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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.

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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