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!
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Why learn idioms?
It is very important that you learn your idiomatic expressions while progressing with your language. Idioms will truly make a difference and will make you sound more confident and more fluent.
You can trust your native tutor, who will introduce you into them very naturally.
Here are a few of them. Have fun!
“tomber dans les pommes”
A proper conjugation of your French verbs is a MUST if you want to be able to communicate properly.
Therefore, here are some basics you need to know.
-Learn the conjugation of the auxiliaries « être » or « avoir » by heart. Do it once at all. It will always serve your conversational goals !
J’ai Je suis
Tu as Tu es
Il, elle, on a Il, elle, on est
Nous avons Nous sommes
Vous avez Vous êtes
Ils, elles ont Ils, elles, sont
There are three groups of verbs in French that are characterized by their specific infinitive endings
-first group : infinitive endings in -er example : manger, regarder, aimer
-second group : infinitive endings in -ir example : finir
first person plural:-issons
-third group : infinitive endings in -ir, -oir, example : courir, savoir, prendre
I usually don’t push clients to buy books, but I would strongly advise that you acquire le Bescherelle, that is excellent for French and foreign learners.
It contains very helpful explanations and specific conjugation tables.
Another tip I’d like to give you is to speak French as much as possible ! Do not be afraid to make mistakes. This is how you will better yourself constantly.
Always remember that the French are willing to help you. People will be keen on correcting you-if you DARE to at least TRY.
If you have a specific grammar point that poses you problem, I am here to help. Do not hesitate to contact me and we will work it out together.
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:
- 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…
- 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!
You’ve been learning French for a while now, but, somehow, you are not really satisfied with your ability to speak the language. Here are some efficient tools to help you improve your fluency.
- “Practice makes perfect”: this proverb has been proven to be true. Even if your schedule is quite busy, be committed to setting 15 minutes of your time apart for French. With 15 minutes daily , you will reap more results than with one hour weekly. It is much better to have a short-timed, regular time dedicated to French during which you can concentrate fully: your brain will be more receptive if you do it this way.
- do you like music? Why not listen, then to a bunch of popular French songs? Listen carefully at first; then become more daring and sing along! You could even record yourself on tape to monitor your progress.
- Listen to simple sentences. Repeat them on a regular basis. Then start repeating them faster, like a normal French person would speak.
- Always listen to French movies in the original language. Use subtitles to help you and let your ear get used to the language.
- Speak French in front of your mirror. Rehearse as much as much as needed!
- Ask your way, order your coffee, buy your bread in French! Do not be afraid to make mistakes, there will always be a person of good will to help you out.
- Learn your structures and idioms. They will be very useful to build up a conversation that sounds good.
Finally, ask a native speaker of French! I am offering services in the heart of Paris in form of 1 to 1 or 2 to 1 tuition. Take advantage of the -10% for the set of 2 lessons ( offer lasts until March the 14th). I’ll be more than happy to help you out with your specific requests. The same offer is also available for German language, as I am also a native speaker and teacher of German.
Do not hesitate any longer. Book NOW.
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