You know the old saying:
“You get what you pay for.”
Maybe that’s why it often seems that free French learning resources leave much to be desired.
I don’t want to settle for an unsatisfactory French education. If I’m going to study French, I want to do it right!
So I guess I’ll have to buy textbooks and enroll in classes. Maybe pay for a tutor.
But what if I could find free French lessons that were actually high-quality?
Is difficult French vocabulary totally schooling you?
Don’t feel bad. You’re not the only one!
When you first start learning a language, the sheer quantity of new vocabulary words is overwhelming. Where do you begin?
Well, where else? At school!
In December 2017, my husband walked into our living room and made this declaration:
“We should save all our $5 bills for an entire year.”
I was shocked to hear these words come out of his mouth. Usually, I’m the one who conjures up wacky ideas for saving money, and he’s the one who rolls his eyes and grunts.
But he was excited, and he’s never excited about money. So I replied, “Let’s do it!”
What is a blackout lesson?
Sometimes classroom computers crash. Projectors break. The electricity goes out. Guess what? You still have to teach. All those lesson plans and carefully thought-out activities go out the window. Classes held without technology are known as blackout lessons.
Back in my high school days, I felt confident walking into the French classroom for a big test.
I knocked the writing section out of the park.
Reading comprehension? 100 percent.
Listening? No problem!
But then came the speaking portion.
Suddenly, I wasn’t so confident anymore.
You’re about to meet a French person.
The idea seems exotic and exciting… until you realize you know nothing about French people!
What will you talk about? Do you like the same things? What if you accidentally offend them?
Oh gosh, what if they don’t even speak any English?
No trip to China would be complete without a trip to the country’s capital: Beijing. I was only able to visit the city for two days, but it was worth it because I had to see Beijing!
Beijing is huge and filled with tourist attractions. If you only have a week or so, how do you decide what to do and see?
In college, I thought the only keys to my future success were studying and going to class.
But there was another aspect of my future that I completely overlooked: finances.
You might be so consumed by classes that you never even think of life after graduation. And the starkest difference between college and the real world will probably be your financial responsibilities.
I have a confession.
I’ve never read a French book cover-to-cover.
Whew, it feels good to get that off my chest!
Reading a full French book has always felt like too much work. Any book I’d find interesting would have me diverting to a French dictionary every five minutes to look up unfamiliar words. It would take me forever to toil through just one chapter.
But recently, I heard about a certain type of book that would make the whole thing much easier: parallel texts in French and English.
You could learn French alone on a desert island if you had to.
We hope you don’t have to, but you could.
You don’t need Wi-Fi.
You don’t need a strict schedule of language classes.
All you need are quality downloadable French learning videos.
My husband and I frequently daydream about raising our future children to be bilingual.
Specifically, we want to teach them French.
I mean, who wouldn’t want their child to speak French? Imagine how adorable it would be to walk in the door and see your toddler running toward you, yelling, “Je t’aime, maman!” (“I love you, Mom!”)
But here’s the problem. Neither of us is fluent in French.
Are you trying to decide if teaching in China is right for you? There are countless possible jobs, travel destinations, and opportunities out there. How do you know if China is the right place?
I have been back in America for over six months after teaching in China for a year. Now that I’ve had a little time back home, I can clearly see how my experiences abroad have impacted me in the long-term.
Let me guess. One huge reason you came to China was to travel, right?
Regardless of where you’re based in China, your day-to-day experiences in that city are extremely valuable. But sometimes it feels good to take a break from living as a local and to be a tourist every once in a while! There are numerous places you can visit during your time in China, both in and out of the country.
Behavior management is a necessary evil when teaching. In China, it’s especially important. Many Chinese children don’t take you as seriously as they take their Chinese teachers, because you don’t speak or look like locals. You need to step up your management skills if you want your classes to run smoothly.
It’s important to know how to discipline Chinese students, but it’s equally as important to master positive reinforcement.
Do you feel like it’s taking forever to make measurable progress in your French acquisition?
Whether you study on your own or take classes, you have only so much time to devote to learning the language.
You want to become fluent but at this rate, you’d be happy to just make it through one chapter in your textbook.
What if I told you there’s a way to learn more French in a shorter amount of time?
No, this isn’t some kind of scam like an infomercial for diet pills.