The most difficult thing about French

Hello everyone!

I have learned 5 languages so far. I'm French and I speak English, German, Spanish and Vietnamese.

I'd like to ask a question to anyone learning French.

As a teacher I'd like to know what you think to be the most difficult about learning French

Some students have told me that the most difficult thing about learning French would be the pronunciation for them. I have some classic solutions for you! You can watch movies and listen to some songs and of course repeat everything you hear. 

But there is a trick that actually makes you improve much faster!

When I tried to improve my English pronunciation, I would first repeat everything that I would listen in English (coming from native speakers, of course!). And...I would also record myself!

The first recordings were so embarrassing... ^^

But little by little, I improved so much faster because I'd be aware of my accent or -more generally- of the way I would speak :) 

What were your biggest challenges and what did you do to keep progressing and overcome them? 

Mar 22, 2017 8:01 PM
Comments · 12

I'm agree with Katarina's answer, and also maybe this videos can help: 



April 26, 2017
Definitely pronunciation but also listening comprehension as people skip half the words and squash the rest together so you don't know where a word finishes and where the next one starts. Also, French people are not very forgiving to the rest of us mutilating their beautiful language, which can make things embarrassing in addition to being difficult. 
March 22, 2017
I've never thought of recording myself. That's really a great idea, merci!
March 22, 2017

For me, it was the passe simple, as well as the subjunctive...

Also, academic language is much more nuanced than conversational language. 

March 22, 2017
For me the grammar tenses are the hardest. Le present, le passe compose, le futur simple, and le futur proche are easy though... =)
April 30, 2017
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