Making good on a New Year’s Resolution of taking a French Art Class at AFA…….

Medea Hatten

“I joined AFA in January 2019. I made my New Year’s Resolution to go back to French classes. I lived, worked and studied in Paris for 2 years, then when I went back to my country, I worked for a French company for five years. What I learned about French culture, country, food, language was very alive in me during all this time. Subsequently, I took another job where English was the predominant language, and thus I forgot a lot of my French. When I decided to re-take my French language, I looked into L’Alliance Française because this is an international foundation, with almost half a million of students throughout 136 countries in the world!

I decided to go with the French Art Class, and I loved it since the first time. Not only did I get “my” French back, but I am now going deep into different topics that we discuss during class, such as music, painting, architecture, drawing, sculpture, and of course as we study these topics we have to understand politics, philosophy and other areas that are intrinsic to the world of Art.

We have a native French teacher, the discussions are very enriching, and we all have opportunities to participate in different ways. Reading in French is one of the most satisfying aspect of this class; it is never the same when I read a translated piece. All these reasons make my experience really gratifying and fulfilling.”

Pronunciation deserves its own focused study & the variety in class keeps them laughing…

Nicole Doggett

"Pronunciation class is a blast! Each week we practice speaking French aloud which has helped me gain confidence when reading and speaking. Elisabeth's in-the-moment corrections are helpful and she uses a variety of methods like videos, music, poetry which keep us all laughing."

Donna Bailey

Elisabeth's pronunciation class is enjoyable and helpful in so many ways. First of all, my pronunciation has greatly improved and I have gained more confidence in speaking the French language. She has us practice the different sounds and the different combinations of sounds. She has us watch the positioning of her mouth and explains where our tongue should be to correctly pronounce these sounds. This is extremely helpful.She has us read dialogues so we can learn the correct intonations and rhythms which helps us sound conversational rather than stilted.

Elisabeth also makes sure we know the meanings of the words. Therefore, our vocabulary improves as well as our pronunciation.

I highly recommend this class. It is helpful and fun as well as promoting confidence when speaking the French language.”

Sanford Wyatt

“I have taken several sessions of the conversation class and would highly recommend it to all be the newest students and perhaps the very fluent. Otherwise, all levels. It would probably be a good idea to teke the class once a year as a touch-up, Proper pronunciation of French is integral to the beauty of the language and deserves its own focused study.”

AFA classes are effective if you want to travel. Get started & get ready for those proud moments…

Cassandra Moore    “This past June, I went to Québec with my family. At first I was a little shy and I stuck to English,but after a message of encouragement from my Alliance teacher, I started every greeting with “Hello, bonjour” (or vice versa) and asked my questions in French.    At the train station in Ottawa, I spoke to the clerk bilingually. She commented that my pronunciation was good, and later I spoke to our Uber driver in Quebec City bilingually as well.    My proudest moment was when we went to a restaurant called Chez Victor, and I spoke French to the hostess and asked for our table in French. When it was time for menus she gave my husband and son English menus and said my French was good enough to get the French menu.    The following morning I ordered coffee to go at a cafe. One barista spoke a little English. Anyway placing an order in Starbucks or any coffee shop was a small challenge, with the different measuring systems, but I felt I’ve progressed little by little during the trip.    My husband said that he thought I was doing pretty well communicating with folks and asked my son why he wasn’t speaking French beyond “merci,” although he has had French class 2-3 times per week (1.5 hrs each) at his school from August to May!    Overall I had a great time and enjoyed having this opportunity to speak French every day.”   (Please note: Cassandra had just finished Level 103 when she went on her trip.)

Cassandra Moore

“This past June, I went to Québec with my family. At first I was a little shy and I stuck to English,but after a message of encouragement from my Alliance teacher, I started every greeting with “Hello, bonjour” (or vice versa) and asked my questions in French.

At the train station in Ottawa, I spoke to the clerk bilingually. She commented that my pronunciation was good, and later I spoke to our Uber driver in Quebec City bilingually as well.

My proudest moment was when we went to a restaurant called Chez Victor, and I spoke French to the hostess and asked for our table in French. When it was time for menus she gave my husband and son English menus and said my French was good enough to get the French menu.

The following morning I ordered coffee to go at a cafe. One barista spoke a little English. Anyway placing an order in Starbucks or any coffee shop was a small challenge, with the different measuring systems, but I felt I’ve progressed little by little during the trip.

My husband said that he thought I was doing pretty well communicating with folks and asked my son why he wasn’t speaking French beyond “merci,” although he has had French class 2-3 times per week (1.5 hrs each) at his school from August to May!

Overall I had a great time and enjoyed having this opportunity to speak French every day.”

(Please note: Cassandra had just finished Level 103 when she went on her trip.)