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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.