The clip below has already featured on various blogs and web sites and it never fails to make me smile!
The originator of the clip is Erica Guaca who is from Seattle and who has moved to France.
I must confess that I have suggested some of these strategies to my students – depending on the age group, of course! I’ve even implemented some of them myself!
How about you? Have you ever ‘faked’ speaking French?
Even while typing the ‘bof’ word, I can feel my shoulders moving into (what I imagine to be!) a Gallic shrug. I find I can’t speak French without using my hands – much more then when I’m speaking English.
As a French teacher, I used to encourage my students to try to ‘be’ French through their gestures and general body language. It’s part of getting the ‘feel’ of a language, as well as being fun!
My sons have commented that when I’m in France, my personality changes and I must admit that I do feel as if I ‘morph’ into a different person! Does this happen to you, too?
Other sounds, accompanied by the appropriate gesture, that I enjoy include: Bon, Hein and aie! Do you have favourite sounds, expressions etc in French? I’d love to know.
To find out more have a look at this clip from ‘Comme une Française’, in which the delightful Geraldine demonstrates ‘Speaking French without words: facial expressions’.