Can I get fluent by talking to myself in French?
Sep 29, 2016 10:12 PM
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"Talking to yourself" might sound like something only lunatics do, but actually it definitely can improve fluency if it's done systematically. This is a simple "self-speaking" exercise which I recommend to all my English students (particularly those who need to give presentations or speeches, eg. in IELTS)

1. Pick a topic (can be simple, eg. "My hobbies" or complex, eg. "Solutions to poverty")

2. Give yourself some time to brainstorm relevant ideas and vocabulary

3. Talk for a couple minutes, and record it

4. Listen back to the recording, and write down everything you said including mistakes, no matter how silly and insignificant

5. Analyse the text: what areas of language do you need to work on? In which areas did your fluency drop, and why? How could you make the language sound more natural and eloquent?

6. Put your revised text online as an italki notebook

September 30, 2016
September 29, 2016

I think it might be useful to stick some notes everywhere in the house. it’s perfect for learning vocabulary. Everytime you take something out of the „réfrigérateur“ for example, you can try to talk to yourself by forming sentences out of the vocabulary. Hope that was understandable :) 

Bonne chance!

September 29, 2016
I don't think so. You'll never know if you say it right or wrong. French pronunciation is like hell !! Even I, who am french, still learn how to pronounce. Good luck, though.
September 29, 2016

This is what I did from a very early age...and it worked..but then again I was born France :-)

(I still do it sometimes...)

October 3, 2016
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