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Author: Cleone Blake

Are you perhaps someone who finds speaking your new language a challenge of note? Perhaps you are learning to speak French and would so love to hear yourself talk to others or respond to French speaking people in French. Keep your dream alive because there is a refreshing new world waiting to displace that fear, ready to support your every drop of conversational courage. Bien sûr, il faut avoir du courage! (Of course, you have to be brave). Just imagine that the speaking part of your French journey is just one spec in the ocean of courageous communication, away from you. One spec … can you truly resist?

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How important is colour to you, in your world? Are you someone who has a strong connection with colour? Whether we have a specifically personal relationship with colour or not, colour is part of our lives because the world is filled with toutes les couleurs de l’arc-en-ciel (all the colours of the rainbow).

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Each person has their own particular learning style. This may involve a combination with a specific leaning towards one or more styles. Last week’s blog touched on aspects related to visual learners while this blog looks at ways in which students with auditory strengths can benefit the most, in a French language learning environment.

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Language learning involves strong auditory and verbal application. How do those with a predominantly visual and spatial orientation manage these demands? Let’s look at ways which would support this within a French language learning situation. Images and graphics are core to the processing of information for the visual thinker.

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What do we know about French teenagers? Are they different from other teenagers around the world, or are they just like any other teen? Of course living in different countries and being born into specific cultures is bound to play its part in people’s overall behaviour.

 

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Do you have some French in your parenting style? As parents who have visited France or are planning to do so, you would have notice or will no doubt become clearly conscious of the behaviour of French children. There will be visible differences to your own children perhaps or to other children you know. There will certainly be observations to make in relation to the outcome of American or British parenting.

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So what shall we do with all the new homophones? A few more brain teasers to conquer!  What is a homophone compared to a homograph?

Well, we know that a homograph is a word with the same spelling as another word yet has a different meaning. A homophone is a word with the same sound or pronunciation as another word, though has a different spelling and a different meaning. These can provide some serious brain twisting even for mother tongue speakers.

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Something else to rattle the brain as you learn French! Perhaps … and yet this will empower your brain substantially in the process. Les homographes! What is a homograph? This usually refers to a pair of words with the same spelling, identical or different pronunciation, which can be very slight and which have a different meaning. The homograph can present considerable difficulty for those who choose to learn French. Of course they exist in other languages too, so don’t go feeling all alone.

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A widely believed misconception is to think that every masculine noun simply requires an added ‘e’ at the end of the word to become the feminine version.

This is true in many cases with words such as the following:

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This is the big question asked so frequently: isn’t French too difficult? Well, we all know that language learning presents an upward climb.

We also know that to learn French is to master the art of exceptions around every ruled corner. How exciting to always have this element of the unexpected. Keeps us on our toes and fiercely alert, n’est ce pas? So, in fact the big question should really be: what would a French course do for the brain?

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