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Ditch the chatrooms and start speaking REAL French

Uncategorized Sep 12, 2020

Did you know that over a third of people with smartphones send over 100 messages a day? 

Sometimes that is me… are you one of them too? 

You might even be trying to learn French through chat rooms, apps and online groups. Chat rooms can help get you started but in the long term they are likely to be killing your ability to speak French! 

It’s so easy to hide behind technology and make sure our spelling and sentences are correct before we press ‘send’ but this can leave us feeling uncomfortable when having simple, sustained and REAL ‘face to face’ conversations.  

And that’s just in our first language! 

Conversational competence is something that is nurtured. It has to be live, out loud, and frequent. It is no different when learning to speak French!

I know that just like people who are using chatroom messaging all the time, you too want to master the art of French conversation.

Real, live conversation.

The kind...

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How to achieve the perfect mindset for learning French

Uncategorized Aug 08, 2020

When you have a growth mindset, you can achieve your French speaking goals.  What is a growth mindset? Keep reading and let's take a look!

No two of us will ever think the same, but one thing that IS the same is that without a growth mindset, your learning will be an uphill struggle and it will take much longer to achieve your fFrench speaking goals. 

I want you to recognise negative self sabotaging behaviours, move quickly past them, and achieve your dreams so much faster. 

MINDSET and GROWTH are words that are used often as if you can pick either one of them as if they are a piece off a plate and then you’ll have the right mindset.  But it isn't that simple. 

And if you’re thinking "But I’m fine, I’m not broken. I don’t need fixing", and we have all been there, but you’re still not achieving your French speaking goals, then there is all the more reason to read on...

What is the path to mindset success?

How can...

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How to build your own roadmap to French speaking success

Uncategorized Jun 30, 2020

“I’m learning French!” I hear you say.  But you can’t speak it yet. Your learning consists of  watching free videos on YouTube, downloading free apps and hanging out in inconsistent Whatsapp groups. 

You grasp at whatever is put in front of you and hope it will help you speak French. 

Stop drifting around the internet and start speaking French! 

Sorry to burst your bubble but how on earth does random unstructured learning come together and help you actually Speak French? It doesn’t.  

Where is the opportunity to actually Speak French to enable you to react quickly in a realistic, face to face spontaneous conversation? It isn’t there. 

Relying on freebies, hope and other people to deliver what they think you need isn’t going to help you actually achieve your French Speaking goals and dreams. 

But don’t worry! In this post, I tell you how to create your own ‘French Learning...

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Why introverts make good conversationalists

Uncategorized May 19, 2020

Are you hiding behind being an introvert as an excuse for not joining in a conversation in French? I did, for about 25 years! Don’t let that be you! 

I want to share with you

  • Why introverts should stop seeing being an introvert as something to ‘get over’.
  • Why introverts can make the BEST conversationalists 
  • And how everyone can make the most of being part of a conversation

I want you to join in the French conversations once and for all. 

Picture this. You walk into the baker’s shop in France to practise your French only to be answered back in English.  All that prior preparation dissolved away in one tiny moment. 

I can almost feel your shoulders dropping with the disappointing memory!       

Or you start to join in a conversation in French but then when the others talk back to you, you freeze! And it’s all over because by the time you’ve thought out your answer, they’re already talking about...

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Memory Magic

Uncategorized Apr 20, 2020

Our memory is tough to work out at times. So in this blog post I'm going to highlight four major memory techniques that will help you remember French words, phrases and even grammar structures. It’s pretty thorough so you might want to have a pen ready!

We do tend to forget things and it makes us feel bad. We want to be able to speak French fluently, requiring an active process, but we often use passive strategies to help us learn. It’s a bit like putting the words on paper at the back of a huge drawer and expecting that they will pop out just when we want them in conversation.

But they don’t always! So what can we do about it and how can the fact that we forget something actually be part of remembering it?

Three simple stages to remembering:

1. We create a memory 

Our brain sends signals in a unique pattern to create a memory. At this stage we are using our short term memory because our brain won’t know if it’s worth putting in the energy to make...

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How DO you speak French every day even though you’re not in France?

Uncategorized Feb 13, 2020

You want to avoid embarrassing mistakes, sound realistic and have engaging conversations but you’re alone and certainly NOT in France (yet) and wonder how you are going to practise your French every day! I’m going to give you four easy and realistic techniques that will help you speak French every single day of your life! 

1. Repeat the word you want to learn with the action

…. every single time you do that action. For example let’s use MANGER which means to eat. 

When you have food in front of you repeat the word MANGER. Do this out loud. It’s been proven to work better than saying it internally when you are adding a physical dimension to your practice.  Do this with any verbs you want. This makes the French word a habit and a routine that makes speaking in French more comfortable. 

Prepare a basic list of what you want to practise. Make sure you have at least one verb.

Beside each one, list the places you do these actions...

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