Kevin wrote:Would you say it is possible to achieve B2 proficiency in French without having to travel to the country extensively? If so, what advice would you offer to achieve B2 proficiency?
For sure that's possible, it won't happen overnight but you can do it. I don't know if you got the chance to travel in different countries already, but so many people speak English nowadays even without ever been to an English speaking country.
I think if you can really immerse yourself in a French environment at home, you can improve very fast. How can you do that? The idea is to make the French language an important part of your life so that you can’t help but learn it. Want to read news? Why not do it in French? Feel like watching a movie? See if you can find the French version ^^
As a beginner, you may have a hard time switching to French for some activities at first. If you read a book in French when you barely speak the language, you might have a hard time... That’s why it’s important to immerse yourself progressively. If, all of a sudden, you go from everything in English to everything in French, you won't understand any of the French and you'll easily become frustrated.
I think the best way to pratice your French at home is to use an app like Tandem or Hello Talk to have a conversation partner
(if you don't know anybody who speaks French in your surroundings). Of course you need to step out a bit of your comfort zone at the beginning but hey, do you really want that B2 level or not ? You know, I think learning is really a matter of mindset. If you're truly willing to learn, then nothing's impossible.
The first time you speak to someone in French, you will probably get frustrated. You will have plenty of things to say but not enough words to express your thoughts. This will be even more frustrating if you find your conversation partner interesting. There is nothing more frustrating than wanting to talk to someone and not be able to do so ^^ But you shouldn’t give up. Whenever you feel the desire to switch to English, remember why you are speaking French, and remember that if you keep speaking French you will eventually get your B2 level (or maybe more). Never forget your goal.
And also, don't forget to study regularly everyday
. Regularity is the key to learn anything in this world ^^ It's better to study 15 minutes every day than 1 hour a week. Use something that teach a bit of the most important grammar points, and also that's not too old-fashioned so that you're not completely lost when you talk to real French native. Indeed, there's quite a big difference with spoken French and written French, and French learners often get confused when they talk to natives because of that. You can read this thread about this topic if you want: https://forum.language-learners.org/vie ... =14&t=5945