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How To Overcome Brain Blocking When You Learn French

How To Overcome Brain Blocking When You Learn French

How To Overcome Brain Blocking When You Learn French How many times has this happened to you? You finally muster up the courage to speak French — whether it’s ordering food, calling the bank, or a conversation with relatives. Feeling ready and rehearsed you start to speak ... and then all of a sudden… frozen, you go totally blank, trou noir?  These are brain blocks, and they happen to the best of us. Let’s take a deeper look.  Picture this. Here’s the set up: Today is your French day!  You’ve...

Latest Podcast Episodes

Épisode 55: Et si tu n’existais pas

LE FRANÇAIS AVEC YASMINE: Épisode 55 : Et si tu n'existais pas Apple Podcasts Spotify DeezerSi je n’avais pas été en retard ce jour-là, je n’aurais...

Épisode 54 : Je fume du “h”….

LE FRANÇAIS AVEC YASMINE: Épisode 54 : Je fume du "h"....   Apple Podcasts Spotify DeezerÀ quoi on reconnaît un Français quand il parle anglais...

Épisode 53 : Etudiant ou élève ?

LE FRANÇAIS AVEC YASMINE: Épisode 53: Etudiant ou élève ?   Apple Podcasts Spotify DeezerTu as déjà eu un ou une collégienne à la maison ?...

15 reasons why you should learn French while in Brussels

15 reasons why you should learn French while in Brussels

15 reasons to learn French while being relocated in Brussels - even if you stay for a short time! Brussels is so international that you don’t need to learn or speak French. This is because you can easily survive in Brussels, and in Belgium generally, without speaking...

French course options: Intensive course or long-term course?

French course options: Intensive course or long-term course?

"I am a very busy person, but my dream is to learn and speak French" Does this sentence sound familiar to you? Before even starting a French course, it is important for you to know if an intensive or a long term course will finally help you reach your goals in...

Simple tips to progress beyond Level B2 in French

Simple tips to progress beyond Level B2 in French

So you’ve reached level B2 French and think you can’t progress further or attend any new courses? This is absolutely false! There are many ways to improve and maintain your French skills even if you have reached the upper-intermediate or advanced level. When I finish...

Is learning French for me, or not?

Is learning French for me, or not?

Answer these 27 questions to find out whether learning French is for you The other day, I was invited to a conference at the American Library in Paris to discuss bilingualism and the challenges of learning a second language. It was a very nice evening with around 40...

Things to do in Paris

Things to do in Paris

What are some of the best things to do in Paris? Eating great food and enjoying good bars, are at the top of my list of priorities! Paris is such a beautiful city with dozens of nice restaurants and cafes. Actually, in 2014, almost 14 000 restaurants and bars were...

The trauma of learning French with a terrible teacher

The trauma of learning French with a terrible teacher

Did you have an awful teacher that made you hate learning French? I am a professional, but fun and happy French teacher, and whenever I start training a new student, one of my first questions is usually about their background with the French language. Did you learn...

Reasons why you still can’t speak French : The honest facts

Reasons why you still can’t speak French : The honest facts

  Learning a language is not easy - fact! I have learned a total of seven languages. But, watch out - don’t let yourself be too impressed! I’m far from fluent in seven languages - I wish! I speak three languages fluently and, on and off through the years, I have...

What to do when you try to speak French and they respond in English

What to do when you try to speak French and they respond in English

We have all experienced this before and this is maybe the story of your life with the French language. You are taking French classes, either private French classes or group French classes, and you suddenly feel that you get the déclic, this sparkle that will make you...

Do I need to learn French in Brussels?

Do I need to learn French in Brussels?

Welcome to Brussels ! If you are reading this article you are probably already in our beautiful city, or about to arrive. Brussels is an amazing city. It’s an international city within Europe and the most cosmopolitan city in the world after Dubai according to the...

How long does it take to learn and speak French?

How long does it take to learn and speak French?

How long does it take to learn and speak French - the reality: When I start learning a language, I always wonder how long will it take to improve and actually speak the language. Learning a foreign language and finally being able to speak it is so rewarding. If you...

The truth about learning French with an app

The truth about learning French with an app

  What are the benefits of learning French, or any foreign language, with an app? Nowadays, with the booming tech industry, thousands of new apps are launched every day and there is an app for absolutely everything. It was obvious that apps would include learning...

Do you speak French with an accent? Your accent is your friend!

Do you speak French with an accent? Your accent is your friend!

  Let’s talk about why your accent is actually your partner in crime when you speak French. Did you know that, in Paris and all throughout France, even native French speakers from other French regions or countries are asked ALL THE TIME "Where do you come from?”...

7 good reasons to learn French before and after Brexit

7 good reasons to learn French before and after Brexit

  Why Brexit is a good time for you to learn French There isn’t a single day that goes by in Europe without hearing something about Brexit. So far, we have heard absolutely everything including fake news, conspiracy theories… Brexit here, Brexit there, Brexit...

Learn French with Instagram

Learn French with Instagram

Learn French with Instagram How many times per day are you connected on Instagram? Instagram is by far the app in vogue for the moment. I am myself a big fan. As a language learner, is it also possible to take most of the advantages of it and continuously learning...

7 reasons why learning French in Brussels is a good idea

7 reasons why learning French in Brussels is a good idea

  If you really want to speak French, why not consider learning French in Brussels? “Bruxelles ma belle”... it is so easy to fall in love with Brussels, with its paved streets and hidden architectural gems. In addition to being beautiful and the most cosmopolitan...