I’m Laure, founder of J’aime le français.
I help non-French speakers who want to communicate in French to improve their listening and speaking skills and to overcome their fears, to blossom in their personal and professional life.
Because I have a conviction
Everyone is able to speak a foreign language and this should not be a barrier to success and blossoming.
- I don’t believe in the “magic wand”: you can communicate easily and fluently in French, as long as you really want to and work hard.
- Nor do I believe in “magic formulas” such as “just find a language partner and get started”: you are entitled to a method of learning and practicing French that suits you, adapted to your psychological profile, your character and your level of self-confidence
So it is a double commitment that I propose to you:
From me to you: I undertake to support you to help you progress orally, to prepare you before you get started on exchanges in French and to develop your self-confidence.
From you to me: You undertake to being fully involved in achieving your goals.
How can I help you communicate in French with ease?
- If you don’t understand when you are spoken to in French,
- If you can’t find your words when you speak in French,
- If you have to communicate in French and you’re afraid of making mistakes and not being understood,
- If you don’t dare to initiate conversations in French or if you don’t dare to intervene during a discussion or a meeting,
- If you are shy, introverted, lack self-confidence, and prefer to be well prepared before you start talking to French speakers,
- If you want to improve your oral skills in French, while practicing alone,
You’ve come to the right place!
Because I’ve been through all these states too! And in all the languages I have learned and used in my life: English, German and Portuguese.
The existing methods are unsuitable for the difficulties you encounter.
This is why I create methods that suit ME so as to progress, to take action and to overcome my fears.
I share these tools and strategies online with you. They will help you to communicate better in French:
- You will practice oral French independently, without the need for a language partner
- You will improve your listening and speaking skills and you will be able to exchange easily about daily life, current events, professional life…
- You will be ready to face your future conversations or meetings in French
- You will gain ease, fluency and confidence when speaking French, whether in a professional or social context.
Do you want to start now?
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- Authenticity: Are what I do and what I propose in accordance with who I am?
- Benevolence: Am I attentive to others? Do I accept them as they are, without judgment, with indulgence and understanding? Am I also benevolent to myself?
- Confidence – self-confidence and confidence in the other one: Do I believe in my own value, potential and abilities? Do I believe in the value, potential and abilities of the other?
- Determination : Do I really want to achieve my goals and am I determined to solve my difficulties?
- Commitment: Do I do everything possible to keep my promises and achieve the desired change?
I was born in the north-east of France, in Reims, a city well known for its magnificent cathedral and especially the famous bubble wine: Champagne!
After graduating as an engineer, I worked for about ten years in multinationals as an Organizational Consultant and Project Manager. Then a family project led me to Portugal
My experience with foreign languages
I first learned German at school, then English. My practice was limited to what we did in class, and we exchanged very little orally. I had rather good marks: 17/20 in German in the baccalauréat (equivalent to A-levels or
high school diploma), 855 in TOEIC in English.
It was later that things got complicated!
- During my graduate studies, my exams in German consisted of listening to a radio program, giving my teacher an oral summary and discussing the topic with him. It was always a shock: I was unable to understand what I was hearing, then unable to say a few sentences to my teacher, despite seven years of studying the language! As a result, my marks were around 6/20.
- In companies, I participated in meetings in English (often by phone) and sometimes I had to make decisions at these meetings with Americans, Japanese or Koreans. I was uncomfortable, I didn’t understand what was being said to me, I couldn’t ask the right questions and I was afraid of the way my colleagues looked at my level of English… I even avoided the meals organized with these foreign colleagues, which were just friendly moments to build relationships!
- During my expatriation to Portugal, having a discussion in Portuguese was also very difficult: the conversation often ended in French or English. It blocked me in my work (which I ended up giving up). Answering the phone in Portuguese, contacting new people, or having lunch with locals was a challenge. I ended up exhausted and discouraged, thinking I couldn’t do it.
Yet I made many public speeches during my career:
- daily meeting animation, from 5 to 30 people,
- training animations or presentations to audiences of up to 60 people,
- presentations or reports in management committees.
I felt pretty comfortable (even if there was some nerves at first), I knew how to argue and convince, and even often, I enjoyed it!
But when it came to expressing myself in a foreign language, it was a different story.
Finally, I realized that I was not well enough prepared. And that this barrier of the foreign language has sometimes prevented me from doing what I would have liked…
That’s how I came up with the idea of J’aime le français. In order to share with you methods that will help you to feel comfortable in French, not to refuse any opportunity nor to give up any of your dreams!
If you want to stay in touch with me
If you have read so far, thank you! I hope this is just the beginning of our relationship.
I look forward to hearing more about you: write to me to tell me who you are, where you live, why you are learning French, what are the difficulties you face, what are your main fears when you have to speak French…
But the best way to stay in touch is to join my newsletter.
As soon as you register, you will receive the two free guides I have already mentioned.
Then you will receive new content twice a month to improve your oral skills: podcasts, French songs, film trailers with exercises…
To conclude here are some inspiring quotes
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot (British novelist, 1819 – 1880)
“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” – Arthur Ashe (American tennis player, 1943 – 1993)
“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair (American businessman, 1823 – 1899)
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill (British politician, 1874 – 1965)