French conversation? Mais oui!
Let's have a light 15-minute conversation (unit) in beginner- to intermediate-level French via in-person public meetup, Skype or Facebook Messenger. The units can be stacked up to four for an hour-long session.
This is for someone who has studied French for any period of time and wishes to practice becoming fluent. It's one thing to learn how to read and write a new language, but it's another to listen and respond to it orally. I will conduct the conversation entirely in French as much as possible, even describing unknown terms with an easier definition or scenario in which the word or phrase makes sense, like a French dictionary for the French. We can discuss films and music, food or weather, love or traveling....
I will begin the conversation with the common introductory sentences, and then I will ask:
"Quel age avez-vous *en francais*?" This is to discover how many years you've studied, so you will respond with how many years or months you've studied French as though it is your age. My view of learning a new language is that one has the ability of a toddler to use spoken language to communicate. I will speak to you in French the same way an adult invested in helping a child with speech would speak to a 3- or 5- or 8-year-old. If you speak English to me before I feel we've reached a complete roadblock in understanding, I will view your English as a baby's babbling or gibberish. Don't worry though, it doesn't come off as condescending lol. If you're rusty or low on practice, all you need is great patience.
Another question I may ask is:
"On peut se tutoyer?" If this is unfamiliar to you, it's asking if we can move from using the formal "vous" with each other to the informal "tu."
Training & Qualifications
I hold a Bachelor's degree in French Language & Culture, solidified my fluency during a six-week study program in Quebec City (Université Laval). I have also navigated France & Haiti on vacation. I tutored French for a little under a year, and I was the French Club President for two years in college.
Availability & Preferences
Preferably weekdays 11am-4pm EST, but my schedule is fluid.