Hi to you who is interested in learning French 🙂
In this article I share with you my story, which led me to create this blog!
I lived in France until the age of 24, my parents speak French, I spoke French at home and outside the house, so I did not speak other languages than French until I leave France to live in Switzerland, in Geneva. Geneva is an international city where more than half of the population is foreign, I met Americans, English, Canadians, Spaniards, South Americans, Poles, Japanese, Chinese ... English being the most used language internationally, obviously they all spoke English!
Since I spoke very little English it was very difficult, if not impossible, to have an exchange without much effort to make me understand and understand what others were saying. I had some rudiments learned during the school but learning languages in France is really bad thought and at the end of high school, after studying English for 7 years, nobody speaks it.
I was very excited about being in an international environment, I was looking forward to the discussions I was going to have on cultural differences (humor, the way of thinking, cooking, travel experiences, ...), sharing experiences of each. But because of my English skills I had limited access to this cultural gold mine, which was very frustrating! So I asked myself how to improve my English quickly :
- Work with audiobooks (very effective!)
- Watch videos, with then without subtitles
- Participate in French-English language exchanges
This allowed me to increase my English skills and to meet more people. Nevertheless, I consider that I have a bad level in English, so I continue to improve it.
I like the French language, I love reading, I read a lot and I write texts, songs. I like to write and handle the French language.
This made me want to create a blog to share with you what are the best methods to learn a language quickly.
And also to give you content to learn and improve your French, which is a language with complicated grammar and conjugation.
Thomas Ricomard specializes in teaching French as a foreign language. He has been providing private lessons since 2015, both in-person and online (via Skype). He taught at the Popular University of the Canton of Geneva (Switzerland) from 2015 to 2018, instructing several groups of 20 students from around the world (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Spain, Brazil, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mexico, etc.), ranging from beginner to intermediate levels (A1 to B2). With a Master’s degree in clinical and cognitive psychology from the University of Geneva, his knowledge of psychology allows him to tailor his teaching methods for optimal learning, taking into account factors such as visual memory versus auditory memory. He expresses his passion for the French language through writing texts, including poetry and songs, which he presents publicly at numerous music and slam events.