Today I would like to answer a question that students often ask me: “How can I practice my French outside Azurlingua?” The students want to know how they can use what they have learned in class in their everyday life.
Of course, the ideal is to meet and talk with French people. However, it’s not always so easy to make new friends in a foreign country, but there are other ways we don’t often think of. Reading newspapers and magazines, for example, is a good way to practice your French on daily bases. While reading, you can recognize the structure of the phrases which you learned in your course. The regional newspapers are often simple with information that is easy for students to understand. Also, if you read the local newspaper, such as Nice-Matin, you will learn about the local news.
If you have a tight budget, you can read the free daily newspapers, like Direct Matin, Métro or 20 Minutes. Métro is more like a national newspaper with information concerning all of France while Direct Matin and 20 Minutes focuses more on regional news. Reading these newspapers is easy since their articles are generally short and simple. So if you go by the train station (SNCF) on your way to Azurlingua, take the opportunity to buy or take a newspaper!
We all know that learning French is also understanding the French culture. By reading a French newspaper you will learn about the news of the country where you now live, and it also gives you something to talk about with your new French friends.