Learning French Isn’t Easy
For the last year, Frantastique has sent French lessons to my inbox 5 days a week. The lessons only take about 10 minutes and for someone like myself, who has a very short attention span with French conjugation and grammar, they’re perfect. I must admit I actually look forward to the lessons each morning.
The lessons are focused around Victor Hugo, who has been brought back from history Austin Power style, and his escapades with extra-terrestrials. Hugo’s many love liaisons in Paris also creep into the story. Yes, these are exercises for adults and would probably work well for grade 4 readers. The story is amusing and fun; I’ve always thought that learning with a sense of humour is more effective!
First, after a week of lessons, Frantastique evaluates your level of French. I was really excited to find these lessons because it’s assumed you already know a little French. I previously found it difficult to find lessons that cater to levels above absolute beginner. I’m now classified as ‘intermediate’ and it’s really great to have a chance to go over correct usage of prepositions etc when I tend to focus on acquiring new vocabulary. With Frantastique, you learn new words as well and are tested again and again to make sure you don’t forget them (this is most useful!).
Each lesson consists of a little re-cap of the previous one, an illustrated video or audio clip, some exercises, and a tidbit of French culture that has to do with the story of that day’s lesson.
When you finish a lesson, you send it off and immediately receive your correction. This way, what you did wrong, as well as your new vocabulary, is fresh in your memory.
All in all, what I’m saying is that these lessons are great if you’re hoping to brush up on your French but don’t have time to dedicate all your day to studying. Or if you don’t have the patience for studying various verb tenses like me…SO DON’T MISS THIS CHANCE AND TRY FRANTASTIQUE ONLINE LESSONS. GET YOUR 1 MONTH FREE TRIAL HERE.
You’d think living in France would be enough of an incentive. However, I find I’ve learned more with these lessons than I have sitting in the evenings with a verb book. Learning French doesn’t have to be a chore!