42 Awesome Channels to Learn French while Watching YouTube

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I keep recommending YouTube to all my students. It is a priceless - and free! - tool for learning languages.  Watching videos on youtube is the best way to relax *and* learn at the same time. Truly a bonus for your language skills and your stress level.

There’s only one downside: finding channels which you will like in a new language can be a challenge sometimes. To make up for this, here is my selection of the best French speaking youtube channels. A new channel is added every Friday, so you know what to watch to practice your French in the weekend. ;)

Note: this list was getting really long, so I have organized the first 25 channels into an ebook. They are categorized, to help you find topics that you will enjoy really fast. I have also added indicators of the speed and level of French language, so you know what to expect: the more emoticons you find next to a channel, the harder it will be. 😎

26. 750 Grammes

To a French ear, the name 750 grammes would automatically sound like part of a cooking recipe, and that’s what this channel is all about. It is connected with the website 750g. Both the channel and the website feature countless cooking recipes in French: it’s great to boost both your cooking skills and your French language. There are playlists for nearly everything edible, ranging from Fish to Chocolate and cheese of course. How about some Delicacies in a glass? Yes, it’s a thing, and it’s super popular in France. Way to impress your guests next weekend. ;-) Are you afraid you’ll never be able to cook like a pro? Fear no more, they also have a bunch of helpful tutorials. Will you dare cooking a French dessert for Christmas? Here is a playlist with 31 options.

27. Madmoizelle

As the name lets you guess, this channel is somewhat oriented towards women. This channel is connected with the website madmoizelle.com which defines itself as a webzine for young women. It features 2000 videos, including everything you can expect in a magazine for ladies, neatly organized in playlists around each topic: street-style fashion, beauty tutorials, hairdos but also a lot of other topics such as books, cooking recipes or even video games.

Let’s not forget the funny adventures of Mad Gyver, a real life young woman and the hilarious Berengère Krief (whom you might already have seen in the series Bref).

In short, a very varied channel where you can spend a lot of time and learn a lot about French culture,  regardless of your gender.

28. NaRt

NaRt is the perfect channel to learn about art. The owner has a preference for contemporary art, but many videos also deal with other styles. The channel features several types of videos, organized in playlists : short videos introducing the style of a painter in three minutes and three key elementspresentation of artistsWork of art analysesseries in several episodes studying topics more in depth such as contemporary art, or female artists, and much more. 

The owner of the channel tends to speak quite fast and deals with complex topics. I would only recommend this channel if you are very familiar with the topic of art - or if your French is already very advanced - level C1 unless you are very good at art.

29. Primum non nocere

“Primum non nocere” (latin for “first, cause no harm”) is the famous first sentence of the Hippocratic Oath, which medical doctors must take at the beginning of their career. This channel is indeed about medicine. The owner creates in-depth videos (typically about 10 minutes long) about topics related to health, often taking a fun title, such as “the magic healing kiss” and making a serious informative video about it. I love watching this channel because it teaches me so much about how our body functions, such as why ears feel clogged in a plane or why our nose runs when it’s cold. Other videos are about specific drugs or medical techniques - it turns out that without the beatles, we might never have had scanners.

Check it out if you are good at French and interested in medicine - or if you have a very advanced knowledge of medicine and are looking to improve your French.

30. Miss Book

The channel Miss Book is owned by three women who speak about… books.

The three youtubers play the roles of many different characters, with different personalities and different ways of speaking French. It is perfect for you to learn about different styles of French and the kind of person they are associated with. This however, can make some characters harder than others to understand due to the use of slang or very advanced words.

Most of their videos are centered around one book, some of them world-wide famous such as Harry Potter or Le Petit Prince, and others more typically French and less famous.

If you are an avid reader with an advanced level of French, Miss Book must become your go-to place for French reading advice.

31. Le fossoyeur de film

“The movie gravedigger” - that’s how the name of his channel translates - speaks about science fiction movies. About one third of his videos are dedicated to “unearthing” old, often little known movies - that’s where the name of the channel comes from.

The other two thirds of the video, called “l’après-séance”, are his immediate impressions after he has been to the cinema to watch a recent movie.The videos are rather long, typically about twenty minutes, and the author speaks rather fast. I would recommend this channel to you if you love science fiction movies, and your French is already very advanced.

Side note: it’s better to have watched the movies before you see the corresponding videos. It will make it easier to understand what he refers to. Some videos (particularly those about older movies) also contain spoilers, which you might not want to see before you see the actual movie.

32. EnjoyPhoenix

 

EnjoyPhoenix is one of the most famous French woman on YouTube, with about 2.7 million subscribers - and counting.

Her channel centers around make up and hairdo tutorials. She also likes to share her tips on a variety of topics such as saving time or how to relax. She often shares her routine too.

Her followers are mostly women, so it will be easier to relate and even understand what she says if you are a woman yourself. To be honest, if you follow her a lot you will end up knowing a lot of French words which I don’t know myself about skin care, hair care, make up etc. Many videos are tutorials which means she describes what she’s doing. This means that even though she speaks quite fast, you’ll certainly understand a lot if you have some existing knowledge of those topics.

33. La statistique expliquée à mon chat

The title, which translates as “statistics as explained to my cat”, is self-explanatory: in this French-speaking Belgian channel, the author explains statistics to his cat, Albert.

Albert the cat is, just like us, very confused when it comes to understanding what statistics really means. For example, Albert really believes that chocolate makes you smarter and is also very confused about how the leaders of the world are elected and what each voting system really means.

34. Prendre sa vie en main

“Prendre sa vie en main” is a French expression which would translate as “take control of one’s life”. This personal development channel offers you to do just that. Most videos are book summaries, such as the seven habits of highly effective people, the compound effect, or this explanation of the cashflow quadrant. Recently, the author as taken the challenge to leave the “rat race” and become financially independant thanks to Multi-level-marketing, within two years. This playlist lets us follow his progress. Will he succeed? We can only know if we follow his work.

35. La minute science

Although the title of this channel would translate as “the science minute”, its videos are typically around 4-5 minutes long. They deal with a variety  of scientific topics, such as astronomy, sociology, or biology. I love this channel because every video teaches me something I had not expected, in great details. Have you ever wondered how fear happens in your brain? The tone of this channel is quite technical, so I recommend it to you if your French is already very good, or if you are familiar with scientific subjects. The topics covered differ a lot, so you may understand some videos much better than others. Just try it out!

36. Le joueur du grenier

He might be the most famous French gamer on Youtube, with over 2 Million subscribers. By the way, the title of his channel translates as “the gamer in the attic” - probably a reference to his numerous videos about retrogaming on his channel. If you watch his videos, you will hear about consoles you had forgotten about, and, more importantly, games you had never heard about. I’m stuned to find out how many games have existed, as varied as comic books, Star wars or even the Adams family. Don’t worry, he also speaks about less confidential topics such as the numerous PacMan games. His videos are typically around 15-20 minutes long. I’ll recommend them to you, if you are a big gaming fan and you have a good command of French already. You’ll be able to broaden your slang knowledge. Indeed, the gamer in the attic tends to speak like a regular French gamer would, meaning his language is not the most academic. Do you have what it takes to be his gaming buddy?

37. Dave Sheik

(previous title: Histoire brève)

This is another one of my favourite channels about history. Dave might the only youtuber who wears a plastic bow-tie on all of his videos, this gives you an idea of the tone of the channel: both serious and funny. He picks an episode of history, often unknown (such as 3 genocides nobody cares about - his words, not mine, I just translate) and explains it to us in a fun, relaxed manner. He has a predilection for quirky topic such as the shortest war ever or tea, as the master of the world. Many of his videos also deal with the topic of colonization, French or otherwize. The channel also includes three (so far) videos about the evolution of the French language. A fun tone also means a relaxed language and a lot of slang. This makes the channel potentially difficult for you. You should try listening to it nonetheless, you’ll learn a lot.

Side note: numerous youtubers I have quoted here before are featured in some of Dave Sheik’s videos. Can you spot them?

38. Les langues de Cha’

Charlotte (aka Cha’) is the owner of this channel about… languages - and specifically about linguistics. This channel is quite new but the twelve existing video are very professional and packed with super interesting infos. Is speaking over someone always rude, regardless of  the culture you’re in? Is is possible to forget one’s native language? What are the criteria to make a fictional language a real language? All those questions, and many more, are answered by Charlotte in a very scientific manner.
Also, as a student of French, this channel will provide you with numerous comparison between French cultures and other cultures, and might help you understand why the French are sometimes a bit weird.

Ready to find out why we say “Hello”?

39. En fait… (Wooshes)

 

Wooshes is just the name of the channel who publishes the little serie En fait… (meaning “Actually….”) This series follow Vince and Léa as they get into a love relationship, with an interesting twist: whenever they speak about a topic, we see three things: what they say, what Vince really thinks, and What Léa really thinks. This series gives us super funny insights on what men and women think about any given situation they typically encounter at the beginning of a relationship, such as the first date (and what you should not say then), Valentines day, and meeting her best friend.

A new episode is released every week.

Every episode could be watched alone, but I strongly recommend watching them in the intended order, since the relation between Vince and Léa progresses. You can start with the trailer embedded above, or with The first date.

40. What the fuck France?

Paul Taylor is English but he lives in France.  Every week, he delivers his hilarious insights on a particular aspect of French culture. Although this channel is mostly in English with French subtitles, it’s a must watch for every student of French. It is the shortest and funniest ways to be informed about all the quirks of French culture, including wine, cheese, bakeries, the French language, and many many more. And as a French man, I have to confess that almost everything he says is entirely true and barely exaggerated.

41. Micode

This channel is this year’s revelation on French Youtube. Although it was created in January 2017 and features only ten videos to date, it already has almost 300 000 subscribers - an impressive growth unheard of in French speaking Youtube. Micode is a young Frenchman who studies computer science. His channel is dedicated to letting us know things that we really ought to know about computers and the internet. Is clicking a link dangerous? Should we entrust our browser with our passwords? What should we know about illegal downloading? A new format is dedicated to news regarding online safety, such as the recent leak of CIA documents or the open letter to Trump by The Shadow Browkers. If you know little about IT but speak good French, or if you’re an IT expert and you want to get better at speak in French about those topics,

42: Le monde des langues

Pierre has created this channel and the corresponding blog because there wasn’t any French blog dedicated to language learning at the time. The channel now features 67 videos, and about two more are added each week. They deal with major language learning related questions, such as making mistakes, language degrees, vocabulary and grammar. He also has a must-watch serie about the seven deadly sins of language learners. He speaks rather clearly and without slang, which make his videos quite approachable for non-natives. All of his videos develop the topic they deal with in a very nuanced manner. This makes this channel a great starting place if you speak some French already and you want to deepen your knowledge of language learning related topics.

 

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Language Learning Goals April 2017 #ClearTheList

#clearthelist is a blog linkup hosted by LindsayShannonAgnieszkaKris and myself. If you’d like to participate, see the rules below this post.

Woop! March is already over? I didn’t see that one coming. This month I have spent most of my time preparing a course about how to find time to learn a language, which is quite ironical ;-)

I still managed to get some language learning under my belt, so I’m quite proud of myself.

Let’s jump to the

March language learning review

 

Number one priority: Finish my first e-course.

Done! It’s called Let’s find time for language learning, it’s here, and it’s awesome.
Also there is a 75% early bird discount until April 22nd, if you’re interested.

Portuguese

Have at least one conversation with my language partner. - Totally didn’t happen. We were both too busy.

Spanish

Ideally find a new partner, if possible. Didn’t happen either.

German

Willkommen_bei_den_Schtis_-_Poster.jpg

Live in Germany. - Yep, did that. Also I watched the German version of Bienvenue chez les Chti’s with my wife. The movie is awesome, the German dubbing is awesome and I figured it would be easier and funnier for her than trying to follow the French one, with the dialect and all.

English

Keep reading. - I mostly read in French this month, but I started reading Getting Things Done by David Allen.

French

Watch at least one movie in French with my wife. - Done: We watched Supercondriaque by Dany Boon. It’s hilarious, I highly recommend it. Also I went to the library, got a bunch of French books and read those four and a half.

Productivity and routine

Keep experimenting and tweaking the routine. - I made a lot of progress. I now have a morning routine which is quite automatic. Getting up - 5 minutes yoga - Go for a walk - occasionally do some meditation outside (I’d like to make this one more automatic) - show up at my desk at 8 and tackle my main goal of the day (unless I have a lesson at 8 but it’s quite rare).

 

Goals for April 2017

Now that I finished the e-course which has eaten up all my brainspace over the past few weeks, I have made a braindump of everything I want to/have to/ should do, and it scared the hell out of me. It’s a full A4 page of hand-writing plus some post-its glued at the bottom. And I’m sure I forgot some stuff. I still have to prioritize this whole list to make it look less like a monster and more like a series of things I can do.

Since I’m super late on publishing my goals this month (sorry about that!) and I don’t really want to delay it any further, I’m going to write some very vague goals now and I guess they will become more specific as the month goes.

Spanish + Portuguese + German

My main goals for those in April+May is to get ready for the Polyglot Gathering. I just don’t want to be searching my brain for words over there. I intend to make a plan to raise my level in April and to execute the said plan in May.

French

More books to read. Also keep the couple of movie nights up.

English

Finish reading Getting Things Done.

Productivity & Routine

  • Keep my morning routine up
  • Come up with an evening routine
  • Reach a point where I meditate everyday.
  • Make exercising more than 5 minutes a day a priority again.
  • Master the Getting things done framework for productivity.
  • Start consistently using the framework described in this video for setting new habits.
 

That’s it for this month.
And you, what are your goals? Let me know in the comments below.

       
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11 Expert Language Learners give their best tips to Make Time for Language Learning

Ask around: no one has time to learn a language - except them! So, I asked 11 polyglots and language learning experts to give me their best tips to make the time for languages in your busy life. Here they are:

 
 
 

Agnieszka Murdoch - 5-Minute Language

“'living a language' rather than just learning it”
I've always advocated the idea of 'living a language' rather than just learning it. What I mean by that is that you can replace some of the things you already do in your native language with activities in your target language.
For example, if you like to cook, look for recipes in your target language. If you like to exercise, put on YouTube and find a workout video in your target language.
That way, you're not really adding any extra time for language learning to your schedule - you're just replacing what's already in it with the same thing in a different language. It makes learning fun and inevitable, and it's a great way to immerse yourself in the language without going abroad.

Agnieszka is a language coach and the founder of 5-Minute Language. Her mission is to help and motivate language learners worldwide so that every person in the world has a chance to learn a foreign language.

 
 
 

Angel Prétot - FrenchLover.org

“The key is to make sure that your study plan stays adapted to your daily life, as the circumstances change.”
The biggest obstacle to making time for language learning is not finding time or making a study plan - which is quite easy if you have a system to follow, but life getting in the way of your plan and eventually making it irrelevant. I recommend taking five minutes every week to assess how much language learning you did this week and tweak your study plan to make it more adapted to your current life.

Angel is the French guy behind this website. He has designed a step-by-step system to help his busy students find time, make a personalized study plan and fine tune it to make sure it keeps fitting the ever-changing circumstances of their life.

⌚️ Free blue print: A step-by-step process to always find time to learn a language 📖
 
 
 

Annick Le Berre - Selfrench

“Switch one current activity for a language learning activity”
In school, I was a pretty bad student. I could understand ideas and concepts, but I was terrible at remembering something by heart. And by the time I reached college, that had become a real issue. I realized by watching my friends that we all had different ways to study, different strengths and weaknesses too.
Asserting your favorite, most efficient way to learn will help you a lot along the way. There isn’t one way to learn suitable to all. (ex: I fall asleep with podcasts)
But my favorite tip when it comes to studying would be switching. When we don’t have much time, it’s hard to find more. Instead of looking for an empty spot, switch an activity for another, in your target language.
Surely, you can turn around:
- 5 min of Candy Crush into Quizlet reviews?
- 10minn of workout music to French songs?
And plenty more!
So here’s my idea: instead of looking to create more space, switch one current activity for one in French: this way, you will easily be able to implement 5mn reading sessions, 5mn vocabulary, exercises... several times a day!

Annick is the creator of Selfrench.  She is a french tutor and expert language learner and she loves helping students implement strong language learning habits and make learning languages a pleasant and engaging

 
 
 

Brian Powers - Languages around the globe

“Capitalize on commute to work and affinity for technology.”
My number one strategy for making time is capitalizing on commute to work and my affinity for technology. I love mobile learning and am constantly looking out for new mobile apps or techniques. I totally welcome our robot overlords. The "trick", for me at least, is to take advantage of my relatively long commutes to work. I sit on two different trains every morning and every evening, the platforms between them. That equals out to roughly an hour of study each way. This strategy may not work for everyone - it kind of relies on having public transportation available. Furthermore, I live in the country of my target language, so there's a lot of "passive" learning as well. Still, 2 hours of active study with a full time job really isn't bad.

Brian is the creator, and Apex Editor of Languages Around the Globe. When he’s not hanging around with linguistics nerds and learning languages, Brian works full time at Kolibri Online, a Hamburg based international content marketing and translation agency as a writer, human dictionary and general doer of things.

 
 
 

Kerstin Cable - Fluent Language

“Work on creating a habit for yourself, learning a little bit of your target language every single day.”
My expert trick to learning a language is to work on creating a habit for yourself, learning a little bit of your target language every single day. It can be very easy to feel that something isn't working when you suffer a setback, or when you feel like you should be making faster progress. But as long as you keep going, you will be going towards success. I also advise every learner to ensure they study with a mix of all four core skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), something I wrote about in my book Fluency Made Achievable.

Kerstin is the writer and educator behind www.fluentlanguage.co.uk, a website helping everyone build a language learning habit. She is a trained translator and author of the books Fluency Made Achievable and The Vocab Cookbook.

 
 
 

Kristoffer Broholm - Actual fluency

“Make time for language learning…. The less time you have available, the more creative you have to get.”
My philosophy on finding time to learning languages is actually really simple. I strongly believe that language learning is something you have to make time for, and the best time I've found personally is when I'm just getting started with my day. The psychological feeling of victory, as you embark on the rest of the day knowing full-well that you've done your learning is amazing.
Of course, some people are busier than others but almost everyone could get up 15-30 minutes earlier to do this. If that is still too tough, then I'd recommend looking into your dead time. This could be your daily commute, or when you're cleaning the house. These are times where you could easily have an audio course playing in the ears or using mobile apps to learn with. The less time you have available, the more creative you have to get.
But ultimately, make time for language learning. Don't try and find it at the end of a long day - that's too difficult for most people.

Kris is the voice behind The Actual Fluency Podcast, where he has interviewed over 100 successful language learners in an attempt to discover their secrets to language learning. When he isn't interviewing people he is on a mission to learn 10 new languages in 10 years.

 
 
 

Lindsay Williams - Lindsay Does Languages

“Make language learning a regular habit and tie it to something else in your life.“
Make language learning a regular habit and tie it to something else in your life. Learning a language doesn't have to mean sitting down for hours each day with your study books. If all you can fit in every single day is 5 minutes on Memrise while you're waiting for the kettle to boil or watching a YouTube video in your target language while you're brushing your teeth, that's fine! Once you've accepted that that still counts and that if that's all you're doing then your progress will be slower but still happening, then you're golden.

Lindsay is the language obsessed chica behind Lindsay Does Languages, a community dedicated to inspiring independent language learners and online tutors to succeed when doing it solo. She speaks a varying number of languages depending on the day of the week and how awake her brain is, but has studied 11 to some degree of competence.

She wrote an ebook called Finding Time in Your Life for Language Learning which you can find in her free Little Language Library.

 
 
 

Olly Richards - I will teach you a language

“I dedicate a fixed time to language learning every single morning, before I start my day”
My solution to the "time problem" is to dedicate a fixed time to language learning every single morning, before I start my day. I find that 45-60 minutes is enough. The reason it's so important to do this first-thing in the morning is that I lose all powers of focus and concentration later in the day! By studying early in the morning, before everyone else wakes up, I ensure that I get my language study in every day!

Olly is a language coach, consultant and author. He is the creator of IWillTeachYouALanguage.com and FluentSpanishAcademy.com. He is based in London, where he regularly uses his 8 languages with locals.

 
 
 

Rebecca Vaughan - Love Learning English

“Find a routine that you already have and “Piggy back” your learning on to it.”
A great way to make time is to make habits. The problem is, making habits is difficult, especially if you are the kind of person that doesn’t really live to any kind of routine. My suggestion is to find a routine that you already have, that is well established, and “Piggy back” your learning on to it. If you are a disorganised person and struggle to make routines you will still find that there are some things you do routinely, making dinner for instance, driving to work, going to the gym, walking the kids to school, showering, brushing your teeth, getting up, etc. There are lots of things that you habitually do every day. So, think of some of these routine habits that you already do, and combine your language learning with that activity. Driving to work is an easy one, you can listen to a podcast every morning on your commute. You could listen to music in your target language while cooking dinner, you could study some flashcards every lunch time. Maybe you watch tv every evening, when you sit down to watch tv, make sure you brush up on some grammar first and then watch the tv as a reward! So in summary, find a habit that is already established and piggy back your learning on to it!

Rebecca is an online Conversation English guide and coach at www.lovelearningenglish.com. Her lessons use comprehensible input and storytelling techniques to get you speaking English right away, even at beginner levels.
If you want to know what you should study in your daily routine you can download her super simple study plan here!

 
 
 

Shannon Kennedy - Eurolinguiste

“Showing up each and every day and putting in the work, even if it’s only five minutes”
When it comes to learning languages, I’ve discovered that the key to success is consistency. It’s all about showing up each and every day and putting in the work.
Even if it’s only five minutes, that time you spend slowly adds up. And sometimes, when you sit down for five minutes, you find that an hour has passed without you realizing it.
In the writing community, it’s said that inspiration only comes when you’ve put your butt in your chair and are doing the work. It doesn’t magically appear out of thin air. Inspiration isn’t something that strikes you at random. It’s something that comes from putting time in.
As a musician (and a writer), I can vouch for this. The inspiration for songs that I’ve written have come out of the time I was sitting at my piano trying to write. Not from anything external. I’ve found the same to be true of languages.
Grammar points and new vocabulary don’t suddenly click at random. They come when I’m studying. From reading a tip that causes everything to suddenly make sense or from doing exercises that ingrain the information I’m learning. Or from speaking the language and trying out that new vocabulary word to give it some context.
As much as we might wish and hope it, there are no shortcuts to learning a language. We have to dedicate the time and energy. But this doesn’t mean that language learning isn’t fun. Quite the contrary. There are tons of things that we can do to make the prices more enjoyable. And if video games, books or binge-watching on Netflix in your target language works for you, then by all means, go for it. Especially if it means you’ll do it consistently.

Shannon is the traveler, language lover, and foodie who shares her adventures and language learning tips over at Eurolinguiste. She speaks French, English, Mandarin Chinese, and Croatian and is currently studying Spanish, Russian, and Korean.

 
 
 

Susi Doyle - Not So Lost in Translation.

“Live your normal life except in a new language!”
Live your normal life except in a new language!  Even if you can’t live in a country where the language you are learning is spoken, do your best to make sure that you have exposure to your new language every single day. Listen to audiobooks on your way to work, follow blogs written by native speakers, or try cooking from recipes written in your new language. Be creative!

Susi is an avid traveler, productivity geek, and aspiring polyglot.  She shares tips and encouragement for other busy professionals, travelers, and lifelong learners on her blog, Not So Lost In Translation.

 

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So, which trick was the most important in your opinion? 
Do you have any trick of your own? Please let me know in the comments below.

7 Concrete Ways to Find Time for Language Learning

-even when you are busy-

 

Ask anyone why they don’t learn a language - or why they don’t do anything, really.

The most common answer you will receive is: “I don’t have time”.

Indeed, lack of time is the most widespread challenge among language learners.

So, if you don’t have time to learn a language, rest assured: you are not alone. Even though I make efforts to say “it’s not a priority”, instead of “I don’t have time”, I often enough find myself “not having time”. However, since I’m both a language learning expert and a productivity junkie, I have many tricks to overcome this problem.

Without further ado, here are seven things you can do now, to unlock more time for your language learning immediately.

 

1. Know how long it takes

Learning a language sounds like this daunting things which takes forever and would eat away most of your day. In reality, it only takes as much time as you give it. The key is consistency, not long hours. There are numerous things you can do in as little as five minutes. If you use a flashcard app to learn your vocabulary, your review session will take exactly as long as you want. If you can find ten minutes a day to do it, that’s all you need.

Download this list to discover 18 French learning activities and how long they take.

⌚️ 18 French learning activities and the time they take 📖

 

2. Identify available time

Once you know how long your learning activities take, you need to find time, to fit them into your schedule. Unless you have already identified all your dead time and filled it up with different activities, chances are, there is some time hiding in the corners. The most systematic way to identify deadtime is to go through a couple of days and observe what you are doing. Whenever you find yourself waiting for something, or filling your time with something which you don’t *have to* do, write it down as available time. Then have a language related task at hand to make the most of this moment, next time it happens. It’s as simple as having an app or a podcast in your smartphone, waiting for an opening in your schedule.

 

3. Multitask

I used to hate washing the dishes. Such a waste of time. At some point I started listening to podcasts to educate myself while I wash the dishes. Now, I almost look forward to it.

Identify those moments when your hands are busy but your mind is mostly free. It could be driving, cleaning, any kind of manual task. Then find music, podcasts or videos which you’d like to watch or listen to during this time.

Download the list below for ideas.

⌚️ 18 French learning activities and the time they take 📖

 

4. Recycle your time

Do you spend a lot of time on social media, or watching videos or movies? You don’t have to quit in order to learn a language. In fact, language learning integrates very nicely with these activities. If you watch a movie with your partner in the night, suggest a French movie with subtitles instead. If you enjoy youtube, check out this ever-growing list of French youtube channels and subscribe to a few of them.

As for social media, Lindsay, from lindsaydoeslanguages, has created an awesome course  where you can learn how to harness your social media time to learn a language.

 

5. Diversify your resources

Different resources mean more options. You have an unexpected thirty minutes opening in your schedule? Having a suitable language resource at hand will let you squeeze in a study session. Keep a book in your car, apps in your phone and a notebook in your pocket. More options also mean you are less likely to get bored with your study. Keep at least one exciting thing to do to learn your language, and you’ll be more likely to take advantage of your (unexpected) free time.

⌚️ 18 French learning activities and the time they take 📖

 

6. Exploit your existing habits

In my free course, I insist on the power of using your habits to learn a language without needing any extra time for it. Does your existing routine include listening to music? Then listen to some French music instead. Does it include turning on the radio? Turn on a French radio. It won’t take any more time than your current routine, and you’ll get more language study under your belt.

Sign up for the free email course to learn how to turn your routine into a language learning powerhouse.

 

7. Have a backup plan

Maybe the most important advice of all: have a backup plan. Life gets in the way. For some reason you won’t be able to get your planned study session done as you originally wanted to. Have a plan to study nonetheless if this happens. My favourite way of having a backup plan is to schedule my language study in the morning. If for some reason I can’t get it done at the scheduled time, I have plenty of time left in the day to catch up. Similarly, if your language teacher or study partner happens to not be available at the said time, don’t drop your study altogether, take out your book or listen to a podcast instead, so the allotted time won’t be lost.

 

Which of these tricks will you use to get more time for your language study? Let me know in the comments.

Would you like to get deeper, more personalized insights on this topic? Let me suggest this e-course on how to find time in *your* life for your language study.

3 Keys to Always Have Time for Language Learning

⌚️ 18 French learning activities and the time they take 📖

I wish I could, but I don’t have time.

When it comes to language learning, how often have you thought “I don’t have time”. How often have you heard someone say they don’t have time to learn a language?

Seriously, saying “I don’t have time” has pretty much become the automatic answer to explain why you are not doing something. Heck, even I catch myself thinking “I don’t have time” - and I really shouldn’t because if I need time to learn a language, I know how and where to find it.

I made a video to share with you my three keys to always have time to learn a language: If you prefer reading, the main points of the video are summed up below.

Main points of the video:

Key #1 Adopt the polyglot mindset:

  • We interact with at least one language all the time.

  • It is possible to include more than one language in our daily life, to support our language study.

  • Want to know how to do it? Take this free course.

 

Key #2 It doesn’t take a lot of time

  • Don’t think of the years you might need to learn a language from zero to fluency.

  • Focus only on finding 10-20 minutes to study today.

  • Finding a little time everyday is the key to success in the long run.

  • My most intensive coaching program, The Fast lane to Fluency requires only 3,5 hours of study per week, and I specifically recommend to first time students *not* to book long study sessions, because it tends to be non-efficient.

  • Curious to know what you can possibly do to learn a language in a few minutes? Download this list of 18 French learning activities and the time they take.

⌚️ 18 French learning activities and the time they take 📖

 

Key #3 Enjoy it

  • You are more likely to find time for an activity you enjoy

  • You are also more likely to remember well if you are relaxing and enjoying the moment, rather than if you’re stressed out and bored.

  • Don’t force yourself to do anything because you think you “have to”. Study a language on your own terms.

 

Announcement: My new e-course, let’s find time for language learning, will be available soon.

In this course, I walk you through the exact step by step process which I use to find time for language learning, even when my schedule is busy. You can learn more about it, and download a free blueprint of this process here.

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