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Although French has many similar words to English, it can be a bit tricky to get the hang of the pronunciation as it is very different from that of English. Although there are rules for how words should be pronounced, it isn’t often apparent from the way that they are spelled, and the vocalization doesn’t always come naturally to English speakers. It can take quite a bit of practice to get the accent right. However, by speaking with native speakers you can easily improve your accent and quickly become fluent in French.
While most people think of French as being spoken primarily in France, it is, in fact, an official language of 29 different countries around the world such as Belgium, Canada, and many countries in Africa. The French spoken in some of these places can vary quite differently in vocabulary and pronunciation from the French spoken in France. If you like to learn more about the different dialects of French spoken around the world, the best way to do so is to speak directly with French speakers from many different places.
While it might not be feasible to actually travel to each to the 29 countries where French is an official language, it is possible to speak with people from these places over the Internet. Finding French conversations partners on Skype is possible, however it can be a bit difficult to find a suitable partner among its millions of users. There are other language services as well which can set you up with a speaking partner, however many of them cost money and require you to schedule meetings well in advance.
There are thousands of French speakers on Tandem at this very moment. All you have to do is log on, find someone who looks interesting and give them a call. It’s as easy as that. You don’t have to schedule an appointment, and you don’t have to pay a cent. It’s like immersing yourself in the entire Francophone world without having to leave your own house. Plus, there are so many great people you can meet on Tandem, you might end up with more than a few friends all around the world. On Tandem you can:
Whether you’d like to discuss your love of French film, talk about what’s it’s like to be a Walloon, or converse with a Canadian about what makes poutine so much better in Montreal, there’s always someone you can talk to on Tandem at the touch of a button. It’s an all-in-one language community with messaging, chat, video, even games built in. It’s so easy. And best of all, it’s free.