Common French Question – Is French hard to Learn?
Some of the most common questions I receive about learning the French language are “Is French hard to Learn?” or “is French easy to learn?”. French has many different factors when it comes to speaking and writing French. Theses factors play an important part and shouldn’t be overlooked.
The two main important factors in language learning difficulty. The first factor deals with the difference between the language you want to learn and your native language. Languages have many properties. English uses the Latin alphabet and has a verb order that puts the subject of a sentence before the verb. Not all languages share these traits.
“Is French hard to learn?” is a question many people ask when thinking about the time invested in becoming fluent in any language is quite large and you want to be sure you can get something out of it in the end.
French is a language that is spoken very fast with words that string together. Getting used to the fast pace of spoken French can be hard for some non native French speakers. So you probably have to spend more time at first listening then speaking. The pronunciation of some French sounds are different from many of the other European languages. The nasal ‘-on’ and ‘-an’ sounds and the guttural ‘r’ are particularly problematic for some students learning French.
Some English speakers won’t be used to French nouns having a gender: Masculine or Feminine. Gender of the Noun can change the meaning of the word. Gender adds certain prefixes and suffixes to individual words that you need to correctly use. More information on this topic can be found at French Grammar Rules
So in the end “is French hard to learn?” It really depends on your exposure to French culture and learning materials. Difficulty of a language is different for each person. What could make French hard to learn for one person, could make it easy for someone else, and vice versa. The only things that really matters when approaching learning any language is your motivation and reason for learning that language.