No prior knowledge of French language is required. You might like to bring a notebook to jot down the learnings!
French is spoken in many places around the world, besides France and some of its European neighbours, from Canada and the Caribbean, to North/Western countries of Africa, all the way to our pacific neighbours like Tahiti, New Caledonia and Vanuatu. French is also an official language of many international organisations such as the UN, Red Cross and FIFA, and many of the world’s large global companies are also French like Michelin, Danone and Renault. Learning another language is a great way to exercise your mind, and it gives us a better understanding of our own language. French, like English, is derived from Latin and so many similarities exist, and adopted French words are commonplace when talking about things like cooking, art, dance and more. So whether for work, travel or just to learn one of the great romance languages, this introduction to French conversation will give you some of the basic building blocks to learning this beautiful and passionate language.
By the end of this class you will have the tools to hold some basic conversations and know about some interesting elements of the French culture. We will cover greetings and introductions; following on from this you will learn how to discuss with others about yourself and your family. We will cover a range of vocabulary to get you out and about, and expressing what you like and don’t like. There will be lots of opportunity in the class to practice speaking, mixed in with some useful, easy to understand grammatical tips. You will be encouraged throughout to try to form your own sentences rather than learning a set of ‘phrases’, giving you more freedom to talk about what you want and a better understanding of how the language works.
Jennie Khan is a musician and teacher. Having immersed herself for 4 years in the French language, living and working in Lyon, at the heart of the Rhone-Alpes region in the south east area of France, she developed a love and understanding of the language and culture. On return to New Zealand she has been feeding her francophile’s appetite with French film, a bookcase full of novels and tutoring those who wish to improve their conversation and understanding.
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