Learning French in Paris? Make Sure you Maximize the Experience

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Apr 04, 2013 / 0 comments

Paris is a magical city with its cobbled streets, ancient walkways, fine wines and beautiful buildings. It’s a popular destination for tourists all over the world. However to really appreciate the Parisian spirit, and discover its hidden gems, enrolling on a course to learn French in Paris is really worthwhile.


Institutes such as ESL - Language Schools offer you the opportunity to get to grips with the basics, and grow in confidence, as you explore the city. Here are some suggestions to make the most of your language-learning experience in Paris:


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Why travel to Paris to learn French?


French is one of the most prolific languages in the world - more than 200 million people speak French worldwide. As well as France itself, many other countries name it as their first language, including Canada, the Seychelles, and numerous African states.

There’s no doubt that people learn a language quicker, and more successfully, when they spend time in its native country. By immersing yourself in the culture, your speaking and listening skills develop much more rapidly. You also pick up local phrases and understand a lot more about the people who speak it.

If you’re learning French, Paris – being the capital of France – is definitely the place to go. It’s bustling with people to interact with and overflowing with history and culture.



Get to grips with the culture


French is the international language of fashion, cooking, and the visual arts. By learning the basics of the language you’re opening yourself up to an array of classic French works of fiction, such as Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.



You should also spend time in Paris going to theatre performances and dance shows, as well as seeing all the new French films – without subtitles!



Learn through meeting the locals


By spending time in cosmopolitan Paris, you’ll get the chance to mix with interesting people from all over the world. And an intensive French course here will give you the opportunity to meet other like-minded students who are looking to practice their conversational skills and explore this beautiful city.

Paris comes alive at night, especially during the summer, with people strolling through the streets and hanging out in hip bars. This gives you ample opportunity to strike up a conversation with someone you like the look of – you never know, some romance could be on the cards in the city of love!





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By spending some time in Paris learning French, you’ll really come to gain a better understanding of the city and the language, enjoying plenty of opportunities to practice and develop your skills. New friends, new opportunities, and enhanced job prospects are just some of the many benefits the experience will bring.