Study Science in France: French + Sciences Pathway

french sciencesFrench in Normandy is proud to have been chosen by Campus France as one of the participating schools in this new and exciting French and Science short course programme for students planning to study science in France.

French in Normandy provides full French language instruction while partner school ESIGELEC takes the lead role in the science elements of the programme along with CESI NORMANDIE and local companies. Together these three excellent Normandy institutions will receive students from around the world for this new three-week programme that offers first-class language training as well as a hands-on scientific experience for students planning to study science in France. Students will visit companies specialised in motor research, transport and energy solutions.

French + Sciences is designed for international English-speaking students in Sciences, who may be complete beginners in French: the scientific content is 100% taught in English.

Learn more about the programme in our brochure and contact us for details.

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10 Ideas to Improve Your French Speaking Skills

Improve your French speaking skills in 10 steps

Are you looking to learn French but are afraid of not being able to become fluent in it? This article reveals the top 10 effective ideas to improve your French speaking skills.    

 Developing your French speaking skills 

Primarily, it is vital to enroll yourself in a French language school with proficient language teachers and a wide range of French language courses. Also being versed with the language is much easier than speaking French fluently which involves lots of learning work, reading, talking, and practicing in French.  

Have a look at some of the finest methods to improve your French speaking skills, practice and implement the following tips to speak French fluently.

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1. Don’t Study French in a stretch

Continuing French study for a long span can initially give you severe headaches. Read it for a short span with a refreshing break in between study sessions so that you grasp what you study and indulge in quality studying.  

2. Lock yourself in the room and talk to yourself in French in front of a mirror

Your elders might have suggested you before too but it seriously works. Chat with yourself in front of the mirror; if possible enact a role play be it a teacher-student, cook, a French actor delivering a speech, etc. It facilitates an improvement in giving a response in French in distinct situations. This will also remove hesitation as well in overcoming pauses that usually strike while trying to speak a new language.

3. Go on to listen to French audio anytime and anywhere

Stuff that we hear again and again gets easily stored in our memory box. Try to listen to French audio as much as possible to be able to speak fluently. This may result in a dual benefit of improving listening skills along with getting versed with the language. The finest ways to get the hold of French is to practice the process of hearing, understanding, and finally speaking. Try to memorize what you heard while watching a French movie or a TV show like news or you can make a keyword list which you can go through frequently

4. Switch on your TV to watch French game shows

Every one of us loves watching game shows and mostly knows what next anchors are going to utter, and in this way, you can learn French quite easily.

5. Repeat or revise as much as possible

Repetition and revision is the key to learning a language. Just go on to repeat so that you don’t forget it easily

6. Read French out loud

This could be a little problematic, but reading French loud will work for sure. Reading is the best mode to deal with the complexity involved in the language of France. This would help the reader in the composition of sentences and French dialogue.  

7. Converse with  your classmates in French

This will work cent percent as while conversing with your friend, you will get to hear some new and old words that will be an aid in speaking as well as memorizing.  

8. Don’t translate

It is quite obvious that initially while learning, you may translate a bit of French to English, but try to avoid it as much as possible. It is quite possible that you can understand the context of a phrase or sentence or even paragraph even though you might not know the direct meaning/translation of every word. Try not to translate! 

9. Don’t adopt a new studying style

Stick to your old and effective style of studying that has delivered your results earlier. If you get to learn easily while reading aloud or by practicing in writing, simply practice it to learn and speak French quickly

10. Be serious in your French class

Don’t just laugh at it. By being serious in your language class and following the instructions of your teacher, you can learn French easily. Have a deep study of your French course as it is similar to learning French in France. 


If you really want to improve your French, consider a full-on immersion experience with us, French in Normandy, an international award-winning French language school in the heart of Normandy.

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Characteristics of a Good Language Teacher

Knowledge of a language with good command in speaking doesn’t make you a good language teacher. Do you think, mere knowledge and teacher training are enough to switch on to the language teaching profession? There are plenty of characteristics that a teacher must possess to be a good language teacher; along with proficiency in a language, extraordinary reading, speaking and listening skills the teacher must, of course, demonstrate good use of vocabulary and command over the words.

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Do you want to know what are the characteristics of a good teacher? If yes, then go on to confirm the following traits along with checking his or her expertise in French.

French language teaching 

Learning the language of France is just like learning any other new language but a bit earlier acquaintance through movies, multimedia aids, video tutorials, semi-easy reads can be highly advantageous for students in addition to having a good French teacher with the knowledge of the language. 

Important characteristics of a good teacher

Let us check out the good characteristics of a teacher that can make him/her stay in the memory of students for a longer and longer span. This guide is not only for students but also for teachers who aspire to become a good language teacher.  

 

Personalize the Learning Environment

Check out whether the teacher can offer personalized teaching to every class depending upon the specific needs of the class. You cannot teach students of a distinct age with the same teaching style and matter. The best method of teaching students under age 6 plays way method however; the need of students beyond 6 years is different. Therefore, the teacher must be able to connect with the student and execute personalized as well as customized teachingA teacher able to establish emotional as well as mental connect with the students is best to go for.  

 

 

Spread optimism

Learning a language may not be as tough as learning mathematics, but it is also not easy. Most of the students often leave the courses in midterm due to the complexity involved in the language. But a hopeful and encouraging teacher can promote students to learn French and attain proficiency.

 

 

Passionate teacher potent in generating passion in students  

A teacher needs to be passionate about the language along with being able to infuse passion in the students as well. Passion eradicates boredom and irritation which is very common while studying a new language. A spark of interest generates passion and thereby enlists the teacher amongst the good teachers.   

 

 

Connection 

A teacher capable of establishing a connection with the students and between the subject and student easily gets her name in the list of good language teachers. Creating friendliness for the subject amongst students through teaching aids like stories, videos, pictures, snaps, etc. is important for learning.  

 

 

Encourages students to chime in

The participation of students leads to effective or successful learning. Teachers executing distinct means to involve student’s participation are more likely to get the tang of success. Actively involved students learn more easily than those who abstain from participating.

 

 

 Accountability

A good teacher allows the student to face the blame and be accountable for any carelessness and lack of devotion towards the study of language.  

 

Stays attuned with the student’s development

Language learning classes are different in every learning phase. A good language teacher should be able to understand the different development phases and teach students with a fine idea of bespoke teaching best for the mental caliber of distinct students. 

 


French in Normandy team consists of some of the best French language teachers, all who embody the characteristics of a good teacher, who can help you to achieve your language learning goals! Contact us for details about our teachers and French language courses.

5 things to teach your child when learning French as a second language

French is considered as a tough language to learn as well as pronounce. But it cannot be as hard as it seems to learn if you acquaint your child with the following things at preschool or at their early level of education.  As French is a global language, spoken in at least 29 countries and used by international organizations as an official language, learning French is important.

Before you enroll your child in a French-language school, provide him or her the basic knowledge that can make the French learning process easier. Have a look at the overview of the things that, if learned at an early stage, can aid the student to converse in French easily in the future. But before that, let us know why learning French is important?

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Learning skills: Why Learning French is important

Gradually like English, French has become an international language and to compete in today’s world or in the coming years, it is vital to be an expert in French. After English, it is at the second spot amongst the list of languages taught worldwide along with being 6th language of the world spoken across the globe. Various schools offer French classes and courses in France but French in Normandy is voted as the best French language school in France and offers courses for juniors, adults and seniors.

5 things to teach your child when learning French as a second language


Numbers and genders game

If you are planning to teach your child French at any stage after preschool, then make sure to verse him with the genders and numbers. In French, the pronouns and adjectives have to be in agreement, whereas similar is the case of the verb which is also supposed to agree. Make the child aware of grammar through various books through singing or poem recitation, etc. to prepare his foundation for French. 

Education of affirmative, negative, and interrogative statements

Learning French would be an easy job for your child by making him versed with the French translation of  words like what, where, when, why, who, and how which are referred as “quoi” , “où” , “qui” , “quand” , “Pourquoi” , “comment” in French respectively. This would help your child to learn the basics of French easily as with such words sentence formation becomes easy, which would be of immense assistance for students. A habit of noting down a word while reading a chapter is of immense help in learning, which could be a great aid in French too as it aids in increasing the vocabulary of French.  

Verbs

Acquaint your child about the changing form of verbs in French which varies from person to person, mood and tense, unlike English. These learned at a later stage in higher classes are hard to practice as students often forget them. Make such word practice in the daily life of your preschool toddler so that he can remember it for long. Make your toddler hear it while you read to keep it stored in his memory to enable him to learn French with great ease. Again, repeating these words, again and again, can help students to learn easily. 

Conditional and subjunctive

Perhaps you do not know about the verb forms or moods mentioned in French, but do you know that English too stores a similar pattern? The conditional sentences constitute ‘If’ in English whereas it is called “si” in French. Subjective is practiced at the time of uncertainty. Gradually make your child use subjunctives to make the French language, not a tough one to learn. Class discussion can act as a key to learning these.  

Pronunciation

French is difficult to pronounce and understand initially. It is different from Swedish, English, etc. It is spoken in a monotonous range. While pronouncing French, the nasal sounds that seem to have a similar sound actually do not have. A beginner or a preschooler needs to be versed in the fact that sounds appear to melt together from the previous syllable of a word to the beginning of next words syllable. Here animal sound, enacting of screenplay or voice modulation can be highly effective in preparing them to learn French in the future. 

These are minor but very handy things that may assist in learning the language effortlessly.  

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Schools & Agents at French in Normandy

In this article, Lynne Farrugia, who is one of the owners of Schools & Agents, takes us through her experience as a student in Rouen and at French in Normandy.

She came to French in Normandy as a guest, took a course with us and stayed with one of our host families. During the day, she had time to explore our beautiful city. Here’s what she was up to during her week in Rouen.


I had the pleasure of being invited to Rouen and French in Normandy from 7th to 14thJune. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay longer due to other work commitments.  The purpose of this visit was to experience the city as well as the school and the host family, as any other student would. This article as well as the pictures and posts during the week aim to help agents understand better what a student should expect from this beautiful corner in France… read more.


Why do Asian students learn French?

This week French in Normandy is travelling to Taiwan, Japan and Korea to meet our trusted partners and give them the latest update and feedback from their students.

After a busy two days of meetings in Taipei it is clear that there is a common thread running through the applications from Taiwan.

Many students come during either the summer holidays or the winter holidays although Chinese New Year celebrations make this a less popular choice than the summer break.

Students come typically for 4-6 weeks although there are also some longer 8-12 week stays as Taiwanese students can come without a visa to study at French in Normandy for up to three months.

If you are a beginner and are coming for three months then you should be able to reach an A2 level in that time, if you want to get to a B2 level, the minimum required for further study such as University or Vocational Culinary courses in France, then you will need to budget for a 6-9 month stay. At the end of your course you can take at least 8 weeks of our very popular and successful Delf Dalf course. For University entrance you will need to show that you have the B2 or C1 level by January so that when you complete your University application your Delf or Dalf results will be a necessary part of your dossier.

Taiwanese students learn French as part of their career plan in order to gain entrance to university as French education is world renowned but they also learn French for fun or to be able to access a professional training course at  Fashion or Culinary colleges.

In Rouen, French in Normandy partners the INBP ( French National Institution for Bread, Cake and Chocolate) who offer the CAP course essential for any student hoping to make a career in France as a chef or a boulanger/pâtissier .

The CAP qualification is the ONLY qualification that allows you to get a job as a baker or a chocolate chef for example in hotels, shops and restaurants. If you pass the exam and get your Diploma you can choose to stay on and gain some work experience in a local restaurant, hotel or shop. The INBP will help you find the right placement for you. Work experience is typically either 10 or 20 weeks so if you are going to do this course with a language element first you will need to apply for a student visa fro; the start.

For entrance to the INBP you must be at least 18 and will need a B2 Delf or a C1 Dalf Diploma and you will also need to take the INBP entrance language test. At French in Normandy we help you prepare for your future course at the INBP and arrange visits beforehand so that you know the staff and the school before your first day. The course is 5 months long and is very practical. There are two start dates -one in January and one at the end of August so you can plan your language course and B2 objective around one of them.

We have trained many successful candidates and you will find film of some of their experiences below.

So after a short three day stay it is time to leave Taiwan and head to Tokyo.

Institut Français du Japon – Kansai

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10 Undeniable Reasons Why French Is Essential For the Engineering Industry


Have you selected the Engineering Industry for your bright future? Do you want to improve your professional skills? Do you like a dream job abroad? If yes, then French learning is essential for you. Why? Well, here are the top 10 undeniable reasons why French is critical for the engineering students.


  1. Learning one language is not enough: We all know the race of the current world; here speaking one professional language is not enough for students. French study will increase your chance of finding a good job at home or abroad with a good salary. Learning multiple languages will enrich students mind and opens up new perspectives.
  2. Gateway to higher education: Second strong reason to learn this language is, French has a high standing in the Engineering Industry. This language is considered the Gateway to a world-class higher education. With French knowledge, engineering students can add an extra and most required skill to their profile. There are several international companies and Gov. Organizations that ask for the French ability to Engineering students. 
  3. A career asset: Every student dreams for a bright career in his selected subject. If you have chosen the Engineering Industry for your future, then French learning is crucial for you. One main reason for this is numerous multinational companies using French as their working language. That’s why French knowledge called as the career asset. 

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  4. Base to learn other languages: Engineering is a vast industry and engineers required in almost every part of life. There are around 6,500 spoken languages in the world. So don’t limit your ability to work by only knowing one language. Several students want to join a job in Canada, Europe, Africa, and Northern South America after completing their Engineering. But you should know, in all these countries French is a popular official language. Moreover, French is easy to learn and can serve you as a base to acquire several other Romance languages. 
  5. A language for better English: Very few students know this fact that French studies in a reputed French language school can make their English better than before. It has proved by several types of research that, “English speaking students becomes more aware and intuitive to English grammar rules after learning French. 
  6. French has a significant online presence: the French language has a big online presence so it can give you access to approximately 15 million additional websites. French is both an official and working language of the European Union, NATO, UN, UNESCO, the International Olympic Committee and more. Thus French knowledge for engineers is crucial. 
  7. Spoken around the world:  French is spoken and learned throughout the world. After the English, French is the only language that spoken on five continents. It is the second most broadly taught foreign language around the world with 125 million learners. So with French study, engineering students can find their dream job easily across the globe. 
  8. Enhances Confidence levels: Confidence is essential for each student to gain more in life. And advanced French courses for engineers can improve their confidence levels because they authorized in several international organizations and firms. 
  9. A language that opens up the world: Your ability to understanding, speaking and writing French will open up the door of the world for your study, job and travel. Not just in France but also in Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, and Luxembourg Engineering students can find their dream job easily with French study. 
  10. A Gateway to Culture: When you study abroad, you get a chance to experience a new environment, advanced technology, and the unique culture. Here, your French knowledge will help you to mix up quickly with your roommates, classmates, and teachers. Engineering students who want to learn can join us at French in Normandy#1 French language school in France with 25 years of experience.

 

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CEFR: What Are the Different Levels of French Language Proficiency in French?


Language proficiency or linguistic proficiency is the ability of an individual to speak or perform in a language. If you love French and want to know the different levels of French Language Proficiency, then you are in the right place. Here, we will discuss different levels of French Proficiency of CEFR. But before going ahead, first, need to understand what CEFR is?


What is CEFR?

CEFR stands for Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The Council of Europe develops CEFR as part of a project called the “Language Learning for European Citizenship.” CEFR standards are used to measure the proficiency of individuals in various languages (German, French, English or Spanish.) spoken in European. This scheme planned as a validation of language ability for non-native speakers of the language. CEFR split language learners into three main types – A, B, C and then additionally divide each category into two categories like A1, A2, and B1, B2

Where the Different CEFR Levels Matter

The CEFR is not only used in academic settings but also used by several employers. A CEFR diploma is very versatile for your CV or résumé, and they often don’t expire. You may need a CEFR certificate for school admissions, to join a University course, and Employment. Several students use CEFR levels for self-assessment. So that students can easily define their current level and can work hard to be proficient in French.

The “A” Levels: Basic User

A1 or Beginner: It is the most basic level of language learning. At this level, the user can do the following tasks:

  • Can recognize and use known expressions and fundamental phrases that used in everyday needs
  • He/she can introduce himself/herself, can answer and ask questions about the personal details, e.g., where he lives, things he has, people he knows, etc.
  • A user can communicate openly if the other person is polite, cooperative, speak slowly and ready for the communication help

A2 or Elementary: At the A2 CEFR level, a language learner can:

  • Understand commonly used terms in most central areas like shopping, employment, family, and geography, etc.
  • Can do tasks which are routine and involve a direct swap of information.
  • Can explain matters of immediate need in straightforward terms.

The “B” Levels: Independent User

B1 – Threshold (or intermediate): When a user reaches the B level of CEFR, he can:

  • Identify the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly used in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • Can handle travel situations in areas where the language is spoken
  • Can write or create texts on personal interest topics’
  • Can explain their dreams, hopes, ambitions, and experiences to others.
  • Can give their opinions, reasons, and plans on a topic briefly

B2 – Upper Intermediate or Vantage: At this stage of French learning a user can:

  • Understand the fundamental idea of a complex text, or technical piece related to his field.
  • Can communicate with a degree of fluency and spontaneity without too much strain for either the learner or the native speaker.
  • Can undoubtedly produce detailed text on a wide range of subjects
  • Can explain his point of view on a current issue by giving advantages and disadvantages

The “C” Levels: Proficient User

C1 – Advanced or Effective Operational Proficiency: When a French language learner acquires this level of CEFR he becomes proficient a user. Here, he can:  

  • Understand a wide variety of high demanding longer texts and conversations, and recognize implicit meaning.
  • Can state ideas without more much searching for expressions
  • He/ She can be active in social media, academic or professional situations by effectively using the French language
  • Can produce cogent, detailed text on most complex topics.

C2 – Mastery (or proficiency) this is the mastery level of CEFR, and here the user is supposed to:

  • Understand almost everything, read, write and speak French with ease.
  • Can summarize information from various spoken and written sources
  • can reconstruct arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation
  • can express himself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely
  • Can differentiate precise meanings of words, sentences, and paragraphs, even in the most complex situations.

French in Normandy provides French language courses for all levels of learners. Learn more about our General French courses or DELF and DALF preparation courses.

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Why Business French Courses in France for International Students Can Make a Difference


Very few students know that French is the third most essential language for business after English and Chinese. It has become a crucial linguistic skill in the global economy. French has more than 300 million speakers in over 50 countries. That’s why business French courses are essential for all students, especially for international students.  


Why French Business Courses are Important

French is the official language in twenty nigh countries of the world. For official work, you need some expertise in French writing, speaking, and listening. Here, the basic level study of French will not help you. You have to join some of the advanced French Language Business Course for this purpose.

Some international organizations including the European Union, the UN, African Union, and Interpol use French for their primary office work. Besides this, the French language internationally recognized. So, French has become an integral ingredient of corporate success on an international scale. But without advanced French courses in a reputed French language school, you can’t get expertise in this language.

How are French Business Courses in France beneficial for International Students?

Improve Your Career Options: Taking French business courses in France can open up doors for your future. No matter what is your industry and occupation? Learning French will help you to communicate with vendors, clients in other countries. If you want to work in international business or politics, then French is exceptionally beneficial. The reason, several organizations like NATO, use french as their official language.

Increase Your Education Opportunities: When you acquire an expert level in French, you may be able to join a top university in a Top French-speaking country. This opportunity will give you a chance to get your graduate or master degree in one of the world’s famous university. And the name of the university always matters in anyone’s CV when applying for a dream job. Means, studying abroad can improve your knowledge of French and enables you to experience life differently.


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French as a Starting Point for Other Languages: If your boss forces you to learn several languages for business purpose, then French study is an excellent place to start. According to stats, English speakers can easily learn French. And French is similar to several Romance languages like Italian, Spanish, Romanian and Portuguese. Thus, if you are excellent in French, then you can learn Romance languages easily for business purpose. To learn French fluently, you can join frenchinnormandy.com – a well known French language school in France.

Broadening Life View: By taking Business French courses in France, you can expand your life view. When you study abroad, you get immersed in a culture that’s likely very different from your own. You will see and experience different ways of doing things. Such type of experience will broaden your thinking.

It Makes You Smarter: The research has shown that studying abroad can make students smarter. When students join a French Business Course in France, they get connected with a new environment and new technology.  In this new environment, students can increase their knowledge spectrum in different ways which make them smarter.

Studying in France is Cost Effective: The French higher education in France is renowned not only for its quality but also for the reasonable price. Here, the education system is based on equality regardless of the nationality. Once you get admission to an academic institution, you will pay the same fee as locals. Besides this, a full-time legal student who lives for more than two months in France is eligible for applying housing subsidy. Full-time students have the constitutional right to work part-time. So with the study students can gain valuable working experience.


 

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10 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Could Speak French Fluently

Celebrities who speak French

French is a language which everyone wants to learn. If you also want to learn French or improve your French speaking and writing skills, look at these Celebrities for some inspiration. These celebrities may surprise you with their ability to speak French.


Jodie Foster: Jodie Foster is an American actress, producer, and director. She has received several awards for her excellent work, i.e. two Academy Awards, three British Academy Film Awards, and two Golden Globe Awards, etc. Very few people know about her French speaking skills. Foster learned French at the Lycée Français de Los Angeles, a prep school that she attended for twelve years.

Bradley Cooper: Bradley Charles Cooper is an American actor and filmmaker. He was born on January 5, 1975. For this excellent work, he got nominated for many awards like Academy Awards, Tony Award, and BAFTA Award. In 2015, he was in the list of 100 most influential people in the world. Moreover, he was one of the world’s highest-paid actors for three years. During his Georgetown career, Cooper spent a semester abroad in a university near Aix-en-Provence in France. There, he survived with a host family and entirely immersed himself in the French language. 


John Kerry: The next name for this list is John Kerry, an American politician.  He served as the 68th US Secretary of State from 2013 to 2017. John Kerry first learned the French language when he attended a Swiss boarding school as a child. But the culture of France has given a long-lasting impact on him.

Joseph Gordon Levitt: Joseph Leonard was born on 17 Feb 1981 in Los Angeles, California. Now he is an American actor, singer, entrepreneur, and filmmaker. As a child, Joseph appeared in many TV series and films. He took a break from acting to focus on his study at Columbia University. But then he dropped the study in 2004 to pursue acting again. For his exceptional performance he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. He studied French language and French poetry when he was studying at Columbia University. He’s a big fan of Nouvelle Vague and Godard cinema. Today, he does not miss any French interview and can sing a song by Brel!

Jane Fonda: Jane Seymour Fonda is an American writer, actress, political activist, producer, former fashion model, and fitness guru. She was born in New York City on December 21, 1937. Fonda can speak French very well. She has learned the French when got married to french director Roger Vadim for seven years. Jane Fonda has been married and divorced three times.

Gwyneth Paltrow: Gwyneth Kate Paltrow is an American actress, musician, businesswoman, and food writer. She did great work in several American movies and won the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Gwyneth is fluent in Spanish and also knows French pretty well. To learn these languages, she did great hard work. In an interview, she said that she forces her children to watch only French or Spanish T.V. instead of their native English.

Marlon Brando: Marlon Brando was an American actor and film director. He was born on April 3, 1924, in Omaha, Nebraska and died on July 1, 2004. His nickname was “Bud” and was a great mimic from his youth. He was a two-time Academy Award winner and eight-time nominee. When Brando married to French actress Tarita Teriipaia, he learned French and becomes fluent in French within a short time. Besides the English and French, Marlon was able to speak Spanish, Italian and Japanese.

serena williams frenchSerena Williams: Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player. The WTA ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions between 2002 and 2017. She decided to learn French to acquire the French public at Roland Garros actively on her side for the French Open tournament.

Mitt Romney: Mitt Romney is an American politician and businessman. He is serving as the junior United States senator from Utah since 2019. Mitt can speak French fluently and is a huge Francophile. He lived in France during the May 1968 workers and students revolt. Romney spent two & a half years in France and learned French speaking and writing.

Johnny Depp: The last surprising celebrity who speaks French for this list is Johnny Depp. He is an American actor, producer, and musician. When we lived in Paris, France for a long time with this family, he learned French. But the chance to hear him speak French is pretty rare.


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