If you are a beginning French learner, there’s no doubt you are excited about your journey. Over 220 million people speak the language, and it’s renowned as being the language of love. As one of the most popular Romance languages, French is useful not only in cuisine, fashion and travel, but also in the international job market where French boasts the fifth largest economy.
The French language is also famous for its “je ne sais quoi,” an indefinable quality that makes the accent sound alluring and mysterious. Especially for beginners, some of the sounds made in French can be a little tricky as they are decidedly more nasal than other languages. However, practice makes perfect, and that's also why it's important to have a program that knows the importance of learning French pronunciation first.
As a beginner, carefully considering a language learning program that is both trusted and designed with you in mind is one of the most critical decisions. Rosetta Stone has over 25 years of experience in designing beginning language learning programs that will build confidence in speaking and understanding French.
Some beginners are tempted to wade into memorizing massive vocabulary lists when they start out. This isn't a very effective (or fun) way to learn French , or any language. And instead, learners become frustrated when they are not able to speak or understand the language, and can merely recite a few words they have banked.
Instead, your focus should be on learning a few of the most commonly used words or phrases and start perfecting your French pronunciation instead. After all, the ability and confidence to hold conversations in French is the ultimate goal of language learning, not vocabulary acquisition. And this is exactly how Rosetta Stone’s program is structured.
Developing accurate pronunciation as a beginner is incredibly important, and depends on getting immediate feedback on your pronunciation efforts. Rosetta Stone helps you to achieve accurate pronunciation from the onset of your learning with our patented TruAccent™ speech-recognition engine . Your voice will be instantly compared to native speakers, and real-time feedback given to allow you to fine-tune your accent. This feature is a powerful tool for ensuring success in learning to speak and be understood in French.
To build your fluency in French, you will begin your lessons with the basics of common words and pronunciations and then scale naturally towards a more complex understanding of the language. This is Rosetta Stone's immersive approach called Dynamic Immersion®. It introduces words alongside visual and audio cues that help you learn in the context of real-world conversations. The brief, 10 minute lessons are grouped into units that highlight common French conversational phrases you'll need for everyday situations. These are then coupled with practical review that helps learners solidify their language skills.
Especially as a beginner, getting consistent practice is key to success. With Rosetta Stone’s award-winning mobile app , you will be able to surround yourself with French wherever you are and wherever you go. Download a 5-10 minute lesson and sneak it in at any point in your day, even if you are offline. The mobile app is included in your subscription, and always in sync with the desktop, so you can switch between them with ease. This helps you keep up with your practice so you’ll be speaking like a French native in no time!
Surround yourself with French whenever, wherever with the Rosetta Stone app .
Download a unit and knock it out on the train or a flight. Select a 5-10 minute lesson and sneak it in while you wait in line or for your ride to show up. And explore dynamic features, like Seek and Speak, where you can point at an object in the real world and get a translation .
The best part? You don’t have to choose between app or desktop. Both come with your subscription and sync, so you can switch between devices seamlessly.