Why is it fundamental to continue learning French during the lockdown? – Califrenchlife

Learning a language
is like going to the gym. If you stop from one day to another, it may be hard
to continue and you may have wasted your time and money.

Here are
the reasons why you need continue learning French during the lockdown, even if
it is a tough period.

ONE: Consistency is key

Learning a foreign
language is something that you build thanks to consistency. You learn new
things with your teacher, then you take the time to memorize them and practice
them at your own rhythm until the next class! That’s how you improve your linguistic

TWO: The guidance of a teacher is essential to be efficient

Some people
may think that they can learn alone thanks to the rich content of the internet.
It is true that there are very good websites to learn vocabulary, practice
grammar and learn about the culture of French-speaking countries. But the internet
is so rich that you would not know where to begin and if so, you would not know
how to continue and if so, would you find the motivation to continue alone for
a long time? Your teacher can guide you towards the right resources according
to a thought progression. Moreover, the regularity of the appointments with
your teacher balances your way of learning. You learn new things during the class,
you study, and you do your homework before a certain date, which makes you more
efficient and motivated.

THREE: You have more time during the lockdown, take advantage of it

Even if you
still work remotely, you save precious time not commuting to your office. Seize
this opportunity to review, take more online classes to reinforce your level or
read about cultural facts which fascinate you. Enjoy this time to live your
passion for the French language by watching movies, listening to French songs, reading
the news, contacting French friends or practicing your grammar thanks to exercises
which are corrected online.

FOUR: Take care of yourself!

Learning a
foreign language is a personal process. You began to learn French because you
were interested in being able to speak French due to various reasons: heritage,
the dream of visiting Paris, of finding love, of having an international career…
If you stop learning, even if it’s just for a short while, you will inevitably regress
and forget many things. Continue doing activities for yourself. Learning French
is an enchanting break so why would you stop taking care of yourself while it
has positive effects on you?

FIVE: Speaking French regularly is essential in the process of learning

The best way
of learning French is to speak the language. If you stop having opportunities
to speak in French due to social-distancing, you will lose a lot of your
fluency. Continue seizing all the opportunities to speak French: have conversations
with your teacher, attend a virtual “apéro”…

SIX: The online appointments with your teacher are a good way of escaping reality

You can
have interesting conversations with a person who does not belong to your direct
world respecting social-distancing, your health and the health of the others.

The lockdown is maybe the best moment of your life to concentrate on your learning of the French language. It is totally safe when you do it online. Do not stop or pause this intellectual activity which pleases you because of the lockdown, you will certainly regret it in the future. According to Oscar Wilde, “To regret one’s own experiences is to arrest one’s own development. To deny one’s own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one’s own life. It is no less than a denial of the soul.”

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