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French the natural way: la fête du citron

Coucou les French learners,

le mois de février touche à sa fin, the mont of February comes to an end. C’est déjà le printemps ici en Europe, it is already spring here in Europe !


Enjoy it, I am not going to hold on for a long time/for long

A little goes a long way“.

Acquiring a new language takes a lot of brain work. Your brain has to acquire a new way of thinking. Recently, a dear learner of mine shared a fascinating article about how a language affects our sense of time. Acquiring another language brings us a new way of seeing the world hence my motto “learn a new language and get a new soul“.

The key is to practice regularly, a bit every day so that your brain can process the new structures and vocabulary.

As my favourite online yoga teacher, Adriene says: “it takes discipline to carve out the time, show up for yourself at home and to stick with regular practice.” Discipline is key but when you enjoy it, discipline becomes pleasure!

ENJOY, stick to it and LISTEN, watch & rewatch one of my videos each day, you will get the Din in your head, your brain will think French, you will understand more, it will get easier.

About the sun, be sure to (re)watch this fun story about François who gets all red!

This illustration of le bras de François, François’ arm done by my Dear Man comes along with the video script in the eBook.

My favorite thing about the eBook is that your contribution directly helps those who cannot afford French lessons by ensuring that the weekly free French stories continue on le Français naturellement YouTube channel.

#inputaloneissufficient

La fête du citron à Menton

As the sun is out, so les citrons, the lemons! Menton is a lovely place on la Côte d’Azur, the French Riviera also known as la perle de la France, pearl of France.

Read about this beautiful part of France in this article aimed at intermediate learners Découvrir Menton “.

la Fête du Citron, the Lemon Festival is a special event happening right now. The festival uses 120 tonnes of citrus fruit to decorate its gigantic structures and floats. It is truly an amazing event which attracts hundred of thousands of visitors. There is a different theme each year, past themes were Viva España, Disney, Neverland, and India and this year is about fantastic worlds.

Read more about this exceptional event in this short article for French learners ” Le carnaval de Menton : la Fête du Citron “.

Do you like la tarte au citron, lemon tart? I love it! Here is simple recipe which you can listen to as well on Podcast Français Facile. You can also watch my favourite French cook, Julie Andrieu who prepares a creamy lemon tart with lemons coming from where? Menton, bien sûr !

Finally, (re)watch this popular tale from Sénégal which involve love and lemons: La djinné, la jeune femme et l’oiseau.

L’échange des cheveux

I am continuing the series of 10 stories based on the book by Adriana Ramirez, translated and adapted into French by Kristin ArnasonLearning French with Comprehensible Input Through Storytelling. First Year French. Student’s Book“. I really had fun telling those stories and filming them with my Dear Man. They are funny and catching.

Here is my latest story about l’échange des cheveux, hair exchange!

I LOVE to hear from you: let me know how your hair looks like? Which color? Comment sont tes cheveux ? De quelle couleur ?

I am here to help you acquire French effortlessly.

#trusttheprocess

Happy French acquisition!

P.S. Got friends, family, colleagues or clients who want to become fluent in French? Share this with them, they’ll thank you for it 🙂

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


French the natural way: des histoires d'amour

Coucou les French learners,

last week, we celebrated l’amourla Saint Valentin !


I cannot live without you, it is that LOVE

Read this interesting article about this special day.

Des histoires d’amour

But love has to be celebrated tous les jours, everyday, n’est-ce pas ? Isn’t it?

Here is a selection of love stories you can watch and re-watch:

These beautiful illustrations were done by my Dear Man. They are available along with the video scripts in the eBook.

My favorite thing about the eBook is that your contribution directly helps those who cannot afford French lessons by ensuring that the weekly free French stories continue on le Français naturellement YouTube channel.

You can also watch more “complicated” love stories here:

#inputaloneissufficient

L’écoute active

Listening is key to language acquisition.

To reach a level in which you can produce language spontaneously and easily, you need to hear and read a great deal of the language.

That is why becoming a good listener is key. You may think that being a good listener is to remain quiet and to listen?

Not really! According to a research in a development program designed to help managers become better coaches, a good listener is actually an active listener, someone “who periodically ask questions that promote discovery and insight.” A good listener is also someone who “makes the other person feel supported and convey confidence in him/her, making it a positive experience.”

For instance, this weekend I told a Grimm brothers tale  Les sept corbeaux to 10 years old French learners. They were really into the story and kept asking me questions (in English) such as: “The boys were turned into ravens forever?“, “But why didn’t the dad say he wished his sons back into humans again?“…

They were active listeners. They were interrupting me to ask good questions about the story. And I was feeling good myself because I knew there were comprehending the story. Even better, they were so much into the story, they had forgotten the story was in another language, French!

Une histoire de biscuits

I know it may be more difficult to be an active listener in front of a screen when watching my videos! BUT when you comment a video, you are interacting and actively listening.

The highest and best form of listening comes in playing the same role for the other person that a trampoline plays for a child. It gives energy, acceleration, height and amplification.

Here is my latest story about les biscuits bleus, blue cookies:

Which questions, comments, answers to my questions do you have? I LOVE to hear from you.

I am here to help you acquire French effortlessly.

#trusttheprocess

Happy French acquisition!

P.S. Got friends, family, colleagues or clients who want to become fluent in French? Share this with them, they’ll thank you for it 🙂

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


French the natural way: le secret pour acquérir le Français

Coucou les French learners,

La compréhension, comprehension is the key to acquire a language.

Terry Waltz, a Chinese teacher and polyglot explains in a thoughtful article about second language acquisition that “Comprehensible Input (abbreviated as “CI”) is what makes people gain proficiency in a language. It is the way all babies learn their first language—by understanding the language they hear.

– So on what are you working at the moment at school? – Well, on a table…

Indeed, when my online learners tell me they are able to understand more and more French, they are on their way to fluency!

Le secret d’une polyglotte

Dr Kato Lomb who has acquired 17 languages and who at age 86 was acquiring Hebrew claimed that “she had no special gift for languages.


A polyglot is a sir who speaks several languages with only one (une langue means a language and also tongue).

Her secret? She READ! “She selected on novel in the target language and read it very thoroughly, preferring novels to language texts because of the artificial language used in the latter. Often, it was a difficult novel (the first English author she read was Galsworthy), but when easier reading was available, she took advantage of it.

Her case is fascinating! It has inspired me to read more in my quest to become proficient in German. Dr Lomb explains that when she reads “she uses a dictionary to look a up a word if it appears three times in the text and she still does not understand it. In the beginning, it is a good idea to simply ignore many words you don’t know if you can understand the text without them.”

I hope her case also inspires you to read in French!

Start with an easy reader. Have a look at my book recommendations on my YouTube channel.

Soon I am planning on having a live on Facebook.

I will be reading aloud Frères de sang by French author Mikaël Ollivier

One evening the Lemeuniers are dining and the police arrives with the eldest son, Brice. They accuse Brice of having murdered five people! Martin, his younger brother, knows Brice is innocent – and decides to prove it!

Join me, listen to a captivating story and get inspired to read!

Let me know if you would be interested?

#inputaloneisufficient

Une nouvelle série

I am excited to share with you this new story which is the start of a new series of fun stories.

The stories are based on  Spanish teacher, Adriana Ramirez book Learning French with Comprehensible Input through Storytelling, First year French.

Get the book to read all the details of those great stories and absorb vocabulary effortlessly.

The first story is a cute one about blue cats, des chats bleus.

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

#trusttheprocess

Happy French acquisition!

P.S. The 30 scripts of the season 1 videos are still downloadable as eBook (pdf). Merci, Thank you to all who have already purchased it. Please let me know what you think.

Support the free videos on YouTube without ads by downloading it.

Contribuez à l’acquisition du français pour tous ! Contribute to French acquisition for all!


French the natural way: les crêpes et la motivation

Coucou les French learners,

Bonne fête de la Chandeleur à tous ! Happy Chandeleur to all!

La Chandeleur

La Chandeleur is a special day in France, an opportunity to eat delicious crêpes, miam !

February 2nd is in fact a Catholic holiday when Jesus was presented at the temple in Jerusalem. Making crêpes was a good way to use up the extra wheat ahead of the new harvest. And symbolically, une crêpe looks like a sun, so it is a reason to rejoice as the days started to get longer!

Here is an infographic about this special celebration:

And here is an interesting article about the reason why the French and Belgians eat crêpes on that day: La Chandeleur: pourquoi mange-t-on des crêpes le 2 février ?

I actually got inspired by the above article when I did this week’s video to celebrate La Chandeleur. Find out more about this tradition AND make crêpes with me in my kitchen!

J’ai une confidence à vous faire ! I have a confession to make: le gâteau de crêpes aux deux chocolats didn’t taste that great! Better to fill each of your crêpes the way you want!

This video is a new addition to my playlist Les choses de la vie. Watch this other video about a delicious crêperie in Bretagne, en France.
Be sure to share my videos with you family, friends, colleagues… Anyone who wants to acquire French naturally and joyfully!
Next Saturday, I am starting an exciting new series of fun stories based on  Spanish teacher, Adriana Ramirez book Learning French with Comprehensible Input through Storytelling, First year French.

Se motiver

What a better way to start the month of February than by eating crêpes ? Isn’t that motivant, motivating?

How to motivate yourself to acquire French? This is a question I often get from my learners (and also from myself)!

A fantastic language teacher in the US, Mila Garner has a great way of motivating her learners to listen and read:

An analogy I use to quickly help my students understand why we teach the way we do:

Listening and reading are like the water that fills the cup…and you guys are the cup. Let’s say your goal is to pour that water. That water that is poured is your writing and your speaking. You can only pour that water (speak and write) if you were filled with it (listening and reading) in the first place!

I do this while drawing on the board and they all understand and agree.

Listen and read, #inputaloneissufficient

Isn’t it more motivating than studying French with grammar exercises? Find content you understand and which interests you and listen to it and/or read it.

#trusttheprocess

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 downloadable as eBook (pdf). Merci, Thank you to all who have already purchased it. Please let me know what you think.

Support the free videos on YouTube without ads by downloading it.

Contribuez à l’acquisition du français pour tous ! Contribute to French acquisition for all!

 


French the natural way: les deux ingrédients

Coucou les French learners,

C’est presque la fin du mois de janvier, it is nearly the end of January.

Are you keeping with your resolutions or objectives?


This year: I stop smoking, I do sport, I eat organic, I grow young again, I go to sleep early

Read this great blog post about les bonnes résolutions. It has three parts from difficile to le plus difficile and it has a glossary for each part. Just perfect to start reading in French!

Listen to this song by La Grande Sophie : c’est amusant, it’s fun!

Here are the two simple ingredients to acquire French with joy: listening & reading.

Because #inputaloneissufficient

Ecouter

Dr. Beniko Mason says in a recent interview with Dr Stephen Krashen: “It is the most natural and ordinary way of acquiring a language. People have acquired foreign languages from listening to what they understand from the beginning of human history.

Beginner French learners often ask me on my YouTube channel if they should speak right away and/or practice writing in French. My answer is always to listen as much as you can to input you mostly understand to start with.

In his latest video, polyglot Steve Kaufmann explains how listening is the core skill to acquire another language. He compares it to the the core in our body: it takes regular practice but the more you listen, the more you understand, the more vocabulary and structures you acquire.

Lire

Of course, reading is the other key ingredient to acquire another language. And that  is why, this month of January is dedicated to critiques de livres, book reports!

This week’s book is another French reader written by Kristy Placido (who also wrote Nuits mystérieuses à Lyon).  The story happens in Cameroun, which is a francophone country in Africa. Read and Listen about la francophonie on Podcast Français Facile.

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 to #trusttheprocess

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 downloadable as eBook (pdf). Merci, Thank you to all who have already purchased it. Please let me know what you think.

Support the free videos on YouTube without ads by downloading it. Contribuez à l’acquisition du français pour tous ! 

P.P.S.An exciting collaboration with Spanish teacher, Adriana Ramirez who teaches in Canada starts in February! Yearly and monthly subscription to over 150 exclusive stories and podcasts will be available later this year. Watch this space!


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