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Autumn in Paris? Always a good idea!

autumn paris 55The fall is always a good period to reassess your language skills.

You are currently staying in Paris and you want to break from your stressful work environment?

Why not set apart a few hours to brush up your conversational French or German?

I am an experienced languages tutor, a native speaker of French and German and I am very willing to help you progress.

We can organize private French or German classes in the place of your choice:

  • your apartment
  • your hotel room
  • a nice Parisian Café
  • a bakery
  • a park

Wherever you are comfortable, we will communicate in French and /or German!

You will benefit from:

  • a relaxed and supportive atmosphere
  • nice and enjoyable learning material-if needed
  • a competent and experienced teacher at your service

Let’s have fun together. Come to learn French and/or German with me!

Any questions? Feel free to contact me!

 

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speak French or German confidently!

You are currently staying in Paris and you would like to seize the opportunity to improve your conversational French or German…or maybe both?

I can help make you a confident speaker!

You will be able to enjoy:

  • a relaxed ambiance
  • a supportive learning approach
  • a talkative atmopshere
  • attractive learning materials

 

No matter how far you have come in your language studies, I am committed to helping you progress. Nearly 90% of the students I met admit that their greatest difficulty lies in self expression.

The more you will speak, the better you will be!

As time goes by, you will be able to master your structures more and more.

Thanks to the guidance of a native speaker, you will become more familiar with idiomatic expressions as well.

Are you ready to challenge yourself? Do not hesitate! Book your conversational courses NOW!

 

 

 

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”.

french grammar

 

german grammar

 

  • 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!

 

 

 

 

 

How to conjugate your French verbs properly

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 !

Avoir                                                                  Etre

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

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bescherelle

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.

Short tourist trips to Paris: is it worth having French lessons?

You have been planning a trip to the French Capital a long time ago. Your hotel or your short term rental apartment is booked, you just bought your tickets.

In the whole effervescence of your upcoming trip, you have planned a lot of things ahead-except maybe for intensive French lessons.

You are staying for 6 weeks or even less to Paris and you have been wondering: should I take some intensive French lessons? Is it really worth it? Will I manage to schedule 10 lessons with all I have to do and to view in the City of Lights?

The answer is YES! It is really worth seizing the opportunity to improve your French and here is why:

  • all lessons are scheduled in 2 hours sessions, which makes it easy to plan over a timeframe of 2 weeks, for instance. Just ask me and I will help you make the lessons fit into your already busy schedule in Paris.
  • while being in Paris, your brain will be stimulated with info in French coming from all sides. You also might be challenged to respond in French in very concrete situations.
  • studying French will give you the weapons needed to speak correctly. With lessons that are totally adapted to your needs, we will work on pronounciation, intonation, vocabulary, grammar and dialogues. The method I am using puts you in concrete communication situations straight away
  • it is all FUN…as we progress, you will be more confident and you will have fun while practicing your French!

 

Coming to Paris soon? Book your lessons NOW. French lessons in Paris are ALWAYS a good idea.

 

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