French the natural way: your language parent

Coucou les French learners,

Last Wednesday, the French celebrated le quinze août. Whilst everything is on pause in France, it is back to work where I live!

My six years old son started his first year at school and he is loving it so far. The German system is very different from the French education system. I already did a video about how birthday celebrations are different in France and in Germany. I should probably do one about schooling. Qu’en penses-tu ? What do you think?

My son goes to school from 8 in the morning to 12:30. Afternoon are free. I am happy to be freelance and to teach mostly online. That way, I can spend quality time with my children.

Here is the recurring conversation between my son and I, when I pick him up after school:

Moi : ” Ça s’est bien passé à l’école aujourd’hui ? “
Lui :  ” J’ai beaucoup travaillé, Maman. J’ai encore plus travaillé qu’hier ! “

Ecoute, écoute, écoute

My dear man and I are working hard on Season #4 new videos coming out in September on my YouTube channel.

I am so exciting, I can’t wait to share new fun stories with you!


Un lion dort paisiblement…

Whilst waiting, watch or rewatch the previous seasons. Polyglot, Steve Kaufmann gives wise tips to become more efficient at listening and one of his tips is to listen several times to the same thing. Since we are on the topic of school, (re)watch this cute story about a little girl called Claudine. Pourquoi est-ce qu’elle ne sourit pas aujourd’hui ? Why is she not smiling today?

You can also (re)listen to this children’s book about morning routine. Although it is a childish story, it is packed with useful vocabulary and structures.

Ton parent

I have been trying to find a better name for language teacher. A language cannot be taught and so French teacher is not really appropriate with what I do.

I do very much like language booster because I do facilitate another language. I do motivate and boost learners to find & receive compelling comprehensible input.

Recently, I saw the term language parent being used and I like it very much too. Like I do with my own children, I tell stories to my learners so that they receive rich and abundant input. I want my children to be able to read on their own and to become independent later on in life. The same happens with my learners, I want them to be able to read in another language and to become independent learners later on. As a language parent, little by little I let go. When YOU, as a learner, have received sufficient rich comprehensible input, you are ready to let go and to keep acquiring the language on your own.

This image of the iceberg is spot on to understand how language acquisition happens. You can replace Spanish by French, it works for any languages!

#trustheprocess #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 :-)

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