French the natural way: next book club!

Coucou les French learners,

Spring is around the corner! Let’s celebrate, let’s feel the energy and let’s open our minds to new perspectives!

I don’t know about you, but the last winter months have been a roller coaster with a strict lock down and having to juggle between family and work. I tried to stick to my target of reading 5 pages of German daily but some days, I just couldn’t. Maybe because what I was reading, was not compelling enough. I could understand it but it was just not enough interesting to me.

Meeting the community during our last book club motivated me. Hearing members who read Une disparition mystérieuse by Theresa Marrama although they sometimes found it difficult to understand encouraged me to keep up! If you are part of our caring community and missed it, watch the replay.

Having a strong community and feeling you are not alone is PRECIOUS.

Le club de lecture

We are meeting again! JOIN THE BOOK CLUB!

On Saturday 27th March
6pm GMT
/ 7pm CET / 1pm EST10am PST
Join us live for one hour to discuss La nouvelle fille written by Jennifer Degenhardt.
Akshara, whose family is originally from Togo, is the new girl at the high school in town. It’s a school year that Akshara is not likely to forget, as she makes friends and meets a boy, Cooper. Like Cooper and many of the students at the school Akshara is very involved in sports, so she gets along with her new classmates well. But issues arise with her newfound friendship with Cooper when their differences are highlighted by the adults in their lives. 
This book is for sure the starting point of a fruitful discussion. I can’t wait to share ideas, experiences, opinions with YOU, my DEAR members!
Gain new friends #youarenotalone
Increase your vocabulary and comprehension #readingispower
Reduce your stress #relax
Communicate with real people in French #youcandothis

Lis, lis et lis

Why is reading SO important?

Here are a few highlights from The Importance of reading in second language acquisition by Daniel Dong:
Reading, even at a slow pace exposes you to more sentences, grammar, and new vocabulary per minute than the average, short class, TV show, or song. This is why learners who read books are able to speak French more fluently than learners who don’t.
Reading supports and feeds the brain with the correct language structures.

Reading is a friendship.
Although reading may be a source of frustration at first, learners who make it a ritual to read gain language skills much faster than their counterparts.
The more you read in French, the easier it gets. This is what is happening to me in German. I have started reading Die Entdeckung der Currywurst by Uwe Timm. It is not a reader, it is an authentic German novel. At first, it was hard! But the more I read it, the more I understand. It is fascinating how the brain can adapt to the new language!
Literature makes use of natural language patterns in familiar contexts that you can relate to. You make connections and recollect those language structures much faster.

Books contain a richer and more refined form of language. Most books have been written, drafted, and re-drafted until they convey the intended meaning. Whereas when using speech, the meaning can be ambiguous in comparison to a written form, as when speaking we don’t take that much time to think before relaying the information. Relying on just spoken forms can lead to a simplified acquisition of language skills, in spoken form we could say “ Il fait beau ” to express the weather is nice, but in a written form we could throw in “ Il fait un temps splendide, merveilleux, agréable ” the list could go on and on.


Keep up reading #readingispower

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…).

You also have access to audio books to help you transition to chapter books.

Watch my book talks on YouTube to get inspired!


Jarps Art says: ” Salut! J’ai déjà regardé toutes les vidéos du Baby Stage et de l’Infant Stage. C’est incroyable comme je comprends presque tout. Je suis très heureux que j’ai trouvé la chaîne YouTube d’Alice Ayel et cette page. J’ai également compris que je peux apprendre le français à l’âge adulte. Je sais que mon français n’est pas parfait mais c’est normal. Merci à vous Alice pour des vidéos incroyables !

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 this spring? Join me at Express Fluency for a weekly beginner class and intermediate class. Classes start mid-April.




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