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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?

 

 

 

 

Learning vocabulary lists is pointless; get acquainted with your structures!

Some language learners sometimes complain that they have spent months, or even years, without reaching any progress.

Whether you are a beginner in French or in German, there are some common mistakes you should avoid if you really want to make some consistent progress in your language.

 

First of all, DO NOT MAKE ANY VOCABULARY LIST!

Why?

 

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  • It is totally pointless to align one word after the other with their respective meanings. If you are using tons of vocabulary lists, you will surely fail at your task. Let me explain WHY.

The following rule is true for ANY language. You don’t learn a  language by acquiring numerous words of vocabulary. You start learning a language by INTEGRATING YOUR WORDS WITHIN SPECIFIC STRUCTURES.

As a beginner, you must make an effort to learn ¨PLAIN SENTENCES”.

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  • Ok maybe grammar is not your cup of tea…this is why you will need a tutor to guide you. The method I am using is based on very practical, every day life conversations. We will interact and I will explain grammar and expressions in a way that is easily understandable. By being an actor of short dialogues, you will feel confident straight away. We will practice together and simple sentences will come to you easily.

French and German lessons are ALL à la carte. You decide what really fits your needs!

Also, you will be given the right tips by a professional and native speaker to improve your skills DAILY.

  • very fast, you will also become familiar with a few idiomatic expressions.

By acquiring idioms, you will not only be aware of the literal meaning of the expressions, but you will also understand the metaphor. It will make the memorization of simple words easier.

In addition, you will sound more authentic!

“Nicht alle Tassen in Schrank haben”, literally ” to not have all  the marbles in your cupboard”, to be out of your mind, to be mad.

You could hear from a German person’s mouth: “Ich glaube, du hast wohl nicht alle Tassen im Schrank!”

nicht alle Tassen im Schrank haben

quand les poules auront des dents

“Quand les poules auront des dents” literally means “when chicken will have teeth”, so to say NEVER, since chicken don’t possess teeth!

“Quand est-ce que Charles fera ses devoirs sérieusement?”

“Quand les poules auront des dents!”

 

Are you committed to make some considtentprogress in French or German? Contact me and we will arrange some lessons. BOOK NOW!

 

 

 

 

 

Can I, as a non-native speaker, reach the level of a native speaker?

YOUR TURING TEST 2

You’ve been working on your favorite language-French or German- for years. You now master structures and are much at ease. You are receiving great compliments for your fluency.

You have been asking yourself if it would be possible to reach a higher level of mastery of your language that would allow you to be mistaken for a native speaker?

People have probably told you that this is impossible.

Well, a lot of things seem impossible until they are done.

So, are you willing to take your “Turing test” in French or German?

Here are a few advices to succeed in your goal:

  • Fake it until you make it: practice every day ( pronounciation, intonation, be willing to work on your phonetics, as practice really makes perfect!)
  • be knowledgeable in idiomatic expressions ( they will make you sound like a native)
  • dig deep into culture and history, learn about culinary and other traditions
  • choose a native speaker for your lessons, express your specific needs
  • be open about different conversational topics
  • read the press and watch movies
  • immerse yourself into contemporary culture

 

What else? Practice, practice, practice…be a parrot, copy speech and body language…

If you manage to turn impossible into I’m possible, you’ll certainly pass your Turing test!

Until then: fake it…until you make it!

Good luck on your future endeavors!

I am here to help you succeed. Book NOW.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why choosing a native speaker is a detail of importance

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Some websites claim that finding a competent tutor is much more important than having a native speaker at your disposition and that, very often, non-native speakers are capable of explaining better, because they understand that “students can make mistakes”…first of all, let me set the record straight about the latter sentence: native speakers do too!

 

The truth is that you will need -preferably- BOTH:

  1. a competent, well trained, experienced tutor who masters grammar, structures and who is able to understand the student’s particular difficulty due to phonetics or grammar or whatever else…
  2.  a person who was immersed into the culture of the language you are currently studying.

Why is this detail of importance? It truly matters if you want to make some consistent progress in your language of study.

By making the choice of trusting a native speaker, you are making the RIGHT CHOICE.

  • A native speaker will ALWAYS pronounce RIGHT
  • A native speaker will have the right intonation and will help you repeat the sentences with the right accent and intonation. So, you want to sound French or German? Choose a native speaker!
  • A native speaker will always insert idioms in his speech very naturally. Idioms are expressions you would barely understand, because they are typical of the country’s way of expressing. It can be a metaphor, it may have a historical background. The native speaker is usually able to tell.
  • Especially when it comes to precise knowledge ( culinary habits, cultural habits, school system, politics etc), the native speaker is usually more competent to give you the accurate info you actually need.

 

“French lessons in Paris”  can offer you BOTH:

  • an experienced and competent teacher who is used to the specific difficulties of English speakers
  • a native speaker of French and German who can help you integrate idioms and structures easily as you progress

In addition, lessons are informal and tailored to each client’s individual needs!

 

Do not hesitate! Book your lessons NOW!