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Busy? A few, effortless and efficient tools to make some consistent progress in learning your language

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Too busy practicing your language? What if I told you that there is an efficient, passive way to learn French ( or German or any other language you wish to learn)?

Passive learning doesn’t require any special attention from you, just some audio material or an internet connection.

You are coming back from work and feeling tired? You still have a dinner to prepare? Do not worry.

While preparing your dinner, just turn on some program in French ( a movie, a TV report, a set of French songs, or whatever you prefer) and go back to your occupation. Let your brain work for you while you are peeling your vegetables. Repeat this exercice as often as possible. Your sequences doesn’t have to be long, it could last 15 minutes or so, but it MUST be done preferably every day. Regularity counts and you will soon be rewarded. Before you even notice it, your French will improve!

How come? Your brain is like an active tape that records every sound you hear. These sounds will penetrate into your subconscious mind and make you familiar with the language.

Do you want to accelerate your progress even more?

Then you could choose to practice 15 minutes prior going to sleep, ideally even in bed, between sleep and wakefulness. This state is called hypnogogia.

I can ensure you that it works very well as I experienced it myself back in 1996, while learning Hebrew as an autodidact. I was struggling with the 6 first lessons, when I decided to replay my tapes prior sleeping. From this time on, my understanding of the language grew and I started to make some consistent progress.

No excuses. Too busy? No way! Anybody can do it and it works for anybody and for any language!

All you need to bring with you is a relaxed mind and a good dose of determination.

You have everything to win! Are you committed to accepting this challenge?

 

 

 

 

Not keen on having formal French lessons? You choose your formula!

 

 

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So, you are not really the book learner type? You would love to combine the charm of the Parisian streets with your learning of the language?

May I suggest that we study one formal lesson with specific formulations, grammar and vocabulary? Then, at our next lesson, we could simply step out into the streets of Paris, where you could apply your French under my supervision…

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

I’ll give you the tools and then, here you are, at the bakery, ordering your baguette and croissants!

We could also have some conversational French in the streets of Paris or in any place you like!

Remember: ALL lessons are and will be tailored according to your specific needs.

Just let me know what you expect from the lessons and we will work it out together.

I am here to help you succeed!

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Expressions revolving around the weather

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The French like talking about the weather: so do not hesitate to engage into a small talk ( culturally, the Germans are opposite on this matter…it is considered as ” superficial talk” in Germany and not relevant. So you will need a different approach as a learner of German).

But while staying in Paris, speaking of the weather is totally approriate: most people will respond to your small talk.

To complete the last article, here are a few French expressions related to meteorological conditions:

  • Il pleut, il mouille, c’est la fête à la grenouille: it is raining, it is getting wet, it is the frog’s feast
  • Il fait un froid de canard: literally ” a duck’s cold”= it is freezing
  • un temps de chien ” a dog’s weather”= bad weather, usually cold and rainy- note that the French also use ” un temps de cochon”, ” a pig’s weather” to express the same! “Quel temps de chien ( de cochon) aujourd’hui!
  • pleuvoir des cordes= it is raining cats and dogs- “Il pleut des cordes”
  • un vent à décorner les boeufs ( wind dehorning oxen)= a violent wind
  • avoir la tête dans les nuages ( to have the head in the clouds)= to be a dreamer
  • faire la pluie et le beau temps = to have all powers “Depuis son arrivée, le patron fait la pluie et le beau temps dans son entreprise.”
  • le temps est au beau fixe= the weather is set fair “Il va faire beau pendant toute la semaine, le temps est au beau fixe.3
  • jeter un froid= to put a damper, to have a chilling effect. ” Sa remarque a jeté un froid pendant le repas familial”

 

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Hope this will help you perfect your conversation. Feel free to contact me for any question you may have.

 

“Parler de la pluie et du beau temps”: how to engage a small talk with the French…

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Your French is still basic, but you’d be keen on engaging conversation with French people? There is an easy way to get involved into a superficial conversation. In France we are calling it ” parler de la pluie et du beau temps” ( literally speaking of the rain and good weather), so taking part in some small talk.

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The weather forecast is called “la météo”.

Here are a few basic expressions that are very easy to use

Using “Il fait”

It is cold= Il fait froid

It is hot= il fait chaud

Il fait mauvais= the weather is bad

Il pleut= it is raining

Il neige= it is snowing

Il fait beau= the weather is nice

Using ” Il y a”

Il y a du soleil= it is sunny

Il y a du vent= it is windy

Il y a du brouillard= it is foggy

Il y a de l’orage= a thunderstorm is breaking out

Think of using ” avoir” when speaking of sensations about the weather ( being hot, being cold)

J’ai froid= I am cold

Je gèle= I am freezing

J’ai chaud= I am hot

J’ai très chaud= I am very hot

DO NOT USE TO BE IN FRENCH WHILE SPEAKING OF BEING HOT! IT COULD BE MISINTERPRETED AS LEWD SPEECH AND PUT YOU INTO SERIOUS TROUBLE!

Always mind your grammar.

Do not hesitate to contact me. I am here to help you progress and succeed in your learning.

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