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Fun & Easy Ways to Learn French Review by Jennifer King

Jeremy G. Woods

My oldest son really enjoys learning foreign languages. He studied Chinese for two years while we were hosting students from China. Recently he has been studying French since we had a couple visitors over the past few summers who were from France and happy to help him learn. Not having anyone around to speak French with though, it can be difficult to really progress and to stay excited and interested in learning. We got quite a bit of inspiration for continued learning from Fun and Easy Ways to Learn French by Jeremy G. Woods.

As one who really enjoys languages myself, I know all too well the challenges that come with learning and then maintaining the languages learned. I also appreciate the benefits that can come from knowing multiple languages and with a child interested in this very thing, I am always on the lookout for ways to help him stay involved with these studies.

While this little book is only about 50 pages long it is full of fun suggestions regarding how we can truly learn and improve our language skills. Part One of this book includes study tips and even a few assignments.  Since my son is learning at home, and not in a formal setting, these assignments were a great encouragement for him. He even has his own French vocabulary notebook which he made to keep track of words and phrases he knows as well as things to learn related to his own interests.  He also enjoys finding books and music in French that he can try to listen and translate.

Some of the other suggestions within this book to encourage learning are: having a pen pal (an idea we are exploring further right now); visiting France (a great way to learn truly for those older and able), using music and literature. We do lots of podcasts and my son received a French comic he enjoys perusing now and then too.

This is a wonderful little resource which has really encouraged my son and I to think differently about how we go about learning languages. Far too often we forget that there is more than just textbooks. The simple and sensible methods throughout this book are definitely ones that will not just help a language to be learned but will also give a greater understanding and appreciation for the way of life and the culture bringing it all to life!

-Product review by Jennifer King, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, May, 2017