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French the natural way: en mai, fais du français 2019

Coucou les French learners,

Joyeux premier mai, Happy 1st May!


May this bit of lily of the valley bring you happiness all year long

Why do the French give muguet, lily of the valley on the 1st of May? Find out in le Petit Scribe blog post.

En mai, fais du français

This year, I have another special challenge for you! I have created un calendrier du mois de mai 2019, a May calendar 2019.

Each day of the coming month, watch one of my videos.

Focus on comprehensible French input everyday!

Listen to a fun story.

Discover a beautiful part of Portugal or France.

Read a book with me.

Find out about a compelling French reader.

Listen to a magical tale, a Greek myth or a fable.

#coucou2019

Can you raise the challenge?

Télécharge le calendrier, download the calendar here.

Invite a friend or loved one to join you for the month.

I have also assembled the playlist on YouTube so you can START NOW!

First video is a fun love story involving des chiens roses, pink dogs!

You can save the calendar and check off each day as you go or you can follow along with the playlist.

The new videos (or Nouveau !) are released on Saturdays.

When you have watched a video, share it on Social Media with #coucou2019. That way, you make yourself accountable and we can support and motivate each other!

I am super exciting about this and I hope you are too!!! I hope to see many #coucou2019

Remember?

The only cure is MORE INPUT.

#inputaloneissufficient

I am here to help you acquire French effortlessly.

#trusttheprocess

Happy French acquisition!

P.S. Yearly and monthly subscription to over 150 exclusive stories and podcasts are nearly ready! Can’t wait to share more compelling French input with you!!!


French the natural way : Notre-Dame de Paris

Coucou les French learners,

I was going to write about something completely different but yesterday’s event has changed everything.

As a Parisian, I am shocked and sad. To look on the bright side, Notre-Dame is not completely destroyed and no one is dead. Les pompiers de Paris, the Parisian firefighters did an amazing job throughout the night!

Un hommage

Notre-Dame is part of l’Histoire avec un grand H. Countless writers and poets have written about the Beautiful Lady. Bien sûr, of course Victor Hugo wrote a whole love story taking place in Notre-Dame de Paris.

In the novel, Hugo actually describes flames in the Cathedral when Quasimodo uses fire and stones to attack Truands in order to save Esméralda.

There is also Téophile Gauthier beautiful poem about Notre-Dame, Our Lady.


Notre Dame de Paris, Albert Lebourg

And this other shorter poem by Gérard Nerval, who compares the monument to a very old lady about to die but who will always stay puissante et magnifique.

One of the most ancient literary work mentioning the Cathedral is Gargantua by Rabelais. The novel was written in the 16th century and tells the extravagant adventures of a giant named Gargantua. He travels to Paris to perfect his education. He enjoys sitting on the towers of Notre-Dame to rest. The Parisians are amused to see a giant resting on the church. But one day, Gargantua decides to take les cloches, the bells to put on sa jument, his mare! The Parisians are not so happy but Gargantua gives them back in return of a big meal consisting of  “300 bœufs cuisinés en sauce et de 200 moutons rôtis” ! Read the story here.


Gargantua en haut de Notre-Dame par Gustave Doré

La dernière vidéo de la série

It is the end of of the series of 10 stories based on the book by Adriana Ramirez, translated and adapted into French by Kristin Arnason “Learning French with Comprehensible Input Through Storytelling. First Year French. Student’s Book“.

I posted the last story on Saturday which is about superheroes and cartables, school bags!

I am now taking a break to shoot a new series in my new hometown in Portugal. Watch out for this space!

New video on Saturday 4th of May.

J’adore vos commentaires !

I love hearing from you!

This weekend, I got one of the best comment by a former language teacher.

James Hayden wrote: “After having watched pretty much every video you’ve made, all I can say is this method works much better than I ever expected. I’ve gone from not understanding French at all other than “bonjour” to being able to watch and understand certain types of French TV shows (mostly children’s programming at this point) in about 6 months of almost daily listening combined with other listening/reading practice.

To be fair, I am also already fluent in another romance language, which helps because so much of the grammar and vocabulary is similar. But listening to your stories is what has gradually allowed my brain to understand French. The only downside is that I have no idea how to spell or conjugate verbs in French yet, but I suspect that if I were to read more this would also start to come naturally just as it did for my other languages. Speaking is also difficult for me still, but I have a patient language partner to practice with. You’ve inspired me to question many of my assumptions about language learning, and I only wish input of this caliber existed for other languages.”

This comment is truly useful for all language learners, including myself, who may think they need to practice speaking or to do some grammar worksheets! First thing is to UNDERSTAND in order to communicate.

The only cure is MORE INPUT.

#inputaloneissufficient

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!

P.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: juste la lecture...

Coucou les French learners,

Le printemps est arrivé chez moi ! Spring has arrived at my home!

At this time last year, I published a video about a special garden in la Bretagne, France.

It is getting warmer, ça se réchauffe but there are still cold and rainy days! Des jours de froid et de pluie !


“There are spring rains, delicious when the sky seems to cry of joy.” Paul-Jean Toulet is a poet and a novelist.

So no excuse not to enjoy a good book!

La lecture

I just read about a fascinating case of an adult learner of English as a foreign language who overcame her struggles by reading. This particular learner “had been troubled by the thought that her English was poor, especially in informal situations.

Sounds familiar? Many language learners feel the same way. They lack confidence. This particular learner whose name is Karey “found making presentations in English very frightening, frustrating, and exhausting, especially in front of professors of English as a Foreign Language… Her grammar mistakes and incorrect word choices made her feel humiliated in front of an audience.

How did karey solve her problem? She first tried different approaches: “She began with attempting to read classic literature, a path that many adults try, without success. The language level was simply too high and incomprehensible… She tried online English tutors with a private teacher. She stopped because of the tutors’ obsession with correcting her pronunciation.

Finally she started “to read simple English books she had bought for her children, the Magic Tree House series. These books were not boring, even though they were written for young readers.” And then petit à petit, little by little she read “classic children’s fiction such as Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, Swan Lake, and The Secret Garden; and simplified literary works of titles such as Jane Eyre, Anna Karenina, A Christmas Carol, The Great Gatsby, etc.

What happened? Karey’s confidence grew and when she had to give another presentation in English, she felt at ease speaking. She says: “When focusing on the content, I simply forgot that I was using English in all discussions!“;

#inputaloneissufficient

La fiction

Many language learners think they have to “practice” the language in order to learn it. Karey’s case shows the opposite. There is no need to memorize vocabulary nor to practice repeating made-up dialogues.

Fiction contains exactly the materials we need to face this challenge; it includes communication of all types such as chatting, negotiation, discussion, description, narration and even teasing or joking. No school text will encompass all the language features we are likely to encounter in real life.” (Hsieh, Wang & Lee, 2011; McQuillan, 2016).

#trusttheprocess

Krashen (2016) proposed that we achieve the highest level of literacy and language competence over three stages:

  1. hearing stories,
  2. reading self-selected narrow recreational texts,
  3. reading self-selected professional texts in an area of personal interest.

Let’s complete the first stage by listening to this fun story about un roi, a king in Australia who wants to marry his daughter, la princesse !

This video is part of the series of 10 stories based on the book by Adriana Ramirez, translated and adapted into French by Kristin Arnason “Learning French with Comprehensible Input Through Storytelling. First Year French. Student’s Book“.

The best way to listen to comprehensible French for free!

By purchasing the eBook of the scripts to Season #1 videos, you contribute to help those who cannot afford French lessons by ensuring that the weekly free French stories continue on le Français naturellement YouTube channel.

I am here to help you acquire French effortlessly.

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 AND see me in Agen this summer? Contact me directly.


French the natural way: un rendez-vous à Agen

Coucou les French learners,

Enfin ! At last! Je suis de retour, I am back!

I am now in Portugal, enjoying a new life and acquiring a new language too: Portuguese. I keep reminding myself that “the journey is the reward“.


The most important is not the destination, it is the journey

I know that in order to acquire Portuguese, I am going to have to LISTEN first, to listen to a massive dose of input which is comprehensible to me. I am going to READ too. Then, I will be able to speak.

Rendez-vous à Agen

Judith Dubois who teaches English in Agen, France answered this good question on Quora: Apart from speaking and reading books, how do I improve my speaking and writing skills in English? Is there a website available where someone could correct me? How long would it take to master these skills?“. 

Her answer is straightforward and can be applied to any other languages: “Your ability to understand spoken English (or French) will improve if you listen to compelling and easily comprehensible recordings. And your spoken English (or French) will reflect your level in listening comprehension.

Judith Dubois also happens to organize the summer conference in Agen when amazing teachers meet from all over the world. During weekday mornings, the participants can observe experienced teachers working with students in Language Labs. This summer, I will be a student in the Latin class.

Why don’t you join me and continue to acquire French with fantastic teacher Sabrina Janczak? You can attend the French classes in the mornings, have lunch with me and other like minded teachers and students. In the afternoon, you can visit Agen and the region. Lessons are from Monday 22nd to Friday 26th July. They start at 8:30 a.m each morning till noon for as little as 90 Euros for the whole week!


Sabrina Janczak giving French comprehensible input to learners in Agen last year.

And if you want to boost your French proficiency to the next level, there will be an immersion French class, the week after the conference with Sabrina Janczak for 345 Euros or $390 (After May 1 the price for the course will increase). Have a look at how the week is organized here: https://www.frenchrev.org/product-page/agen

If you are interested, contact me directly. I hope to see you!!!

Les bonnes habitudes

Good habits to acquire French or any other languages are easy to follow: LISTEN & READ.

#inputaloneissufficient

Are you watching 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“? It is the best way to listen to comprehensible French for free!

The latest video is about une fille paresseuse, a lazy girl who tries to have des habitudes saines, healthy habits.

I LOVE to hear from you: let me know if you have good habits? Or if you are lazy? Tu as des bonnes habitudes ? Tu es paresseux ou paresseuse ?

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: 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.


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