French Input

French the natural way: le plaisir de lire

Coucou les French learners,

The community is getting big and and strong! Our first live book club was a success! Members from all the world shared some amazing stories about Le Louvre and where they come from. Watch the replay in case you missed it.

THE POWER OF SHARING! Shared experiences are so powerful to build bonds between French learners. Experiences such as having visiting Paris provide a way for learners to acknowledge a commonality and start further conversations in a relaxed and joyful way.

#youarenotalone

Le club de lecture

We are meeting again! JOIN THE BOOK CLUB!
On Saturday 6th March
6pm GMT
/ 7pm CET / 1pm EST10am PST
Join us live for one hour to discuss Une disparition mystérieuse written by Theresa Marrama.
It has been a week since Alice’s best friend Dominique disappeared. Since that day, Alice’s world has turned upside down, and her life has begun to spiral out of control. Will Alice see her best friend again? Did Alice pay enough attention to the details leading up to her friend’s disappearance? Will an old Louisiana legend come to life? Will she discover a far greater mystery that has haunted the marshes of Louisiana for years?
I love that book! No just because the main character is called Alice!!! Because it is full of suspense! Watch my book review on YouTube.

Lire avec plaisir

The goal of meeting monthly to discuss a French reader is to encourage YOU to read, read, read! Read with pleasure, don’t feel like studying French!

What are the benefits of pleasure reading?

Get lost in a book. Engage and immerse yourself, visualize meanings, relate to characters, and participate in making meaning. Then your brain absorbs the French language effortlessly.

Develop deep understanding, pro activity, resilience, and grit.

Express a growth mindset and a sense of personal and social possibility.

Make significantly more progress in vocabulary and spelling.

#youcandothis

TIP OF THE WEEK

Doctor Beniko Mason recommends to start reading about 50-70 pages per week and then to gradually increase the amount to 100 pages and then 150 pages per week.

It is actually hard to start reading in a foreign language but we have your back! When you join us, you have access to hundreds of stories sorted by level (from Baby, Infant, Teen, Adult to Senior!) and by interest (love, funny, true, sad, animals…).

Set yourself to read and listen to 5 stories per day at first, then gradually increase the amount to 10 stories per day! It is easy, you don’t have to look for readers at your level, you have ALL the reading you need at hand.

I have set myself to read at least 5 pages a day in German. So far it has been easy to stick to the challenge. I read whilst having my breakfast. I don’t look at my phone, my emails until later in the day when I am ready to work. Find a routine which fits in your day and stick to it!

Are you ready to start reading in French everyday? Don’t wait, start now.

#becomefluentinfrench

QUOI DE NEUF ?

If you are new to our approach, check out our new series about the language ACQUISITION PROCESS.

The series is drawing to an end! In the last video, I talk about Doctor Beniko Mason‘s work on language acquisition. I share how Doctor Mason developed a successful reading program for her students in Japan and how they achieved amazing result at the TOEIC.

Don’t miss out the last video of the series which will be about Doctor Stephen Krashen, the man who introduced the comprehensible input hypothesis and changed my way of teaching French!

After reading Le pari du singe et du lièvre, which is an amusing folktale from Mauritania, Will commented :

” That was a funny story. I liked that word “archi-faux” , I had never seen it before. Also, I like the way the underlined words have been embedded in the text. Since joining this site I have increased my vocabulary immensely. And by going back to the baby stage repeatedly, I am building a very strong foundation. It’s a great way to learn.”

#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 From March 1st, the membership rates are changing for new members joining us. Embark on the French journey for 3 months, 6 months or one year. If you want to join for just one month for 4.75 Euros, you still have 3 days left! Join us now.


French the natural way: join the book club on Saturday!

Coucou les French learners,

I have just received the most cheerful comment on the Community Chat. Will said:

Salut Alice, just wanted to says thanks to your wonderful site I am now reading more books in French and feeling comfortable doing so. I still struggle with speaking, however I follow everything that you advise, including doing the actions, and I know it won’t be long before I am also comfortable with that. Many thanks to you, and your team, for the work you put in and for your commitment to teaching.

That is exactly what we had in mind when we, my dear Man and I, started to make videos and launch the membership!

We want French learners to gain confidence and to become autonomous learners. In other words to bring YOU, the learners to the point where you no longer need us and can continue to improve on your own.

Yes, acquiring a language IS a lonely experience. Watching a video, listening to a podcast, reading a book is lonesome. And it can be hard to acquire a new language alone. But it doesn’t have to be that way all the time!

SHARE your experience, SHARE your journey.

JOIN THE BOOK CLUB!

Le club de lecture

On Saturday 13th February
5pm GMT
 / 6pm CET / 12pm EST / 9am PST

Join us live for one hour to discuss Mystère au Louvre  written by Theresa Marrama.

Stéphane is a boy with a dream to one day visit the Louvre museum. Of course, he wants to see all of the famous art, but he has read that there are other things that haunt the museum at night. Through research and asking questions, he gets an idea that is sure to make his first trip to the museum a memorable one. Will Stéphane’s idea pan out in the end, or will it be his worst idea yet? 

Let’s talk about the bookDownload the questions here.

Get involved

The purpose of the Book Club is to bring the French learners community together.

Let’s learn about and discuss something that matters to YOU.

Let’s read, formulate opinions, and discuss stories together.  Often, the thing that prevents learners from reading in French is a misunderstanding of what is available to them. When you discover a book you understand and that excites you, you are more inclined to spend time reading in French!

Increase your vocabulary and comprehension

Let’s delve into a character’s motivations, the relationships between protagonists and antagonists, themes, and more so that YOU deeply understand the story.  These discussions are presented in a way that is accessible. They give YOU the space to uncover the story independently and as a community.

These conversations expand your ability to state your ideas in French. YOU get to develop conversation skills.

YOU are encouraged to push yourself and grow as a reader and a learner.

Communicate with real people

YOU now have a space to talk, ask questions, and interact with the other members of the community. The process feels safer and more enjoyable. It fosters your ability to listen and react, and it creates a sense of community around books – and so, so much more!

There are endless benefits of joining the book club. We are so excited to add le club de lecture to our membership. I mean, come on! For just 4.75 Euros per month, you get one hour of a live French class at least once a month!!!

Even better… The sessions are recorded and added to the bank of resources available on the membership. Another video to watch and watch again. Another source of optimal input!

What are you waiting for?! See you on Saturday!

QUOI DE NEUF ?

If you are new to our approach, check out our new series about the language ACQUISITION PROCESS.

In this series, I go over the six conditions to acquire French (or any other languages) the painless way! In the last video, I explained the fifth condition to acquire French which is to absorb it first, then to learn the rules! Find out how in this video.

#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!


French the natural way: bougez, move!

Coucou les French learners,

L’hiver est presque terminé, winter is almost over…

On Tuesday, we celebrated la Chandeleur, Candlemass which exactly falls 40 days after Christmas. It is the occasion to eat crêpes which look and feel like the sun, light, spring maybe…

 
A la Chandeleur, le jour croît de deux heures, the day grows by two hours.

A la Chandeleur, l’hiver cesse ou reprend vigueur, winter ends or strengthens.

Read an older post about this popular French celebration.

Since days are getting longer, let’s move!

React to verbal input

Over the past few weeks, I have been experimenting French in action with my online classes.

I mean I already knew TPR – Total Physical Response which is a method of teaching language or vocabulary concepts by using physical movement to react to verbal input. The process mimics the way that infants learn their first language, and it reduces learners inhibitions and lowers stress. The purpose of TPR is to create a brain link between speech and action to boost language and vocabulary learning.

It is very effective but even more effective when using rich and abundant vocabulary! I read Vive l’action ! Live Action French and j’ai eu le déclic, it just clicked! I had to try it! I also am very lucky to have Contee Seely, one of the author of the book, in my intermediate class so I could ask him for advice too!

James Asher who has researched the method for decades explains: ” When you get to respond with appropriate actions to commands, your learning is far more efficient and your involvement fuller than if you don’t move. For example, it is not enough for you to understand the meaning of “se lever” or “s’asseoir”. As an acquirer, you must construct your own reality by physically standing when you hear “levez-vous” and sitting when you hear “asseyez-vous”.

Speaking is delayed until comprehension has been thoroughly internalized. Eventually, as comprehension of the target language expands and expands, talk will spontaneously appears. Of cours, like infants learning their first language, when speech appears, there will be many distortions. But gradually, in time, learner’s speech will shape itself in the direction of the native speaker.

#inputaloneissufficient

TIP OF THE WEEK

LISTEN & RESPOND physically. When you hear an action, do it too.

For example when you hear “il dort” (which comes out in the fable Les plumes du paon, in session 14 – Online Self Paced Course Baby Stage for beginners), do the ACTION of sleeping OR DRAW the peacock sleeping. Become an ACTIVE listener.

Download the template to draw here.

Share your drawings, share your templates with the French learners community #idrawfrenchwithaliceayel #jedessineavecaliceayel

There are now new exclusive videos and slideshows to respond to series of commands: start your day, open a present

Watch the video and do the actions with me. Then read the instructions again and answer the questions on the slideshow.

Look at the slideshow – Commencer la journée !

QUOI DE NEUF ?

The a new series about the language ACQUISITION PROCESS is proving to be popular! I love reading about your personal experience learning a new language. It is truly fascinating and motivating!

In this series, I go over the six conditions to acquire French (or any other languages) the painless way! In the last video, I explained the fourth condition to acquire French which is to acquire it first, not to learn it! Find out how the human brain is wired to acquire any languages.

When you are a member, you can read and listen to the script too.

I have just finished recording the compelling true story of NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant. Did you know he spent his childhood in Italy and had to acquire the Italian language? I hope you will feel the birth of a legend when you listen to the audio book available on the membership! I also try to read the story slowly and to pronounce the words distinctly to allow you to comprehend the story.

This is another fruitful collaboration with Theresa Marrama and another version in the past tense is coming soon!

Listening to the community, I am launching un club de lecture, a book club on Saturday February 13
at 5pm GMT / 6pm CET / 12pm EST / 9am PST

PSST… It is FREE for all members!

We will talk about one of the audio books available on the membership. So vote for one in the community chat.
It is THE opportunity to meet other French learners like you. Get motivated to read more French books.

BOOST your Frenchfidence!

#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!


French the natural way: how to stick to the routine in 3 steps

Coucou les French learners,

Ça y est ! L’année 2021 est en marche !

Last week, we started the beginner class and intermediate class with Express fluency. It is so much fun to tell stories and have meaningful interactions with French learners!

At the start of the new year, we also had a productive live session to set French goals. With a group of motivated learners, we sang Les bonnes résolutions by La Grande Sophie. This gave me the idea to create a new type of resources, les Diaporamas to understand the lyrics of popular songs. Because singing is a JOYFUL way to acquire French naturally!

During our live session, we talked about MOTIVATION and HAVING a FRENCH ROUTINE.

Let’s face it, sticking to a routine when you have a zillion things to do is not easy BUT… You want to become fluent in French, right?

#youcandothis

Find comprehensible input

TO UNDERSTAND is crucial and necessary to acquire French.

The Input hypothesis developed by Stephen Krashen states that ” linguistic competence is only advanced when language is subconsciously acquired. Conscious learning cannot be used as a source of spontaneous language production.”

That is why you FIRST need to find French INPUT which is comprehensible to you. When you understand what you hear or read, that is when your brain does the work for you! Your brain acquires the new vocabulary and structures subconsciously and effortlessly.

It is not an easy task to find comprehensible input when you are a beginner. That why my Dear Man and I have designed the Baby Stage self pace online course. It has 31 sessions of stories and cultural explanations made comprehensible for total beginners.

Find Compelling input

In the Compelling Input hypothesis, Stephen Krashen explains that ” compelling means that the input is so interesting you forget that it is in another language. It means you are in a state of “flow”.

In flow, the concerns of everyday life and even the sense of self disappear – our sense of time is altered and nothing but the activity itself seems to matter. Flow occurs during reading when readers are “lost in the book”.

Compelling input appears to eliminate the need for motivation, a conscious desire to improve. When you get compelling input, you acquire whether you are interested in improving or not.”

When you find input you UNDERSTAND AND input you WANT TO LISTEN TO and TO READ, you don’t really need to find the motivation to acquire French everyday.

Stick to a routine

That is maybe the hardest part because you always have other things to do, right?

First of all, reading and listening to compelling comprehensible input is not a chore! It is JOYFUL.

During our live session, I shared a fascinating article by Catherine Andrews about sticking to routines and I realized that ” the truth about routines is that they are actually an investment in yourself and an act of self love.

I also came to understand that ” if you have problems sticking to routines, it is not because you are lazy or lack willpower. It is because you are afraid of something, or don’t believe in yourself.

Do you BELIEVE you can become fluent in French? I do!

#trustheprocess

QUOI DE NEUF ?

We are back on YouTube! 

After much thought, I decided to start the new year with a new series about the language ACQUISITION PROCESS.

In this series, I go over the six conditions to acquire French (or any other languages) the painless way! I explain what comprehensible input means and why you also need compelling, rich and abundant input to make good progress.

When you are a member, you can read and listen to the script too.

There are now 8 sessions in the Infant Stage online self paced course for upper beginners. There are compelling stories to keep acquiring the most common French structures. Stories are getting longer and include richer input but no worries! The Baby Stage prepared you to understand more complex stories.

After watching session 3 to acquire devoir, to have to, Andy says: ” I can’t believe how quickly 30 minutes went by….

There are also NEW vocalizing sessions to boost your confidence to start speaking French.

I share with you phrases to repeat because infants start making sounds and saying words and short sentences. They are getting ready to speak. The same applies to you. You can get ready to speak by repeating after me short and fun phrases. Again, there is NO need to memorize them. It is just a way to boost your confidence and HAVE FUN!

REVIEW OF THE WEEK

Tom who is a new member says: ” I have just finished watching LA SORCIÈRE DU PLACARD AUX BALAIS. I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed it. I was so absorbed by the story, the voices you used etc… that at times I stopped noticing I was listening to French and focused on the story. Thank you for creating such wonderful videos.”

#inputaloneissufficient

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!


French the natural way: let's do it!

Coucou les French learners,

J’espère que vous passez de bonne fêtes de fin d’année ! Joyeux Noël ! I hope the end of year celebrations are going well! Merry Christmas!

We enjoyed a great live session last Tuesday. It was the first live event of the community members and it was wonderful to see my dear learners sweet faces!


Avec les membres de la communauté, on chante !

We sang together Bons baisers de Fort de France by La compagnie Créole. This is a popular Christmas song from the French Caribbean island, La Martinique. Over there, Christmas is quite different! We could enjoy a bit of the sun and warmth from this happy song!

The new year is now fast approaching and it is time to think about les résolutions, resolutions.

Objectifs 2021

You want to become fluent in French #youcandothis

Did you know that when you have a specific accountability appointment with another person, it can increase your chance of SUCCESS by 95%!!!

Let’s have our FIRST appointment of the year.

Join us for 1 hour LIVE to SET your 2021 French GOALS!
Tuesday 5th January
5pm GMT / 6pm CET / 12pm EST / 9am PST

Be ready to

  • SING a pop song about new year’s resolutions
  • SET your GOALS to become FLUENT in French
  • SHARE something you do in French that WORKS (I will share with my own tricks to achieve fluency!)

Don’t worry if you cannot speak French yet. YOU are here to get French comprehensible and compelling input AND to GET MOTIVATED.

Let’s build a STRONG and SUPPORTIVE community!

Can’t wait to help you ACHIEVE your GOALS!

#trustheprocess

QUOI DE NEUF ?

We will be back soon on YouTube with new Marie & Médor adventures and new compelling series for beginners and more advanced learners too.

In the meantime, check out the new stories and exclusive videos:

There are now 6 sessions in the Infant Stage online self paced course for upper beginners. There are compelling stories to keep acquiring the most common French structures. Stories are getting longer and include richer input but no worries! The Baby Stage prepared you to understand more complex stories.

After watching session 3 to acquire devoir, to have to, Andy says: ” I can’t believe how quickly 30 minutes went by….

There are also NEW vocalizing sessions to boost your confidence to start speaking French.

I share with you phrases to repeat because infants start making sounds and saying words and short sentences. They are getting ready to speak. The same applies to you. You can get ready to speak by repeating after me short and fun phrases. Again, there is NO need to memorize them. It is just a way to boost your confidence and HAVE FUN!

REVIEW OF THE WEEK

Liva who is doing the the Baby Stage says: ” I have not had any other exposure to French yet I now talk in French every day.  I make mistakes but, with joy and confidence (and intonation I’ve learned from Alice), I tell stories, and discuss daily activities.  It’s such a pleasure to see Alice’s method working!

#inputaloneissufficient

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 Want to boost your French next year? Join me at Express Fluency for a weekly beginner class and intermediate class.


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