--AT A GLANCE--
Profession: Translator / Teacher
Hobby: Patisserie / Languages / Sculpture / 3D modeling
Hello, I’m Alex, a native French speaker of Portuguese descent.
I am a professional translator and I have been living and working in London (UK) for the past 9 years.
As I come from Lyon, the “World Capital of gastronomy”, I have a passion for food and patisserie in particular.
Of course my other passion is languages!
As I was born in a multicultural family, I was always interested in languages and obtained a Master’s degree in Applied Languages. This led me to live and work in various countries such as the USA, Japan, Norway and Portugal, to name a few.
As I travelled during my studies, I met a lot of fantastic people and learned about their culture while sharing mine. I was often asked to teach a few words of French here and there, so I naturally started giving out classes in French (and English) to other students, and before long I was also teaching some adults and teenagers.
A few years later, while working for a Japanese company in the UK, I was asked if I would be interested in giving French/English classes, and I jumped on the occasion. However, I decided that despite my previous experiences, it would be better to get some proper training to provide a more formal teaching experience at work, so I obtained a TEFL certificate.
Since then, I have been mainly giving out conversation classes in cafés all around the gorgeous city of London.
I am a true believer of the idea that you only really learn what you love!
Therefore, the lessons will be tailored to your interests and goals.
I had the opportunity to meet Benny Lewis and really like his approach of language learning through conversation.
A written document cannot teach much about listening to and speaking French, therefore, as spoken and written French are two VERY different things, my lessons will tend to focus on encouraging you to practice your oral skills.
After all, if you want to have a conversation with someone, or use your French while visiting a beautiful place in France, it makes sense to focus on the spoken language to be understood and gain fluency.
Still, If you want to work on your written French/English, it won’t be an issue! As a professional translator, I can easily correct you and show you how to improve your written French/English.
For those who like a more formal approach, I will essentially follow the curriculum from Alter Ego (A1, B2), Grammaire progressive du français (débutant, intermédiaire, avancé) and wikibooks.
For total beginners, I would recommand taking the introduction class (Enchanté !－Nice to meet you! [French]) that will teach you simple ways to present yourself and also key sentences to keep speaking in French as much as possible and avoid the fatigue of constantly switching between languages.
For everyone else, all courses will begin with a level check, so I can get the right content for you.
Remember, that like any skill, language learning requires a certain amount of effort. So Try to make French a part of your routine; even if it's not daily, at least make it regular.
Also remember that you are learning a new skill but that you always compare it to another one that you already master, your mother-tongue. Focus on the simple parts before moving on to the more complex concepts and you will see that it’s NOT that hard!