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How to read French fast

Summary

You can learn speed reading with only a text editor. Or you can use a pen and paper. Write short words and short sentences many times. You will read and write without subvocalization.

French is fit for speed reading. And French is very similar to English at reading. Try to read without translation.

Read French Wikipedia. Learn words and read news. Learn French in French.

Writing training will improve your reading skills. Visualize structures and relationships. And write many sentences.

French pronunciation is complicated. Learn the relationship between the spelling and the pronunciation. It will help you learn words and inflections.

Contents
  • Typing and Speed Reading
  • Keyboard
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing Training
  • Translation Tools
  • Pronunciation
  • Etymology
  • Grammar
  • Dictionary
  • News
  • Other Languages
  • Typing and Speed Reading

    You need only a text editor. Or you can use pen and paper. Start the text editor and change the font size.

    Write short words repeatedly

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    Type short words like these images. Repeat from 2 letters to 4 letters. You don't have to type long words.

    This is a training about subvocalization. You will get tired of writing. And you will write without internal speech.

    Write sentences with line breaks

    reading multiple lines

    Write a short sentence like this image. This is a training about reading multiple lines. You will read lines at once. Write more sentences with line breaks.

    Keyboard

    French has letters of é,à,è,ù,â,ê,î,ô,û,ë,ï,ü,ÿ,ç,æ,œ. You have to add a language or a keyboard layout to your PC. If you want QWERTY order, use Canada multilingual layout.

    I use US International layout. It has letters of French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Swedish, and more. But it doesn't have the "œ" letter.

    Canada Multilingual layout supports more languages. But you need to use Right-Ctrl key in some languages.

    Reading Comprehension

    You have to improve your reading comprehension. Read many books and websites. Write many sentences.

    French is very similar to English at reading. You will read without translation. Read many sentences, and then learn grammar, pronunciation, etc.

    Improve your knowledge and vocabulary. Read French Wikipedia. Use English and French Wiktionary. Learn French in French.

    Writing training improves your reading comprehension. Write many sentences. Write in various genres.

    Writing Training

    Writing training will improve your reading comprehension.

    Write many simple sentences. Write with your imagination.

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    Imagine the word order and write simple sentences.

    Learn the structure of sentence. It is very similar to English sentences.

    relationship

    Imagine relationships. And write sentences.

    Imagine the agent and the patient, the subject and the object, the speaker and the listener. Think about their relationships, positions, purposes, motives, etc.

    Think about the topic and the comment. Imagine what the reader want to know.

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    Visualize more complicated relationships.

    Learn various genre of writing. Learn relationships and structures.

    paragraph

    Use various images. And write various sentences.

    Translation Tools

    French is very similar to English. Translation tools work well. Sometimes tools translate word for word, but it is good for learning grammars.

    Write English sentences in Google Translate. Compare English sentences with French sentences.

    You can read definitions of words. Read the definition in English and French.

    Learn the grammars and compare the languages. French has plural forms of articles.

    French uses "tu" and "vous" as second person singular. "vous" is also used as second person plural. English uses only "you". So they are not translated well.

    Read French sites with translation tools.

    Pronunciation

    Learn the relationship between the spelling and the pronunciation. .French has many rules.

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    And you have to practice with symbols, syllables, words, and sentences. They have their own rules.

    Learn vowels and consonants with IPA symbols. French has many vowels. And the pronunciation of the "r" is difficult.

    syllable

    Imagine the structure of the syllable.

    Use an online dictionary. Compare the spelling and phonetic symbols.

    And you have to learn liaison and elision. Google Translate shows sounds of words and sentences.

    Etymology

    Learn origin words, root words, and affixes words. French has many words of Latin origin. Use Wiktionary.

    English also has many words of French and Latin origin. Learn origin words, cognate words, and loanwords.

    Grammar

    Learn grammar with simple sentences. Write and speak many sentences.

    Compare the French syntax with the English syntax.

    Nouns have grammatical gender. Learn nouns with articles.

    Articles has plural forms. The definite article is used with abstract nouns.

    Verbs are conjugated depend on grammatical person.

    Dictionary

    Try to use French-French dictionary. When you look up a French word in a French-English dictionary, continuously look up the word in a French-French dictionary.

    And write definitions of words like a dictionary. It improves your dictionary skills.

    You can use Google Translate as a dictionary. It shows definitions of words in English and French.

    News

    Read and watch French news. I read Yahoo Actualités. I watch FRANCE24 and franceinfo.

    Yahoo News sites have similar design and categories. Read "Monde" category. Google News has French news in several countries.

    Learn proper nouns with Wikipedia. Read articles about countries.

    Other Languages

    French is similar to other Romance languages. You will learn Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese efficiently.

    Germanic languages and French have somethings in common. Swedish has SVO order and fits speed reading.

    German has grammatical case system. You should learn the case system and the word order. It will help you to learn other languages such as Russian.

    Etymology is useful for learning multiple languages. Learn words of Latin and Greek. And learn the relationship between languages.