Getting the hang of French pronunciation is notoriously difficult. Despite the fact that French has many similar words to English, it doesn’t always come naturally to English speakers. There are plenty of rules about how French words should be pronounced, but it can still take quite a bit of practice to get the accent right. Practicing with French native speakers is one of the easiest ways to improve your accent and quickly become fluent in French.
While most people think that French is primarily spoken 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, including the Seychelles. The French spoken in some of these places does, however, vary in vocabulary and pronunciation from the French spoken in France.
If you would like to learn more about the different dialects of French spoken around the world, you need to fit in your French speaking practice and have conversations with French speakers from different places.
While it might not be feasible to actually travel to each of the 29 countries where French is an official language, it is possible to connect with people from these places over the Internet.
Finding French conversation partners on Skype is possible, however, it can be a bit difficult to find a suitable partner, who has the same interests and learning goals as you. Alternatively, there are other language services where you can find a speaking partner, however many of them cost money and require you to schedule meetings well in advance.
There are thousands of native French speakers in the Tandem community. All you have to do is sign up, find someone who looks interesting and send them a message, or give them a call. You don’t have to schedule an appointment and you don’t have to pay a cent. Learning French online has never been so easy!
Using Tandem is a way of 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 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 chat with a Canadian about what makes poutine so much better in Montreal, there will always be someone to help you with your French conversation practice on Tandem.
Tandem is an all-in-one language community with messaging, chat, and video. It’s so easy. And best of all, it’s a way to learn French for free. Try it today!