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For learning vocab, there are various strategies:
- topic-based: make lists of vocab according to their specificity; group vocab together is smaller related groups. For example, if you're studying the topic of health, you can make various sub-groups: healthy food; unhealthy food; exercise; science (eg nutrition) etc. Just organising the vocab helps you learn it! Then you can try using words from each group in sentences.
- families: when you learn a word, learn other derived words. For example, if you take the word "conduire", go to a dictionary and get the other words that relate to it: le conducteur/la conductrice; la conduite. Again, just doing that basic research will help fix the vocab in your mind but you will also find that your range of vocab suddenly expands massively with very little effort.
- then there's the classic "Write, Look, Cover, Repeat" method. The physical act of writing down words helps you memorise them. Take a piece of paper, draw a vertical line down the middle and write the English word on the left and the French equivalent on the right. Memorise the list, then cover the French side and tick off all the ones you remember. Then repeat until you know them all. It is important to do this several times with each list so that the vocab goes into your long-term memory.
Hope this helps - bon courage!
As above, but I couldn't personally be bothered to do any of that. I found what helped me was speaking to French people or other A-level students on here in French; they always corrected me (as I'm about to do below) and I learned French expressions etc from them. Practice is the key to improving, and working on your weak parts also. Don't worry too much about grammar, especially in the oral exam as speaking confidently is much more important than speaking in perfect French.
You mean J'ai étudié, but J'étudais would be more accurate.
Also, practicing with a native speaker (or at least someone good enough to fake it) is the absolute best way to learn how to actually talk.
You could also try to read some easy French novels...
In fact, trying to do a couple of (if not many) things in French, like turning a video game Language settings in French for instance, is helpful. And rewarding!
Search vocab and stuff, if you pm me after you've set up an account I can lead you to all the AS French study Vocabulary sets I've been learning (on quizlet rn).
These also include key speaking phrases, essay phrases and general good stuff to use.
Soon I'll be making a load of grammar ones as well.
These really help me learn stuff and get me A grades in AS at the moment !