The French language is a beautiful language, and a very pleasant language to speak. Sometimes known as the language of love. Spoken by over 50 million people in France.
There are currently over 220 million French speakers worldwide, including 72 million so-called partial French speakers. Travel through Europe and after English French will be one of the most frequently spoken languages.
And it is really not that difficult to learn and you can learn at your own pace, gradually expanding your vocabulary.
Before I came to Australia, I lived in the UK and studied French at High school until I was 16. I would visit France with my parents and sister for holidays. My desire to eat croissants overcame my timidness and so every day wherever we were I would go into the local Boulangerie and ask for a Croissant or a Pain au Chocolat (Chocolate croissant).
Learning the language back in those early days I quickly learnt that I shouldn’t worry about literal translations but to think in my mind what I am talking about visually and then learn the French word, try not to think in English and try not to translate French to English or English to French.
Luckily there are lots and lots of French words that sound the very similar to English words, are spealt the same (more or less) and mean the same. So almost instantaneously you have a good French vocabulary just by knowing what these words are. A few examples are radio, television, bicyclette, lamp, table, crayon, telephone, serviette, orange.
Then there are word that are a little different but still quite close that they do not require a lot of effort to remember la chaise/chair, la bouteille/bottle, le nez/nose, du cidre/cider, la biere/beer.
Then there are English words that have crept into the French vocabulary le weekend, le pullover, je t’aime, l’amour, pâtisserie, boulangerie.
Then there are French words that have made their way into the English language or which we just know, rendez-vous, crepes or creperie.
If you are looking for a beginner course in French. Nathalie excels in getting you started very quickly using those those techniques and skills mentioned above to jump start your French vocabulary. Just by using words and phrases similar to English words and phrases we already use in our everyday language.
If though you are looking for intermediate or more advanced French courses Nathalie will be there to coach, train and tutor you all the way.
A major benefit of learning French with Nathalie is that you can either work with her one-on-one or in a small group of 2 or 3. This kind of personalised tuition means that she can work with a style and at a pace that suits you. She can focus exclusively on your needs, providing specific advice and helping you out with specific grammar or vocabulary problems you might want to focus on.
With Nathalie being a university educated French native speaker her accent is perfect and this will help you to speak French with a French accent!
Nathalie also runs a successful meetup group “French Conversation and Fun Bayside” which has regular “meetups” generally in cafe’s for a number of years. For more information click the link above.