How can I improve my fluency in French?

Learning French at school can seem repetitive and overly focused on reading and writing. To become more fluent in French - to be able to speak and understand the language more naturally and spontaneously - it's important to move away from grammar books and vocabulary lists, to practise listening and speaking the language. There are many ways you can do this, and it doesn't have to be boring or intimidating! Here are some examples:

1. Listen to French radio. Just having it on in the background will help to familiarise you with the sounds of the French language - you don't have to understand everything they're saying! You can access many French radio stations online; I like French Radio London.

2. Find a French exchange partner. There are plenty of websites which host language exchanges via Skype and other video platforms (although it's important to be careful about who you're talking to online). Speaking French for just half an hour a week can make a major difference to your language skills.

3. Read French books. If that sounds too difficult, choose your favourite English book and try to find a French translation, or pick comics such as Astérix or Les Aventures de Tintin.

Of course, there are hundreds of other ways to improve your fluency in French, from attending a language event in your local town to going on holiday to France. The important thing is to dive in, and not to be scared to give it a go!

Jessica W. GCSE French tutor, A Level French tutor, IB French tutor

1 month ago

Answered by Jessica, a GCSE French tutor with MyTutor

Still stuck? Get one-to-one help from a personally interviewed subject specialist


Danielle M. GCSE French tutor, A Level French tutor, GCSE Spanish tut...
View profile
£18 /hr

Danielle M.

Degree: Spanish and French Studies (Bachelors) - Warwick University

Subjects offered: French, Spanish


“About me: My name is Danielle and I am about to be a final year student of French and Spanishat Warwick University. I spent the last twelve months on my year abroad, where I was a student at Málaga University in Spain and University ...”

Adriel A. 13 plus  Maths tutor, A Level Maths tutor, IB Maths tutor, ...
View profile
£18 /hr

Adriel A.

Degree: Computer Science (Bachelors) - Kings, London University

Subjects offered: French, Physics+ 2 more


“About me My long-lasting passion for sciences and mathematics as well as my recurring intuition for creative problem solving led me to study Computer Science at King's College London. I have taught in many different environments, fro...”

MyTutor guarantee

Lowri C. A Level French tutor, IB French tutor, GCSE French tutor, A ...
View profile
£18 /hr

Lowri C.

Degree: Human Geography, French module (Bachelors) - Durham University

Subjects offered: French, Geography+ 2 more

English Literature

“Hi, I'm Lowri, I'm a friendly and motivated second year BA Geography student at Durham University.  I am available to tutor in french, geography and english literature at both GCSE and A-Level standard. I am passionate about these sub...”

MyTutor guarantee

About the author

Jessica W. GCSE French tutor, A Level French tutor, IB French tutor
View profile
£18 /hr

Jessica W.

Degree: History and Modern Languages (French) (Bachelors) - Oxford, Lincoln College University

Subjects offered: French


“I'm Jessi, and I've just graduated from the University of Oxford, where I studied French and History. I really enjoyed my degree, but also discovered that learning French can be a daunting process at times: it can be scary to speak up...”

MyTutor guarantee

You may also like...

Other GCSE French questions

How do I use the imperfect in French?

How do you construct the past tense in French?

When do you use avoir and when do you use être in the past tense?

I'm finding all the tenses really hard to get to grips with, have you got any advice?

View GCSE French tutors


We use cookies to improve our service. By continuing to use this website, we'll assume that you're OK with this. Dismiss