Individual online French lessons on Skype with native teachers
Do you want to...
- start to learn French?
- prepare for a French exam?
- keep your level in French?
- prepare for a professional interview?
- or talk about interesting subjects?
How does it work?
Why learn French on Skype?
What type of lesson do you need?
Languages: French, English, Spanish
My name is Déborah. I grew up in the south of France, studied in Belgium and currently live in San Sebastian, located in the beautiful...
Languages: French, English, German
Hi, my name is Lara :) I decided to teach French per Skype in order to do something useful while travelling: teaching my language to those who are interested in them...
Languages: French, English, Greek
Bonjour, my name is Elisabeth, I am a French native from Lyon. I have taught French for nearly one year. Before I was an actress and director...
Languages: French, English, Spanish
My name is Claudie...
Languages: French, English
My name is Lili and I have been teaching French via Skype for 5 years. When I see the rapid progress of my students, it is a great pleasure for me :)
Information about language exam
DELF: Diplôme d'études en langue française
DELF and DALF are international French proficiency exams supervised by the French Ministry of Education conducted in French only. The exam is made up of four parts:
The language exam has six levels (DELF A1, DELF A2, DELF B1, DELF B2, DALF C1, DALF C2), which correspond to the six proficiency levels of the framework of reference determined by the Council of Europe.
After passing a DALF C1 or a DALF C2 exam, non-francophone students who wish to study in a French university are exempt from taking the language test.
You have decided to relocate to a French-speaking country. It’s not an easy experience and you will no doubt be confronted with the main problem in daily life! How to become integrated in society?
The absolute must: start to learn French, progress as fast as possible until finally you will speak perfect French!!!
Why is it important?
You want to become integrated into a society that functions thanks to the interaction of its population. People talk, converse, ask and answer questions. This communication is the basis for culture, the economy, political life, trade, etc. You are part of society if you are able to take part in this interaction.
What are the obstacles?
One tends to think that in a French-speaking country it is easier to learn French. That’s true, but there are pitfalls:
What is the secret of success?
It takes a lot of energy but, as you will see, it’s a good investment of your time!
If you are a beginner:
— you need to take French lessons, as it’s very difficult to learn a language on your own, at least at the beginning. We offer you French lessons Online on Skype which will enable you to progress rapidly. You will learn to express yourself in basic situations of everyday life: how to order a coffee, how to ask your way, how to pay your bills, etc.
You will see immediately the fruit of your efforts: with our communicative method you will be able to use what you learned just after the lesson, communicating in real situations!
If your level is intermediate:
If you find that these techniques are not sufficient and need guidance, we advise you take French lessons Online on Skype. You’ll be able to ask your native-speaking teacher all your questions and learn everything that you couldn’t learn alone: correct French pronunciation, difficult points of French grammar, correct use of expressions, etc.
Take a free trial lesson on Skype and share your difficulties with us.
You are learning French and your level is already fairly good, but in conversation you often can’t find your words. You always use the same vocabulary and what you write in French is weak in expressions.
There is no alternative, you have to ENRICH your vocabulary in French.
But how can this be done?
First of all, you can take French lessons on Skype where you will be offered a large amount of exercises:
You will read and discuss short texts in French (articles, commentaries, etc.) with your teacher (What is the text about? How to reformulate your ideas? What do you think of this idea? For what reason?) – this technique enables you to reuse the vocabulary used in the text and thus memorise it faster.
Your teacher asks you to explain the meaning of certain words in French (ex.: what does gagner mean? It means to win the first prize) or to invent a new sentence for these words – this technique is also helpful to commit the words quickly to memory and develop your vocabulary in French.
You are encouraged to provide synonyms for certain words – this exercise enriches your vocabulary and prevents you from always repeating the same words in your conversations in French.
During the lesson your teacher types the words that are new for you on the Skype message board - the result: at the end of the lesson you have a complete list of the French vocabulary, that you have only to revise later on.
You will also receive sentences and texts in English for you to translate into French – this exercise is mainly to enable you to discover the English and French words that are similar but which have a completely different meaning (ex.: attendre in French doesn’t mean the same thing as attend in English) (another example! Beginners often translate I am eating by je suis manger, though the present perfect tense doesn’t exist in this form in French).
Here are some other ideas for improving your vocabulary in French:
A piece of good news to end with: 1 word learnt = 10 words understood, for a word learnt enables you to form a noun, an adjective, a verb, etc.
You need to be productive when you learn French? Then follow our method and ask for help from a native-speaking teacher. He will accompany while you learn French and will follow your progress. Discover how you can learn on Skype.
You are learning French, but you have difficulty speaking. You are afraid of saying something foolish. If someone asks you a question in French you have a mental block and forget everything that you have learnt in French. Don’t be afraid, you are not the only one with this problem! Communication doesn’t come automatically, you need practise (a lot)!!
Generally speaking, when you begin to learn French you concentrate on the exercises in the language manual. You register in a language school and listen to the teacher from the back of the class. You memorise the words, learn the grammar, begin little by little to write compositions and understand more and more of the recordings that the teacher plays for you. After a certain time you reach a level where you feel that you more or less know the French language. Encouraged by this idea, you plan a trip to France or you try to make French friends in your own country. That’s when the disappointment comes: in front of real French people, when you need to speak to them, not a word comes out. A complete mental block, you can no longer understand anything. You get the impression that the energy you have invested in learning French has been wasted. When you find yourself in such a situation you have to admit one thing: there is a large gap between what you can write and what you can say in French. While you were learning you forgot to develop communication skills, you thought that they would just come by themselves. Unfortunately that is never the case…
The solution: start working without delay on oral expression with a French teacher. You cannot acquire this skill on your own, for you need to converse with someone. Your teacher will ask you questions, will correct you and help you express yourself better.
If you start to learn French with us on Skype as a beginner, you will see: you will make progress in oral expression at the same speed as for written expression! You speak French from the first minute onwards with your native-speaking French teacher. It’s really the most efficient method!
If you have been learning French for some time, but have the impression that you are more advanced in written than in spoken French, lessons on Skype are made for you! You learn to practise out loud with all the knowledge that is in your head!
Here are some more tips that you can use outside your lessons on Skype for speedy and successful improvement:
Don’t forget: the ability to communicate is a major skill !!! If it’s not for communicating with other that you are learning a language, then what’s the point of learning?
The same idea presented above about progression in spoken French is also valid for written expression: to make progress you need to “dive in at the deep end”. Start writing in French to your teacher, to a friend or to yourself. The subject can be anything that interests you: the news, the story you have read or the story of your life. Even if your level in French is very elementary you will manage to express yourself.
Once your text is ready you will be wondering who will correct them. For that you will need a French teacher not only to correct what you have written, but also to explain why something isn’t correct and how to remedy it. If you take lessons on Skype you can email your texts to your teacher, who will correct them and send them back before the lesson. During the French lesson on Skype you can discuss these problems with your teacher, who will clarify your grammar questions and suggest different ways of expressing your ideas. It’s an excellent way of improving your written French!
Methods and techniques for learning French have changed radically during recent years. So-called “traditional” methods cover books, photocopies, audio CDs from language schools and libraries. In our fast-track world we consider that we no longer have the time to learn using these methods and so decide to turn to the internet. And not without reason, for there are numerous resources to be found there, from teach-yourself software packages, through fast-learning applications, to interactive self-correction exercises.
To make the most of these resources, all you need is a computer and an internet connection. A smartphone may also be enough if you want to learn with the help of a software application.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of these techniques?
Consequently, our advice is for you to try out the largest possible number of methods and techniques while always making sure that you are accompanied by a competent teacher. If you want to learn French 100% on line, discover French lessons on Skype, the way to learn French using a real relationship with an experienced native French teacher. To discover how this works, click here.
Are you learning French? Whether you are a beginner or an advanced pupil you will probably have been wondering whether you need a teacher to learn French. Why not use a teach-yourself method? It’s simpler, cheaper, and I can organise it the way I want and progress at my own rhythm, can’t I?
We have bad news for you: unfortunately this technique does not always work...
Here are five reasons why you can’t learn without the presence of a human being:
While you are learning French make sure that you are always accompanied by a competent teacher. If you want to learn French 100% on line, discover French lessons on Skype, the way to learn French using a real relationship with an experienced native French teacher. To discover how this works, click here.
The first thing that you need to know is that anyone can put absolutely anything on line. Consequently there is unfortunately a lot of rubbish on the internet, which means that you have to sort through the material, documents and services which are supposed to help you learn French. You will find some that are paying and others that are non-paying, but unfortunately you cannot make your choice on this criterion alone, since much that is useful is offered free of charge and much that is useless is very expensive. In spite of this, one has to admit that you have a better chance of finding a quality material or service when the supplier considers that he has the right to ask for a certain sum for his product in which he has invested significant amount of time and money. It’s not a hundred percent sure, but it’s very probable.
If you really want to avoid paying, there is another possibility, provided that you have a lot of free time. You can undertake painstaking research on the internet and list all the documents, methods, services and material that you may find useful for learning French. But who has the time for this? Not many of us…
We have most of us 20 to 30 minutes a day to study French, so it would be a pity to waste our time surfing the internet…
To be brief, one thing is certain: to learn to speak French correctly you need to invest something, either time or money. However, taking into account that all of us are always running late these days, money seems to be the more logical choice.
The second argument is about motivation. Let’s be honest: if you pay for something, you make the most of it. You don’t want to lose your investment, so you dedicate all you energy to it… and that’s how you learn French successfully.
And above all don’t forget: the time that you spend learning French is precious, so use it really FOR LEARNING.
If you want to save your time and learn French 100% on line, discover French lessons on Skype, the way to learn French using a real relationship with an experienced native French teacher. To discover how this works, click here.
DuoLingo is a website and mobile phone application that offers free tuition for various languages, amongst others, for French. Taking your level into account, the software proposes appropriate exercises and invites you to translate, repeat words or sentences or write out sentences pronounced by the programme.
We recommend the use of DuoLingo, if you want to learn French in a fun way from anywhere (a bus, a café, etc.) and if you have only 10 to 15 minutes a day to revise. You will have a solid language base and you will easily memorise the most important vocabulary in French, that which is used in the daily papers.
There are nevertheless various situations in which you will need another method along with DuoLingo software:
To acquire this proficiency you will need the help of a human being, a teacher, who will ask you questions, correct you, adapt the lessons to your specific needs and above all answer your questions. If you want to save time and money, choose 45-minute French lessons on Skype that put you in contact with a native-speaking French teacher!
Bear in mind that French films in the original version are harder to understand than foreign films dubbed into French. In a French film the actors talk faster and you need to know not just the language, but also its cultural references.
A tip: If you are already having lessons on Skype you can work on films in a more elaborate way. After watching each film you can resume it orally for your teacher, which lets you to rework its vocabulary (and helps you memorise it!) and speak continuously for several minutes in French. Later you will also be able to resume the story in writing or give your personal opinion on the film, which your teacher will correct for you!
You are learning French and take an interest in current affairs. Have you ever thought of linking your two interests by consulting the news in French?
There are numerous sites on the internet that let you consult articles and watch videos in French about events from all over the world. After you specify your level, the sites in question will offer you documents that are neither too easy nor too difficult for you. Sometimes you’ll find multiple choice questionnaires about the news item that you were consulting, to make sure that you have fully understood everything.
All that is very useful, but once you have understood the text and looked up all the new words in the dictionary, what do you do next? How can you go further and get even more out of the article?
If you really want to memorise the words and expressions in the news you will need to reuse them both orally and in writing. If you take lessons on Skype you can really practise these exercises.
Advice + : you want to understand a new item, but you haven’t managed to do so first time. No matter! Go ahead, listen to it a second, a third … a tenth time! The aim is to understand the text however long it takes!
Advice ++: don’t for get to let your teacher know the fields that interest you: politics, sport, economics, society, etc… If you really want to know the contents of the article you will understand it all the more easily.