Don’t worry! All language learners have been through the same thing and the answer is not that simple. Why? Because there are many things involved in the process.
Being fluent means that you can easily understand your target language. It doesn’t matter if you are reading a text or listening to a song or film. It also means that you can communicate your thoughts with accuracy.
It’s all about confidence. If you are reading a book and you understand 90% of everything, you can watch a TV show or film without subtitles and really enjoy it. If you can travel to France or to another French-speaking country and have a conversation with the locals without hesitating too much… CONGRATULATIONS! You are fluent!
Even though studies show that becoming fluent in a language could take around 500-600 hours of study, that’s something that really changes from person to person. Do you take French classes every week? Do you try to learn vocabulary on your own? Do you listen to music in French? Are you living in a French-speaking country? Have you learnt other languages in the past? Spanish, Italian, Portuguese or any other Romance languages?
Taking a French course and have a professional guiding you through the process is always a fantastic idea. But remember, motivation is always key and there are a lot of things you can do on your own to take your skills to the next level. Here you have some examples:
Download language learning apps on your phone such as Duolingo, Busuu or Babbel and practice 5 minutes everyday.
Use social media to learn. There are many content creators online creating resources for language students like you.
Make a Spotify playlist with your favourite French songs.
Watch TV shows and films in French.
Use apps like Tandem, HelloTalk or Interpals to make new friends that are French native speakers.
If you have the chance, attend language exchange meetings in your city.
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