Dec 03

French music from La Montagne Secrète and Suzanne Pinel

As I mentioned recently, I’m working on adding more French to our lives through music.  I stumbled across La Montagne Secrète, a company that produces a number of titles.   Thankfully our library carries most of the collection, so we’ve … Continue reading

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Nov 12

Getting started in French with older children: 2 reader questions

Over the past while, I’ve had a number of questions relating to getting started teaching French to children who are past the kindergarten/early elementary stage.  Here’s one: My oldest is 17 and is finally interested in learning french. He did … Continue reading

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Nov 05

French e-books for kids: a roundup of sources

We rely on our local library a ton when it comes to getting French books.  My son and daughter each read a French book aloud most days.  I also read a few books aloud to them.  Then we have our … Continue reading

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Oct 29

Fall schedule dump, successful gym classes and not-so-successful field trips

I’m noticing that the fall scrambles are hitting our household.  You know that feeling of having taking on too many activities and having no time left over for anything else?  In prior years, I have pushed through the feeling.  This … Continue reading

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Oct 23

French music for language learning and practice

One of the ways I’ve been trying to increase my kids’ French exposure lately is through music.  I’m aiming for about an hour a week while we’re in the car.  Starting with an hour means we have car time left … Continue reading

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Sep 29

French printable worksheets: a roundup of sources

Looking for worksheets? Here’s a bunch you may be interested in!  Many are from Canada, and others are from France and elsewhere.  Mostly free sources with a few paid ones clearly indicated as such. Canadian sources On this site If … Continue reading

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Sep 24

How much French practice is enough to be bilingual? (Plus our fall routine re-cap)

I’ve read before (can’t remember where) that in order to achieve true bilingualism, a child needs a minimum of 30% of their waking hours in the target language. If a child is awake for 12 hours each day, we’re looking … Continue reading

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Sep 09

5 tips for keeping your language skills sharp

I recently had a reader ask me this question: How do you keep improving and challenging yourself in French and expanding vocabulary? So, here we go – my top 5 tips for keeping your own language skills sharp. Note that … Continue reading

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Aug 24

Top 10 tips for teaching French to your kids when you aren’t French yourself

photo credit: Falcon Photography, Flickr 1)  Accept it: You’re not French. That’s ok. Yes, from a language learning perspective, it would be better if you were Francophone. But you aren’t and you can’t change that. Move on. 2)  Don’t sweat … Continue reading

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Jul 27

Book review: Bringing up a Bilingual Child by Rita Rosenback

Bottom line: Worth the read, especially if you haven’t read any similar books before This book is set up to be read either straight through if you’re just starting out, or to be referred back to as children get older. … Continue reading

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