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How to Speak French - French Speaking Links and Resources

If you want to learn how to speak French, you have to do more than just study grammar and vocabulary - you actually need to get out there and speak. Try these activities and resources to work on your French speaking skills, and learn about criteria used by various agencies to determine French speaking proficiency.
  1. Beginning French Speaking (2)
  2. Intermediate Speaking (2)
  3. Advanced French Speaking (2)
  4. French Speaking Skills (3)

Overcoming Speaking Anxiety
if you feel nervous when speaking French, it's probably due to a lack of confidence in your skills: you don't feel you have the grammar, vocabulary, and/or pronunciation needed in order to express yourself. The obvious solution is to improve your French, and this site is filled with resources to help you do just that. Beyond lessons and learning, however, there are other ways to increase your confidence and feel more comfortable speaking French.

Offline audio resources
You can learn a lot of French grammar using the internet and books, but if you want to be able to understand others and make yourself understood, you need to work on your listening and speaking skills. These French audio resources can help.

Alliance française
Search for the Alliance française branch nearest you. This organization is dedicated to promoting French throughout the world and offers local meetings to give you French listening and speaking practice.

How to choose a speech topic
This article from About's Homework Help Guide offers some great tips on brainstorming for ideas when your teacher assigns the dreaded speech on "any topic."

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