Is this a French language course or a play?
What is French for Beginners Language Theatre? Is it a course or a play? It’s both! We proudly present a one-of-a kind educational program for beginners that includes vocabulary, grammar, exercises, dialogue, and much more in the form of a theatrical performance!
The plot of the play is simple. Valerie, our French tutor, gives one-on-one lessons to beginner students. Valerie has three rules for her students:
1. Complete the assigned lesson on the website and memorize new vocabulary on the flashcards before coming in for one-on-one studies.
2. You can talk about anything, as long as you employ grammar introduced in the lesson.
3. Don't be afraid to switch to English if you don’t know how to say something in French - but switch back to French as soon as you can!
Follow our heroes from Act 1, with conversation mostly in English, to Act 30, where they speak mostly French with Valerie's colorful students, you will learn the fundamentals of French grammar and expressions. Your vocabulary will expand rapidly and naturally, and your comprehension skills will improve dramatically.
Enjoy the characters, their secrets, desires, and motivations to learn French Follow the 3 Valerie’s rules and learn with our students, Michelle, Jack, and Kevin! Bon voyage!
I hope you will enjoy the performance and learn to understand and even speak French by the end of the play. Oh, and by the way, it’s a long play... from one act to the next, you will learn the language, discover nuances of French culture, and experience the thrill of a theatrical performance in the language you are learning. Oui, oui ! We start with just a few words of French in Act I, but by the end of our play, most of the acts will be performed in French! Oh, what a thrill it is to enjoy a play in French!
Now, a few words about the format of the show, or “course” if you will ... A French teacher, Valérie, gives one-on-one lessons. The students who come for the lessons have very little knowledge of French, almost none. From the first lesson to the last, they will learn to the extent that each one of them will be able to understand and speak French well. You are cordially invited to enjoy the Language Theater and learn French with our students.
Well, let’s begin Act I. Valérie, our French teacher, is waiting for her student Jack. This is the first time Valérie and Jack meet in person.
|Valérie:||Bonjour ! Êtes-vous Jacques ?|
|Valérie:||Hello, are you Jacques?|
|Jack:||Oh, right! Bonjour ! Oui, oui, je suis Jacques.|
|Valérie:||Très bien ! Please, come on in! It is very nice to meet you, and I’m glad that you want to learn French.|
|Jack:||Thank you, Valérie!|
|Valérie:||Well, let’s start our first lesson.|
|Jack:||Thank you so much for taking me as a student!|
|Valérie:||You are most welcome, Jacques! But, before we start, tell me a little about yourself. You have studied French before, right?|
|Jack:||In school, if it counts. I just remember a few words like “Bonjour, je m’appelle Jacques, s’il vous plaît, merci, au revoir.|
|Jack:||But, I am very serious about studying.|
|Valérie:||Excellent! May I ask why you have decided to go back to studying French? I would like to know what your goals are so that I can successfully design a course for you.|
|Jack:||Sure! You see, I have this idea, it's a business idea and I will need a good knowledge of French, and I may add French culture.|
|Valérie:||Oh! It's intriguing! What is that? Is that a secret?|
|Jack:||It’s a French restaurant! I want to open a French restaurant.|
|Valérie:||Ah bon ? ...Really?|
|Jack:||I have so many ideas about this restaurant, so it’s going to be great! But I really need to be able to speak French and I need to know cultural nuances to design a great menu.|
|Valérie:||Well, good luck! Bonne chance !|
|Valérie:||Well, let’s not waste time. Let's start learning!|
Let's practice pronunciation on few short phrases from today's episode. Listen carefully how the native speaker pronounces each sentence. Follow the intonations in each sentence. When you are ready, record one paragraph at a time with your own voice and then compare your pronunciation and intonations to the native speaker's: