French is an aesthetic language and appeals to many people for its melodic and sensual sound, making one imagine a chic and sophisticated context. It appeals mainly to the female audience, who like to conceptualize a certain romanticism and charm. It is a living language spoken in a large part of our planet. It drags an entire millennial culture of thought and customs, beyond its own history and plots.
Studying French in Brazil requires an attitude of surrender and passion for the language since it is a difficult and complicated task. Its weak and almost null implantation in the territory, makes the effort of the students be doubled. Most of the sounds contained in the language are totally new to those who hear the words for the first time and try to reproduce them. The media makes practically no use of French and very rarely shows films or documentaries on the commercial circuit. The country is still geared only towards (American) English and Spanish, which is currently losing its initial strength, perhaps for reasons having to do with a certain failure of the Mercosur.
Those who seek French as a study and knowledge tool know that they will encounter difficulties, despite the differential it constitutes in terms of curriculum. Without a doubt, it will be a card up the sleeve of any candidate who wants to stand out in the competitive job market.
Recommendations from a teacher on how to learn French
As a French teacher, I recommend that those who are about to start studying French pay attention to a fundamental point: the choice of methodology. Today, most of the imported French books are configured in a way that is attractive to the general public; pictures, activities, games, everything presented with a striking and suggestive coloring, proper to call the attention and captivate the client (buyer), in a first moment.
Normally, these books are based on unconnected and unconnected methodologies. Where each theme or subject presented, many times (almost always) has nothing to do (sequentially) with the previous theme, forcing the student to make sudden and violent jumps.
How to achieve your goals in French?
It should be noted that studying French is completely different from learning English, where all topics, including verb conjugation are reasonably structured and arranged, making learning easier. So, as if the difficulty of the language itself were not enough, the student often falls victim to a feeling of frustration when he finishes his advanced course but cannot express himself reasonably in the language.
What has failed? - Surely there was a problem of poor connection in the learning process, which did not know how to generate a solid network of aces to be used in real and common situations.
How to avoid it? - There are (non-traditional) methods, in which the student is able to install this network, in the first stage of study. The NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) system tries to solve this gap, producing satisfactory results in a connective platform for French/communication.
Of course, the detailed and thorough study of the language and its added culture is not reduced to conversational skills alone. It takes several years to reach a certain degree of completeness and success, which will surely only come as a result of the student's effort and self-denial.
This way, he/she will already have the basic access tool, which will make sure that he/she will not give up and will be able to undertake a deeper and more successful study.