The conversation classes have given me confidence to speak more French, mistakes and all ...but that's another story! The classes are informal, we encourage each other and we have a good laugh too. Today's topics of conversation ranged from French New Year traditions, homosexual marriage in France, Gerald Depardieu, French education and even plastic surgery.
Although I live in France I don't always get the chance to speak French everyday. Books and CD's help but nothing beats learning a word or phrase and then recognising it when you are out and about. For me, this really helps the language to sink in.
Be brave and ask at the Tourist Information office or mairie's office for information about conversation classes.
I have a French friend I go walking with and another I visit exhibitions with, both friends only speak French. So, I am not tempted to lapse into English! If you are not living in France try and find someone to speak French with...there might be a French person who would love to practise their English in exchange for helping you speak French.
Go online and check out BBC Foreign Language courses, they are free and include repetition which will help your pronounciation.
Whether you are in France or not think before you go shopping or go into a cafe and imagine how you would ask for what you want in French. How about writing your shopping list in French?
Read France 24 online for news and find French newspapers online.
Watch French films with English subtitles
Listen to French radio - even music stations will help
Listen to French language CD's while you are walking, cooking or doing housework
Follow blogs with a French theme - I find these very useful
French Word A Day - don't worry it isn't really every day! The life and times of American Kirstin who is married to a Frenchman. This blog gently eases you into a little French, through tales of the family's daily life.
French Language Guide - packed full of grammar, quizes and bite sized info.
Try and immerse yourself in French
for at least 30 minutes every day....et voila!.