Why everyone should be an independent learner and what is means.

Exam preparation: pass the DELF, DALF, TEF and TCF!, French immersion, Stressless French Learning
The original text in French was published in my newsletter, pardon me for the automatic translation. I didn't have time to edit it but the content is important and I wanted it to be accessible to everyone who may not be able to fully understand the French version.  A question that learners often ask themselves is knowing whether it is better to take classes in a structure like a language school or learn French independently. In this article, I will talk about some "saboteurs", those limiting thoughts that prevent us from moving forward, and strategies to work around them. I think it's entirely possible to combine the two, depending on your needs of the moment and your desires. But today, I especially want to help you realize that, in both…
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How to learn French during summer holidays

Stressless French Learning
It's hot and sunny outside, it's hard to focus. Maybe you're supposed to go on vacation in July or August. Suddenly, you're wondering how you can still learn French during the summer holidays. How can you sustain your French learning routine? The one you struggled to establish and were finally accustomed to... And first of all, should you even keep studying? Aren't vacation supposed to be "down" time, where you do nothing and just enjoy life without obligations? Let's see what are your options. Of course, everyone's different so it's not a one-size-fits-all approach. Should you learn French during your summer holidays? Our brain is partisan du moindre effort ("supporter of the least effort") which means it likes to save its energy and do the least amount of effort to…
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How to use spaced repetition to learn French more efficiently

Exam preparation: pass the DELF, DALF, TEF and TCF!, Stressless French Learning
Can you use spaced repetition to learn French? Of course! I'm sure you're already familiar with the principle of spaced repetition: this is the underlying method behind all language learning apps. But you don't have to rely solely on an app to use it. Let's see how you can take control of your learning process to make it more efficient. I'll explain: what is the forgetting curvewhy you should look further than the graph and a few tips to make sure you get the most out of your brain. What is the Ebbinghaus forgetting curve? The psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus modelized "the forgetting curve" in 1885 to show how much information your brain has retained after a certain amount of time. As you can see on the picture below, the memories…
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French novels you can read at an intermediate level

French immersion
Reading in French can feel quite intimidating and if you don't pick a novel at an appropriate level for you, it will feel overwhelming. If you don't enjoy it, chances are you will give up but it's worth making an effort to overcome the first hurdles and to start getting used to reading in French. I've curated a short list of contemporary authors and French novels you can start reading at an intermediate level. In this post, let's find out the many benefits, like how you will stop translating in your head before you speak, and how to get started. Choose the books wisely I'd like to share with you my personal experience with English.The first book I read was Harry Potter. I assumed it would be easy because it…
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French reading intermediate level: shorter alternatives to novels

French immersion
French reading at intermediate level can be complicated. When we're writing we usually use a wider variety of vocabulary and more complex sentences. You probably haven't been exposed much while you were learning French unless you've studied at post-secondary level. However, if you want to reach an advanced level and enjoy the richness of French literature (and even classic movies) you take the plunge and dive into pieces written in French. I know I focus a lot on test preparation but we all need to take a break from studying sometimes. Reading is a great way to stay immersed in the language while enjoying a relaxing time. The following list focuses on shorter pieces of content to get you started and keep your motivation up as you notice your progress!…
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French conjugation rules: the big picture

Exam preparation: pass the DELF, DALF, TEF and TCF!, Understand French grammar
Strategy for learning French conjugation rules French conjugation rules are complex but the more you stress about it, the less proficient and fluent you become. Then it's a vicious circle fueling your insecurity in French. I believe with a methodic and stress-free approach, you can finally get a good understanding of the foundations of French conjugations. Read til the end and dowload my visual guides about the past tenses (relationship between imparfait/passé composé/plus-que-parfait), the conditional and the subjunctive. Finally, add a lot of focused practice (listening and speaking) and you'll start to have an instinctive feel for what sounds right. Let's see focus on the steps it takes to become fluent with the conjugations. How to chunk down the French conjugation rules Here are 4 things to keep in mind…
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DELF writing exam: how to prepare (DELF, DALF, TEF, TCF)

Exam preparation: pass the DELF, DALF, TEF and TCF!
Summary- French exams: what you are really tested on- How to write a French essay- Why it's important to structure your texts and use logical connectors- How having structure lowers the stress level- Why work with a coach to prepare an exam- 4 typical outlines to write a French essay The DELF writing exam and the oral presentation can seem like daunting tasks but with good preparation, you can succeed! There's one thing to keep in mind when you're taking a French test like DELF, DALF, TCF or TEF. You're evaluated both on the "mechanical" quality of your language (grammar, spelling, pronunciation) AND your ability to express your point of view. The following advice work both for the writing and oral tasks. As you move further up the levels (B2,…
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Speak French fluently: first, learn to manage your stress

Stressless French Learning
You're dreaming of a time when you'll be able to speak French fluently but every time you open your mouth you freeze. You also seem to forget words you've learnt. Stress can be paralyzing and it's hard to get out of "panic mode". Let's look at 3 ways to "lift the fog" that's slowing your brain down and preventing you from speaking to the best of your beat abilities. You'll notice that all 3 ways invite you to reconnect with your body and use some kind of mouvement. As with everything, you need practice so I'm including some activities for you to experiment and find techniques that might work for you. Try each one a few times (2-3 a week) for a short period of time over the course of…
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How understanding the connection between your brain and body will help you improve your French

Stressless French Learning
It will help you in 3 ways at least. #1: At any moment, bring the tension down Speaking a foreign language is stressful so it's important to practice some techniques to be able to bring the tension down and not let your emotions take control. When you start to feel the panic rise, it's comforting to know you have at least 2 or 3 techniques up your sleeve to make it go away. And if the techniques require nothing but your own body (like breathing and visualisation), you know you can apply them wherever and whenever you need. Read also: 3 ways to lower your stress #2: Bring back focus to your conscious brain Once your mind is cleared of that stress-generated fog, your conscious brain can stay in control of things and learn…
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Songs to practice French

French immersion
When you need to take a break from studying but still want to immerse yourself in the French language, why not put on some music? It's a great way to learn new French words, to practice pronunciation and listening comprehension. I've selected mostly clips with lyrics so you can sing along. There's a variety of old and new songs, different styles of music. Find the ones you prefer and then follow Youtube's suggestions to find more songs you like!
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