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Expatriates, let me help you succeed in French…

You’ve dreamt of emigrating to France. Paris was on your mind all the time. Now you are here. Your dream has come true, but you are feeling blue.

Your biggest dream seems to have turned into a nightmare and you are on an emotional roller coaster all the time.  You have been dealing with unfriendly people, constantly harrassed and running people in the metro, the French are speaking too fast for you to catch their speech and, on top of that, you are dealing with the legendary French bureaucracy that is driving you nuts!

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Do not worry: I am feeling you. Being an expat is very challenging. I have been there. Although I mastered the language, getting settled in London was far from easy, and, believe it or not, I’ve been dealing with tons of bureaucracy as well from the English side.

I can help you transform your expatriation into a success. How?

 

bureaucracy

-first of all, by helping you acquire more confidence in speaking out. The method I am using is based on very concrete situations that you can apply immediately after the lesson.

 

French cheese

-by helping you to deal with the “cultural shock”: the French are quite different from their European neighbors and from English speaking countries. Good food, good cheese, good wines, for instance, play a major role for many French citizens. Being Latins, most people are more laid back and like taking time after their work. The “art of living” or ” art de vivre” is very important to the French. Parisians, by the way, are not representative of France as a whole, so it is important that you travel a little bit out of Paris ( if you can), in order to discover various traditions.

-by helping you with your administrative paperwork: you will be more confident as you get acquainted with specific formulas and administrative slang

-by increasing your cultural knowledge about Paris and France and giving you some infos on shopping in different arrondissements.

-by working on pronounciation and intonation and by stimulating your conversational skills.

 

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French lessons in Paris? Always a good idea!

Book now. Contact me at isabelleesling@gmail.com

 

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?

 

 

 

 

Expressions revolving around the weather

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The French like talking about the weather: so do not hesitate to engage into a small talk ( culturally, the Germans are opposite on this matter…it is considered as ” superficial talk” in Germany and not relevant. So you will need a different approach as a learner of German).

But while staying in Paris, speaking of the weather is totally approriate: most people will respond to your small talk.

To complete the last article, here are a few French expressions related to meteorological conditions:

  • Il pleut, il mouille, c’est la fête à la grenouille: it is raining, it is getting wet, it is the frog’s feast
  • Il fait un froid de canard: literally ” a duck’s cold”= it is freezing
  • un temps de chien ” a dog’s weather”= bad weather, usually cold and rainy- note that the French also use ” un temps de cochon”, ” a pig’s weather” to express the same! “Quel temps de chien ( de cochon) aujourd’hui!
  • pleuvoir des cordes= it is raining cats and dogs- “Il pleut des cordes”
  • un vent à décorner les boeufs ( wind dehorning oxen)= a violent wind
  • avoir la tête dans les nuages ( to have the head in the clouds)= to be a dreamer
  • faire la pluie et le beau temps = to have all powers “Depuis son arrivée, le patron fait la pluie et le beau temps dans son entreprise.”
  • le temps est au beau fixe= the weather is set fair “Il va faire beau pendant toute la semaine, le temps est au beau fixe.3
  • jeter un froid= to put a damper, to have a chilling effect. ” Sa remarque a jeté un froid pendant le repas familial”

 

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Hope this will help you perfect your conversation. Feel free to contact me for any question you may have.

 

“Parler de la pluie et du beau temps”: how to engage a small talk with the French…

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Your French is still basic, but you’d be keen on engaging conversation with French people? There is an easy way to get involved into a superficial conversation. In France we are calling it ” parler de la pluie et du beau temps” ( literally speaking of the rain and good weather), so taking part in some small talk.

après la pluie

The weather forecast is called “la météo”.

Here are a few basic expressions that are very easy to use

Using “Il fait”

It is cold= Il fait froid

It is hot= il fait chaud

Il fait mauvais= the weather is bad

Il pleut= it is raining

Il neige= it is snowing

Il fait beau= the weather is nice

Using ” Il y a”

Il y a du soleil= it is sunny

Il y a du vent= it is windy

Il y a du brouillard= it is foggy

Il y a de l’orage= a thunderstorm is breaking out

Think of using ” avoir” when speaking of sensations about the weather ( being hot, being cold)

J’ai froid= I am cold

Je gèle= I am freezing

J’ai chaud= I am hot

J’ai très chaud= I am very hot

DO NOT USE TO BE IN FRENCH WHILE SPEAKING OF BEING HOT! IT COULD BE MISINTERPRETED AS LEWD SPEECH AND PUT YOU INTO SERIOUS TROUBLE!

Always mind your grammar.

Do not hesitate to contact me. I am here to help you progress and succeed in your learning.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These idioms that will make a difference in the way you speak…

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”

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Interested in learning French catering vocabulary?

Do you have a very specific demand for “French lessons in Paris”, like knowing more about the world of catering in French language?

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You may feel panicked at first. There is is so much to know about ( the utensils, the ingredients, the preparation, the cooking method, fruit and vegetables…etc…)

Be free of any worry!

I will tailor the lesson according to your very specific needs.

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If you need to know everything related to the cooking utensils, we will review them together and I will help you shape the corresponding sentences.

ALL lessons are fun, very informal and adapted to your precise demand.

Do not hesitate any longer. Book NOW!

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