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Tuesday May 7th, 2019

The trauma of learning French with a terrible teacher

Have you ever you had 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 French before? What is your background? What is your experience with the French language? Why would you like to learn French? You couldn’t imagine how many people that studied French when they were younger, hated it mostly due to their awful teacher. I have been teaching French for a decade and I can certify that almost 50% of my students have had a traumatic experience with a French teacher in the past. This is terrible. This is way too much. French is such a beautiful language and it’s a crime to allow mean and unfriendly ambassadors to leave their students traumatised.…
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Yasmine Lesire by Rachel Calvo Photo
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Thursday March 28th, 2019

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

Yasmine Lesire, photo by Photographer in Paris, Rachel Calvo 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 learned four others. My last challenge was learning Portuguese because I was dreaming of spending three months in Brazil. As I’m fluent in Spanish, I began with a lot of preconceived notions in mind such as: I won’t have to study that much to improve my Portuguese because it’s very similar to Spanish. Well, hell no! After only a few private Portuguese classes, I was off on the plane for five weeks (not a few months - I’m an adult with responsibilities now) to Brazil. I can confirm with you, that…
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Learn French before and after Brexit
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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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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
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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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drinking cocktails on the beach while thinking about starting my French course in September
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Thursday August 30th, 2018

Learning French: Why September is a good time to start or, restart your French classes

Waaaow! Time flies! September is already around the corner. Can we start summer again? I wasn’t ready! Some of you are probably still enjoying a nice glass of rosé with a beautiful view of the beach while listening to the “criquets”. Summer is (supposedly) about recovering from last winter, enjoying friends and family, traveling to new places, discovering new things and maybe thinking about new projects and challenges for the coming fall and winter seasons. What’s your next challenge? If you’re reading this article, I assume taking or retaking French classes might be one of them. Don’t worry if you haven’t made a firm decision - but maybe you are about to, and this is amazing! Take some time to think about the following questions: When was the last time you learned French (if you ever did)? Why are you considering learning French? What are your goals by studying French?…
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