How to make progress on Skype in written French?
Updated: Feb 21
The same idea presented above about progression in spoken French is also valid for written expression: to make progress you need to “dive in at the deep end”. Start writing in French to your teacher, to a friend or to yourself. The subject can be anything that interests you: the news, the story you have read or the story of your life. Even if your level in French is very elementary you will manage to express yourself.
make up simple but correct sentences! Subject + verb + predicate. End of the first sentence. Subject + verb + predicate. End of the second sentence, etc…. Several simple ideas in short sentences can make up a decent coherent text.
to apply this first rule, forget the sentences that are in your head in your native language. They are too long and elaborate for you to be able to translate them correctly into French. To write short sentences you must start by thinking only in French!
to enrich your vocabulary use the following technique: find a couple of new French words or expressions per page that you want to insert into your text. Study them well, in what context they can be used, the verbs, nouns and adjectives that can be used with them. Don’t take more than two new words per page, otherwise it will be hard to memorise them.
Once your text is ready you will be wondering who will correct them. For that you will need a French teacher not only to correct what you have written, but also to explain why something isn’t correct and how to remedy it. If you take lessons on Skype you can email your texts to your teacher, who will correct them and send them back before the lesson. During the French lesson on Skype you can discuss these problems with your teacher, who will clarify your grammar questions and suggest different ways of expressing your ideas. It’s an excellent way of improving your written French!
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