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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!

Can you count in French?

Counting in French can sometimes be felt as a major difficulty for non-native speakers.

Would you like to count from 1 to 20?

It is very easy. Let us do it together.

0= zéro

1= un                                                                        11= onze

2= deux                                                                    12= douze

3=trois                                                                      13= treize

4=quatre                                                                  14= quatorze

5= cinq                                                                      15=quinze

6= six                                                                         16= seize

7= sept ( do not pronounce the p)                        17= dix_sept

8= huit                                                                        18= dix-huit

9= neuf                                                                        19= dix-neuf

10= dix                                                                        20= vingt (don’t pronounce the g)

This was fun, right?

Ready to succeed in French with Isabelle? Of course, during a one-to-one lesson, I will help you perfect your pronounciation!

 

Now are you interested in learning ordinal numbers?

These ones are very useful, because they are used;

  • to name the 20 arrondissements of Paris
  • to speak about the floor on which you live
  • to classify winners in a competition
  • to set a date on the calendar ( example: le premier mai..but…be careful, le 2, le 3 mai and same for the other numbers)
  • to speak about high school classes ( sixième, cinquième…)
  • to express the first time, the second time etc…
  • to mention a birthday/ anniversary
  • to speak about centuries

-premier ( 1st), deuxième ( second), troisième ( third), quatrième ( fourth), cinquième ( 5th), sixième ( 6th), septième ( 7th), huitième (8th), neuvième, (9th), dixième( 10th), onzième ( 11th), douzième (12th), treizième (13th), quatorzième (14th), quinzième (15th), seizième (16th), dix-septième ( 17th), dix-huitième (18th), dix-neuvième (19th), vingtième ( 20th)

Interested in French lessons in Paris? Any questions? Feel free to contact me via the email mentioned in the ‘ contact me’ section of this website.

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Three sentences that will take you anywhere! (beginners)

Being a beginner in French and alone in the country can be a scary experience.  You feel that people are speaking very fast and also overwhelmed, most of the time when trying to express yourself…

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Here are three sentences in French that you can apply in many situations ( at the bakery, at the Café or at the market). Learn them by heart and it will save you from a lot of struggle!

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  1. Je voudrais ( I would like)- un croissant,- un café, -un kilo de tomates, s’il vous plait. Je voudrais + article and noun+ s’il vous plait.
  2. Je vais prendre un croissant,-un café,-un kilo de tomates. Je vais prendre ( I am going to take) + article+ noun
  3. Or use the structure article + noun+ s’il vous plait! Un croissant, s’il vous plait!

 

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Got it? Very easy indeed. All you have to do now is to go practice it!

 

 

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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No French conversation partner? No worries!

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You just arrived in Paris and you are starting to get settled with your job and home.

You started taking French lessons and you are doing your best to progress fast. However, the people you are connected with in Paris are all English speaking, and so is your company. You are feeling that something is missing to help you go further in your learning of French.

No French conversation partner available right now? No worries.

 

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Here are a few tips to work out your conversational French if you are on your own:

  • Step out into the streets of the Capital and use every pretext to engage a conversation: order some coffee, buy some croissants, ask for info about a place, buy some fruit and vegetables. This is FREE practice that you can apply ANY TIME. And do not be shy about making mistakes: most people will correct you if what you are saying is incorrect in French.
  • use some audio documents and repeat sentences…do it several times during the day…the more you repeat, the better you will be.
  • take your phone and make a call to an administration: just ask for some very basic things ( if you are feeling usure, you can always prepare a few sentences on a paper sheet)
  • use passive learning: turn on your TV, radio or audio documents and keep doing what you have to do…just hearing French regularly will also make you progress rapidly. I am using passive learning regularly when I don’t have time with other languages, and I can ensure you that it truly works.
  • Try to think in French, and use the structures that you already know.

 

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you need some further learning tips. I am very willing to help you out!

Wishing you best luck in learning French rapidly!

 

 

 

 

 

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