Like I said in yesterday’s blog post, I only shared the first half of my mom’s art créé pendant le confinement, created during the lockdown, et voici la seconde partie aujourd’hui! Comme j’ai expliqué, elle et ses amis se sont lancés un défi artistique d’un dessin par jour pour combattre la tristesse et l’étouffement de l’isolement engendré par le confinement. Wow that’s a lot of words ending in “ment” ha!

 

Speaking of le déconfinement, il continue de progresser youpi! Voici une courte vidéo du Premier Ministre français Édouard Philippe qui date d’hier et que vous trouverez dans cet article du journal Le Monde. I think you’ll appreciate how slowly and clearly he speaks, plus he has visuals, which should make it easier to follow as well!

 

Sur ce, let’s move on to something artistique! Comme promis, voici la seconde partie de ma petite compilation des dessins de ma mère. Now I’ll remind you here that you must take into account she had left all her art supplies at her painting workshop, couldn’t go there à cause du confinement, and therefore used the supplies she had bought for her grandchildren who are 6 and 8 years old. I think it’s amazing how well she did considering these restrictions, vous ne pensez pas? One of the themes that came back with her friends was : let us draw x, y, z in the style of… un(e) artiste célèbre. Some of the drawings here and in yesterday’s part 1 imitent le style d’un(e) artiste spécifique. Pouvez-vous les reconnaître?

 

I’ve also been posting them on my Instagram account, as well as beaucoup de belles photos de Paris!

 

J’adore ce petit paysage bucolique, charmant, paisible. J’ai envie de plonger dedans avec un bon livre, une couverture pour faire la sieste sous un arbre, et mes chiens bien sûr!

 

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Ce sont les escaliers de l’immeuble dans lequel habite ma mère. Le personnage assis représente la frustration et la tristesse de ne pas pouvoir sortir.

 

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Mais maintenant les personnages peuvent sortir! Parce que ce dessin a été fait le 11 mai = le premier jour du début du déconfinement! Toutes ces femmes peuvent finalement s’envoler, quitter leur cage dont la porte s’est comme miraculeusement ouverte!

 

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Et pour rester dans le registre du vol (did you know that the French word “vol” means both flight and theft en français?) voici un petit oiseau sur un brin de muguet qu’elle avait dessiné pour célébrer la fête du muguet le 1er mai. Je crois que le parfum du muguet est un de mes préférés! Avec le lilac peut-être… et la vanille!

 

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If you’ve seen yesterday’s first part of this artistic blog post theme, you’ll understand the reference to the chapel again… if not allez le voir maintenant by clicking here vous ne serez pas déçus!

 

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Encore une autre petite chapelle! Mais cette fois-ci, notre regard est attiré par les beaux coquelicots rouges vifs! J’adore le contraste entre les couleurs éclatantes et le paysage au crayon à papier à l’arrière du dessin.

 

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Pour finir, une petite note de tendresse… un gros câlin entre un chien et un chat! Connaissez-vous l’expression française “être comme chien et chat”? Cela signifie que deux personnes ne s’entendent pas bien, that they don’t get along, because cats and dogs normally have the reputation not to be excessively keen on one another… Mais comme vous pouvez le constater, ça n’est pas le cas pour nos deux amis ci-dessous!

 

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Superbe n’est-ce pas? Feel free to email her directly dautryve.mf@gmail.com to let her know how much you love her art!

 

I would love to know what you’ve been up to (or what you are still up to if lockdown is still happening in your part of le monde) pendant le confinement! Certains de mes amis ont juste énormément télé-travaillé, ou écrit, ou créé des aquarelles, ou jardiné, ou comme moi passé des examens d’université, ou cuisiné, ou même préparé un déménagement! Toutes ces activités sont créatives! Après mes examens j’ai recommencé à écrire sur un projet de recueil de nouvelles et pris plusieurs cours de creative writing sur Masterclass. J’ai commencé avec Margaret Atwood, then Joyce Carol Oates, and last night I started Neil Gaiman’s course. I absolutely love them all and hope my writing will just keep getting de mieux en mieux grâce à eux! Sooooooo grateful for the internet!

 

Speaking of E-learning…

 

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Join French Truly’s online school, either by buying the French online course(s) of your choice or by becoming a monthly member. See more details about the membership at the bottom of this page 🙂

Each French online course is packed with video & audio files along with written material, to make it as fun, easy, and user friendly as possible for you! Come and learn French online with me!

 

French online course #1: 600 WORDS

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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.

 

Did you know…

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

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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.
  • 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 🙂

 

Online course # 2: PERFECT PRONUNCIATION

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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.

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

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  • 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 🙂

 

Online course # 3: FRENCH DICTÉES

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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

-Socializing

-Childhood memories

-Family dynamics

-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.

 

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