I decided to do something a little different this week and I think you are going to LOVE it!
If you’ve signed up for my free 3 STEP MINI COURSE TO HELP YOU BECOME A LITTLE BIT FRENCH, you’ve noticed that my favorite method to learn (and therefore to teach) a language is to find all sorts of original, dynamic, and pleasant ways to immerse yourself in the French language & culture, to let your brains and heart soak it all in!
“But the French speak so fast, it’s hard to follow!”
I know, I know, (French) people speak fast, which makes it hard to understand them at times. But what if I gave you a way to read what you heard? Would you find it easier then? Would you be more inclined to give it another try?
I have found these 3 links / videos for you from my favorite French radio station called France Culture. Three very short videos, less than 5 minutes, won’t take much of your time and will definitely help your French comprehension while teaching you about interesting aspects of French culture, politics, and art, I’m sure you didn’t know about! You will learn about the European dilemma, the place of women in art, and the gilets jaunes crisis from a perspective you probably haven’t explored yet.
What to do?
C’est très facile. For each of the 3 following stories, just click on the picture, and WATCH, LISTEN, READ AT THE SAME TIME woohoo!
And then, try listening without reading and see how much you can remember! Repeat the exercise as many times as you wish because… repetition is key!
What do they talk about?
Être européen c’est quoi? What does it mean being European?
You’ll hear and read from various French celebrities, politicians, singers, philosophers, actors, etc.
My personal favorites are Fanny Ardant, Charles de Gaulle, and Raymond Aron. How about you? Do you resonate with any of these ideas? Do share with us in the comments!
Berthe Morisot, l’indépendante. Berthe Morisot, the independent.
You will love this video about one of the greatest French painters. Her life story is remarkable, her strength of character and her talent, not enough talked about still to this day, because she was a woman. In this video you’ll hear a specialist talk about her, learn about her revolutionary life choices, and see her gorgeous work as an impressionist.
Did you already know Berthe Morisot? Have you ever seen one of her paintings in a museum? Do you have a favorite? Let us know in the comments!
Pourquoi il faut lire Simone Weil aujourd’hui. Why Simone Weil must be read today.
Simone Weil holds a special place in my heart. She was a philosopher, political activist, and mystic. Not studied enough at universities sadly. She began her adult life as a teacher throughout the 1930s while devoting herself to political activism. Her life mission was clearly to help others and give of herself as much as she could, even more than her health would allow, which ended up killing her in 1943.
She gave everything she owned, most of the money she made, assisted in the trade union movement, fought in the Spanish Civil War, spent more than a year working as a laborer in car factories so she could better understand the working class, and last but not least, joined the résistance along le Général de Gaulle.
I chose these 3 videos for you today because I noticed their relevance in today’s France, Europe, and world. Why “just” learn a language when you can simultaneously explore so much more and thusly fulfill your “besoins de l’âme” as Simone Weil puts it so beautifully?
FRENCH IMMERSION COURSE – WEEKEND IN LONDON AUGUST 2019
Our July French Immersion Course in France is sold out so why don’t you join us in London this August? Above is a short testimonial video by Richard to give you an idea of what to expect!
FRENCH IMMERSION COURSE – WEEKEND IN SEATTLE MARCH 2020
Join us in Seattle in March 2020! Demi attended a French immersion Weekend Course in Seattle this year and she’s sharing her experience with you on this short video!
100% French Experience
What inspired me to create this French Immersion Course? C’est très simple: how best to improve your French conversation skills than by being in France, surrounded with French culture and French people who will ONLY speak French to you? Yet so many times I have heard visitors express their disappointment at not really being given the chance to practice their French. Why? Because more & more French people, especially in big cities, speak English fairly well and are just so excited to practice their new skills with you! This ends up being nice and comfortable for you but not so satisfying or helpful for improving your French speaking ability! So to fix this and make sure you have the most enjoyable, and at the same time profitable, French learning experience, I decided to create the perfect environment for you by organizing this hands-on French Immersion Course.
2019 July 8 to 14: SOLD OUT
2019 August 3 & 4: This French Immersion Course is designed for intermediate level students.
2019 August 1 & 4:11This French Immersion Course is designed for beginner level students.
2020 March 7 & 8: This French Immersion Course is designed for intermediate level students.
2020 March 14 & 15: This French Immersion Course is designed for beginner level students.
If you’re unsure about your level, contact me to schedule a free Skype call
Daily French Classes & Activities
This is the reason why I have created this 7 DAY FULL FRENCH IMMERSION COURSE for you, filled with daily classes & enriching adventures with French people who will only speak French with you. No English! It’s amazing how much you can learn and retain in such a conducive atmosphere in as little as 7 days. Mornings will be dedicated to French language classes and afternoons will be filled with interesting activities such as: visiting local artists or entrepreneurs workshops, meeting with local wine makers and farmers, guided hike in nature, cooking class, painting class, cinema, & museum… all in French!
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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?
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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
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- 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.
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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.
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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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