Week Five Episode Five
Our special guest is Llyane Stanfield from Paris, who now lives in Toronto. She is a classmate in Marie Forleo’s B-School. Her unique method is called J’ouelette, which makes conversation from the beginning. With ten words and three verbs, you can start making conversations.
(01:45) Talking to people raises your confidence, gets you past making errors, and opens your mind to what you don’t know yet. You also get lots of input from native speakers, and it’s the ideal way to learn a language. Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable (making mistakes) and playing with words is a great way to improve.
(03:00) In our scene, we’re traveling and we’re at the airport, where you need to know French to get your needs met. In today’s dialogue, the plane is late and Janina needs more information.
(03:55) Conversation begins.
(04:50) Breakdown of the conversation. Greetings for a woman and a man. At what time does the plane arrive from New York, please? Which company, Air France or American Airlines? The flight 800 from American Airlines.
(06:10) Let’s see… Flight 800 is late. It will arrive around 10:30. Late? But I’m a hurry! Yes, it left late from New York. Oh, like always! (Or, as usual.) Oh, no, ma’am. This flight is almost always on time. There’s fog in New York today. Oh, okay.
(08:00) You can get something downstairs in the cafeteria. That’s a good idea. Thank you, miss.
(09:00) More useful words and phrases for travellers: how to say that you are learning French and to please speak slower. It’s not natural to speak slowly, so many people will forget and pick their speed back up after a while.
(10:00) I’m learning French. Can you repeat, please? Can you slow down, please? Another easy trick: if you cannot make up the words separately in a sentence, instead of asking them to slow down, you could try to understand one word in the sentence and ask a quick question about that particular word. That will naturally slow down your conversation partner, and they will steadily slow down for you.
If you want to experience these great tips to get you communicating immediately in French and with confidence, go to Llyane’s course to connect with her.
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