Step 3: How to speak French with confidence

Speak French with Confidence
A question that often comes up is "How can I speak French with more confidence?" In this series, my goal is to make you feel better about the French you can speak and to overcome your inferiority complex. I’ll try to explain why the French are so rigid about their language and how you should react like a French person would (hint: say "Merde")! In the second step, you learned about the French background regarding their language and some actions you could take to adapt to the local culture (for example invest in a good autocorrect and work on your pronunciation). I hope you realised that your own mindset is very important and why you shouldn't feel discouraged if people correct you or switch to English when speaking with you.…
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How to speak French with confidence: step 2

How to speak French with confidence: step 2

Speak French with Confidence
In this series, my goal is to give you some background and resources to help you build up confidence to speak French. Feel better about the French you can speak and overcome your inferiority complex! I’ll explain why the French are so rigid about their language and how you should react like a French person would! (hint: say "Merde") If you haven't already, read step 1. How knowing about the cultural background will help you speak French with more confidence Put yourself in the shoes of your French conversation partner for a moment. That’s a classic conflict resolution technique. First, try to see the situation from your opponent’s perspective to get a better understanding of what’s going on. Then adjust your way of thinking and behaviour to avoid your emotions…
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First step to speaking French confidently

Speak French with Confidence
In this series, my goal is to make you feel better about the French you can speak and to overcome your inferiority complex. I’ll try to explain why the French are so rigid about their language and how you should react like a French person would (hint: say "Merde")! French is hard but you're speaking it! It’s not an impression: French is a complex language. I’m not going to tell you the whole story today but I just want you to know that in the 17th century, with the creation of l’Académie Française, some Frenchmen decided to dictate some rules and to make the language so complex that the uneducated wouldn’t be able to master it like the nobles and aristocrats who had time to study. French is a deliberately…
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