Dearest students, as announced last month, I took a 2 week break from writing and sending you blog posts, but:
- I’m back!
- It wasn’t exactly a break ha!
(below I’ll cover my French experiences while giving you tons of French material for you to learn and practice, so don’t be shy and scroll away!)
In these 2 weeks:
1- I took 10 exams at the Université de Reims and found out on Tuesday that not only had I passed, but I got some really good grades! I am thrilled and super proud, I’ve worked so hard! All my courses for next year are already available so, in my best Hermione Granger style, I won’t wait until September and shall dive right back into my books… now!
2- I spent 5 days walking all over Paris to determine which arrondissements I wanted to live in, since, as you know, I’m moving there this September!
I took advantage of finding myself in this magical city to say bonjour to my beloved Marcel Proust. Last December, I bumped into him at the Musée d’Orsay:
This time, I visited his grave at the Père Lachaise cemetery:
Landed on his avenue:
And found one of his homes:
But I mostly walked and walked and walked and walked partout dans Paris, en long, en large, et en travers, to soak it all in and make a decision about where my new home should be!
3- I then traveled to London to meet & interview more amazing French entrepreneurs, cooks, colleagues, libraries, universities to finalize the organization of my upcoming London French Immersion Courses! You’ll soon receive the video interviews, en français bien sûr.
While in London, I also picked up a copy of the magazine Ici Londres, and look who’s on page 33 next to Céline Dion and… yes… the Queen of England! Pas mal, n’est-ce pas?
You can practice your French and read the article HERE.
I had 16 meetings in total and interviewed 3 amazing French women who will be part of my London French Immersion Courses. Let me give you a short introduction now.
Candice is an actress and the founder of Act’in, a drama school in London providing classes in English and in French! What a creative way to learn a foreign language! And to provide top services to her students, she also partners with a French teacher to accompany them along the way and give them confidence. We met last week for breakfast and had a wonderful time. Candice is a smart & generous free spirit. I will soon share with you my short video interview of her, en français.
Read about Candice HERE and practice your French while learning about Candice HERE.
Ida is the founder of the online food store Coup’d Food Africa and the co-creator of Culinary Discovery Club in London, organizing and hosting African cooking classes focused on the food of course, but also the culture of the various African countries she covers. Ida is an incredibly creative & resourceful entrepreneur! I attended one of Ida’s workshops, invited some friends along, and together we had the loveliest Saturday afternoon. I will soon share with you my short video interview of her, en français.
You can practice your French and read about Ida HERE.
Julie is a personal stylist & the founder of Fashion Moodz. She dives into not only the wardrobe of the women she advises, but also into their psychology, their personality, their dreams & desires, to help them become the person they are meant to be. I spent my last London evening with Julie in a café on the delightful Marylebone High Street where we chatted away for 3 hours, even though it felt like 30 minutes, before realizing it was time to go home! Julie is warm, bright, fun, and genuinely passionate about bringing the best out of people.
You can practice your French and read about Julie HERE.
So you see? Fruitful 2 weeks, n’est-ce pas? Do take the time to use all the hot links provided above, they will help you with your French comprehension and get you excited to join us!
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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French online course #1: 600 WORDS
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…
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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
Online course # 2: PERFECT PRONUNCIATION
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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My goal is to transform your French language learning experience. This is why I’ve decided to offer you a new way to learn French online and gain access to the French Truly Online School! Actually, more than 1 new way, you’ll have 3 plans to choose from so come and learn French online with me!
Whichever you pick, FOCUS at $10, HORIZON at $15, or IMMERSION at $99, you will always be free to either upgrade or downgrade, stay or leave.
Not a membership kind of person? Don’t worry! Every course can still be bought separately at the normal price and be yours for ever. Whichever format you choose, 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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