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  1. I guess it's no harder than any other European language, like English and German. I studied French at school and a little bit at the institute.

    In principle, if you have experience of another European language (the same English, German, if Italian or Latin is generally great), then no difficulties should arise: the meaning of many words can be understood, as they say, by analogy.

    As for me, the most difficult moment for me was, of course, the times. There are a lot more of them in French than in the same English. And there are quite monstrous constructions like future dans le passe – the future tense in the past.

    But in general, patience, hard work, learning vocabulary, reading French texts (French Wikipedia is a good fit) – and everything will work out!

  2. Language is a skill, not an academic discipline. At school, we are forced to memorize lists of words and perform many grammar exercises. It's as if when you're talking to a foreigner, all this will miraculously pop into your head and you'll immediately understand what the Frenchman is talking about. But that's not how it works.

    To understand a language and speak it, you need to immerse yourself in the language environment and speak a lot yourself.

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  3. It is no harder than any other Western European language – if you compare it with English, then the effort is about the same. Usually everyone is afraid of French pronunciation – it is really difficult, but in general it is set in a couple of months (here it is advisable to work with a teacher) and then you should not forget to support it. If you know English well (especially literary), then there will be no problems with the French vocabulary – you already know a lot of French words! In this case, French is easier than German, where almost all words will be unfamiliar if you do not have Dutch or some Scandinavian language in your luggage. French grammar, in my opinion, is as complex as English (and easier than German). As for the system of tenses, the most complex ones are very rarely used in modern French, so you don't need to be able to use them if you don't want to become a professional translator (just learn them). French is a popular language, and there is a lot of educational literature to read and listen to. Therefore, if there is a desire and need to learn French – go ahead, the difficulties are not such as to be afraid of them! With regular classes, the level of B1-B2 in French is not very difficult to achieve. As for the level above, I think it's not quite easy in any language, that's why it's advanced.

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