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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!

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).

 

 

 

 

Speak French or German confidently!

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!

 

 

 

Using the pronoun ‘en’ correctly

 

 

A lot of English speaking people do struggle with the use of French pronoun ‘en’.

If this grammar point is still unclear to you, I can give you a few tips to help you.

Grammar may not be your cup of tea, but, first of all, you MUST remember the signification of the word ‘pronoun’.

What is a pronoun? A pronoun is a words that comes in replacement of the noun-in order to avoid repetition.

This is where ‘en’, for instance, comes into play.

There are also three important points to remember:

  • ‘en’ is mostly used with partitives.

-Vous mangez de la salade?

-Oui, j’en mange.

-Vous reprendrez bien encore un peu de fromage?-

-Oui, j’en reprendrai.

  • ‘en’  is also needed for expressed quantities.

             – Il y a combien de chaises dans cette pièce?

-Il y en a trois.

  • ‘en’ is very much used with constructions with ‘de’

-Vous rêvez de partir en vacances?

-Oui, j’en rêve.

And finally always remember that ‘en’ comes before your verb.

Il y a beaucoup de neige en ce moment. Il y en a beaucoup.

 

Feel free to ask me any question you may have.

If you want to book private lessons, contact me at the email mentioned on the website or at my Facebook Page ‘French Lessons in Paris’.

 

 

 

 

 

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Getting acquainted with spoken French

A lot of English speaking persons keep telling me that, even after years of practice of  French language, they are still experiencing difficulties in understanding French people speaking in the streets.

Why is that? The main cause lies in the fact that you have been learning formal French in your books. While you may be able to master pronounciation and oral expressions, the French you are hearing in the streets is very different, because a lot of vowels or words are swallowed. Here are a few examples:

 

You learnt to say ‘Je suis content’ for ‘ I am happy’, but most French people speak it out like that in informal French: ‘Chuis content’…what you actually hear is ‘Chuis content’ and your ear is probably unable to link both expressions together, because it is spoken out very fast, most of the time.

 

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In the same way, you are probably used to ‘ne…pas’ to express the negation. Well, most French people will drop the ‘ne’ in informal French and keep the ‘pas’:

formal French: Je n’aime pas le cinéma

informal French: J’aime pas le cinéma

 

A lot of expressions are often compacted:

  • Je t’ apporte ça tout de suite= “Chtapporte ça toutsuit’…”

Then you have some slangs and idiomatic expressions that come into play.

What can you do to improve your oral understanding skills?

Do not panic! Solutions exist:

 

  • find some French speaking partners who will help you get acquainted with more informal expressions
  • watch some current movies-most contemporary DVDs do have English subtitles
  • watch French TV: for instance, talk shows can help you catch frequently used words and expressions
  • mimick what you hear
  • and, of course, feel free to ask me if you encounter any difficulty.

Je suis prête à vous aider…euh…‘chuis prête à vous aider’-‘chuis prête à vous donner un coup de main!’

 

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Lost in translation in the heart of Paris? It doesn’t have to be that way!

 

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Your dream to visit Paris has come true and you are happy to be in the City of Lights?

But a shadow remains hanging over you: your communication skills don’t allow you to communicate properly. The more you seem to be trying, the less you are understood.

And you would like to avoid speaking English! After all, you also came to the French Capital to improve your French skills…

 

Do not panic! I am here to help. I am currently offering one to one or two to one tuition services that will perfectly suit your very precise needs.

No matter if you are here for a short stay or if you are settled in Paris, French lessons in Paris are structured into several types of lesson set:

-2 hours if you’re only there for a few days or if you are not sure about how many lessons you’d like to book in the future. The 2 hours lessons set is perfect if you want to discover the method I am proposing. It will put you quite immediately into concrete communication situations and help you achieve your goal.

-a set of 10 prorated lessons if you need to work more regularly and improve some specific points ( such as accent, pronounciation, grammar, idioms, false cognates, etc…)

-a set of 15 prorated lessons if you need to focus more and to progress more actively. This is a perfect formula for students or persons working in Paris.

Why French lessons in Paris are ALWAYS a good idea:

  • all lessons are tailored to your needs: if you need to work on pastry or catering, I will adapt our lessons accordingly. If it is paperwork or business French that you need, we will work it out together!
  • one to one tuition is perfect to work out your very specific difficulties, no matter where the difficulty lies ( pronounciation, grammar, communication…)
  • I will come to your place or hotel, unless you wish to arrange our lessons at a local Café.
  • The lessons are not boring and formal. You will have fun! You are going to love it and before you realize it, you’ll start thinking and speaking like a French person.
  • The plus: I am also offering German lessons with similar formulas, as I am also a native speaker and teacher of German
  • I am used to teaching English speaking people and I am pretty much aware of the difficulties they may face in both languages.

Do not hesitate! Book NOW!

Contact me at isabelleesling@gmail.com

or via my Facebook Business page.

 

I will get back at you asap in order to schedule our booking.