Brush up your language in 2019

New Year resolutions? Brush up your language in 2019

2018 has been quite hectic and you may feel worn out and tired. But now that you are on a holiday season break, it is the ideal time to review last year’s events and to project yourself into 2019…how about brushing up your language in Paris?

French and German tuition in Paris

Whether you are keen on learning or perfecting your French or German, or maybe both languages, French lessons in Paris proposes you packages of intense language learning of 10, 15 or 20 hours that are set up into sessions on 2 hours. You will be able to study with a qualified teacher and a native speaker of both languages, in a very relaxed environment. You will also benefit from attractive materials that will help you put your knowledge into practice, just immediately after your lesson.

Lessons tailored to your needs

Because each customer is unique, your teacher will adapt to your individual needs. You decide about your learning priorities! Your teacher will also come to your apartment, hotel or Café of your choice at no extra cost! Your lesson doesn’t have to be formal! We can also walk the street of Paris, visit a market or go to the bakery together for you to practice. French lessons in Paris? This is always a good idea? Put it on your bucket list for 2019. For more info, contact me @isabelleesling@gmail.com or via our Facebook Page: French lessons in Paris.

Using the French partitives properly

A lot of English students do struggle with the use of partitives.

While this grammar point may seem difficult at first sight, I will share a few tricks with you distinguish between the different types of partitives. After reading this article, the partitives will have no secret for you!

 

Let us begin.

 

When and how to use the right partitive mainly depends on the type of question you are asking ( and of course, the gender of your word)

 

  • QUOI? WHAT?- UNDEFINED QUANTITY

 

“Tu veux quoi?” What do you want?

 

 

du fromage

response: du ( masculine),  de la ( féminine), des ( plural) or de l’ ( vowel or h in the singular)

-Je veux du fromage, de la confiture, des beignets et de l‘eau.

 

Combien? How much? DEFINED QUANTITY

 

250 grammes

Question: –Combien de farine faut-il pour faire ce gâteau?

Réponse:  –Il vous faut 250 grammes de farine.

 

Are falling into the same category:

ZERO QUANTITY, FEW or MORE and NUMBERS

-pas/ plus de café

-vous reprendrez bien encore un peu de thé?

-Il reste beaucoup de salade dans ton assiette

-Je dois acheter UN paquet de biscuits.

-Je n’aime pas les crevettes. Je ne mange pas de crevettes.

Hope this helps. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

 

 

Autumn in Paris? Always a good idea!

autumn paris 55The fall is always a good period to reassess your language skills.

You are currently staying in Paris and you want to break from your stressful work environment?

Why not set apart a few hours to brush up your conversational French or German?

I am an experienced languages tutor, a native speaker of French and German and I am very willing to help you progress.

We can organize private French or German classes in the place of your choice:

  • your apartment
  • your hotel room
  • a nice Parisian Café
  • a bakery
  • a park

Wherever you are comfortable, we will communicate in French and /or German!

You will benefit from:

  • a relaxed and supportive atmosphere
  • nice and enjoyable learning material-if needed
  • a competent and experienced teacher at your service

Let’s have fun together. Come to learn French and/or German with me!

Any questions? Feel free to contact me!

 

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Ready for a Summer refresher course?

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Are you spending a few days or a few weeks  in Paris? This is the ideal time for a Summer refresher course in French and/or in German.

Here are the services that French lessons in Paris do offer:

  • one to one tuition in French language ( with explanations in English when and if needed)
  • one to one tuition in German language ( with explanations in English when and if needed)
  • French courses in German language for German speaking persons

 

Have fun learning languages in the heart of Paris. Succeed with Isabelle!

Can you count in French?

Counting in French can sometimes be felt as a major difficulty for non-native speakers.

Would you like to count from 1 to 20?

It is very easy. Let us do it together.

0= zéro

1= un                                                                        11= onze

2= deux                                                                    12= douze

3=trois                                                                      13= treize

4=quatre                                                                  14= quatorze

5= cinq                                                                      15=quinze

6= six                                                                         16= seize

7= sept ( do not pronounce the p)                        17= dix_sept

8= huit                                                                        18= dix-huit

9= neuf                                                                        19= dix-neuf

10= dix                                                                        20= vingt (don’t pronounce the g)

This was fun, right?

Ready to succeed in French with Isabelle? Of course, during a one-to-one lesson, I will help you perfect your pronounciation!

 

Now are you interested in learning ordinal numbers?

These ones are very useful, because they are used;

  • to name the 20 arrondissements of Paris
  • to speak about the floor on which you live
  • to classify winners in a competition
  • to set a date on the calendar ( example: le premier mai..but…be careful, le 2, le 3 mai and same for the other numbers)
  • to speak about high school classes ( sixième, cinquième…)
  • to express the first time, the second time etc…
  • to mention a birthday/ anniversary
  • to speak about centuries

-premier ( 1st), deuxième ( second), troisième ( third), quatrième ( fourth), cinquième ( 5th), sixième ( 6th), septième ( 7th), huitième (8th), neuvième, (9th), dixième( 10th), onzième ( 11th), douzième (12th), treizième (13th), quatorzième (14th), quinzième (15th), seizième (16th), dix-septième ( 17th), dix-huitième (18th), dix-neuvième (19th), vingtième ( 20th)

Interested in French lessons in Paris? Any questions? Feel free to contact me via the email mentioned in the ‘ contact me’ section of this website.

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Keep speaking, even if your speech is limited…

 

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Today I am going to give you a few tips if you run out of vocabulary and you would like to keep speaking French. Once you realize you don’t know a word, it is so tempting to go back to English and to handle your whole conversation in English.

In Paris, most people speak English nowadays, especially the young generation….Comfortable, yes, but this will not help you improve your French!

I’ve been confronted to such situations while traveling to Israel. I didn’t know the exact word, but I kept speaking Hebrew instead of using English. You can use the same trick, simply by using a few simple sentences:

 

  • Comment dit-on ça en Français? How do you say this in French?
  • Comment ça s’appelle en Français? How is it called in French?
  • Comment dit-on ( insert your English word) en Français?
  • C’est quoi? What is it? ( Make some gesture, point at the unknown thing…)

 

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See, these very simple, short, sentences will keep you going! Simply by asking these questions, you will invite your speaking partner to further conversation. By listening to his answer, you will also learn new structures. Be bold. Keep speaking, even if you know your language is not perfect.

In case the person is tempted to switch to English, please insist: “En Français, s’il vous plait!’

Never give up until you succeed!

C’est en forgeant qu’on devient forgeron ( Practice makes perfect).