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French the natural way : l'objectif de l'année !

Coucou les French learners,

As we start the new year, we are full of new resolutions! Download this questionnaire in French on Mondolinguo about what you intend to do this year.

The BIG questions is will we keep them?!


“This week I stay cool, I don’t stress out, I don’t get angry, I keep smiling and being nice, I take life on the good side, I eat less and I stay less in front of screens, I prioritize on my friends and my family…” – “Looking forward to the weekend then!”

To be honest, I don’t really like the word résolutions, resolutions. I would rather use the expression objectifs à atteindre, objectives to reach.

Prendre le temps

In my case, the main issue is trouver le temps, finding the time. Instead of trouver, to find, I should rather use the verb prendre, take : prendre le temps, take the time.

I am reading The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease  and in the first chapter, the author talks about time “Who has the time these days?“. He tells an anecdote when he was sixteen years old and he didn’t have time over the weekend to draw something for the class bulletin’s board. Sister Patricia Joseph told him quietly: “That’s all right, James. But please understand, even the busiest people find time for the things they truly value.

If you truly value acquiring French the natural way, you will find and take the time to listen to French and to read in French. If you find compelling input, it will be even easier to take the time.

I truly value acquiring German, I don’t want to give up! My two problems are that I can’t find compelling and comprehensible input to self acquire German. I also find it hard to do “self German”. The solution is a “German parent” to give me the right input and to boost me. So I have set up a time each week to meet with amazing Kathrin Shechtman.

A massive dose of German input once a week is OK with me because I know that if I set myself to “do” German everyday, I could not make it and I would be frustrated. It is best to do it less, than not to do it.

What is your achievable goal this year to acquire French?

Prendre le temps de lire

Reading more is also on top of my list this year. Instead of having myself to read everyday for half an hour, I have decided to read instead of procrastinating on my phone. So far, I am good at keeping at it. When I have some time off and I am tempted to check things on my phone, I read. I find it much more fulfilling!

In the The Read-Aloud Handbook, Jim Trelease points out that “regular conversations takes care of basic vocabulary. It consists of 5000 words we use all the time. Then there are another 5000 words we use in conversations less often. These 10,000 words are called the Common Lexicon. Reading leaps into the rest of the words, the “rare” words.

That is why Story Listening serves as a bridge to reading and reading helps you acquire more vocabulary and complex structures.

And that is why, I am spending this month recommending you books to read in French. This week I am adding a new book report in my YouTube playlist Critiques de livres.

This book Pirates français des Caraïbes is packed with action and romance and French culture and history in the Caribbeans. It is perfect for French beginners to intermediate. Watch my review and let me know if you have read it already or want to read it:

Be sure to share my videos with you family, friends, colleagues… Anyone who wants to acquire French naturally and joyfully!

Remember #inputaloneissufficient

I love hearing from you so keep up sending me feedback. I am here to help you acquire French effortlessly.

Happy French acquisition! Bonne année 2019 !

#trusttheprocess

P.S. The 30 scripts of the season 1 videos are still downloadable as eBook (pdf). Support the free videos on YouTube without ads by downloading it.

P.P.S. Yearly and monthly subscription to over 150 exclusive stories and podcasts will be available soon. Watch this space!


French the natural way: bonne année 2019 !

Coucou les French learners,

Pour commencer l’année du bon pied, to start the year on the right foot, here is a beautiful quote by French poet and translator Jacques Delille:


“The sweetest happiness is the one that we share”

Une belle année qui se termine

This past year has been full of amazing learnersStory Listening, more videos and a first Ebook!

I am incredibly reconnaissante, grateful for

the 2,117 subscribers on my YouTube channel,

all my wonderful followers who purchased my Ebook and those who are always there by my side,

and for my learners who are my greatest supporters.

Merci du fond du coeur !

De nouveaux chemins qui commencent

I have just finished a poignant novel by French playwright and novelist Véronique Olmi about the real life of religious sister Bakhita who was a slave in Sudan. The novel explores, through the life of this exceptional woman, how boldness, strength and new paths can change a life. The perfect book to start the new year!

Bonne année 2019 ! Keep up acquiring French the natural way, YOUR way. Enjoy the process, read and listen to things that YOU understand and that interest YOU.

Coming your way, more videos about book recommendations (because reading is powerful) and of course more stories (I am addicted to stories, are you?)

Be sure to share my videos with you family, friends, colleagues… Anyone who wants to acquire French naturally and joyfully!

Remember #inputaloneissufficient

I love hearing from you so keep up sending me feedback. I am here to help you acquire French effortlessly.

Happy French acquisition! Bonne année 2019 !

#trusttheprocess

P.S. The 30 scripts of the season 1 videos are still downloadable as eBook (pdf). Support the free videos on YouTube without ads by downloading it

P.P.S. Yearly subscription to stories, articles to read and podcasts to listen to will be available soon. Watch this space!


French the natural way: un cadeau de Noël

Coucou les French learners,

C’est déjà la mi-décembre, it is already mid-December! Time to celebrate!

It is time to celebrate Christmas 

Un joli cadeau !

When I started to make videos on YouTube, my goal was to help French learners from all over the world to listen and understand comprehensible stories in French.

Dr. Stephen Krashen says « We acquire language when we understand what we hear and read » and I for sure know it is the only way to acquire any languages.

Free natural French acquisition for all was the goal. Never in a million years, did I think you would enjoy my stories so much, you also wanted the scripts!

In the past few months, we have worked hard on this with my Dear Man but finally on a réussi, we DID IT!

The Ebook of the 30 scripts of the season 1 videos are available to download here.

And I have a special Christmas gift for all of you my dear French learners! Until December 31st, you get a 20% discount when you download it.

Just type CADEAU in the coupon code box et get the Ebook for 10 Euros.

When you purchase the Ebook you contribute to have more online videos on YouTube for free without any advertising. I don’t know about you, but I dislike watching a video and being cut out by an ad!

I do hope you enjoy reading this collection of mini stories which are written in the present and past tenses. Let me know!

Marie et Médor en Laponie

Marie et Médor Christmas adventures are well on their way! Thank you for all your comments and likes on my YouTube channel. I love reading your thoughts, questions and encouragements!

This week, Marie et Médor are travelling to la Laponie, Lapland. They want to see le Père Noël but will they see him?

Be sure to share this new playlist with you family, friends, colleagues… Anyone who wants to acquire French naturally and joyfully!

Remember #inputaloneissufficient

Also, I love hearing from you so keep up sending me feedback. I am here to help you acquire French effortlessly.

Happy French acquisition!

#trusttheprocess

P.S. We have finished shooting all the Christmas videos, yeah! My Dear Man and I are now taking some time off. See you next year! Joyeuses fêtes et à l’année prochaine !

 


French the natural way : la Saint Nicolas

Coucou les French learners,

Bonne fête de la Saint Nicolas !

It is Saint Nicholas day today and where I live in Germany, it is a big event. My boys were dusting and shining their shoes for his coming.


Les bottes sont encore un peu sales ! Boots are still a bit dirty!

And guess what? Saint Nicholas came by and left some chocolates and a clementine in their shoes (because they were well behaved and their shoes were shining!)

La légende de Saint Nicolas

As I told you last year, le jour de la Saint Nicolas is also celebrated in the North East of France.On the morning of December 6th, if children are well behaved, they will get small presents such as chocolates and oranges. However if they are naughty, le Père Fouettard comes to give them coal. Fouettard comes from the verb fouetter, to whip!


Mes garçons ont été sages ! My boys were good!

The legend we are told in France is quite horrible but I remember I used to love it when I was a child. It is a fascinating story to children. I told it last year when I did the series on YouTube Noël en préparation.

There is also this popular song that I used to sing when I was a child:

Saint Nicolas also happens to be the patron of the city of Nancy, in the Lorraine region (where la quiche lorraine was invented). For 45 days, festivities are happening in the city with parades, food and illuminations.

One orchestra is la fanfare des enfants du boucher !

Les aventures de Marie et Médor

Are you following the Christmas adventures of Marie, l’artiste and Médor, son chien ? There are already 6 stories available to watch on YouTube and there 18 new ones coming!!!

Free French acquisition for all, yeah!

Don’t worry if you cannot watch each video, each day. It is not a challenge, it is a joyful process. Do what you can, honor where you are at.

Whether you binge-watch over the weekend or you manage to watch one story in a week, don’t be harsh on yourself, ENJOY!

#trusttheprocess

Today’s story is about Saint Nicolas bien sûr, of course! Marie & Médor are walking into the woods and soudain, suddenly something strange happens!

Be sure to share this new playlist with you family, friends, colleagues… Anyone who wants to acquire French naturally and joyfully!
Remember #inputaloneissufficient
Also, I love hearing from you so keep up sending me feedback. I am here to help you acquire French effortlessly.

Happy French acquisition!

P.S. The 30 scripts of the season 1 videos are still being proofread!!! Watch out for the eBook (pdf) release soon now!

 


French the natural way: honor where you're at

Coucou les French learners,

The title of today’s newsletter does not come from me. It comes from my favourite online yoga teacher, Adriene Mishler. Two weeks ago, I started the 31 days Yoga Revolution to get ready for Christmas and the 3rd day practice was Honor:

Accept and honor who you are and where you are each time you hit the yoga mat / acquire French. You are going to meet resistance, perhaps you already have. So today, instead of turning off, away or giving up -we not only accept where we are but practice honoring it.”

How many times do you get in a negative mode and you think:  ” je suis coincé “, I am stuck?


I am rubbish, I don’t improve, I don’t speak, I don’t dare

Speaking takes time, it is the result of listening and reading. 

Honor where you’re at in your French journey. Language acquisition takes time but the journey is SO worth it!

#trusttheprocess

Sois qui tu es

This fable is a popular one in France thanks to famous poet, Jean de La Fontaine who wrote it beautifully!

Avant Noël

It is now the end of season #4 but don’t be sad! Something exciting is coming very soon!

Starting tomorrow: new adventures with Marie, l’artiste et son chien Médor.

This was the very first video I published last year when I started my YouTube channel. The goal was to make French acquisition accessible to all for free. Since then, the channel has grown but the most popular video remains the first one with Marie and her dog, Médor. That is why my Dear Man and I thought of following them in new Christmas adventures.

Tu es prêt / prête ? Are you ready for 24 brand new stories right up till Noël, Christmas!!!

Be sure to share this new playlist with you family, friends, colleagues… Anyone who wants to acquire French naturally and joyfully!
Remember #inputaloneissufficient
Also, I love hearing from you so keep up sending me feedback. I am here to help you acquire French effortlessly.

Happy French acquisition!

P.S. The 30 scripts of the season 1 videos are still being proofread!!! Watch out for the eBook (pdf) release in December!


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