I have a dream of traveling the world, making new friends, and being able to speak to them in their native language… But learning a second language can be tough!  I suspect you don’t have the option of moving to another country or taking a full time immersion course… so here are some pointers to get you started: Step 1: Define Why The first thing you need to do is to identify why you want to learn to speak the language.  This will identify the types of vocabulary you most need, and will also help you get motivated to do what it takes to learn.Read More →

Would you like your family to speak French, but don’t speak it yourself? Here’s an excerpt from “Lightning-fast French for Kids and Families” that will have you all speaking French as you get dressed! Preparation: Get out a selection of clothing. Alternatively – you can start with a basket of clothes you need to sort out and get two things done at once!   The Conversation: You will hold up two different items of clothing, and ask questions. Here are several different questions to get you started: Lequel aimes-tu le plus? (luh-kel em tew luh plews) – Which do you like better? Lequel est àRead More →

Would you like your family to speak French, but don’t speak it yourself?  Here’s an excerpt from “Lightning-fast French for Kids and Families” that will have you all speaking French tonight at dinner! Preparation:  Select and prepare a dinner with several choices in it.  The vocabulary list in this role play is designed around steak, chicken, potatoes and vegetables.  You may also need to look up a few ingredients, if you have different options than we use.  Write down any items you offer that we don’t include, and then go to Translate.Google.com, type in the word, and have it give you the French equivalent.  MakeRead More →