My language history with tips

My English story
It started before I was actually born because my mummy was listening to English during her pregnancy. I try to think it has to do something with my talent for languages. My first memories with English are from kindergarten when we learned short tales, verses and songs like Jingle Bells. I remember playing the main role of the duck mother in one of our performances (and the Kindergarten Academy Award goes to…). Then I entered elementary school and my parents put me in the English devision. It continued till the end of high school. I did my basic language exam when I was 14, the intermediate level when I was 16 and advanced level at 18. They couldn’t have happen without the help of my father whom I consider my true language teacher. At University I attended a semester of medical English and then I was not learning English directly, but it remained a part of my life through books and movies. After finishing medical school, I was offered a 4-month job of a medical translator that I’m currently doing besides my actual job of being a doctor.

My German history
When I entered high school, I wanted to learn French, but I didn’t have the opportunity, so my parents and I chose German instead. Some people might consider German harsh, but I liked that it has rules and it was the language of Mozart and Beethoven. I was studying it for 4 years and I did my intermediate language exam right before university, when I was 18. Learning German 2 times a week was not enough, so my father helped me during summers. I attended 2 semesters of medical German, that was very helpful and I spent 10 weeks in Austria with internships.

My French history
I was always very passionate about learning French, though it hasn’t happened yet… I started getting to know it with watching Youtube videos and using Duolingo. With Duolingo I learned some words and phrases, but it gave me only passive knowledge, that means I recognise the meanings of some words, but it’s extremely hard to make full sentences. When I’ll have more time, I want to go to a teacher to help my dream come true.

I consider someone great in a language when he or she doesn’t have to think during talking. I only have that with English. Here are the things that I consider very helpful when it comes to learning languages:
– watching movies, series and Youtube videos in that language with no subtitle! (or if you really want them, let them be in the language you want to learn)
– reading articles, magazines and books
– have a penfriend (I had a German penfriend and it was great that I had to force myself trying to make up the grammarly best sentences for a native speaker.)
– go abroad (it doesn’t have to be England if you are studying English! I spent 1 month in Poland with 30 other foreigners and our chosen language was English, because that was the only language everybody understood.)
– write a blog in English.

Inspiring French ladies IV.

Sophie Marceau is an amazing actress who appeared in movies such as La Boum, Braveheart, Anna Karenina, Midsummer night’s dream and James Bond- The world is not enough. She said: ‘Acting is wonderful therapy for people. Instead of suffering for yourself, someone will do it for you.’

Francoise Hardy, who was born in Paris, is an iconic part of French music. She won 5th place on Eurovision Song Contest with L’Amour s’en va. She said: ‘There are so many dreams beyond our nights, and so much sunshine beyond our grey walls. But we can’t see it when we stay at home. There is so much sky above our roof. Is the door so old that it won’t open, or are we at home because we are afraid of catching a chill?’

Marie Antoinette /1755-1793./ was the daughter of Maria Theresia and the wife of the King of France, Loius XVI. She became a symbol of luxury and fashion. She said: ‘Courage! I have shown it for years; you think I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end?’

Audrey Tautou plays the main role of Amélie, one of my favourite movies, that was nominated for 5 Academy Awards. She also played in The Da Vinci code and Coco before Chanel. She said: ‘ Charm is more valuable than beauty. You can resist beauty but you can’t resist charm.’

Juliette Binoche recieved the Academy Award for Best Supporting actress in The English patient, one of my other favourite movies. She played in other movies like Wuthering heights, Chocolat, Mary and Words and pictures. She said: ‘What I love most about this crazy life is the adventure of it.’

Inspiring French ladies III.

Catherine Deneuve started her career as an actress at the age of 13 and she didn’t stop since that. She was nominated for the Academy Award for her performance in Indochine and she is one of UNESCO’s ambassadors. She said: ‘People who know me know I’m strong but I’m vulnerable.’

Jeanne d’Arc /1412-1431./ is one of France’s patron saints. She led the French army to battle against the English and helped Charles le Victorieux to the throne. She was captured and died a martyr’s death when she was only 19 years old. She said: ‘I’m not afraid. I was born to do this.’

Édith Piaf /1915-1963./, the voice of Paris, who is the singer of iconic songs such as La Vie en Rose, Milord, Padam Padam and Non, Je ne regrette rien. She said: ‘For me there is nothing more important in life and my songs, but my songs are love too.’

Inés de la Fressange is a well-known model, fashion designer and style icon who wrote the book Parisian Chic: A Style Guide. She said: ‘It’s not the clothes but its how you wear them sometimes.’

George Sand /1804-1876./ was a writer who were friends with Napoleon III and the love of Frédéric Chopin. She thought men and women were equal. She said: ‘A soul that has never suffered is unable to hide beautiful flowers.’

Inspiring French ladies II.

Emmanuelle Alt is the current editor of the French Vogue and a true style icon. She started working at the fashion industry in 1984 at Elle magazine when she was only 17 years old! She said: ‘I’ll stop wearing black when they invent a darker colour.’

Colette /1873-1954./ was one of the most influential writers of the 20th century’s French literature. She herself chose Audrey Hepburn to play the main role of her short novel, Gigi in the theatre when the actress was not yet famous. She said: ‘I was happy. I regret that I realized this only now.’

Brigitte Bardot, the French Marilyn Monroe is an iconic actress and singer. In the 1960’s she started campaigning for the rights of animals. She said: ‘I gave my beauty and my youth to men. I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals.’

Madame de Pompadour /1721-1764./ was the lover of King Loius XV and he listened to her opinion about state affairs. She was a supporter of arts and sciences. She said: ‘Everyday I wish to make the world more beautiful than I found it.’

Caroline de Maigret is a model who co-wrote How to be Parisian. She said: ‘Paris pushes me to think. It releases all my strengths and weaknesses. It’s a city for walking. I cross the river, I’m in jeans and a biker jacket, with the wind in my hair. I see the history and the beauty of the buildings. I never forget Paris…’

Inspiring French ladies I.

Simone de Beauvoir /1908-1986./ was a writer, a philosopher and a feminist who was born in Paris. She was engaged to Jean-Paul Sartre but they never got married. She said: ‘I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself.’

Coco Chanel /1883-1971./ was the founder of the Chanel brand and ‘haute couture’. She modernized the fashion industry by throwing away crochets and using materials like jersey. She invented the iconic little black dress and the perfume Chanel No 5. She said: ‘Fashion fades, only style remains the same.’

Marion Cotillard is an actress who won the Academy Award for her performance as Édith Piaf. She played in other iconic movies like Inception, Midnight in Paris and Allied. She said: ‘I don’t want to change the world; I want to evolve myself.’

Camille Claudel /1864-1943./ is a sculptor who is mostly famous for The waltz. She was the lover of Auguste Rodin. Last year, in 2017 the Camille Claudel Museum opened to the public in Nogent-sur-Seine. She said: ‘I tolerate my faults but not at all other people’s.’

Clémence Posey is an actress I first saw in the fourth Harry Potter movie playing Fleur Delacour. Then she appeared in Gossip Girl, In Bruges and War and peace. She said: ‘I think what is interesting in life is all the cracks and all the flaws and all the moments that are not perfect.’