Learning French Demystified

Learning French Demystified

June 28, 2013  |  featured, inspiration  |  1 Comment

 

As summer approaches and friends start talking about their summer plans, we start remembering our old dreams about going to Paris, sipping coffee at an Eiffel Tower Restaurant, ordering lunch in French, and feeling great about speaking a new language. We all know the benefits, the transformation, and the excitement about learning a foreign language, but somehow, we always manage to put it off. Too much effort, not essential, maybe one day, I am bad with languages… our minds invent countless pretexts not to pursue our dreams.

Contrary to widespread beliefs, learning French is not the most difficult thing you will ever do in your life and could become one of the most satisfying experiences you’ve ever had. It could open doors that you’ve never imagined and could bring excitement, joy, and new passion for life. Remember that William the Conqueror brought to England his Norman French, and English still has a large pool of French words. To make you feel even better, English words like cool, boost, hot, are used all over French fashion magazines. But of course, this shared linguistic foundation will not help you start a conversation with a waiter at a French café or a gorgeous girl sitting at the bench next to you.

Learning French is a beautiful process. If you start today by following the advice below, you can be sure to realize your dream quite fast. You can bet on this one, and I can show you how. So, where to start?

Call your local Alliance Française, enroll in a class or contact us. We offer one to one online classes through our virtual school. I wish that you could do it alone, but I advise you against it. A teacher would not only give you the grammatical foundation but also immerse you in the cultural aspects of the language. Under the guidance of a great teacher, you will start to understand the basics and learn the best way to study and assimilate the material. A teacher will show you how to explore the vast pool of resources found online and build your skills on your own. If you are brave and have the means, fly to Paris and enroll at the Alliance Française in Paris or find another language school. Not only are you already in town and sipping your coffee in Le Quartier Latin, but you are also discovering your linguistic ingenuity and making new friends. In the meantime, grab a copy of the novel “French Lessons by Ellen Sussman and get inspired.

Curiosity grows with focus. The more you learn, the more you would like to know. If your local cable provider carries TV 5, the French international channel, get it. It is worth every penny. As you watch, notice the words you understand. In the beginning, you would capture a word, but in a few months, you would be able to comprehend a sentence, then a conversation. Indulge yourself with French movies on Netflix and YouTube. Download a free French radio on your smartphone. Buy a magazine in French at your local bookstore and read the titles, and then challenge yourself with an article. You will be amazed at the progress you are making. If you are bold, stop any French tourist you meet and introduce yourself. Why not have fun with the process? Go to your local French restaurant or bar and start a conversation. For more questions, lessons plans, prices, and for fast immersion on your way to France, email the editor at editor@infrenchstyle.com.

So, are you ready to start? Have fun, be bold and enjoy! And lastly, sing with Edith Piaf and imitate her accent.

 

 

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS… JOYEUSES FÊTES

December 9, 2012  |  inspiration  |  No Comments

 

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VIVO

VIVO

September 3, 2012  |  featured, inspiration  |  No Comments

Walking on Union Street the other day, I stopped by Vivo. This boutique carries a great selection of Parisian fashion, so it should be on anyone’s list. I love their clothes because they are so different from what you see in American stores. The quality is magnifique! I still get compliments on tops that I wear which I bought there 10 years ago. Pants, unique tops, sweaters, sassy dresses, scarves, gorgeous raincoats and more, including some clothing from Italian designers, line the walls of this welcoming store. The styles, colors, fabric combinations, even playfulness of the clothes, reflect modern Parisian trends and European taste. Try some clothes on and the whole experience would make you smile. And if you are smaller than 42-44 European size (12), you will be in heaven… You will find anything you need to make you feel like you just landed from a two weeks trip in France and maybe Italy. There is a big sale happening right now – 50% off all summer clothes. The average price range is between $100 and $250, but there are plenty of nice tops under that price, and now with sales, you can get them even cheaper. I hope you love your Vivo experience and that this boutique will become part of your shopping destination in our beautiful San Francisco.

VIVO  2124 Union Street, San Francisco

Phone: (415) 931-6888

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