A number of you have asked for ways to improve your French now that you have a francophone girlfriend or boyfriend.
If you feel frustrated that you cannot maintain conversations completely in French, there’s no need to give up. Try a different approach to keep moving forward in French if your frustration level is really high.
For most of you in this situation, your boyfriend or girlfriend is probably bilingual. If you’re with a unilingual, I’ll guess that your French is probably already very strong and that this isn’t a concern.
If your bilingual boyfriend or girlfriend agrees to it, consider speaking in English yourself while the other speaks in French.
This way, you’re still getting all the exposure you need to French but without the frustration of having to speak it yourself right away.
Start incorporating more French into your speech as time goes by. This will become much easier after you’ve been listening to your girlfriend or boyfriend speak to you in French for an extended time.
I don’t feel that you must eliminate your language to learn French.
Listening to French is essential. Don’t think for a minute that it doesn’t count towards improving your French, even if you’re still speaking in English right now.
Speak whatever French you know and keep extending your boundaries, but just because you resort to English in the earlier stages doesn’t mean that you won’t learn French.
If you both resort to always using English, however, then you’re stuck!