At this daycare, kids learn French | Brantford Expositor

Le Ballon Rouge is a gemme cachee in West Brant.

“People are always saying they didn’t know we were here,” said Marie-Josee Baril, director of the city’s only core French language daycare. “We are a hidden gem.”

In the brilliant sunshine on a just-about-autumn day, a group of children up to age four ride tricycles and mill about in a newly created playground, paid for with funding from the Ministry of Education and the City of Brantford. One of the highlights is a “log jam structure” they are encouraged to climb and explore. A shed full of clean cut wood, which Baril calls loose parts, is there if the kids have a notion to construct something.

“It builds their imagination,” she said. “We all played in the woods growing up.”

Located beside the Grand River on Clench Avenue, the daycare is attached to Ecole Elementaire Catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys, a French Catholic elementary school. In the mornings, said Baril, the field next to the daycare often is filled with Canada geese and toads the children like to chase.

Inside, staff have made an effort to create a homey environment with lots of areas for play. Meals are eaten family-style, with staff joining the children at their tiny tables and chairs.

“Our goal is to make them feel at home,” said Baril. “We don’t ever want them to feel like they’ve been at school for three or four years before they even start school.”

In 1986, with a mission to create a quality French daycare, a group of parents incorporated Garderie Francaise of Hamilton Inc. and opened the Le Ballon Rouge daycare centre in downtown Hamilton.

In 2011, they opened the Brantford location.

The facility offers 31 child-care spaces, 15 for toddlers, aged 18 to 30 months, and pre-school for children, aged 30 months to age four. They also offer before- and after-school care for students at Sainte-Marguerite-Bougeoys, which connects to Le Ballon Rouge.

“There’s often a progression,” said Baril. “Parents send their children here where they pick up French before they start school.”

Like Baril, the daycare’s site supervisor Cindy Verreault’s first language is French. Baril was born and raised in Quebec and moved to Ontario about 10 years ago. Verreault grew up in Hamilton but attended French elementary and high schools.

Staff at Le Ballon Rouge speak only French to their young charges, many of whom have at least one French-speaking parent.

“It’s core French all day,” said Verreault. “The kids speak English at first so we use a lot of hand signals. But we don’t translate. We only communicate with them in French.”

Often, what the kids first pick up are French songs.

“It varies on attendance, said Baril. “But by Christmas they understand basic commands and can sing along.”

And, in what seems like only a matter of weeks once they transfer to Sainte-Marguerite-Bougeoys – where the majority of youngsters go – “they are fully talking in French,” said Baril. “It’s amazing.”

Baril said most parents who enrol their children at Le Ballon Rouge are hoping their bilingualism will give them an edge in the competitive job market. Some, said Verreault, regret they didn’t pay a little more attention in high school French class.

There are also the benefits of retaining the family’s language and culture and some studies indicating people who speak more than one language have improved memory, problem-solving and critical thinking skills, and enhanced concentration.

But Baril said Brantford has a small francophone population, which creates challenges finding French-speaking staff. Some commute from Hamilton where there is a larger French community.

“Our goal is to grow Brantford’s francophone population.”

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6 ways to learn English by listening to music | EnglishRadar

6 ways to learn English by listening to music

Previously, we looked at ways to develop your English skills while relaxing and watching the TV. Many also enjoy listening to music in their free time, and this week we’re giving ideas of how you can learn English by listening to music as well.

I’m sure we all remember the songs that we learnt when we were kids. Perhaps you know “Heads, shoulders, knees and toes” either in English or maybe in your own language. It seems that they are programmed in to our memory and cannot be forgotten! (I also still remember the names of dinosaurs, but I can’t remember any songs for that though!) We’re not asking you to sing kids songs, but music is an excellent way to learn a language for all age groups.

How can you improve your English skills by listening to music?

Listening to songs is another great way for language learners to develop English vocabulary and to improve listening skills. You can do something that you enjoy and learn English at the same time. We can’t promise that you will achieve English fluency just by listening to music, but it’s a good option if your time is limited.

Naturally, you can learn even faster by taking some time to study at home and by taking English courses with professional and qualified teachers, but for now, you can think about your favourite music tracks and take a look at our tips and ideas for how to learn English by listening to music.

Ways to learn English by listening to music

1. Regularly listen to music (English songs!)

This is pretty simple! There is an almost unlimited choice of songs in English, and you just need to find the best time in your daily routine to learn English by listening to music. At home, it’s easy to turn on the television, so you might prefer to listen to music on your way to work or when you’re at the gym.

All you need is a regular pattern to improve your English skills. This is possible, for example, if you listen to music while you are commuting to work. Naturally, you can develop your English skills faster if you concentrate more on listening to the music than reading posts on Facebook!

2. Listen to your favourite songs again and again

If you like music, then I guess that you already have a playlist of your favourite songs. Maybe you want to create another list of your favourite songs that are only in English, which you will listen to again and again.

With repetition, we start to remember the rhythm of the song and even some of the lyrics too. Repetition is a great way to develop English vocabulary too, and this is why we remember the words of songs that we haven’t heard for years.

3. Get the lyrics online

It can be hard to understand all the words when you listen to music. Sometimes, I can’t understand the words myself and I’m a native English speaker! I recommend that you go online and type the name of the track and ‘lyrics’ to find the words. You can even search for specific tracks on YouTube, because they sometimes come with lyrics as well.

If you read the lyrics and play the song at the same time, you can develop your English vocabulary and improve your listening skills together. You can also use the lyrics to test your listening skills, by listening first and then reading the lyrics to check your understanding.

4. Make lists of words and expressions to develop English vocabulary

Listening to music also provides the opportunity to develop English vocabulary, but you don’t need to understand every word. It is better to get a general understanding first, and then you can look at words and expressions in more detail after.

It can also be beneficial to make a list of new vocabulary, and we have a few recommendations. Write down the new word or expression, and the meaning (in English or in your own language) and write down an example sentence that includes the new vocabulary. Then, try and use the new word or expression yourself. Repetition and practice is the one of the best ways to improve your English skills.

5. Use songs to develop English pronunciation

English spelling can often be a problem for language learners, because it is not as logical as many other languages. Therefore, listening to music can help to improve listening skills and develop English pronunciation with examples of how to pronounce words and phrases with rhythm and intonation.

Sometimes, however, you need to be careful, because artists may also change the pronunciation of words. For example, a word with only two syllables may be adapted to have three syllables in the song. If you are not sure, we recommend that you check in an online dictionary that has an audio clip for each word.

6. Relax, listen to music that you love and just enjoy it!

Learning is more productive when we are in the right mood. We can concentrate better and are more likely to remember what we have studied. Likewise, it can be an advantage to just relax, turn on the music, and listen to (and even sing) English songs that you enjoy.

Other study ideas

We also recommend other study options to improve your English skills. This includes our free English level test and more ideas to study English at home, plus English quizzes and regular updates on our blog.

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LEARN ENGLISH 24X7- Myths & Truths

Learning a language is always considered a difficult task and it might be but then that does not mean that you shall give up. You can learn a language at any age. The only thing you need is your determination to learn it. If a person like me who failed thrice in school because of English can learn this language then why not you?

There are many myths which people believe in about learning English language. Let us see what are these myths and then we shall see what actually needs to be done.

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  1. Watch English movies- Can you learn swimming just by watching someone swim? No, you cannot. You need to go into the pool and then only you can learn it. Similarly, to learn English, you need to make some efforts to speak it. Just watching English movies can’t help you.
  2. Watch news in Hindi and English- I was told by people that if you want to improve your English, watch Hindi and English news and I started doing it. I watched it for years but nothing changed in me. So like Nike says “Just Do It”.
  3. Reading aloud- Reading aloud from newspapers, magazines, books etc. Can only help you in improving your pronunciation and not English language.
  4. Speak (unnecessarily)- If you try speaking with a person just for the sake of speaking, how long can you talk? 2min., 3min., 4min. Not more than that. It would be an unnecessary talk which would not be very useful to you.
  5. Talking with customer care- People think that customer care executives generally have good communication skills so speaking with them would help in improving English. But how many times can you speak with them about the same thing? Not many times so it is not practically possible.
  6. Taking YouTube tutorials (and not practicing)- Many people just keep watching tutorial to learn English without practicing the same. But knowing is knowing and doing is doing so if you do not practice what you watch, it will all go waste.
  7. Speak English with rule- People have this misunderstanding that if they want to learn English, they must learn grammar first. This is absolutely not true. You learn grammar after learning to speak and write. You will only get confused this way.
  8. You can learn English only in school- People make this excuse that they do not have command over English because they did not go to a good convent school. Yes, this is just an excuse. Those thousands of children who could never go to school, don’t they speak Hindi or their native language?

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If these are myths, then how do you learn to speak a language?

Here are some truths. 

  1. You can learn a language by listening-speaking, listening-speaking, listening-speaking.

Solution1- Converse daily in English- As said above, you learn a language by listening and speaking so you have to converse in English every day to learn it.

  1. You improved you English in the past- You improved your English but because there has not been an atmosphere of English speaking at home, at work and among friends so you have forgotten the language or you are not comfortable with it.

Solution2- The ‘I Go, You Go’ technique made English learning really easy for me but am I perfect? No, I am not. I still work on improving myself daily.

  1. Excellence in any language is not possible- Yes this is a bitter truth that excellence in a language is not very much possible. But you may keep getting better and better.

Solution3- CAMBLY App- This app is basically to practice English with best of the teachers from different countries for as much or as less time as you want. You can talk to them at any time, you can learn grammar, vocabulary or you can ask them to give you a topic or whatever way you want the talk to be.

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Follow the above tips to improve yourself and keep yourself away from the myths of learning a language.

To join public speaking course or business course by Mr Anurag Aggarwal, feel free to call us at 7834-99-9292 or visit

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Chinese national who lives in Canada and does not speak English is arrested in Spain in college scam | Daily Mail Online

Just days after prosecutors successfully ended their prosecution of the first parent in the Operation Varsity Blues scandal, another has been indicted in the college cheating scam. 

Xiaoning Sui, 48, a Chinese national who lives in British Columbia, is accused of paying $400,000 to gain her son admission to UCLA as a soccer player with the help of Laura Janke.

The former soccer coach at USC was previously charged for helping write fake profiles for the children of defendants including Lori Loughlin. 

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Too cool for school: Xiaoning Sui, 48, a Chinese national who lives in British Columbia, is accused of paying $400,000 to gain her son admission to UCLA (above) as a soccer player

Mastermind: She made two payments to William Rick Singer’s (above) foundation, one for $100,00 and another for $300,000 said prosecutors

The complaint, which was filed on Tuesday and obtained by DailyMail.com, reveals that the young man was accepted to UCLA last year, and that his mother paid $100,000 in late 2018 and another $300,000 in February of this year – just weeks before the scandal made headlines around the world. 

Those payments all went to the Key Worldwide Foundation according to the complaint, but the  second was later funneled to a soccer club controlled by Janke and Ali Khosroshahian.

This case does present one major hurdle for federal prosecutors however, because the defendant does not speak English.

The complaint states that her conversations with the scam’s mastermind William Rick Singer and others always took place with a translator on the phone, 

It is unclear if Sui’s son had started at the institution this year, especially since this story was revealed months before the indictment by the Los Angeles Times, though the family was not named in that report.

Sui was arrested in Spain and officials are in the process for getting her extradited to Boston, where she was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in a federal indictment unsealed on Tuesday. 

‘On or about October 24, 2018, Singer had a conference call with SUI, Recruiter 1 and a Chinese translator. In the conference call, Singer explained in English that he needed SUI to wire $100,000 to Singer’s bank account, which would be “paid to the coach at UCLA” in exchange for a letter of intent from the coach recruiting Applicant 1 onto his soccer team,’ states the complaint. 

‘Singer further explained that the $100,000 would be paid to “the UCLA men’s soccer coach directly.” The translator translated what Singer said into Chinese, telling SUI: “Your son is admitted to this  school through UCLA’s soccer team. That $100,000 is directly transferred to that soccer coach. So, although your son is a tennis player, because there is a place in soccer team, so it is the soccer team that takes your son.”‘

The court filing then states: ‘SUI responded, “OK.”‘

Prosecutors are no doubt feeling good after the federal judge overseeing the case sentenced Felicity Huffman to 14 days in prison. 

The actress, 56, addressed the court on Friday just moments before she learned her fate, breaking down in tears as she said: ‘I have inflicted more damage than I could’ve ever imagined.’ 

She then admitted her guilt once more and told the judge her actions were ‘frightened, stupid and so wrong,’ and added that she deserved whatever sentence was handed down. 

That tearful display came almost 30 minutes after the hearing kicked off with the federal prosecutor assigned to the case reprimanding the actions that resulted in Huffman’s indictment and ridiculing her excuses.

Right off the bat, the prosecution commented on Huffman’s claim that it was her ‘parental anxiety’ that lead her to bribe an official in order to guarantee her daughter a better SAT test score.

‘With all due respect to the defendant, welcome to parenthood,’ said Assistant US Attorney Eric Rosen.

‘There’s no instruction manual. Parenthood is exhausting and stressful, but that’s what every parent goes through.’ 

He later noted: ‘Parenthood does not make you a felon or make you cheat. It makes you serve as a positive role model.’   

Prosecutors reiterated their sentencing recommendation to the court on Friday by very plainly stating: ‘The defendant, Felicity Huffman, must go to jail for one month because the only meaningful and sufficient sanction for he criminal activity she engaged in is prison.’ 

Huffman was ordered to self-report to a facility determined by the Bureau of Prisons on October 25 by Judge Indira Talwani, who shared with the court how she arrived at her ruling after hearing from prosecutors, the defense and Huffman.   

‘The outrage in this case is a system that is already so distorted by money and privilege in the first place,’ noted Judge Indira Talwani. 

‘And that in a system in that context, that you took the step of having one more advantage to put your child ahead.’  

Huffman was later seen being comforted by her husband, and left the courthouse around 4pm with tears in her eyes. 

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Learn French For Free – What’s the Catch?

With the world-wide-web, learning French for free has never been easier: no matter where you live in the world, you just need an internet connection, and you can hook up with your own personal French tutor. Or follow the thousands of, more or less, public figures who regularly publish free French lessons and videos.

But is “free” always a good thing? Let’s see how to ride the “learn French for free” train as a savvy traveler, being conscious of its many detours and pitfalls.

1 – Free = Kindness of Heart?

It’s tempting to believe people spend hours writing French grammar lessons, sharing French videos and spreading their love and knowledge of the French language out of the goodness of their heart, or their passion for teaching French.

And actually, for many of us, it started this way. When I first launched what was then called “Learn French in Boston” in 1995 (!!) back in Boston, USA, my intentions were the purest: the web was new, and I wanted to give back to the community thanks to this incredible new tool.

So my favorite tech guy (AKA my husband Olivier) built a small site for me. With a blog with free French vocabulary lessons, and, pretty soon after, audio! I was a pioneer in sharing French audio for free on the web. And I was the very first to give away a free French audiobook.

But it was not all I was giving. The site also had a page with info on how to take French lessons with me in Boston. And after, a section selling my audiobooks.

So… free French content?
Yes, free… with a marketing message: please buy my French learning method so I can keep creating free French content.

The web is now the best way to reach one’s customers. If someone/ a company is producing a lot of free content, there is definitely a catch: they are most probably also trying to get something from you.

And you need to be aware of that.

2 – Free = What’s the Catch?

Actually, I believe it’s only fair!

Producing blog articles, YouTube videos and sharing tips on social media takes a huge amount of time… and resources (it’s expensive to have a nice looking site, easy to navigate on a desktop as well as all smartphones, tablets, etc… and don’t even get me started on the cost of maintaining mobile apps!).

So it’s not as simple as it looks.

If you ask me, it’s OK that people – like me – or companies – try to sell you something in addition to producing high-quality free content.

It’s OK, as far as it’s done clearly and openly.

And that’s where the web took a very, very wrong turn.

It’s called “affiliates”. And most of you don’t know what it is when you really should!

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3 – The Poison of Affiliates

An affiliate is someone who recommends a product and then gets a commission on the sale they generate.

Two companies that thrived thanks to a very aggressive affiliate strategy are Rosetta Stone and Rocket French.

Here is how it works: a blogger writes an article with a super appealing title like “Learn French in 2 weeks” or “Best French Method Ever Created”. In it, it explains that RS is just miraculous, that there is no better method out there and that it will have you master French in 2 weeks (not what that they believe it’s right, they are just telling you what you want to hear…)

In this article, there is a link to RS with a special code in it. If you click on that link and you eventually buy a RS product, the tracker will link the sale to my affiliate account. And they will get paid – sometimes up to $90 for each sale!

It’s that simple.

So, suddenly, there is a parallel and lucrative business in recommending these products by any means necessary. You now have an army of thousands of people and web sites vouching for RS: they don’t necessarily believe it’s a great program, nor have they researched the program (a majority of them don’t even care about learning languages!)… and they certainly won’t disclose they are getting affiliate commissions.

So, when you read their article you think they are being sincere, that RS is the solution for you, and you fall into the affiliate trap.

Look at all the sites out there that recommend X or Y method. Always ask yourself:

  1. do you know the person who writes them?
  2. Why should you trust them?
  3. What’s their language expertise? How biased are they?
  4. Could it actually be disguised advertising?
  5. Do they produce valuable content on their site besides just these ‘reviews’

As a disclaimer, French Today also has an affiliate program but we are extremely picky about who can sign up. We reject requests every week from shady coupon sites, people who have no language content or expertise or who obviously just want to promote our audiobooks for cash and not because they actually think or care that they are good products.

We want to have affiliates who can add value to our audiobooks and who can objectively review/recommend our products because we are not afraid of an honest review and don’t want our ‘future’ customers to feel like they have been cheated or fooled (this is a very short-sited approach since an unhappy customer would always impact our image, not the affiliate).

Unfortunately, many others on the net don’t have that ethic…

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4 – So How Can You Trust Anyone?

It’s difficult.

You have to be smart, and understand the motivation behind the “learn French for free” world.

Here are a few pointers:

  1. First, decide for yourself if the content is worth the marketing spiel. Are you actually learning something valuable? Is the writer being honest and personal or is-it all click-bait titles and extremely vague tips?
  2. Before buying anything though, look for verified customer reviews (like in all the huge sites like Amazon, AirBnB… and FrenchToday of course!)
  3. Don’t fall for the few “selected” customer feedback: if you don’t know the company or the product, the guarantee is in the number!
  4. Look for dates on feedbacks as well: when was this feedback posted? Is the company still actively doing business now and receiving constant positive feedback?
  5. You should always have access to free samples and a simple 100% money-back guarantee, and an easy way to contact customer service.
  6. If there is a shopping cart, it should have a secure httpS address.
  7. When someone vouches for a service or a product (like I do with my immersion at a French teacher’s place programs or Skype French lessons), well, you have to be particularly careful. Ask yourself: how do you know that person? Why should you trust the services/products they recommend?

In order to ride the “learn French for free” train smoothly, you need to really trust your pilot, and make sure the train is taking you to your destination: learning French.

As far as I’m concerned, I believe that to master French, you need to follow a clear and structured path. Learn French with a reliable and proven method. And that’s usually not free because it’s a lot of work to put together and develop.

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5 songs to learn French effortlessly

What’s more fun than learning a language by singing along to a catchy tune?

Learning French shouldn’t be limited to the walls of a classroom. As it turns out, songs are far from a distraction to completing your grammar exercises.

The French music scene offers a huge array of styles, accents, genres and legendary haircuts. So whether you’re into pop, rock or disco, you’re bound to find something out there to tickle your fancy. All the more so thanks to little-known online platforms such as YouTube or Spotify, which make discovering (or rediscovering) French tunes fun.

Not only will listening to French music train your musical ear, and possibly cause the boogie-woogie blues, but it will also help you recognize different French accents, registers and intonations. Not to mention how it will improve your speaking skills if karaoke is in your future.

Whether you’re a beginner or advanced learner of French, or just after some hot new tracks to add to your Spotify playlist, here are 5 songs you’ll be putting on repeat, once you find where that button is.

1) Résiste by France Gall

Most certainly one of France Gall’s most famous songs, is taken from Gall’s 1981 album . The song is one of France’s highest-charting songs and also greatly influenced French cinema – the song even gave its name to a jukebox musical in 2016. France Gall will always be remembered as a timeless feminist icon of French song ever since her first single she wrote (and sung) at just 16 years-old,

Looking at the language side of things, this catchy song mainly features the imperative form and also uses gender-neutral language (no mark of either the masculine of the feminine form). What’s more, the vocabulary used is fairly simple, and will help you learn words that rhyme with the sound “-iste”. So what are you waiting for? Headphones on.

2) Louxor j’adore by Philippe Katerine

Immerse yourself in the French culture with eccentric singer Philippe Katerine and his addictive autobiographical tune – though we cannot be held responsible for the content featured in the 3:21-minute madcap video. The song basically explains what the singer loves (“adore”) about the Louxor, a former movie theatre converted into a nightclub in the animated Barbès area in Paris, a place he used to visit on a regular basis and where he met people from all backgrounds. Spoiler alert: contains purple hot-pants and a floor-length fur coat. If you think you’ve seen some weird video clips in your life, try this one on for size.

Thanks to this song, you’ll be able to learn new vocabulary on jobs and professions, amongst others “boulanger” (baker), “agriculteur” (farmer) and “infirmière” (nurse). If you find you’re having trouble grasping some of the vocabulary, you can read a translation of the lyrics.

3) La Madrague by Brigitte Bardot

Recorded in 1963 by iconic French actress, singer and champion of baby seals, Brigitte Bardot, the oft-covered song is the perfect break for any learner of French. The lyrics refer to the property Bardot purchased in the Riviera’s A-list metropolis, Saint Tropez, called La Madrague, a peaceful enclave bereft of paparazzi and distractions. Fun fact: A “madrague” is actually a fishing technique for catching tuna. Now that’s going to come in handy at some point.

Bardot’s soothing, sultry voice will teach you new vocabulary (albeit related to the seaside and your next vacation) in no time. The song is sung at a slower pace than most French tunes, making it easier to follow and to retain.

4) S’il suffisait d’aimer by Céline Dion

If you thought you could learn French without the help of Céline Dion, think again! Chances are you’re more familiar with her English-language hits, however, you’ll be happy to know she has released many albums in her native French-Canadian, targeted at French-speaking audiences. was released in 1998 and was written and produced by French legend Jean-Jacques Goldman. On your next trip to France or Québec, you’re bound to sing along to this song at your poutine party.

We’d advise intermediate to advanced learners of French alike to listen to this track, as it features many conditional sentences – or “if” clauses (using the conjunction “si”) – and uses the conditional tense. You’ll find the lyrics are a very useful way of improving your written skills in French as well as your pronunciation.

 5) La Javanaise by Serge Gainsbourg

Singer, songwriter, pianist, poet, painter, actor, screenwriter… is there anything Serge Gainsbourg can’t do? Besides quit smoking. All we know is that he is indisputably the most iconic French singer of the 20th century. The 1968 song – originally written for French actress and singer Juliette Gréco – is actually a play on words and refers to the popular Parisian java dancing and the javanais style of speaking, a type of French slang where “av” is added after a consonant before the next vowel (Paris = Pavaravis). Did you know Gainsbourg wrote more than 550 songs during his career?

As a learner of French, the song will initiate you to the “vous” polite form to address somebody, as well as the passé composé tense. Moreover, we must say that Gainsbourg’s slow and well-pronounced French helps a lot.

Bonus track: Balance ton quoi by Angèle

Pre-millennial songs are not the only cultural references worth something. Far from it actually. 23-year-old Belgian singer Angèle is a perfect example. Welcome to 2019 French feminism with, a tune referring to the “#BalanceTonPorc” movement (the French version of the #MeToo movement). Her songs have become anthems mainly because of her sincerity, her entertaining videos and the strong messages she conveys, which resonate with her pre to post-millennial audience.

As far as French is concerned, the song is easy to follow and her slow speech will make you want to listen to more of her anthems. However, some parts might be difficult to follow, an English translation of her lyrics may be appropriate at the beginning. Warning: contains slang and mild to strong language.

Music, no matter the language, is universal, as well as a social, political, and sometimes daring way to convey ideas. If you want to go further in your language learning journey, try Frantastique for free for 10 days here. Fun, short and personalized French lessons in just 10 minutes per day.

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10 Best Channels to Learn Spanish on YouTube • ConvoSpanish

Do you want to learn Spanish on YouTube?

YouTube is one of the easiest and free ways to learn Spanish. However, it can be hard to find the right channel.

To make it easier for you, here I put together the 10 best YouTube channels to learn Spanish. 🙂

Learn Spanish on YouTube with the Following 10 channels

The following list is in descending order of subscribers.

BUTTERFLY SPANISH

Who the YouTuber is

The teacher in this channel is Ana from butterflyspanish.com. In addition, she is a native speaker and lives in a Spanish speaking country. Moreover, she studied Linguistics.

Level of Spanish taught

The channel includes topics for beginner, intermediate and advanced students.

What you will learn

Here, you will learn everything: vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, tips and tricks, comprehension, and culture.

Additionally, you will learn the differences in the language among the different Spanish speaking countries.

Language of the Videos

In her videos, Ana mostly speaks in English, but she also uses Spanish once in a while.

The channel is produced by Spanishpod101, which is an online Spanish language learning website.

Level of Spanish

The videos are for all levels.

What you will learn

They cover a broad range of topics such as: vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and learning tips.

According to them, you’ll learn to speak, read, write and hear Spanish.

In order to help with the learning process, some videos include quizzes.

Additionally, if you are interested in learning Mexican and Argentinian Spanish, then this channel is right for you. There are some videos dedicated exclusively to Argentinian and Mexican Spanish.

Language of the Videos

They use English and Spanish with captions.

Most of the videos are short, between 2 to 4 minutes long.

LIRICA, LEARN SPANISH WITH MUSIC

Who the YouTuber is

Lirica.io (a mobile app website to learn languages with music) is in charge of the channel.

Level of Spanish

Any student could take advantage of this channel and learn Spanish in a fun an different way.

What you will learn

You will learn the language through music in Spanish.

All the videos are on average 3 to 4 minutes.

SEÑOR JORDAN

Who the YouTuber is

Señor Jordan is the teacher in this channel.

According to his website, he studied Spanish in high school and has a major in Spanish and Communications.

Additionally, he studied in Costa Rica while in college. Also, he has traveled to Mexico and El Salvador and has helped out as an interpreter.

Currently, he teaches junior high and high school Spanish.

Level of Spanish

This channel has videos for all levels.

What you will learn

You will mostly learn grammar and vocabulary in a funny and catchy way.

Language of the Videos

He makes his videos mostly in English, but he also speaks in Spanish.

In addition, as he points out in his introduction video, his accent is mostly from Central America.

Most of his videos are short, from 3 to 5 minutes long.

TU ESCUELA DE ESPAÑOL

Who the YouTuber is

The teacher in this channel is Elena Prieto from Tu escuela de español.

She is from Spain and used to work as a journalist. Later, in 2013 she studied a postgraduate degree to teach Spanish as a second language. Then, she taught Spanish in person and in 2014 she created her own online school.

Level of Spanish

This channel is for students of all levels.

What you will learn

Besides teaching you Spanish, this channel will also teach daily life in Spain and their customs.

Language of the Videos

This YouTuber uses Spanish exclusively for all her videos. Additionally, there are Spanish captions and some basic level videos also have English subtitles.

The videos are normally 5 to 8 minutes long.

PRACTIQUEMOS BY CATALINA MORENO E.

Who the YouTuber is

Catalina Moreno Escobar, who is the founder and developer of Practiquemos, is in charge of this channel.

According to her, she has been a teacher of Spanish as a Second Language for more than a decade.

Level of Spanish

The videos seem to be for people with beginner and intermediate levels.

What you will learn

Thanks to this channel you will learn Spanish grammar and vocabulary. In addition, the lessons include examples and practicing.

Language of the Videos

She makes her videos completely in Spanish with Spanish captions and some subtitles.

Who the YouTuber is

The channel is produced by ProSpanish, whose CEO and founder is Martin, a school teacher.

His mission is to help people speak conversational Spanish.

Level of Spanish

The channel includes videos that seem to be mainly for beginners.

What you will learn

You will learn how to communicate in everyday Spanish situations.

In addition, this channel focuses on structures that can be changed and used in different situations.

Also, they avoid explaining abstract grammar rules and use different types of techniques which leads to faster progress.

Language of the Videos

English is the language that they use in this channel. Also, you will find text on screen with translations.

They have videos of different lengths, from 2 minutes to 20 minutes.

The teacher of this channel is Paul.

Level of Spanish

The channel has videos that could be considered beginner and intermediate.

What you will learn

You will mainly learn words and vocabulary with this channel.

Language of the Videos

The main language of the channel is English. Additionally, there are Spanish captions.

You will find videos of different lengths, from around 3 minutes to almost 50 minutes. However, the latest videos are mostly 15 minutes to 30 minutes long.

THE SPANISH DUDE

Who the YouTuber is

The YouTuber of this channel is Jordan from The Spanish Dude, an English native speaker who used to struggle with Spanish. Furthermore, he used be a bad student.

However, after spending some time in Spanish speaking countries “studying, practicing, talking” Spanish, he “totally fell in love with Spanish.”

In addition, he thinks that “you’ll only love Spanish if you understand it.”

Level of Spanish

The channel includes videos that seem to be mostly for beginner and intermediate students.

What you will learn

The Spanish dude teaches “Spanish for gringos” in a fun and easy way.

Language of the Videos

He uses English to explain the concepts. In addition, you will find text on screen with translations.

The channel is produced by Spanishdict, a Spanish translation website.

Level of Spanish

They have videos divided in four volumes, volume 1 being the lowest level and volume 4 being the highest level.

What you will learn

You will learn new vocabulary and concepts through lessons that use images and charts. In addition, all lessons are taught by professionally trained Spanish teachers.

Besides the videos, there are flashcards, quizzes, and speaking and writing activities on their website to practice.

Language of the Videos

They use English for the beginner level videos and Spanish for the more advance videos.

The videos are mostly 5 to 10 minutes long. However, they have videos about Spanish words that last around 15 seconds.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, this list helps you choose the right channels to learn Spanish on YouTube.

Although learning Spanish on YouTube is a great idea, it doesn’t substitute the learning experience with a native Spanish speaker.

If you want to practice Spanish with a native, check out my online Spanish classes.

Also, if there are any other good channels I missed, please let me know in the comments!

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Want to Learn English with TV? 7 Sites That Make It Easy | FluentU English

As a kid, I loved to watch TV—especially English cartoons.

But there were often words and phrases I didn’t understand.

So, I would guess at the meaning from the context and the reactions of other characters. Sometimes, I would repeat lines out loud. I also liked to act out some scenes.

My acting skills didn’t improve… but my English abilities certainly did.

If you’re learning English, watching English TV is a must. In my experience, the visuals on the screen are a huge bonus in figuring out what the words mean.

However, unless the show is extremely kid-friendly—like those cartoons I used to watch—you may run into trouble.

Popular shows like “Friends,” “The Simpsons,” “Game of Thrones” and more can be really confusing for English learners. Accents, slang and fast speech can all be difficult to understand.

The good news is that you don’t need to just turn on your TV and hope you figure things out.

Instead, try one of the websites in this article, which are specifically designed to help you learn English through TV series and movies.

They come with explanations of difficult language, subtitles, exercises and more to turn your TV watching time into English learning time.
 

How to Learn English While Watching a TV Show

Like we said, the resources below will use TV to teach you English, with lots of interactive exercises and practice opportunities.

But you can still learn English with your regular, everyday TV watching routine! Just keep these tips in mind whenever you turn on the TV:

Then replay it using subtitles. This will test your comprehension skills and also improve pronunciation.

Want to Learn English with TV? 7 Sites That Make It Easy

The resources listed below all use elements from TV series and movies to teach various aspects of the English language.

Most of the resources are pretty affordable and come with a free trial or some free content so that you can test it out before signing up, while others are completely free.

Sometimes, while watching TV in English, you may come across a scene or a conversation that you don’t fully understand. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a private tutor explain it for you?

Well, this is what makes the website Skype Lessons a wonderful resource.

The site was created by Dave, a British native speaker who’s had over 15 years of experience teaching English. His teaching method is pretty unique — students are expected to watch TV shows and complete exercises. Then, they summarize the TV shows during lessons, using new vocabulary that they learned from the exercises.

Sounds fun, right?

In fact, Dave has designed a number of vocabulary, comprehension and grammar exercises based on popular TV shows such as “House Of Cards,” “Firefly,” “Sherlock” and even movies like “Harry Potter.” Most of them are for intermediate and advanced learners, with a strong emphasis on listening. However, Dave provides lessons on reading and writing skills as well.

FluentU is one of the most useful and fun resources to learn English with TV. It has thousands of authentic English videos—including TV clips, commercials and movie trailers—that have been transformed into personalized language lessons.

Every video clip comes with interactive subtitles. Click any word for an instant definition, grammar info and useful examples. This way you naturally learn new English words and phrases while you watch.

There are also flashcards and fun quizzes with every video to make sure you remember what you’ve learned.

FluentU has video lessons for every English learning level. Beginners might enjoy this “Game of Thrones” parody (funny imitation) by the famous kids’ show “Sesame Street,” while this interview with Chris Evans on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” is perfect for upper-level learners.

You can explore the full video library with all the learning features with a FluentU trial.

“Friends” is one of the most popular and entertaining American sitcoms. Every episode is approximately 20 minutes long, which makes for easy viewing. The story follows six buddies as they go about their daily life in and around New York.

However, for non-native speakers, many of the cultural references, jokes and colloquialisms may be lost. Some exchanges may be even difficult to follow, which can get frustrating.

That’s where this online, 48-week course comes in. It promises to teach you to speak English fluently by watching “Friends.” You’ll learn how to understand native speakers and pick up hundreds of vocabulary words, idioms and slang terms that are used in daily conversation in the U.S.

You’ll also be added to an online community of other English learners and get access to exclusive video lessons, among other perks (benefits).

Fluent with Friends also has a 30-day money back guarantee, meaning you’ll get a refund if you’re dissatisfied with the contents of the course.

This website has several interesting exercises and engaging activities for intermediate and advanced learners. They’re all based on popular films such as “Iron Man 3,” “Skyfall,” “The Hobbit” and many others.

There are creative exercises based on the trailer and poster. These include fill-in-the blanks that test your reading and listening skills, matching games, spelling questions and more.

While these are all suited for beginners and above, each movie lesson also has a “Homework” section which advanced students can look into to develop their critical thinking and writing skills.

Learn English with “Prison Break”

The YouTube channel Learn English with Movies teaches English with (you guessed it) movies—but also has several lessons focused on the popular American TV show “Prison Break.” It’s perfect for absolute beginners.

Certain lines of dialogue are played three times with subtitles, after which the meanings of the words are provided on screen. Then the line is played again, so that you can comprehend it fully without subtitles and other aids.

The channel uses the same format for lessons with movies, which include “Iron Man,” “Interstellar” and more.

Each clip is very short and you don’t need to watch the show or movies before viewing them—although that’s always a plus. Each video also comes with a PDF transcript that you can download for future reference.

Voice of America (VOA) Learning English has several programs designed for students at various levels. One of their audio programs is called English@TheMovies and is aimed at intermediate learners looking to improve their speaking skills.

Each lesson uses a short movie clip to teach something new about the English language—such as a much-used idiom or the correct pronunciation of a certain word.

Here’s one example with the English comedy movie “Life of the Party,” which is used to teach the English idiom down the tubes:

This website was been created for teachers, but advanced English students might also find it useful.

While the main focus is movies, you’ll find some TV show lessons in here, too. They have a huge variety.

A typical lesson plan begins with a brief description of the film, which might help you in writing a review or talking about it to other people. Then there’s a vocabulary list, so if you’re unfamiliar with certain words, you can look them up.

There are also conversation starters and discussion questions that encourage you to think about the movie and form your own opinions. You can either write them down or think out loud, or even discuss them with friends and other students. You can even form a study group and try the various exercises together.

A lot of people think watching TV is a waste of time, but now you know for yourself that it isn’t true. Watching English TV can become a productive learning session if you follow the steps I’ve outlined and the TV-learning resources that I listed above. In that way, you can have fun and learn English while you watch TV.

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LMAO: Walmart Employee Tells Latino, ‘Speak English, We’re In Texas!’

Go ahead and TRY to call her ‘racist’. We dare ya.

This woman ‘gets it’.

A person comes to America, not to carve out a small isolated (ie: ‘ghettoized’) echo of whatever part of the world they used to call home, they came her for a new life under a system that works marvelously well for those who follow the well-established blueprint for success.

Part of that Blueprint is E Pluribus Unum… becoming AMERICAN.

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Watching this video, clearly she has successfully made that mental transition from being an ‘outsider’ to being truly American. And God bless her for it.

Watch:

The customer — who has lived in America for 13 years — got upset by her insistance on speaking English and filmed her conversation with him.

Joel Aparcio, a father-of-two who owns a repair business in Houston, said he was shopping at the Walmart Supercenter on Sharver Street in Pasadena, Texas, on Sunday when he encountered a technical glitch while using a self-checkout machine.

A staffer named Cecilia came over to fix the problem, and Aparicio asked her if she spoke Spanish, to which she said ‘no.’

Cecilia was able to repair the machine and walked away, but before long it malfunctioned again.

When Cecilia returned, Aparicio told the Houston Chronicle that she said to him, in fluent Spanish, that he should not be in the US if he cannot speak English.
[…] Is it obligatory to speak English then?’ he asks the elderly Walmart staffer.

‘Yes, because we’re in Texas,’ she replies in Spanish.

Aparicio counters by saying that ‘money is what matters’ and points out that he is not there for ‘freebies.’
Source: DailyMail

Why did he film the conversation? To get her in trouble, of course.

Why did he want to get her in trouble? Because she insisted on speaking English to a man who had lived in the US for THIRTEEN years.

The man had no trouble understanding what she said in English, obviously, since he replied to what she said.

It wasn’t so long ago that immigrants were so eager for thier children to adapt and succeed in America that the mother tongue of whichever country they left behind wasn’t even spoken in the home.

Which of the two people in this conversation would YOU say really appreciates what it means to be in America?

But of course, he has complained to the press, and HR has been involved.

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President Trump is a wanted man.

But not just by those nutty leftists that want to ‘Impeach 45!’

His policies are being described as the most conservative President we’ve seen since at least Reagan. And for all the media carping, and accusations, his popularity is on the rise.

Have you seen the turnout for his rallies? He’s ‘Wanted’ alright.

The people WANT his strong leadership.

The people WANT his pro-growth, pro-freedom policies.

The people WANT America to once again embrace its top-dog role in the World Stage.

They want Trump for 2020.

And for those who love it as much as we do, that wanted poster is available here.

You can put it up in your home, or maybe the local Post Office.

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Learn French on… Discord? How to Hack This Gamer Chat for Language Learning

Welcome to a virtual world of non-stop French learning.

A French Discord server will connect you instantly with French speakers and students.

You might already think of Discord as a place for gamers, but you would be surprised how many opportunities there are for French speakers to practice texting and chatting together on this platform.

You just have to know where to look.

We will help you unwrap this totally out-of-the-box language learning tool and take your French game to a whole new level.

Just What Is Discord, Anyway?

Remember how I said “out of the box?” Discord, although not designed for French learning specifically, can become an invaluable resource to unconventional French students who are ready for speaking and writing practice.

Discord is a voice chat platform for gamers—yep, gamers!

Released in 2015, Discord was designed to be a low-resource platform for gamers to communicate in real time while competing or teaming up in a video game. Following the tradition of Internet Relay Chats, subgroups not related to video games have been created, including French chat groups!

Back in the day before internet forums, Internet Relay Chats permitted discussions in real time between several users. Discord basically re-creates this dynamic of real time group chats, but with the added possibility of voice chats.

Although Discord contains pay features, its basic functionality is absolutely free.

I have not once been prompted to pay for anything I wanted to use on Discord. It is only when you want to use special features such as extra emojis that you would have to pay.

Learn French on… Discord? How to Hack This Gamer Chat for Language Learning

How to Get Set Up on Discord

Obviously, before we can use Discord to practice French writing and speaking, we need to make our account. It is fast, easy and free!

The link is the invitation that every user needs. But do not worry! Discord automatically accepts you if you click the link.

After this you can write in any sub-section you want.

Discord groups generally have several sub-sections on the left panel. For example, you might find “word of the day,” “correct my French,” “general discussion,” etc. On the right panel you will see all active users and their languages.

Finally, on the extreme left you will see a “+” symbol that you can use to look for and join other Discord groups without having to search in Google.

How to Best Use Discord to Get Quality French Practice

Now that you are set up, how do you best use Discord to practice your French writing and speaking? Nothing could be easier!

At first it can be demoralizing to be constantly corrected, but this is how you learn, and until you actually start using French actively, you will not know the mistakes you are making.

Similarly, many groups are “French-English” exchanges, and native French speakers are there to improve their English as well. Language learning is a team activity, and group chats always have etiquette rules that should be respected.

As luck would have it, I have taken the trouble of revealing to you my favorite Discord servers below.

If you enjoy this type of authentic French learning, .

FluentU lets you learn French from real-world content like music videos, commercials, news broadcasts, cartoons and inspiring talks.

Since this content is material that native French speakers actually watch regularly, you’ll get the opportunity to learn real French the way it’s spoken in modern life.

One quick look will give you an idea of the diverse content found on FluentU:

Love the thought of learning French with native materials but afraid you won’t understand what’s being said? FluentU brings authentic French videos within reach of any learner. Interactive captions guide you along the way, so you never miss a word.

Tap on any word to see a definition, in-context usage examples, audio pronunciation, helpful images and more. For example, if you tap on the word “suit,” then this is what appears on your screen:

Don’t stop there, though. Use FluentU to actively practice all the vocabulary in any video through word lists, flashcards, quizzes and fun activities like “fill in the blank.”

As you continue advancing in your French studies, FluentU keeps track of all the grammar and vocabulary that you’ve been learning. It uses your viewed videos and mastered language lessons to recommend more useful videos and give you a 100% personalized experience.

Start using FluentU on the website with your computer or tablet or, better yet, download the FluentU app from the iTunes store or Google Play store.

Where to Find the Best Discord Servers for French Learning

So by now you should be convinced that Discord is an excellent resource for the budding French student, but you might be asking, “are there any servers you recommend?” Yes! I have compiled a list of French servers that will give you a never ending source of writing and speaking practice!

Learn French: Learn with Others at Your Level

With good reason I mention Learn French first. Having over 2,000 members and generally over 200 active at any one time, Learn French offers a thriving community of language learners. The first thing you will need to do to post is take a test to evaluate your level, after which you will be placed in a “class” with other users.

Then you can post in sections including “grammar help,” “introductions” and “face to face,” among others. If you are looking for structured and progressive French speaking and writing practice, Learn French is for you!

French International Server: Chat with Native French Speakers

The French International Server is designed to be a general chat space for French native speakers, so this is probably best for advanced learners. It can be a great way to just start speaking and writing French.

The French International Server also has a continuous voice chat section. To activate, make sure you have a microphone or headset connected, navigate to the voice section at the bottom of the topics panel and upon clicking you will be connected automatically and can start talking.

French: Join a Large and Active Language Community

This was the first Discord server I joined because it has a little bit of everything. Also, with over 6,000 members, it is the largest community I found dedicated to French.

There is no test to evaluate your level in this server, so you have to be honest with yourself. After providing the information requested in the “welcome” section, you can post to such groups as “vocal-texte,” “general discussion,” “culture” and many more.

Also, there are several voice groups you can join, but they do not always have a lot of participation. Due to the variety of groups and the size of the French server community, this server is appropriate for all levels of learners. But if you are looking for structured practice, you should stick with Learn French.

French Servers for Games and Hobbies

If you are an advanced learner and simply want to participate in Discord servers for French speaking people, even if they are not geared towards language learning, Discord offers several topic-specific servers. These are great areas to learn specific subsets of vocabulary.

You can find even more by browsing the servers on Disboard with the français tag. Just be aware that some are NSFW.

With Discord servers, you gain access to an active and growing community dedicated to language practice. By committing time to learning French on Discord, you will be on your way to fluency!

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