learn to speak French
French language tips
Monday March 18th, 2019

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 speak French. You feel that French is no longer a secret. Congratulations, you’ve unlocked level three. Today, you can manage more situations in French. Your confidence is back on track. Parlez-vous... francais? Let’s picture the typical situation together. You decide to order your lunch or dinner in French from arriving to the restaurant until you leave. If the waiter follows you in your project, you’ll even consider tipping him generously. Of course, on your way to the restaurant, you repeat in your mind the key sentences you’re gonna say and it is going to be amazing. You arrive at the restaurant, you check…
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Learning French in Brussels
Monday March 11th, 2019

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 very serious World Atlas. People are often (wrongly) scared about moving to, and living in, Belgium. Possibly because of the three official languages: French, Dutch and German. And also because Brussels has the false reputation of being a boring city. Which is not true, even the well known The Telegraph said so in their article Why Belgium is not as boring as you think. Moving to Brussels raises a few questions: Will I meet people? Will I be bored? Should I learn a language while being located in Brussels? If yes, which one? Do I need to learn French in Brussels, or Dutch? Both?…
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how long does it take to learn french?
Private French Classes
Sunday March 3rd, 2019

Private French classes : How long does it take to learn and speak French?

Private French Classes - 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 are reading this article, perhaps you too are wondering when you will appreciate progress. You probably already know that by choosing private French classes, you will learn faster and more efficiently as you will be the unique actor in your training. However, after searching, benchmarking and finally choosing the private French teacher of your dreams, it’s still hard to know how many hours you will need to progress. We all know that either you choose a private French course or a group class, and that both courses are an investment in terms of money and time. When we decide to finally make a change in our life…
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learning french with an app
French language tips
Tuesday January 29th, 2019

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 languages soon or later. Working as a private French teacher, many of my students were or are using French language apps to improve their skills in French. I love learning languages myself and I have tried a few of them. A recent article in the German newspaper Frankfurt Allegemeine mentioned a study on the benefits of learning French or any foreign language with an app. According to the study, success can only be reached under certain conditions such as: regularity, motivation, knowing all the functionalities of the app and by having a long term vision. In my opinion, if you are starting from scratch and looking…
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your accent your friend
French language tips
Wednesday January 23rd, 2019

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?” Stop self-bashing yourself because you speak French with an accent After around 20 hours of private Portuguese classes (coucou Virginia), I arrived in Rio and I was pretty confident. Once in the taxi, the driver directly asked me "De onde é você?" (Where are you from). Damn, my accent is back again. How many times has it happened to you: You are somewhere in France, you speak in French, only to be asked "where do you come from?" - in English? First, if you talk in French, why the h*** would the person reply to you in English? Secondly, what's the point of talking about…
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Learn French before and after Brexit
Learn French
Monday January 7th, 2019

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 with chocolate, Brexit gluten free.... All the news and our conversations with our colleagues and friends include at least a comment about Brexit. At the moment while I am writing this article (December 2018), we still don’t know what is going on. Nobody, including European deputies know what is going to happen, when and how. By the time they finally get over their break up, let’s not waste time waiting until the last episode, let’s take the Brexit as an opportunity for us - not for them. An opportunity to see our future differently and create or include a plan B, C, D in our lives. Let's…
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Private French Classes
Monday January 7th, 2019

Private French Classes on your lunch break : A super efficient way to learn French!

Learning French, or any language, can often be boring with old-fashion textbooks and annoying grammar exercises. At I Learn French, we are continuously creating new ways to teach our students, and we are never strict or dull. Our new private French classes are also known as the "lunch-class"; it’s our latest initiative, because we know that finding time to learn French on a regular basis can be difficult. (more…)
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French language tips
Sunday December 9th, 2018

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 while having fun on the app. I will tell you a story about Instagram and learning a language and how it can influence or maybe change something in your life. Yes, in your life, I am serious. Last summer, I was planning a break for January 2019 in Brazil. I speak already Spanish, French and English fluently and I studied, many years ago, Hebrew, Arabic and Dutch. I wanted to challenge my brain again and learn Portuguese. I checked some group classes in Paris but I wasn’t convinced because of the lack of flexibility in terms of schedule. In the…
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Learn French
Wednesday September 26th, 2018

French classes : Pros and cons of learning French with a group versus private classes

Learning French or any other language involves research, and ultimately choosing the best program for you. So the question is: Do you take your French class with a group, or are you more suited to private classes? While searching for your courses on Google, you will probably realise that there are so many options for French classes, and it is scary! It can stress you out even before you start learning French. And yes, I hear you, it is already hard enough to finally commit to learning a new language, so why then, is choosing where and how to learn, so stressful too? What if I choose the wrong course? What if I pay too much? What if, for that amount of money and time, I still can’t speak French? What if I already paid and I don’t like the teacher or their methodology? Don’t panic! I remember when I…
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learning French in Brussels
Learn French
Friday September 7th, 2018

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 city after Dubai, Brussels is also a polyglot city where the French language is omnipresent. Thanks to its internationality, you certainly can survive in Brussels without speaking French or Dutch. English would certainly be enough. But ….. as you are already there, why not try to act "As in Rome" and learn French in Brussels. Source: Brussels is yours So, why is learning French in Brussels a good idea? It is easy to practice and speak French with the locals. Belgians are very friendly and easy going and, they are always keen to talk to people they don’t know and share small talk. You can easily…
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