French Learning Advice Library

This library is a place to find content related to language learning. The purpose of the articles and videos here is to help you with the how of learning a language. It’s a long, personal journey, and many have documented their favorite methods, ideas, and practices. 

While there may not be a one-size-fits-all miracle study method, exposure to how others have approached the process can be instrumental in helping you form your own. Use this library for direction, clarification, reassurance, and motivation.

Language Learning

The articles in this category cover the broad topic of language learning. Explore this section to learn more about related terms and different theories about language acquisition.

What Is Fluency?

The Intermediate Plateau

Making Mistakes

Can I Learn a Language Without Living in the Country?

How to Create an Immersion Bubble

What Is Comprehensible Input and How Do I Use It?

Thinking in Your Target Language Vs. Translating

Tips for Overcoming Anxiety

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

How to Break Out of The Silent Phase

TEDx Talk on the Fear of Speaking a New Language

Speaking With Native Speakers 

How Much Grammar Do I Need to Study?

Why We Struggle Learning Languages

What Is Holistic Language Learning?

How to Not Forget a Foreign Language

How to Move From Intermediate to Advanced in a Foreign Language

Two Tips from 25 Experts

Advanced Language Learners: How to Keep Making Progress

3 Language Learning Tips for Experts

How to Improve Your Advanced Language Skills

The Point of Diminishing Returns When Learning a Language

Motivation

This is arguably the most crucial aspect of a language learning journey. It takes some serious time to develop language skills, and staying motivated along the way can be a difficult task. In this section, you’ll find out how others tackle this element of language learning and hopefully pick up some tips that you can implement yourself.

How Do I Stay Motivated?

Having Fun With Language Learning

10 Kick-Ass Tips to Learn Any Language From Scratch

How Do I Deal With Burnout?

Learning a Language in a Trance

Am I a Failure if I Don’t Stick to Language Goals?

A Moment of Language Learning Motivation for Anyone Who Needs It

What to Do If Your Language Skills Suck

Do I Need Talent to Learn a Language?

Specific Skills

There are plenty of methods for improving language skills, and the best way to practice speaking probably won’t be an effective strategy for developing stronger reading or writing skills. The content in this section deals with different approaches to learning specific language skills.

Listening vs. Reading: How to Balance Them When Learning a Language

A Tip for Reading a Novel in Your Target Language

How to Read in a Foreign Language… Even as a Complete Beginner!

Intensive vs. Extensive Reading for Language Learning

What is Extensive Reading?

When to Start Speaking a Foreign Language?

How can I get over my fear of speaking?

10 Great Ways to Practice Speaking in Your New Language

10 Amazing Ways to Improve Your Listening Comprehension

How can I improve my pronunciation?

The French R 

Speaking French – How Important is Accent?

How to Sound Like a Native Speaker

Shadowing

The Soft Skills in Language Learning That Nobody Talks About

10 Golden Rules for Great Pronunciation in Any Language

Why You Should Learn Slang

Methods for Learning Slang

The Role of Writing in Language Learning

Study Methods

Check out the links in this category to get insight into what effective study looks like — the techniques and methodologies that others use.

What Is SRS?

Anki Tutorial

Is Anki Useless?

Anki, Flashcards, Language Learning Habits

How Often Should I Study?

Tips for a Productive Study Routine

Language Learning Morning Routine

How to Find Time to Study When You’re Busy

How Long Should You Study Each Day?

Setting Goals

Advanced Language Learning Activities That Often Surprise People

Ways to Track Progress

Filling Out New Tracking Sheets Rob MacPherson

Lindsay Does Language Tracking

How to Measure Progress in Language Learning

What Words Should I Study?

How Many Words Do You Need to Speak a Language?

Winza101 Notebook Example

Sunshine & Stationery Notebook Example

5-Minute Language Notebook Example

How to Find the Right Teacher

How to Spot a Great Language Tutor

How to Learn With Subtitles

How to Make the Most of Language Exchanges

How to Learn Languages With Video Games

Music and Language Learning – 7 Benefits

Learning a Language Through Movies