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PARENTING LANGUAGE teach french babies and kids

What you need to know about yourself to stop holding your child back from learning

“I didn’t like languages at school. I was no good at remembering verbs and all that.”

I have met thousands of families at my classes. Parents whose French abilities have ranged from fully fluent to nonexistent.

What I have noticed with the second category is that they have often had to overcome some big mental hurdles and hang-ups that they have about their own language abilities which stem from being subjected to dry and uninspiring French lessons at school.

The parents who come to the sessions are the ones who have chosen NOT to let these bad experiences pass through the generations. They choose to confront their fears to let their children reach their potential.

I’d like to thank those parents who take the risk and join Mini French despite their reservations. I see you in the first class – shy and sometimes apologetic. I am inspired by you and I love taking you and your child on a wonderful journey. These parents are often the most enthusiastic by week 2 or 3 as they have seen the magic and the progress their children are already making through an up-to-date play-based, music and movement method where everyone is encouraged and supported! Well done to you. Thank you.

Don’t let your hang-ups hold your child back. We are all guilty of it until we become more conscious of it.

I reflected on this the other day via Facebook…

Are we holding our kids back? Sometimes a video is easier to explain!

Posted by Mini French on Thursday, July 19, 2018

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So you want to teach your child another language?

Believe in the power of languages and bilingualism? Know all about the amazing cognitive benefits learning another language could have for your child? BUT have a string of reasons why you just haven’t started a language with them yet? Or, you have started but need inspiration to keep going?

I understand.

As parents we have a lot on our plates and it is not easy unless you know how.

The time is now to start  a language with your child, baby or toddler

Any step towards incorporating some French into your day will help start your child set off on a wonderful journey towards language learning. It broadens their horizons and provides crucial mental stimulation in the early years.

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  • build French expressions into your routine
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Pass the time with FROZEN in French! Karaoke!

J’adore la neige! I really do love snow and the cosy feeling of being indoors after some fun activities in the cold. I like the excitement of seeing a blanket of snow when you wake up one morning, all crisp and inviting.

I like a week of snow a bit less.

Especially when you (or a nation) were not all that prepared for it. I like hot chocolate (un chocolat chaud!) but it is hard to make when you have run out of milk and your children (despite being half French) refuse UHT milk.

So what to do…


Learn the French version of “Let it Go” from Frozen – of course! Some bright spark has added the French lyrics to a video on YouTube and I have provided a full translation below.

In France we call it the Queen of Snow: “La Reine Des Neiges”. The song is called “Liberée, Delivrée” (Translation: Liberated, Freed – note the ‘ée’ at the end of each word as a girl is singing.)

Watch here WITH FRENCH LYRICS!

FROZEN KARAOKE!

Here is the translation in case you would like to know what you are singing! My two older boys pretend not to like Frozen but they still watch and laugh with Mummy and ‘Baby Destroyer’ (their 2 year old sister) as we (don’t) hit the high notes. Give it a go! I am sure the nighbours will understand.

L’hiver s’installe doucement dans la nuit – The winter sets in gently in the night
La neige est reine à son tour – The snow is queen, it is her turn
Un royaume de solitude – A lonely kingdom
Ma place est là pour toujours – My place is there forever
Le vent qui hurle en moi ne pense plus à demain – The wind screaming in me no longer thinks about tomorrow
Il est bien trop fort – It is too strong
J’ai lutté, en vain – I tried to fight it in vain
Cache tes pouvoirs, n’en parle pas – Hide your powers, don’t talk of them
Fais attention, le secret survivra – Be careful, the secret will survive
Pas d’états d’âme, pas de tourments de sentiments- No conscience, no agonising over feelings
Libérée, délivrée – Liberated, freed
Je ne mentirai plus jamais – I will never lie again
Libérée, délivrée – Liberated, freed
C’est décidé, je m’en vais – It is decided, I am leaving
Et me voilà ! – And here I am
Oui, je suis là ! – Yes, I am here
Libérée, délivrée – Liberated, freed
Le froid est pour moi, le prix de la liberté – The cold is the price of my freedom
Quand on prend de la hauteur – When you rise up
Tout semble insignifiant – Everything seems so small
La tristesse, l’angoisse et la peur – Sadness, worry and fear
M’ont quittées depuis longtemps – Left me a lobg time ago
Je peux enfin respirer dans ce désert de neige – I can finally breath in this desert of snow
Adieu le printemps et l’été – Goodbye to autumn and spring
Je préfère mes sortilèges – I prefer my spells
Libérée, délivrée – Liberated, freed
Je ne mentirai plus jamais – I will never lie again
Libérée, délivrée – Liberated, freed
C’est décidé, je m’en vais – It is decided, I am leaving
Et me voilà ! – And here I am
Oui, je suis là ! – Yes, I am here!
Libérée, délivrée – Liberated, freed
Le froid est pour moi, le prix de la liberté – The cold is the price of my freedom
Ici je vis la vie que j’ai choisie – Here I live the life I have chosen
Je suis partie pour reconstruire ma vie – I have left to rebuild my life
C’est dit, c’est ainsi – It’s said, it is thus
Libérée, délivrée – Liberated, freed
Je ne mentirai plus jamais – I will never lie again
Libérée, délivrée – Liberated, freed
C’est décidé, je m’en vais – It is decided, I am leaving
Me voilà ! – And here I am
Je suis là ! – I am here!
Libérée, délivrée – Liberated, freed
Le froid est pour moi le prix de la liberté – The cold is the price of my freedom
Libérée ! – Liberated!
Libérée, délivrée, oh ! – Liberated, freed, oh!
Délivrée – Freed!

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11 Fun French Videos

So there are lots and lots of French cartoons and videos for kids on YouTube etc… But sometimes you end up filtering through lots of rubbish until you find something useful. Dyan at the blog “AndnextcomesL” has put together a nice selection for you to check out!

11 Fun French Videos

I have some favourites of my own too and will post about them soon…!

Have fun!