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Succeed in making a phone call in French

 

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If you are not used to making phone calls in French, it is normal to feel a little bit overwhelmed before starting a first conversation.

Do not panic, be organized instead.

You will not be running out of words and you will not make a fool of yourself if you are following a few advices that require a little bit of your common sense.

  • Take a piece of paper and note the object of your call, for instance, ‘hotel room reservation, ‘réservation de chambre d’hôtel’, ‘ réponse à annonce immobilière’, ‘reply to a housing agency’, or ‘demande de congés annuels’, ‘requesting annual holidays’. By clarifying the object of your demand and by writing it down, your brain will take notice of it quite immediately.
  • This step being completed, write a few sentences that are related to the subject mentioned before.  Example: ‘ Bonjour, je vous téléphone à propos  de votre annonce-je vous téléphone au sujet  de mes congés annuels.’
  • Anticipate the different answers that you may be facing, like, for instance:

– Oui, qu’aimeriez-vous savoir?

– J’aimerais connaître la surface du logement.

-Dans quel quartier se situe le logement? A Saint-Germain?

-Très bien, quel est le prix?

-Quand voulez-vous prendre congé?

– J’aimerais réserver la dernière semaine du mois d’août.

 

  • Master your scenario: write all useful sentences down-make sure that they are grammatically correct.
  • Practice with a French speaking conversation partner and/or in front of your mirror until you feel confident enough to pick up your phone.

Ready? Just give it a try. It will truly boost your confidence.

As you know, behind every skilled speaker, there used to be some shy beginner.

Practice makes perfect!

Wishing you much success in becoming a confident speaker!

Also, I’ll be more than happy to help you improve your French in case you need some lessons. Do not hesitate, just get in touch via email!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practical ways to improve your French conversation skills

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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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