French Tutor in the Newtown (Powys) area

Learn French for business, pleasure..... or both!

Can I really learn French in 3 months, like some methods claim?

Of course you can… if you move to France or study at least eight hours a day. Learning a language takes time. Most people can only fit in and/or afford one lesson a week, so it will probably take more than 3 months before you can hold a short conversation.

How long does it take to learn French?

It all depends on the individual. If you are a complete beginner, it is very important to set some time aside, between lessons, to look at your notes and practise what you’ve learnt. Set yourself easy goals (e.g. learn at least one new word each day or complete one exercise before your next lesson). Bear in mind that the more you practise between lessons, the faster you’ll learn.

How can I practise between lessons?

All topics covered during the lessons are backed up with notes and exercises on my blog. So when you get home you can put into practice what you’ve just learnt. Most exercises include audio files to help with the pronunciation. Click here to see a sample. You can also take a test, at the end of each level, to check your progress.

Will I get rid of my British accent?

Probably not…. and so what? There’s nothing wrong with having an accent, as long as people understand what you are saying. French people tend to find the British accent quite charming, so don’t worry about it. Although I’ve lived in England for many years, I still have my French accent and I don’t intend to lose it.

Having a foreign accent can present some advantages. If you make a grammatical error, you are easily forgiven. It is also a great ice-breaker. People who hear your accent might be more inclined to chit-chat. The only disadvantage in France is that many French people will try to impress you with their knowledge of English, so keep answering them in French and they should get the point that you are trying to practise your French.

What material do I need to bring?

Pen and paper, that’s it. It is important to take notes. From my own observations, students who take notes tend to learn a lot quicker than those who don’t. And don’t be afraid to refer to them during lessons. That’s what they are for.

How are lessons structured?

Over the years I have designed my own method based on the differences between our two languages. Lessons focus on speaking and listening. Writing can be done at home. Bear in mind that, like in English, spoken French can sound very different from writing. When I first arrived in England, it took me a while to understand that dunno meant I don't know.

I didn't do grammar at school, can I still learn French?

Yes. You will need to understand some grammar basics, which we will cover when necessary, but otherwise the grammar part is kept very light. The main thing to bear in mind is that French is not a translation of English.

Where would the lesson take place?

Lessons can take place at your home (smoke-free homes only) or your office. They can also take place at my home on The Waen, near Trefeglwys.

Can I get a reference from former or current students?

You will find genuine comments from former students in the feedback section but I will be happy to provide contact details of current students, if required.

I hope the above will help answer questions you may have. Please feel free to contact me if you require further information.