frederic

About the Author Frederic Bibard

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 +

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