J’habite près de la Place de la République à Paris where most protests either begin or end (strangely I have not seen one gilet jaune yet!) so ever since moving to Paris, we’ve experienced anti-hunting, environmental, pro-Kurdish, etc. you name it. Beaucoup de manifestations and although at times fairly noisy (kind of annoying when shooting videos for French Truly TV or my next French online course called French Dictées!) they’ve been completely peaceful.
October 15th felt a little different. On my way to the gym, as soon as I left my building I saw truck after truck full of CRS. What is that you may ask? It’s an acronym that stands for Compagnies Républicaines de Sécurité, ils représentent un corps spécialisé de la police nationale et leur fonction est le maintien et / ou le rétablissement de l’ordre public. Ils sont plutôt intimidants, you wouldn’t want to mess with them! I wouldn’t anyway!
They were everywhere so I thought: “La manifestation d’aujourd’hui doit être très sérieuse et je souhaite bien du courage aux manifestants parce que j’aurais peur si j’étais eux!”. Immediately following the CRS invasion vision were tons of firemen, les pompiers, talking among themselves, looking like they were preparing something big. Some were on the phone to their family probably as they had come from all over France, some were even aux terrasses des cafés. I felt like talking with them but I was late for my class at the gym so I didn’t. And then I completely forgot about them… until I left the gym, saw this giant orange fog and heard loud explosions everywhere! It was very impressive.
Watch this very well made video where you can experience what I experienced (from 0:47) and you can also hear the demands of les pompiers (1:03) expressing themselves very calmly and clearly. It really moved me so I think it will move you too.
Vous avez compris? Why were 10,000 pompiers (a total of 40,000 pompiers in the whole country) on the streets of Paris?
-La baisse des effectifs, il n’y a pas assez de pompiers, certaines casernes sont vides
-Il y a de moins en moins de pompiers et de plus en plus d’interventions
-Ils interviennent de plus en plus dans des missions sociales plutôt que de l’ordre de l’urgence vitale
-Les agressions contre les pompiers sont quotidiennes
-Ils payent des assurances élevées parce que considérés comme professions à risques
-Ils ont une prime de 19% au lieu de 28% comme la gendarmerie ou la police
Je comprenais que je me rapprochais de plus en plus de l’action, non sans une pointe d’excitation, because it’s one thing to see events happen on TV, it’s another one to be right in the middle of them. Et c’est exactement ce qui m’est arrivé! I got as close as I could, poussée par ma curiosité, but I must admit that at some point it became quite scary so I found a different route to go home. Only I found myself faced with the same scene everywhere I turned! I know it’s nothing compared to an actual Révolution but I immediately pictured myself dans le Paris révolutionnaire de 1789, 1830, 1848, ou 1871 and I wondered what it would feel like to truly be part of History. This made my walk home a lot less frustrating and a lot more exciting!
1789: La Révolution Française
1830: La Révolution de Juillet, also known as Les Trois Glorieuses
1848: La Révolution de Février
1871: La Commune de Paris
15 octobre 2019: CRS vs Pompiers, not a révolution but definitely a taste of an increasingly unhappy population.
A strange and sad vision to see la Police against les Pompiers, apparently some CRS even apologized on Twitter. I’m sure it was heart-breaking for many of them.
Que ferions-nous sans nos pompiers?
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When it comes to spelling I’m a little old fashion and I believe the best 2 ways are reading and what we call in French “la dictée”, which is a dictation or a spelling test. As a child attending schools in France, I was lucky to have very strict teachers who made us go through la dictée almost every day. And clearly it worked. So I’m really excited to announce my FRENCH DICTÉES online course to you because I know you’re going to find it really helpful, not only to reduce the numbers of spelling mistakes you make when writing in French, but also to improve your French comprehension! It’s so frustrating when people try to have a conversation with us but we’re just not sure what they’re saying!
In the FRENCH DICTÉES online course you will find 20 videos + 10 audio files to help & accompany you every step of the way throughout the course. Why 20 videos? Because there are 10 dictées in total, each focusing on one particular topic, and for each dictée I have prepared 2 videos. Let’s say the video focuses on both French past tenses called imparfait & passé composé. The first video will go though the grammar, the conjugation, and all the tips on these two past tenses to help you understand and remember how and when to use them. The second video will be the actual dictée, a short story written by me, describing everyday life situations conveniently packed with imparfait and passé composé verbs! Boom! Efficient! The dictée will also be read by me, slowly first and then a little faster, with a close up on my face so you can more easily recognize the words and copy the shapes I make to improve your own pronunciation.
Become a French language expert
How do you become an expert at anything? By focusing on one thing at a time.
I’ve made sure to categorize and isolate either a verb tense, a verb group, a grammar or vocabulary topic per dictée, so you can effectively focus and interiorize concepts separately, which makes it a lot easier to remember them.
Here’s what you’re going to learn
What grammar & conjugation points will each dictée focus on?
Dictée # 1: Present tense
Dictée # 2: Past tenses – imparfait & passé composé
Dictée # 3: Future tenses – futur proche & futur simple
Dictée # 4: Conditional, imparfait, asking questions
Dictée # 5: Imperative form
Dictée # 6: First group verbs all tenses
Dictée # 7: Second group verbs all tenses
Dictée # 8: Third group verbs all tenses
Dictée # 9: Numbers
Dictée # 10: Prepositions
Each dictée is a short story written by me about practical everyday life situations. This means that not only do you get to work on conjugation & grammar drills, but you also improve your conversational skills at the same time: a magic combination for your next trip to France!
Grow your confidence talking about practical everyday topics
The dictées will refer to common topics that you are very likely to hear or very likely to use to express yourself such as:
-Traveling to France
-Everyday life routines
-How to express your ideas, opinions, and dreams
Two videos per dictée
First video: key grammar and conjugation reminders explained very clearly so you feel prepared and confident entering each dictée.
Second video: the actual dictée. I’ve made sure to categorize and isolate either a verb tense, a verb group, a grammar or vocabulary topic, so you can effectively focus and interiorize concepts separately, which makes it a lot easier to remember them.
And for you challenge lovers over-achievers?
Yes I have prepared something just for you! I have also made 10 audio files, 1 per dictée, so that if you wish to, if you want it extra difficult, if you want to test yourself more deeply, you can solely rely on sound. Indeed there are many occasions in life where we hear a language but we don’t see it: speaking to someone on the phone or listening to the radio for instance.
20 videos? 10 audio files? What else?
This new FRENCH DICTÉES online course also comes with written files with both the French text along with the English translation, so that you can evaluate yourself when you’re done taking notes.
To summarize, you’ll be able to use video, audio, and written material.
Dictées worked for me, they’ll work for you!
Let me tell you, I LOVE dictées because THEY WORK. And clearly you realize this too and that is smart of you. So now let’s see how something as simple as a dictée can truly help you become a little bit French! Your French language learning experience has never been so easy, fun, and fruitful. You can learn French online and benefit from the flexibility working at your own pace offers, while having me with you the whole time.
And here’s a little pre-taste of how a dictée works and what it feels like. Bearing in mind this is quite different from my 3rd online course FRENCH DICTÉES since in the video below I am simply reading the first page of a book (not by me but by Simone de Beauvoir ha!), whereas in my FRENCH DICTÉES, I will be reading short stories written by me specifically for this new online course, focusing on one particular grammar or conjugation point as explained above.
In this course, you will find 15 videos (+ 10 bonus ones) to help & accompany you every step of the way through the course + for each word, each sentence, each expression, each conjugated verb, I have created an audio file of my voice, slow and slightly faster speed. Your French language learning experience has never been so easy, fun, and fruitful. You can learn French online and benefit from the flexibility working at your own pace offers, while having me with you the whole time.
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You can converse (speak + understand) in French with only 600 WORDS?
The average French person only uses between 300 & 3,000 WORDS?
This means that if you can master a relatively short list of words, you’ll be able to express yourself like the average French person! Plus you’re much more likely to understand the French when they talk back to you!
This course will teach you…
1- How to speak French
2- How to pronounce French
3- How to make French sentences
4- How to conjugate all the most common French verbs
5- How to polish your results
6- How to self evaluate your French
More info HERE
- It should take you about 30 hours to complete this course, which is made up of 10 lessons
- This course is designed for a beginner / intermediate level. If you are intermediate but feel like you could really reinforce your foundations, you will love it.
- You can join whenever, either by buying the course or by becoming a monthly member giving you access to my French online courses from $10 / month. See more details about the membership at the bottom of this page
In this course you will find 11 videos + 150 audio files + 92 pages PDF format to help & accompany you every step of the way throughout the course. In some parts of the videos, my face will appear close up and profile so you can easily see how I make these sounds with my mouth. The 150 audio files are composed of the 100 most popular French words and the 50 most common French phrases. They are recordings of my voice, speaking slowly enough so you can easily grasp every syllable. Your French language learning experience has never been so easy, fun, and fruitful. You can learn French online and benefit from the flexibility working at your own pace offers, while having me with you the whole time.
NB: if you are the proud owner of my previous French online course 600 WORDS, don’t worry, this is not a repeat as we are now exploring 1 letter words and up, whereas in 600 WORDS we began at 4 letter words and up.
Combine knowledge with confidence…
For you to be able to have a pleasant and efficient conversation with a French person, one thing is key… can you guess what it is? Confidence! How well do you think you will communicate in French if you don’t feel confident about your accent? If you are scared that people won’t understand you? Or even worse if you think someone might make fun of you? Without a minimum of confidence there is no room for communication. Yet if you feel confident, you can afford to make a few mistakes here and there because people will still understand you. What prevents a conversation from happening isn’t just a lack of knowledge, it’s also a lack of confidence. You need to have both to make it work, not to mention, to make it fun!
This course will teach you…
1- How to pronounce every letter of the alphabet
2- How to pronounce every digraph & trigraph
3- How to make every French sentence flow
4- How to pronounce the 100 most popular French words
5- How to pronounce the 50 most popular French phrases
6- How to avoid the pronunciation mistakes everyone makes
More info HERE
- It should take you about 20 to 2 hours to complete this course, which is made up of 11 lessons
- This course is designed for a beginner level. If you are intermediate but lack confidence when it comes to talking and feel like you could really benefit from focusing on pronunciation, you will love it.
- You can join whenever, either by buying the course or by becoming a monthly member giving you access to my French online courses from $10 / month. See more details about the membership below
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