Learn French with Instagram

by | Dec 9, 2018 | French language tips

Learn French with Instagram

by | Dec 9, 2018 | French language tips

How many times per day are you connected on Instagram?

Instagram is by far the app in vogue for the moment. I am myself a big fan. As a language learner, is it also possible to take most of the advantages of it and continuously learning while having fun on the app.

I will tell you a story about Instagram and learning a language and how it can influence or maybe change something in your life. Yes, in your life, I am serious. Last summer, I was planning a break for January 2019 in Brazil. I speak already Spanish, French and English fluently and I studied, many years ago, Hebrew, Arabic and Dutch. I wanted to challenge my brain again and learn Portuguese. I checked some group classes in Paris but I wasn’t convinced because of the lack of flexibility in terms of schedule. In the mean time, I was following some pages with the # #learnportuguese without really knowing what would be the added value. One day, I found an amazing account and I decided to contact the person.

Yes, I am the kind of person who writes private message to account owner to congratulate them on their amazing work, it’s free and give complements is ….. So, I said to “Speaking Brazilian” that her account was amazing and I was looking for Portuguese classes. And here we are, connected thanks to Instagram and learning together French and Portuguese.

Instagram offers an amazing visual medium to improve, practice and maintain your language skills. How come? Excellent question! You wonder how can you improve your French skills by only swiping on Instagram? The key is to follow the appropriate accounts. Yes, there are many bad accounts but also a lot of amazing accounts to follow.

Still not convinced Instagram will help you improve your French? Let’s try a 30 days challenge and see how you feel after that. Do to so, have a look at the selection of nice Instagram accounts you might enjoy:

1. Account to learn French with audios

This is a great account with cute visuals and audios to improve your skills.

Encore French tips offers every day a new audio with pronunciation. On instagram, you can hear the introduction of the topic that is discussed and explained on their plateform.

2. Account to learn French with videos

Learn French and be part of a community. Johan helps you to learn new expressions and how to pronounce them.

Learn French with Pierre. You will learn French with videos and also some didactic contents with grammar tips.

Alexander Partridge is the proof that even if you are not a native speaker, you can become fluent in a foreign language and even teach this language. Such an amazing inspiration for you French learners! He is American and passionate about the French language. His account is amazing to understand the French expressions explained by a native English speaker. I highly recommend this account.

3. Accounts with visual to learn French

    Bilingual account where almost all the French words and expressions are translated into English. The design and the lines are pure and sophisticated.

      This is THE account to learn conversational and informal French. It is managed by Maïa and Charlie. You will learn basically what you can’t find in (boring) grammar books. They also offer private tuition online and created an e-book. Don’t miss their “Translating Challenge”. It is always fun to evaluate your skills.

        Of course, I will highly recommend you my account on Instagram. I post jokes and grammar tips mixing culture and theory. Most of my posts are really appreciate by learners and also natives. Do you want to be part of it? 😉

        Account with beautiful illustrations with slangs and colloquial expressions

        Melody Leblond is a illustrator passionate about “words” which is PERFECT for learners. She plays with the language and jump from cultural and linguistic references. She has worked for many companies and her talent is fascinating.

        Marie Cryaon (pencil) is an illustrator with a fantastic sense of humor. She describes every day life situation in French with slangs and expressions.

        Confidentielles is a news and media website. Find jokes, quotes and expressions, everything in French.

        Here is a selection of sentences and statuts about relationships. The content is mainly ladies-oriented. There is also a eshop with tshirts and other nice goodies.

        Account by native for native’s speakers: Challenge your French, your jeux de mots and your slang. This account captures all the graffiti and insane “jeux de mots” around the world. This includes a nice mixe of culture, language and slang.

        This account compiles all the creative and imaginative skills of business owners within Francophones countries. What is it exactly? It is a community sharing pictures of stores, hair salons, restaurants with truly crazy names.  If you don’t understand all their jokes and “Jeux de mots”, don’t think the problem is you. Most of the names you will see here are insanely crazy.

        Probably the best account in French to visualize and admire the madness of the humanity (or the poverty of some relationships and communication skills). This is by far one of my favorite account. It is also a nice social tools with ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ in terms of relationship. Consider it as a good indicator of weather you or your partner is crazy.

        That’s all for now. I hope you enjoyed all the tips and accounts given above and they will help you improve and maintain your French skills. Which account did you choose to follow and why? Do you have other accounts on Instagram you would like to share with others?

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