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Private French Tutor Online: Embrace the French Lifestyle!

Bonjour, my name is Virginie the Frenchie. I was born and raised in France in a beautiful region called Auvergne : famous for its volcanoes, its beautiful cheese, Michelin and so much more! I studied Foreign Languages (English, German and Spanish) as well as Marketing at the university and performed all my internships abroad so I know what it is like to learn and practise other languages. I also lived and worked many years in Paris and then moved to Montreal in Canada (French speaking region), London in UK, and finally I settled in Adelaide in Australia where I am living the dream! So if like me you have a passion for foreign languages (French), an interest for the french culture, history, food and lifestyles overseas you came to the right place! If you have the project of traveling or living abroad in a French speaking country or just enjoying practising your French with a native, you will find here plenty of reflexions and ideas to make this new chapter of your life fun, memorable and overcome (nearly) any kind of situations even when “lost in translation”… Learning a new language is a wonderful way to experience, to discover, to grow, to meet and to connect with amazing people from all other the world. Now my friends are from France, USA, UK, Canada, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Turkey, Spain, Iran, Morocco, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia… and it is good fun to speak French together with so many different and lovely accents! I really enjoy helping others to learn French! I am dynamic, patient and fun. I think communication is the most important aspect in teaching a language. For this reason, I organise interesting and fun conversations lessons and I can adapt them to your needs. À bientôt j’espère 🙂

I am available for online lessons anywhere in the world or in-person private lessons in the following areas: Hutt Street Library, 235 Hutt St, Adelaide SA 5000 Cibo, 199 Hutt St, Adelaide SA 5000 so if you love everything about France and you are willing to practise your French with your favourite blogger 😉 don’t hesitate to contact me via the form below and we can discuss about your needs and expectations and start from there!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the easiest way to learn French in Adelaide?

I really enjoy conversations sessions as I believe practising in real situations with a native is the key to progress in a foreign language. I also like to work in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere as I believe it is important to feel at ease when learning and comfortable making mistakes as I am here to help. I am also very positive, creative and adaptable so I can find the best ways for each students to help them to learn, progress and meet their needs.

Is French easy to learn?

Been there done that. Any language is relatively “easy” to learn as long as you have the passion, a strong interest for it and a huge willingness to learn and of course if you are ready to give it plenty of time and effort… there is no secret! Practising is essential that is why I believe in conversations classes! Besides French and English do share many similarities and roots so having so much common vocabulary helps a lot!

 

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Do you speak Aussie?

If you are a Games of Thrones fan, you must be familiar with the following sentence “you know nothing Jon Snow”… well this is the way I feel sometimes about my English. I thought that my universtity English degree, my previous lives in Montreal and London had afforded me to gain a wide knowledge of this beautiful language but it seems it is a never ending journey! But today let’s focus on the positive side only: learning a foreign language is like following the yellow brick road in The Wizard of Oz where each day is an adventure, an opportunity to discover and to learn more!

Actually when I moved to Adelaide I realized that there were many words and expressions (slang) I did not know! Furthermore, it seems that my French accent is SO strong that there is no way I could be mistaken for an Aussie girl… no matter how hard I try, when I open my mouth they instantly know I am French! Sometimes I wonder… why do French people sound so French?! Since I can’t really do anything about it, let’s focus on the former topic: Aussie slang!

Shortly after I moved to Adelaide, I made friend with my neighbour and enjoyed our daily conversations about the city, Australia, wildlife etc… even if sometimes he talked too fast and I could not catch the meaning of everything. One day he told me how popular the Aussie barbies were and that I should try. I thought he was talking about the Barbie plastic dolls (creepy…. why would he tell me that, I am not a kid anymore and what do Aussie Barbie dolls have that French ones don’t haha)… or maybe he was referring to bimbos, blondies (still creepy…why saying I should try?). So I got curious and asked him for more details (afterall maybe I was just lost in translation), I wanted to know what he liked about it… then I heard the word “shrimp” and the conversation went on and I learnt this day that a barbie is a barbecue, not a doll neither a bimbo nore a blondie!

Do you know what is a breakie? First time, I heard this word… I thought it was related to “break something”…  do I want a breakie? Is somebody going to break my leg? Is it an Australian custom? Well don’t worry, if you see this expression on a cafe menu… nobody is going to break you anything, it just means: breakfast! In my opinion it is a good word to know here and speaking of it I know the perfect place where  to enjoy a delicious Aussie breakie!

One day in English class, one of our teachers William asked us if we have been bothered by the mozzies during the warm and humid weekend. Because of the lesson topic, we knew he was talking about an animal but what kind of beast was that? The word sounded to me like a “mouse” but with a “S” so something like “mouses” but then I thought it can’t be, because the plural is “mice” (congrats these English classes are paying off)! A girl from Japan said that this animal did not exist in her country and William smiled  and said he doubted it! Actually mozzies mean mosquitos!

After 6 months living in Australia, I can’t declare I am fluent in Aussie slang yet but I am working on it because I like it here and I really want to fit in! So to prove my love to Australia, I am going to write something that only Australians can understand:

G’day, I started my morning with a lovely breakie and wrote some emails to my relies. Then I was invited by my aussies mates to a seafood barbie. I hope there will not be too many mozzies tonight at the party! No worries! Ta ❤