Learning a new language can sometimes feel like joining a gym.
You buy all the equipment, research the exercises, pay for monthly subscriptions…
And then realize that you haven’t actually gone in weeks.
But much like getting that beach bod ready for summer, learning French takes one thing: consistency.
In fact, it takes daily consistency.
So in this article, we’ll show you six daily French lesson resources that make it easy to practice the language every single day. We’ll also give you some tips to find time for daily French lessons even within a busy schedule.
As for your gym routine, we’ll have to leave that to you.
How to Make Time for Daily French Lessons (No Matter How Crazy Your Schedule Is)
Ever heard that saying, “inspiration is for amateurs?”
If you’re serious about learning French, you can’t wait for inspiration to strike. You need to force yourself to sit down and study every day, even when you actually have the inspiration to go play a video game or take a nap.
The good news is that there are several ways to make this easier, so that daily French learning becomes an enjoyable habit.
Prepare Your Calendar
First, block out time in your calendar for daily practice. If you don’t carve out time and make French the priority for that space each day, other distractions can set your lessons back an hour… now two hours… three hours… four… okay, I’ll just do it tomorrow.
And as you know, things will always come up.
Carve out time in your schedule for daily French lessons now, and it’ll be much easier to say “non!” (“no!”) to those distractions.
Use the 10:10:10 Daily Split
One of the biggest questions French learners ask is, “but how much time should I be blocking off for my daily lessons?”
It depends somewhat on your schedule, but one method that works for many learners is the 30 minute, 10:10:10 split.
Here’s how it works:
Language breaks down into four essential communication skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The 10:10:10 daily split makes sure that you’re working with all of those and not leaving out the ones you find difficult.
Essentially, you study 10 minutes a day of either listening or speaking and 10 minutes a day of either reading or writing. Then the next day, you swap!
For example, Monday could be listening and writing lessons so Tuesday would be, you guessed it, speaking and reading!
Okay, what about those last 10 minutes?
Those are for vocabulary building or verb conjugations. Add 10 minutes of either one to your day, and then swap the next day. (Don’t worry, we’ll give you plenty of resources for all of this later in our post.)
And there you have it! 30 minutes a day will fly by.
Just remember: 30 minutes is the minimum. You should schedule much more throughout the week or weekend whenever possible. I suggest shooting for one- to two-hour lesson sessions at least three times per week.
If you find it hard to sit down and concentrate for longer than 20 to 30 minutes, try the Pomodoro technique for studying in spurts with regular breaks. It’s a great way to keep you on track and motivated!
Prep Your Resources Before You Start
Every day that you sit down to study, the plan should already be in place. Otherwise, you’ll spend more time looking for what to work on than actually working. This tricky little trap often makes French learners feel like they’re progressing when their language level hasn’t actually advanced un iota (one iota).
First, you want to make sure you evaluate your goals. Where do you want to be at the end of the week, month or year? This post will assume you’re ultimately going for total fluency (not just “survival” French), but you’ll still want to tailor your daily lessons depending on where you’re currently at and what you wish to achieve in the near future.
In other words, take some time to evaluate your resources and plan your curriculum before you begin your daily French lesson regimen.
Be sure to choose a diverse group of resources, too. Plan out different activities as if you were the teacher (the best part is, you already know what kind of activities the student—you—loves!).
Now let’s show you what’s out there so you can get started!
Make French Learning a Habit: 6 Sites for Daily Lessons You’ll Love
We’re so incredibly lucky to have the technology that we do at our fingertips. The fact that most of us are walking around with literal computers in our pockets means that we really have no excuse for not squeezing in some French learning every day!
Check out the following tools that’ll help you maximize the time in your day to get all the French studying in that you want!
These helpful daily French lesson resources will guarantee that you’re using your time creatively every single day. Like I said before, with all this great information at hand, no one has any excuse for missing their daily French lesson… even on the busiest of days!
Anki Cards are flashcards that were made popular by medical students. As you might know, medical school is notorious for drills in rote memorization, so this tool is perfect for quickly stockpiling new vocabulary.
You can build your own set of vocabulary cards, share sets with others or download pre-made cards from strangers. Then you can pull these cards out anytime, anywhere.
Waiting for coffee in the morning? Flip through 15 cards. Sitting on the bus for your daily commute? Turn it into your daily French lesson by crushing new vocabulary sets. This handy little app will make sure that you can study loads of new vocabulary without wasting any time in your day!
This fun website is a great resource for online French learning. Plus, it’s totally free! You have so many options and it’s great for all levels.
For total beginners, there are some fun children’s books (great for the reading portion of your 10:10:10 split!). They also have online French lessons that are user-friendly and easy on the eyes, and are particularly useful for vocabulary building.
If you are more advanced, The French Experiment may look too easy at first glance. But don’t be fooled… this website has tons of lessons that cover little details you may have forgotten or never thought to study (such as conversation fillers).
Incorporating this information into your daily lesson will keep your routine fresh, varied and fun!
FluentU brings the real sounds of native-level French into your daily life. And you never have to worry about missing a word.
Other sites use scripted content. FluentU uses a natural approach that helps you ease into the French language and culture over time. You’ll learn French as it’s actually spoken by real people.
FluentU has a wide variety of great content, like interviews and web series, as you can see here:
FluentU brings native videos within reach with interactive subtitles.
You can tap on any word to look it up instantly. Every definition has examples that have been written to help you understand how the word is used.
For example, if you tap on the word "crois," you'll see this:
Practice and reinforce all the vocabulary you've learned in a given video with FluentU's adaptive quizzes. Swipe left or right to see more examples for the word you’re learning and play the mini-games found in the dynamic flashcards, like "fill in the blank."
As you study, FluentU tracks the vocabulary that you’re learning and uses this information to give you a 100% personalized experience.
You'll receive video recommendations that suit your interests and current level of progress.
Start using FluentU on the website with your computer or tablet or, better yet, download the FluentU app from the iTunes or Google Play stores.
You know word-of-the-day toilet paper? Well, this is kind of like that. Only not gross.
200words-a-day has a great French “verb of the day” program to kickstart your daily French lesson. All you need to do is check the site every day, and a new verb will appear fully conjugated.
If you really want to nerd out (as you should!) you can copy and paste the verb conjugation table from the website, clear out all of the boxes except the verb tenses on the left (present, past imperfect, simple past, etc.) and quiz yourself to see how many you can fill in for the new word each day.
Again, this is an awesome “go-to” exercise if you’re not quite sure how to get your daily French verb conjugation lesson going!
If nothing else, this resource is a great daily reminder to study French! Frenchly is a daily e-mail newlsetter that sends you articles covering news, entertainment, lifestyle and more in French!
By automating this information to come directly to your inbox, you won’t have to go looking for other resources in the morning! Like you do with Anki Cards, you can read on the bus or while waiting in line… pretty much any downtime can become study time.
They have really great, well-traveled writers who put together interesting articles for French learners.
Frantastique is another great website that offers personalized French lessons. Their philosophy is to teach you French in just 15 minutes per day.
Rather than just taking a global approach to French learning, Frantastique looks at your specific needs and tailors the materials to you. That way, you can progress as quickly as possible without covering lessons you already know.
Their program mixes short daily lessons with custom reviews of your work to focus on your strengths and weaknesses.
It’s a paid program (starting at $17 per month) but you get to try for free. So, again, why not?! Add personalized lessons to your daily French study routine and you’ll be sure to see massive improvements in no time.
All theory and no practice makes Jack a dull boy. Okay… so that’s not the real line from Stephen King’s thriller, but it’s still 100% accurate.
The point is that you need to find ways to speak with actual Francophones to make sure that you aren’t just getting tons of theory but not speaking correctly. Fortunately, italki makes it easy by connecting you with French tutors online.
You can choose from hundreds of tutors based on their rates, experience, teaching specialties and more.
Then just select a date and time for your lesson on the italki calendar.
Of course, while a daily paid French lesson would do wonders for your language skills, not everyone has the budget for that. However, you can schedule regular practice sessions with italki’s free language exchange partners. That way you can keep your French speaking habit going between tutoring sessions without breaking the bank.
Like anything worthwhile, learning French takes hard work and consistency. With these daily French lesson resources at your disposal, you’ll look forward to studying rather than dragging your heels.
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