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Friday, 12 May 2017


As an undergraduate student in the University of Lagos, I was not only scared of the language, but terrified.

I summoned up courage and went in search of a French School - I didn't want just any school, I needed a place where the language will be taught from the very beginning and most likely from alphabets, numbers....

Remember, I was an undergraduate who found herself in the department without understanding a single word in the language and at that stage, all your course materials are in French, even your classmates speak fluently and communicate without glitch with the lecturers in class.

I was simply TIRED! of the situation I found myself in. It was either I went back to write JAMB, or found my way around this language.

In my very first class at the French school, the teacher Monsieur Kwamè was very calm and patient with us - the students and he could barely speak English but he made us fall in love with the language.

 I looked forward to the next class and got myself armed with a French app.

The question: Is French that difficult to learn?

No, the French Language is not a difficult language to learn if you make use of everything at your

disposal to learn it. But I will say YES!! French is a complex language.

It is a language that is very gender and number sensitive. Every word is either masculine or feminine,

every determinant is either masculine or feminine "LE" or "LA" which means THE.

It all depends on your interest, how far you are willing to go for the learning of the language.

You must be committed to it.

Your interest must not wane.

You must keep at learning at least (10) ten different vocabularies daily.

It can get boring along the line, but find ways of  getting entertained in the language.

Every sentence you learn daily, must be utilized.

Temitope Elizabeth Akinbola

Is The Author & Editor of This Content

Thank you!


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