In order to answer this, it needs to be clear what the question is. Can I get to a conversational level of French that I can use in shops and restaurants in France within three months? Yes! Can I learn French fluently in three months? Highly unlikely.
The problem with these questions is that it’s not always clear what is meant by can I learn French in three months?
To get a realistic idea of what it means to learn French in three months, you probably mean, you can hold basic conversations in French, you can get by in situations that you’re likely to encounter in France like restaurants, hotels and airports and you can understand French when someone speaks to you slowly. If you give yourself these realistic goals then it’s perfectly possible to learn French in three months.
If you want to be able to read French literature, keep up with native conversations and get by in every single situation imaginable then no, you’re not going to be able to learn French in three months. But we imagine that that isn’t what you mean by your question.
So based on our assumption of your question, yes you can learn French in three months, there are just certain things you need to do to make sure you achieve that.
In Order To Learn French In Three Months, You Need To….
- Study French every single day, you can’t have a day off
- Buy a good French textbook to get you started
- Start speaking French from day one to get as comfortable with the language as possible
- Immerse yourself in as much French as possible, which means change your phone to French, watch series and movies, the works!
- If possible, move to a French speaking country so you can really surround yourself with the language and give yourself more opportunities to speak French in the day
- Practise all four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking
- Aim for the ability to communicate, not for perfection. If you focus too much on your French being perfect then you’re not going to get anywhere. Instead focus on the ability to communicate and if you make mistakes…who cares! A language is for communication, making mistakes is a perfectly natural part of the language learning process and you can iron those mistakes out in the future.
- Check out a language learning app like Duolingo, so you can learn French on the go
- Look for similar words or words that have the same root as English words and you’ll find your vocabulary explodes
- Try and learn the 1000 most commonly spoken words first, that way you’ll be able to communicate much more quickly
- Find a French language partner so you can practise speaking as soon as possible and build up a relationship with them where you can improve your language skills together
- See if there are any French classes in your local area
Check out our article how do I start to learn French to see what you can do to get started.