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Adult French Classes in Naperville? Aren’t I Too Old to Learn a New Language?

The success of my adult French classes in Naperville is proof that you are never too old to learn a new language! 

When I tell people that I teach adult French classes in Naperville, people are usually surprised to learn how many of my students are adults and how popular these classes are. They assume that, as a French teacher, my classes are centered around tutoring children and students. Many seem to think that it is pointless for the older generation to learn a language, since it is so easy for children to pick it up but gets harder for the mind to retain over time. Some even think it is just too hard or wouldn’t be a priority for individuals with families, careers, and busy schedules. However, adult French conversation classes just might be my favorite to teach, and is seems like other adult language-learners agree with me, because these are some of my most in-demand courses. 

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Whoever said you cant teach an old dog new tricks apparently never tried to teach that dog French. Actually, the adult brain has a highly dynamic structure which changes and adapts as it responds to new experiences. One is never too old to learn something new, and once you start working your mind to learn new things, like French, it gets used to the workout and the adaptation becomes a bit easier over time. 

Scientifically speaking, science has told us that adults will pick up vocabulary more easily than new grammar rules or syntax. New words are liked by a learner to his pre-existing knowledge and significant vocabulary based in his mother tongue. The most challenging part of learning a language for an older individual is refining his accent, which is much easier for children to do. 

It is NEVER too late to take up something that you are interested in or maybe weren’t able to do in the past, and you are NEVER too old to learn a new language! At Naperfrench, I adapt my French classes for adults according to the methods that are easiest for adults to pick up on, and works new strategies into the equation to address the bigger challenges for adults, like pronunciation and grammar formations. 

In case you still think that learning French as an adult is not a possibility, or that you are “too old” to learn a language, here are some of the major benefits of taking on this challenge to convince you that my adult French classes in Naperville are a great option, whether you are 25 or 85! 

Learning French is good for your health. There are countless studies about the positive benefits of learning a foreign language on health. These include delaying the onset of dementia and improving executive function (the ability to vary thoughts and behaviors). 

Learning French keeps the brain active and healthy. Learning a foreign language is a sort of mind game, or puzzle for the brain. When you learn French, you are keeping your mind active. This exercise is especially true for adults, who use different regions of the brain for language learning that those that are used for the native language, unlike children. 
Learning French cant actually sometimes be easier for adults. Oftentimes, we get so caught up talking about scientific factors that focus on the developmental stage in the child’s brain that make it advantageous for getting children to learn a language, that we forget about the circumstantial factors that contribute to learning a new language. Adults have some advantages that often are not there for kids. These include motivation to learn, the discipline to study, and the consciousness to exercise self-directed learning. Even if the adult brain may not have it as easy as a child, the individual can often learn faster and better because he understands the implications of learning and has the willpower to do it.

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Looking For French Classes Near Me? With An Online French Tutor Distance Is No Object

Are Skype French Classes for You?  

Thanks to technology, Skype French lessons are becoming a wonderful alternative to the traditional classroom to learn the French language.

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Learn French on Skype with Anne

At NaperFrench,we still firmly believe that for beginners, face-to-face lessons are necessary to help shape their pronunciation and articulation. However, for the intermediate to advanced speaker who has reached a certain level of proficiency and simply needs to augment their skills and practice conversation, Skye French lessons are a convenient, time efficient option. In fact, Skype French lessons can break down the obstacles that keep students from learning a new language because all they need is a computer and a willingness to learn.   

For the more advanced student, Skype French lessons offer numerous benefits:

Location/Convenience. Of course the convenience of a Skype lesson is the most attractive reason to sign up. For students with a tight schedule or those who find themselves traveling for business or away from Naperville often, offering Skype French lessons makes practicing the language more accessible. Even with the busiest schedule, most students can fit in a lesson when it is only a simple phone call and click away.

A Focused Environment.  There is something to be said for choosing the environment in which you have your lesson. For some people, a Skype French lesson may even allow an opportunity for greater focus. Students can use headphones to adjust volume and minimize external noise. Also, with less reliance on body language and more emphasis on listening, the student becomes familiar with the “music” of the language. The pronunciation of words can become clearer. With increased focus on the auditory, the student builds confidence in speaking and listening more quickly.

A More Interactive Lesson. Instead of relying on worksheets, Skype French lessons rely on verbal communication, with the clever employment of chat boxes when necessary. The instructor can type into the chat box in real time, giving immediate feedback on their writing and speaking. Students can use chat boxes to type in questions as well.

Quick Sharing: Communication or document sharing between the student and instructor need not be slowed because the lesson is on Skype. A tutor can share or transfer documents instantly, including access to millions of pictures, videos, examples etc. to help a student illustrate what is being communicated. With Skype, you can share a screen, which becomes useful to show websites or PowerPoint presentations. 

Speaking With a French Native Speaker. Learning French from a French native speaker is the most immersive way to learn a language outside of traveling to another country. Native speakers naturally have correct punctuation of words and provide a unique view of culture and history from someone who lived it. However, not every native speaker is an excellent instructor. With Skype French lessons, you can easily connect with a native speaker who also provides high quality, individualized and custom instruction whether you are around the corner or across the country! All ages are eligible for Skype lessons from NaperFrench, although they must have reached a certain level of proficiency. A simple consultation with Anne will determine whether you/your child is eligible for Skype French lessons.

Whether you choose Skype French lessons or not, NaperFrench offers a unique and customized French class curriculum. Anne makes the language fun and exciting.  Give me a call today 630.405.3840 and start experiencing learning French online!

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Video on Naperville French Lessons

Anne speaks about how wonderful her students are and the best way to learn French is to take French lessons one on one with a native speaking  French teacher.

Schedule an appointment to learn about taking French lessons with Anne in Naperville IL.  Call or write today!

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How Long Does it Take to Learn French?

The short answer to this question, how long does it take to learn French, is that it depends on the student. Anyone wanting to learn French must be willing to put in the time and effort needed to succeed. Programs that promise you can learn French in a ridiculously short period of time is just as it sounds…ridiculous!   

If you are leaving tomorrow to live in France and become totally immersed in the culture and language, you will likely learn French more quickly than in a classroom setting.  This form of learning is called “immersion.”  Unfortunately, we cannot all have that experience. Learning French on the homefront without the benefit of mixing with the natives may seem challenging, but learning from a native French speaking tutor can be the next best thing.

In general, one year of one-on-one instruction with a tutor from NaperFrench is equivalent to two years of college instruction, provided you put in the time outside the classroom in continued practice and study.  In general, for every hour of classroom time spent learning with a tutor, you should spend a minimum 1-2 hours outside the classroom with continued exposure to French. For students this is done by listening to media with people speaking French, watching movies with subtitles, looking at French literature, etc. With such a commitment, you can expect to develop reasonable fluency and feel comfortable traveling abroad and having conversations in under a year. However, your personal pace in reaching your goals will depend on three main factors:

  1. Motivation.  Motivation is key in learning anything in life, especially a language.  Those who learn French because they want to travel, communicate, or experience another culture are more willing to put in effort.  Those who learn for school or job do not do as well.  The quality of classes and the amount of practice are all important.  Someone highly motivated is more likely to put time into learning.  If you spend an hour a day vs. an hour a week practicing, you will learn more in a shorter period.
  2. Reasonable Expectations.  Learning French is a process.  People who set unrealistically high expectations and goals become discouraged and are tempted to skip over the elementary skills, like learning vocabulary,  grammar, etc. which must be mastered before conversation is possible. Skipping the basics is like trying to run before you’ve learned to walk.
  3. Capability.  Capability of learning another language plays a role.  Of course, everyone can learn a language, but some have found better methods than others.  The people who can speak multiple languages (4, 5, 6 languages) have put time, effort, and hard work into practice and learning. Multilingual speakers who wonder how long it takes to learn French will find they can probably master it a little faster than others who have not studied a foreign language for several reasons. First, they know which techniques work best for them to learn a language, whether that’s immersion, one-on-one, etc. and they seek it out. Second, they may find some linguistic similarities between the language they know and French that will help them learn vocabulary, grammar, syntax, etc. more easily. Third, they have the right mindset and expectations of the process so they can more easily make the commitment to learn, practice and succeed since they have done it before.

In short, how long it takes to learn French depends on your time commitment.  One-on-one instruction with NaperFrench provides the highest quality curriculum but your own motivation, expectations and capability will work in your favor. Are you ready to learn French? Lessons are also now available via skype and in person.  Contact NaperFrench today at 630-405-3840.

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French Study tips: What Kind of French Student are You?

Here are my French study tips with some questions to ask yourself in order to understand how you should be learning the language.

1. How much time do you spend studying French? Studying French

One of the best French study tips I can give my students is to dedicate some time to studying everyday. As with any other foreign language, learning French requires work, and the best way to overcome the obstacles and get a comprehensive grasp of the subject. Work a little everyday. Languages are best learned when your brain works with them everyday. It doesn’t have to be long. As students of my French classes in the Chicago suburbs will tell you, Even just 10 minutes a day will go a long way.

2. Do you process or memorize?

You cannot focus on learning French with your goal being to pass your next exam. That is why the next of my French study tips is to actually understand and learn the material. To some, this sounds obvious. But as a Naperville French teacher, this is easier said than done. People get so caught up in their daily lives that they end up working on their knowledge as a way to get an A on their test or to meet the teachers expectations. But, the language demands an understanding. When it comes time for you to actually speak, you need to understand French and be able to formulate your sentences. Simple memorization and translating in your head will not cut it. If you are used to memorizing phrases from an audio or video method or memorize verb charts from a book, then you need to think of how you can actually learn the language. Private French tutoring in Naperville can help.

3. What kind of dictionary are you using?

Every good French teacher in Naperville will tell that resources matter. Investing in a good dictionary will get you far. Once you are motivated to learn and processing information the right way, you will come across words you don’t know. This is actually great, because it allows you to gain new vocabulary that you are using in English and may not correspond to the vocabulary being taught to you in your French classes in the Chicago suburbs. But, Google translate is not a reliable option. Find my recommended list of resources in my French study resources blog post.

4. What do you do when someone corrects your writing?

Students take my Naperville private French lessons to learn from the best, native speaker. This means having someone to teach and also correct them. But, when students get tests, homework, and essays back correcting their writing, they have the tendency to care only to look at the grade and forget everything else. Corrections are there so that you can learn from them. If you are taking a class in school and don’t discuss your mistakes with your teacher or at take note of what she wrote on your work, you are never going to learn.

5.What do you do when you learn a new word or grammar?

My top tip for studying a language- whether you are learning via a private Naperville French teacher, on your own, or in high school or college foreign language classes- is to practice what you learn. When you learn new vocabulary or grammar, you need to keep it in mind. This applies whether you learn an entire new verb tense in your lesson, or just a single word from a text. Using it beyond the point of learning will reinforce what you saw and drill it into your brain. Try revising what you just learned the night after your lesson to make things clearer and easier to remember.

6. What do you do to practice your French?

All French study tips point to one direction- practicing your French! To learn French more easily and quicker, you need to practice with every opportunity that comes your way. Make the effort to try speaking the language both in and out of the classroom, but in a few extra minutes a day to study, etc. The best advantage comes from finding innovative ways to deal with French- like watching a movie in the language you are learning or reading articles in it.

7.What method are you using to learn French?

People come to me as a French teacher in Naperville knowing that I provide the best method for learning French. One-on-one private lessons are always best for learning a foreign language. But, if you choose another method, beware of how you are learning to better understand what you will learn from it. Audio tapes or video methods may help you, but understand that you will need to put in extra effort to speak with a real French person. In a large group, you may learn a lot, but you will need to spend extra energy correcting yourself and reflecting on what you as an individual are struggling with and how to fix these errors.

8. What do you do when talking to a French native?

My French classes in the Chicago suburbs are unique, because I am teaching as a French native. I grew up in France, so I have the accent and best language skills around. Students also adore that I have the cultural knowledge, which those taking lessons love to learn about in addition to the language itself. Being able to talk to a native is important. One must adapt to different accents and learn to have a natural conversation with someone who is actually French. It is hard at first, but you must learn to not switch to English, or recite scripted phrases, or stumble between each word, or any of the other common mistakes made by students. Practice makes perfect.

9. Why are you studying French?

The last of my French study tips is to reflect on why you are learning French. It is important to understand, as it will explain your motivation (or lack of), your progress, and what you need to do moving forward. Some are studying merely to get the credits in school, or because learning a language is obligatory. Some are passionate about French culture, or would like to study or live in the country. Some people love learning languages. Motivations are different for everyone, but a sincere interest in learning will get you much further than learning a foreign language as an obligation.

 

Understand your learning process and what you want in the future to get the most out of your French lessons in Naperville. I would love to help you get even further with the French language and help you learn with a customized curriculum fit for your exact needs!

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A Quick French Lesson from Anne: French Words You Already Know

Learning French will seem easy to you once you realize that you realize all the French words you never knew you knew!

Learning French, especially at the beginning, can seem intimidating. But, once you see all of the French that you already know, picking up French vocabulary will be no problem! While teaching French classes in Naperville, I always encourage my students to look at patterns in the French language and look for words that are already around them in English. Seeing the origin of the word can reveal a hidden meaning.

It doesn’t take your first Naperville French lessons with me to get a few French words down. Words we use everyday provide a little French lesson- like restaurant, proposition, table, and television.

Aside from exact words, the English language takes many words that are originally French by simply changing up the ending. These are words like history, coming from histoire in French, and victory, which also drops the –oire ending and adds on a –ory. Similarly, vocabulaire, revolutionaire, secrétaire, nécessaire, ordinaire, and militaire are French words that have been used in English by dropping the –aire for –ary. Now you see the similarity, right?

Even professions often have a similar look and feel, something that my students taking French courses in Naperville greatly appreciate when learning vocational vocabulary. Acteur is French for actor. Docteur is French for doctor. Employeur? As the logic goes, that is for employer. Directeur means director; entrepreneur is just as it sounds in English!

The harder part of connecting French and English words is when words with the same meaning have a minimal look and feel. These tricks are less obvious to those who don’t know French, but those receiving my Naperville French tutoring in Illinois are quick to pick up the change. A large part of American words have French roots, although pronunciation and spelling has changed over the years. Raison is French for reason. Faible is French for weak; it may not seem similar, but when you realize that faible is like feeble, it all makes sense.

This quick French lesson goes to show you that you can learn French words easily, even before you start taking my Naperville French lessons! Now that you are seeing French words that you already know, keep looking around for what else you can find that originates from the French language. These new words will help you to better understand French and speed up your French classes in Naperville with me! Contact me for other ways you can learn French outside of the classroom.

 

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French via Skype: Learn French at Home

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Learn French from the comfort of your own home

For those of you who would like to learn French at home, my new Skype French lessons allow for you to learn from my same renowned curriculum easier than ever! 

My core philosophy as a Naperville French teacher has always been to teach personalized, one on one lessons for the best language learning experience. As much as my students and I both love this face-to-face interaction, there are some times that this just isn’t possible. Due to time and distance constraints, it can be difficult for some to attend my Naperville French lessons. That is why I have developed a new strategy: online French lessons via Skype.

How do French Lessons via Skype work?

French lessons via Skype are easy and simple. Just like my regular Naperville French lessons, the student and determine a one hour time slot to meet each week. We work on conversation, grammar, vocabulary, and more. I call you, the student, and we speak French via Skype the entire time.

Who is Eligible for Skype French Lessons?

My Chicago French lessons by Skype are just as beneficial as the Naperville private French lessons I have been teaching for a decade. But, French lessons via Skype are only intended for certain students. In order to best learn from Skype French lessons, the student should already have attained a certain level of the language. It can be extremely difficult to learn basic grammar and vocabulary over a computer screen, so I ask that students be at an intermediate to advanced level of the language. French lessons via Skype are intended for students looking to ameliorate their language skills and practice conversation with a French native.

The Benefits of Learning French via Skype

Skype French lessons will help you get comfortable with conversing with real French people in French. With more practice comes a more natural feeling when speaking the language and quicker thinking. Students will continue to learn more vocab and fix grammar errors with each lesson.

Learn French at Home with Chicago French Lessons Skype

I am so excited to announce my new language method, teaching French lessons via Skype! Video calling with a French native is a wonderful opportunity, and my students who travel or have a tight schedule can keep learning the language with me. Whether you are travelling for business, on vacation, or just cannot get out to Naperville due to work and family conflicts, my Chicago French lessons by Skype are just a call away. Make the most of your language capabilities with my video chat classes. Schedule your lessons today to learn French at home!

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Career Opportunities that Benefit from French

In this global age, speaking French or another foreign language is a great advantage in the professional world. Discover some careers that benefit from french. 

My students taking French lessons in Naperville IL all take French for different reasons, whether it be for school, work, or pleasure. No matter what their purpose is for taking Naperville French classes, learning French certainly proves beneficial in the professional world. Here career opportunities for frenchare some jobs that have positions or skills that necessitate or greatly value knowledge of the French language.

1. Being a French teacher

The most obvious job that requires French is being a French teacher, of course! I have been teaching French classes in Naperville for over 10 years, and I love what I do. Those with great talent in French or who like to instruct others may wish to go the same route. You can teach children, at a school, by means of private lessons… or you can go live out your dreams in a French speaking country teaching English. The possibilities are endless….

2. Translator/ interpreter

When becoming a translator or interpreter, the more languages spoken the better. I offer services as a Chicago French translator and Chicago French interpreter; however, many of the translators and interpreters who focus solely on this task work with several languages. With this job, you will dedicate studies to the French language to later be able to verbally interpret or translate documents from and into another language. Oftentimes, a translator or interpreter focuses on a specific field, like legal or medical, to work well with technical terms.

3. Tourism industry

A career in the tourism industry will either require a high level of French or consider some French useful, depending on the location. Whether it be working in a restaurant, at a hotel, as a flight attendant, or other career paths, French will make your job much easier.

4. Global corporations

When looking to work for a global corporation, multiple languages can help. My work as a Naperville French teacher has given me the opportunity to work with many individuals learning French to work with multinational companies. Whether it be working at a physical branch in a French speaking area, working for customer service, or dealing with French suppliers and clients, another language is always a plus.
5. Proofreader

Proofreaders who can speak French are preferable in the business, as they are able to work on French editions of a book or magazine, translate and correct documents in French, and more.career benefits from speaking french

6. Accounting

While accounting and French do not seem to go hand and hand, I have known several French speakers given the opportunity to work for on accounting. This is particularly useful for dealing with French accounts and French clients.

7.Hardware/ software companies

Learning French is also very useful for software and hardware businesses, as many technical support systems operate for several countries. This means that being able to speak a second language, like French, can come in handy for speaking on the phone.

 

Learning a new language is a valuable investment that goes beyond fun- it can help shape and enhance your career path. Whether you want to do something that is specifically dealing with the French language, or make a professional choice that can benefit from added French knowledge, French will make your career more valuable. Take French tutoring in Naperville with me and see where the French language can take you!

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A Quick French Lesson from Anne: French Words You Already Know

Learning French will seem easy to you once you realize that you realize all the French words you never knew you knew! 

Learning French, especially at the beginning, can seem intimidating. But, once you see all of the French that you already know, picking up French vocabulary will be no problem! While teaching French classes in Naperville, I always encourage my students to look at patterns in the French language and look for words that are already around them in English. Seeing the origin of the word can reveal a hidden meaning.

french words you never knew you knewIt doesn’t take your first Naperville French lessons with me to get a few French words down. Words we use everyday provide a little French lesson- like restaurant, proposition, table, and television.

Aside from exact words, the English language takes many words that are originally French by simply changing up the ending. These are words like history, coming from histoire in French, and victory, which also drops the –oire ending and adds on a –ory. Similarly, vocabulaire, revolutionaire, secrétaire, nécessaire, ordinaire, and militaire are French words that have been used in English by dropping the –aire for –ary. Now you see the similarity, right?

Even professions often have a similar look and feel, something that my students taking French courses in Naperville greatly appreciate when learning vocational vocabulary. Acteur is French for actor. Docteur is French for doctor. Employeur? As the logic goes, that is for employer. Directeur means director; entrepreneur is just as it sounds in English!

The harder part of connecting French and English words is when words with the same meaning have a minimal look and feel. These tricks are less obvious to those who don’t know French, but those receiving my Naperville French tutoring in Illinois are quick to pick up the change. A large part of American words have French roots, although pronunciation and spelling has changed over the years. Raison is French for reason. Faible is French for weak; it may not seem similar, but when you realize that faible is like feeble, it all makes sense.

This quick French lesson goes to show you that you can learn French words easily, even before you start taking my Naperville French lessons! Now that you are seeing French words that you already know, keep looking around for what else you can find that originates from the French language. These new words will help you to better understand French and speed up your French classes in Naperville with me! Contact me for other ways you can learn French outside of the classroom.

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The Benefits of Learning French Young

I teach French Lessons in Naperville, Illinois. My language school, NaperFrench, sees a large number of children coming to take my Naperville French classes. In fact, I began teaching French to children; therefore, I fully understand just how great children are with languages. The younger an individual learns a foreign language, the better. Between a child’s natural ability to learn a second language and the variety of benefits that will reward their efforts, young learners find taking language classes to be an enriching experience.

Children learn foreign languages naturally

It is often said that children can pick up a foreign language much more easily than adults. The reason behind this is that children are still children's french lessons napervilleforming their brains, making the child brain much more flexible and adaptable. Children who learn a foreign language, like my young students taking NaperFrench French lessons in Naperville, are able to optimize their learning potential. When young, kids learn a second language just as easily as they learn their first language- this is an amazing ability, as any adults who have ever tried to learn another language will tell you that it is much more difficult for them.

Because the language will be acquired naturally, there is a great linguistic advantage for children. Experts explain that the ability to hear and reproduce new sounds is lost by the age of 8 to 12, meaning that there will be a permanent foreign accent in any language. The ear and vocal muscles of children are flexible, just as the brain is, so they can still reproduce the miniscule differences in a second language with native quality.  Plus, children learn naturally at during their youth, whereas adults must attempt to get their brains to break the rules of their mother tongue in terms of accent, grammar rules, and more.

Cognitive Benefits

Studies show that learning a second language enhances a child’s overall verbal development. Children can differentiate between languages from birth, so there is no chance that a foreign language can interfere with the development of English skills. But, the benefit goes beyond just knowing another language itself. Children learning another language, like taking French lessons, exhibit better skills in elementary school, have better problem-solving skills, more creativity, and better spatial relations. Later in education, kids who know another language score better on ACTs and SATs.

Later on in life, young language learners have enhanced multi-tasking and planning skills, and enhanced memory. The brain is trained to focus on important information and discard the unimportant. Children can also communicate better and have more flexible thinking.

 Conclusion

Giving your child the gift of language lessons from an early age is an investment that will continue to reward them and last a lifetime. Not only will your child learn a foreign language more easily and reap all of the linguistic and cognitive benefits from it, but he or she will be able to learn even more languages more easily. Children also gain an expanded world view and learn to appreciate and understand other cultures. When it comes time to enter into the professional world, your child will have an edge in the global marketplace. So, give your child the opportunity to get ahead by taking children’s French lessons in Naperville with me!

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