How To Learn French By Reading (my tips)

At parent evenings throughout my childhood ( I’m 17 now) I’ve always been told to “read more books” in order to improve my English grades and that the “best English students read books”. Ever since I learned to read I’ve always had a book on the go but only recently I’ve starting reading French books. If reading English books improves your English so much then doing the same in French must have great benefits too!

The first book I read was a book of French short stories. This book is great because it’s made for French learners as it has the English translation on the opposite side of the page. I read the French first and if I came across a sentence that I couldn’t understand ( quite a few) then I’d read the English translation. It was the Penguin French short stories and they have a few other versions of it as well!

For the book I’m studying next year at A-Level (The Outsider/ L’etranger) I first read it in English all the way through and now I’m reading the French version without looking up any words. This technique works really well as even though you may not understand the French you can work out what’s happening and figure out what new French words mean because of the fact they you have already read the book in English.

This useful technique can also be used with films! For example I watched Le Silence De La Mer (with English subtitles) and then read the book and found it so much easier to understand than if I hadn’t watched the film first whilst still learning lots of new vocabulary.

Next up I’m going to read Un sac de billes for further reading for my university application.

Check out my other posts on how to learn French with music and a review on a French conversation course by Benny Lewis! ❤️

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How To Learn French With Books 🇫🇷

IMG_6130.JPGLanguage Hacking

Language hacking books are a conversation course by Irish polyglot Benny Lewis. Out of all the French books and guides I’ve ever read, these books are by far the most useful! I also totally trust the techniques used in this book because of the fast it was written by a polyglot (someone who speaks a lot of languages). The unique thing about the French language hacking book is that it teaches you to start speaking from day 1!

It comes with online audio so you can get used to hearing French, they also encourage you to speak out loud and write things down which are all essentiel aspects in learning French. My favourite thing about the language hacking books is the fact that they only teach you what you need to know which is great because as a beginner you don’t need to get bogged down with all the grammar rules. The book is split up into different realistic French conversation themes.

You can also get this book for learning Spanish, Italian and German! I’d highly recommend this book for a beginner learning the French language 🇫🇷

You can buy the book on Amazon here.

Check out my last post on how to learn French with music. ❤️