Why “Fluent in French” isn’t Enough: Setting Clear Goals for Language Learning Success


Why do I think that “fluent in French” is not enough?


Many of us have expressed a desire to become “fluent in French,” but what does that really mean?

How do we know when we’ve achieved our goal?

In reality, fluency means different things to different people.

Without a clear framework and specific goals, it’s difficult to track our progress and ultimately achieve success.


So why do I think that “fluent in French” is not enough? Let’s explore.


Defining Fluency: To begin with, let’s consider what “fluent in French” means to you. To put some precision behind this term, let’s try a coaching exercise.


  1.  Complete this sentence:
    I will be fluent when I am able to … 
  2.  What could you do to get there?
    What action could you take?

Without setting clear goals and taking actionable steps, it’s difficult to track progress and truly achieve fluency.

In conclusion, “fluent in French” may be a common goal, but it is not specific enough to truly achieve success in language learning. By defining clear goals and taking actionable steps, you can advance your skills and achieve proficiency in French or any other language. So, let’s get started with setting those goals and taking those necessary actions!

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