Lately I’ve been reflecting on my journey as a teacher and language learner.
 
This leads me to share this video with you this week.
 

If you have ever been frustrated at your progress in French, it’s normal…

Perhaps you previously bought a book or a course promising you to be fluent in 3 weeks …

No shame… It’s what the industry often promises.

Let me reassure, you didn’t fail.

Those promises were empty and unrealistic.

It makes me mad that these set totally unexpected expectations amongst learners.

Instead…

Give yourself a big pat on the back for how far you’ve come. Then head over to the comments section on YouTube and share which tip you will apply right away to create your next leap in French.

Let me tell you…

There isn’t a week that goes by when

I don’t get a message from someone who says they want to start learning French and either

ask ‘how long until I’m fluent’

or ‘I need to be fluent in the next (insert… 3/6/12) months

I always feel bad that I’m the first honest person to actually explain how language learning works.

And that sadly they are unlikely to be bilingual in French after 1 year… or even 3.

Language learning is a much slower process than what is promised in shiny marketing materials.

As a teacher, I know I get fantastic results with my learners.

We focus on the right things, in the right order and simplify the process by cutting out the often overwhelming ‘nice-to-know-but-not-that-useful’ areas of French vocabulary or grammar.

We focus on doing the basics well and confidently before adding any complexity.

The video I’m sharing with you today is about taking off the rose-tinted glasses that lure you into thinking there’s a ‘magic pill’.

And more about looking at the journey more realistically

So you don’t get discouraged when you hit a bump on the road