French the natural way: penser comme un Français

Coucou les French learners,

Soleil de juin, ne ruine personne ! “, Sun in June does not ruin nobody! This is a saying from the beautiful Ardèche region in the South of France. Les célèbres gorges de l’Ardèche are a paradise for canoers and kayakers, les canoéistes et les kayakistes.

Les gorges de l’Ardèche sont incontournables


The May Challenge 2019 is over. Bravo to all who finished it!

If you haven’t finished it, PAS DE SOUCIS ! NO WORRIES!

Continue comme ça, keep it up! The last video of the challenge is a short story based on the book Histoires Pressées by French author Bernard Friot.

Maintenant que vous avez pris le coup de main, now that you got the hang of it, keep watching, listening to and/or reading French. It is THE BEST and THE ONLY way to acquire the language.

Penser en français

Luca Lampariello is a polyglot. He speaks 13 languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Polish. And he doesn’t stop there! At the moment, he is learning Hungarian and perfecting his Polish!

I am always fascinated by people who are fluent in so many languages. Their thoughts on language acquisition are always inspiring.

Luca’s recent post and video about training your brain to think in another language caught my eye (and brain). Most of my learners translate in their heads when they want to say something in French (and in Spanish). It is a natural reflex to want to translate what you hear or want to say in another language.

I think Luca’s advice on it is good: “For beginners, it’s often the best way to quickly get comfortable with a new language, and make fast progress. As you progress, you’ll find that you’ll need to translate into your native language less and less, and, just like the training wheels on a bike, you’ll eventually grow beyond it.”

The long-term goal is of course to stop translating and to have the language flow out naturally without thinking.

To achieve that, Luca Lampariello gives the best advice: “you need massive input to help you get there. ” He goes on explaining: “Massive input is necessary because language learning happens both consciously and subconsciously. You can learn a lot of language from just having conversations, but you really need a lot of exposure to make thinking in another language feel effortless and natural.


Les sources d’input

To help you get a massive dose of input, I have worked out a weekly plan

Get your daily dose of French input.

When you become a member, Les suggestions de la semaine encourage you to read and listen to one story each day of the week, so 5 French readings with audio, and a bonus reading/audio for the weekend. As the week goes by, the language in the text becomes more advanced. Have a peak at this week’s suggestions.

News in French is also another excellent source to get daily input. The founder, Max Lalanne writes all in French in a fun and casual style about the day’s most interesting stories, as well as a plethora of other entertaining or useful resources.

Evidemment, of course, you get to watch a new video every Saturday on my YouTube channel! Last video is part of the new series Au Portugal and is about a Portuguese speciality. My favourite kind of food: les croquettes de morue.

Comme promis, as promised, the first script about the video Braga Romaine is available on the membership!

Watch the video and read the script or read the script and watch the video.

Take your French to next level.

Be part of the French learner community and support each other. Become a member. Join us.

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 🙂

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