Winter is coming: 9 ways to improve your French with Master Your French

December 11, 2021 by Mylene in Entertainment  ▪  

If you live in the northern hemisphere then you must feel the temperatures soften and maybe see the first snowflakes. You will most certainly be spending more time at home or traveling to spend the holidays with your family. Why not take advantage of this winter to improve your level of French? In what follows I would like to give you 9 ideas to improve your level of French this winter.

  1. Discover the French history
  2. Read a novel
  3. Have fun with a comic book
  4. Test your pronunciation
  5. Practice Listening
  6. Have a good time watching a movie
  7. Listen to French songs
  8. Discover French tales
  9. Start writing in French

1. Discover the French history

France has a very long history. Do you like stories about the kings of France? Napoleon? The members of the Resistance during the Second World War? If the answer is yes then take the opportunity to deepen your knowledge by improving your level of French. In this article, discover 13 YouTube channels specializing in French history for you.

2. Read a novel

Winter is also reading in front of a cozy fireplace under a blanket. You may prefer a good book in French to discover French culture. There are so many great writers Albert Camus, Marguerite Yourcenar, Guy de Maupassant, Emile Zola, among many other famous French writers. And it’s not easy to choose where to start. In winter, I like to re-read classics like the books of Victor Hugo. You can look at the selection of studied books in the book club. They are perfect for French language learners.

tintin snow
Tintin

3. Have fun with a comic book

When you want to immerse yourself in a culture, there are certainly novels but also comic books. Reading a comic is fun! And besides, it’s a very nice gift idea for Christmas! It’s always nice and you don’t necessarily think of buying it yourself. I have selected for you 10 of the best comics in French.

4. Test your pronunciation

Are you locked up because of the cold for several days? Why not take the opportunity to review the basics of French pronunciation? The earlier you study pronunciation, the better your results will be. Several videos are available on YouTube to help you improve your pronunciation. So do some gymnastics with your lips, your tongue and start practicing now.

5. Practice listening

Understanding a sound is being able to hear the difference between different sounds. That’s why I regularly post short videos to help you hear the difference between two words that may sound the same. You have examples on Instagram but also in the blog.

snow dwarf

6. Have a good time watching a movie

In winter we also tend to spend more time in front of the television by eating some Christmas shortbread. We watch Christmas movies but why not also watch great French classics and in French? Take a look at the selection made by a French filmmaker friend.

7. Listen to French songs

I just spoke about the great cinematographic classics but you can also opt for the great classics of French songs. I’m sure you already know some of the artists listed here. The advantage is threefold, you will listen to beautiful music, discover the culture and practice your pronunciation if you dare to take the plunge and sing.

barbe bleue

8. discover French tales

Many fairy tales take place at night and when the temperatures are low, a real end-of-year atmosphere. It is therefore ideal to read a Grimm or Perrault tale in the middle of winter. I read a few tales emphasizing the pronunciation of French. Go listen to Bluebeard. Check out this terrifying story and practice saying it.

9. Start writing in French

Actively practice your French by writing your New Years’ resolutions in French, a card for your French-speaking friends, a few lines in your diary in French. You can even use a grammar checker if you’re not sure. Writing is more difficult to master than reading and speaking. So take advantage of staying home to practice and write. You can also write me a few lines in the comments below this article. I’d love to hear from you.

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