French is one of the most beautiful languages in the world. But it is definitely not the easiest to learn. The grammar can be challenging and it will take some time before you can perfectly express yourself. However, once you make the effort to learn, it will surely pay off. Knowing French in Quebec will open so many doors, including employment and networking opportunities. No matter how demanding it is to learn French (or any new language), keep at it. You will eventually find yourself able to communicate and you will enjoy the appreciation of French speakers around you.
Here are 5 useful tips to help you master the French language:
1. Meetup groups
The site meetup.com is a great way to find likeminded Montreal newcomers who have a desire to learn French. One of the most active groups is Free French / Québec Culture québécoise / Langue française. There are normally some native speakers involved who will help guide the discussion and to correct you, if needed. Make sure not to switch to English when you start conversations even if you cannot find the right words. Practicing with a Meetup group is a good step towards fluency.
2. College Platon
If you are someone who needs a classroom and strict discipline to learn a new language, you should check out language schools in Montreal. One school to keep in mind is College Platon. They will test your knowledge in advance and assign a relevant level for you and the classes aren’t too big, which means you will get plenty of help with your studies.
3. Language exchange
For social and outgoing personalities, language exchange is a great option. You can simply post an ad that you are looking for native French speakers (or those with full proficiency) to meet once in a while over coffee for French discussions. In exchange, you get to help them with English or another language. To post an ad, check out universities (especially, libraries, continuing education centres). Many cafés in Montreal also have classifieds board.
Why not combine learning French with watching movies? Cinema Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin almost exclusively features movies in French or with French subtitles. Not only can you watch mainstream American blockbusters dubbed in French but you also have the chance to catch a great Quebecois or French movie that is hard to find in other cinemas.
If you have immigrated to Quebec from another country, you also have a great option to take free courses organized by the Ministry of Immigration. For working professionals, there is a possibility to take evening classes. There is also a centre of self-learning where you get access to excellent learning materials.
So there you have it! No more excuses, Anglophones. Start mastering the French language today!