Publié le 20 August 2019
You’ve been learning Professional French, using the textbooks and even PrepMyFuture. But you want additional ways of improving your Professional French.
Here are some small things you can do to keep improving your Professional French:
The best thing you can do is to listen to french radio. you can listen to it when you are doing the dishes, or driving home. You can also watch video clips on subjects of interest to you on french radio websites such as franceinfo and rfi.
And you can watch the videos as many times as you want, to be sure you understand everything being said.
If you spend a lot of time on social media, consider putting one (or all) of your social media accounts in French.
This will help you to keep French on your mind, as even the little phrases such as “nouveau post” or “ajouter un ami” (add a friend) will keep you thinking about French. Keep in mind, changing the language of your account won’t change the language of the posts, so you can still click to see the original post in your language.
Putting sites such as LinkedIn in French will be particularly useful. Thanks to the professional nature of LinkedIn and other similar sites, you will be exposed to quite a few useful phrases.
Seeking out French contacts on LinkedIn is also a good idea, as you can communicate in French with them, which is a good way to put your Professional French skills into practice. Consider following French politicians or celebrities on social media to be exposed to posts in french.
Watch TV in French. This doesn’t mean you have to watch French TV shows, although original French cinema will provide you with more authentic phrases than shows translated from another language.
Consider putting your favorite Netflix show on in French. Many Netflix Originals are available in multiple languages.
Listening to TV in French, even if it’s not originally french, helps you learn how people speak, and can introduce you to aspects of the culture, which will help you when you are interacting with native french speakers.
Additionally, you can find all sorts of series centered around the specific professional French topics you are studying. For example, if you are interested in French for Health, for Business, or for International Relations, consider watching Grey’s Anatomy, Suits, or House of Cards.
Read the newspaper. Even if there are a lot of words you don’t understand, just by being exposed to the content, your level of French will improve. And looking up some, if not all, of the words you don’t understand, will help you to develop your vocabulary.
We talked to François, an expert from our educational team, to ask for tips on practicing Professional French at home. Here is his advice:
1. It doesn’t matter what you do to practice, as long as you do it regularly. Listening to BFM Good Morning Business for 5 hours on a random Sunday won’t help you if you don’t listen to it again for another year. Practice makes perfect, and even listening to the radio for one hour a week will help you improve your French.
2. Don’t stress about it. You might make a lot of mistakes at the beginning, but that’s okay! Everyone has to start somewhere. It’s practicing it that will help you improve, and the most important thing is that you are trying, and training your brain.
3. Have fun! After all, you’re learning Professional French (hopefully) not because anyone is forcing you to, but because you want to learn. And the more fun you are having, the easier it will be to learn. If you get bored listening to the radio, change it up. Try speaking with a friend or coworker in French about your day at work. Or you could make an advertisement about your favorite book or movie. There are a bunch of things you could do to practice Professional French, find what works for you!