New Year resolutions? Brush up your language in 20192018 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 @firstname.lastname@example.org or via our Facebook Page: French lessons in Paris.
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?
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
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.
The 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!
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!
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.
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.
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…)
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).
If you are not used to making phone calls in French, it is normal to feel a little bit overwhelmed before starting a first conversation.
Do not panic, be organized instead.
You will not be running out of words and you will not make a fool of yourself if you are following a few advices that require a little bit of your common sense.
- Take a piece of paper and note the object of your call, for instance, ‘hotel room reservation, ‘réservation de chambre d’hôtel’, ‘ réponse à annonce immobilière’, ‘reply to a housing agency’, or ‘demande de congés annuels’, ‘requesting annual holidays’. By clarifying the object of your demand and by writing it down, your brain will take notice of it quite immediately.
- This step being completed, write a few sentences that are related to the subject mentioned before. Example: ‘ Bonjour, je vous téléphone à propos de votre annonce-je vous téléphone au sujet de mes congés annuels.’
- Anticipate the different answers that you may be facing, like, for instance:
– Oui, qu’aimeriez-vous savoir?
– J’aimerais connaître la surface du logement.
-Dans quel quartier se situe le logement? A Saint-Germain?
-Très bien, quel est le prix?
-Quand voulez-vous prendre congé?
– J’aimerais réserver la dernière semaine du mois d’août.
- Master your scenario: write all useful sentences down-make sure that they are grammatically correct.
- Practice with a French speaking conversation partner and/or in front of your mirror until you feel confident enough to pick up your phone.
Ready? Just give it a try. It will truly boost your confidence.
As you know, behind every skilled speaker, there used to be some shy beginner.
Practice makes perfect!
Wishing you much success in becoming a confident speaker!
Also, I’ll be more than happy to help you improve your French in case you need some lessons. Do not hesitate, just get in touch via email!
You are currently staying in Paris and you would like to seize the opportunity to improve your conversational French or German…or maybe both?
I can help make you a confident speaker!
You will be able to enjoy:
- a relaxed ambiance
- a supportive learning approach
- a talkative atmopshere
- attractive learning materials
No matter how far you have come in your language studies, I am committed to helping you progress. Nearly 90% of the students I met admit that their greatest difficulty lies in self expression.
The more you will speak, the better you will be!
As time goes by, you will be able to master your structures more and more.
Thanks to the guidance of a native speaker, you will become more familiar with idiomatic expressions as well.
Are you ready to challenge yourself? Do not hesitate! Book your conversational courses NOW!
One recurrent concern I hear from English speakers is that French natives speak ways too fast to catch the meaning of what they are saying.
Why not start using a powerful tool that modern technology allows us to take advantage of like the audio books? There are currently so many apps that you can download directly upon your smartphone and that offer a great range of audio books in French language.
So where should you start?
- First of all, choose an audio book that is simple, like some tale that you already know about in English.
- The shorter, the better. To begin, it would be better to have a short book that lasts from 5 to 10 minutes.
- Set apart a specific moment of the day when you can concentrate
What are the advantages of the audio books?
- you can use an audio book for active and passive learning
- you can rewind any time, stop and repeat each sentence-as many times as needed
- you will get familiar with different French accents/tones
Within a few months, your French will improve dramatically!
No idea where to search?
Here is a free access library for audio books in French. Have fun! Much success to you!