Wrap up summary! Last French learning post and a special art and croissants podcast!

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C’est notre dernier projet! Sharing stories in English and French with a colorful podcast

Thanks for coming back for my last learning post and a special new podcast! I’m going to have my second attempt at recording myself in French, it’s exciting and scary at the same time. The winner themes of the poll of the podcast are… (insert drums)… coffee, croissants and art!!!

Thank you to everyone who voted in my poll and chose the themes I’ll talk about- I appreciate it so much. We’ll discuss art, croissants, and how French can help us build a stronger community in the classroom. So grab your coffee and join me as I speak about it all.

It took some more practice but I finally figured out how to do transitions in Anchor. Still need to work on fading sounds away (any help is much welcomed) but it sounds better than last time and the transition sound effect worked in between the segments as I intended it to. Yey!

I also practiced stories in my Duolingo app, where there are stories about different themes and it helps in creating more flow and understanding. I’ve practiced it a lot more frequently as a preparation for my podcast. The stories start with a short intro. As it’s final exam time, I’ll share the story about exams first! 😉

They continue with a check-in question, more of the story, and the last question to check if we got the surprise element at the end (Duolingo likes to give a story with a twist!). The final exam story was a few more slides and ended with everyone being ready and happy. The next story was about a museum:

Here, it was a bit more interesting and the visitors found a picture of their family in the museum. It keeps leveling up the difficulty, details (so it’s more and more interesting), and new words. Here you can see the exercises it gives about matching words, and a little badge at the end to make me feel good for the work. There were lots of new words in these stories, as the stories were about themes from groceries, food, art, and a little bit of everything. The stories help so much in creating flow and understanding and were a great prep for the podcast.

Learning Summary

As we’re wrapping up the EDTC300 learning project, I’d like to summarize what we had so far, and how it build up and lead, progressively and one week at a time, to the last podcast as the final learning outcome.

Week 1:

Resources and tools:  TalkingFrench video,  Doulingo app, some fun songs from Spotify!

Learning Highlights: Setting up my goals, setting up a poll for final project, the verb “Etre” (to be) meaning and conjugation

Week 2:

Resources and toolsDoulingo, French with Vincent video

Learning Highlights: the verbs “Vouloir” (want to) and “Manges” (to eat) meaning and conjugation, focusing on food themes.

Week 3:

Resources and tools: “French Truly” for conjugation, French learning blog for numbers.  Doulingo for weekly verbs practice.

Learning Highlights: the verb “Avoir” (to have) meaning and conjugation, counting numbers in French 1-100.

Week 4:

Resources and tools: Learn French with Julie Video for colors and Quizlets.  Doulingo for weekly verbs practice.

Learning Highlights: learning colors in French. Gaining confidence (checking in with goals from lesson 1) and having my first French podcast on  Anchor.

Week 5:

Resources and tools: article at  Read Naturally  and exploring new resources at  this link.  Doulingo for weekly verbs practice.  “L’aurore Boreal”  newspaper.  Google translate and Language daily.

Learning Highlights: Check in and stepping it up! Mindset of learning new language focus, poll on themes for final project, revising verbs and getting learning habits instilled better in my routine (goals of lesson 1). Connecting my learning to the community and checking local French newspaper. checking in with “language daily” to see choice of future verbs to learn.

Week 6:

Resources and tools: Doulingo, our French local newspaper and Screencastify.

Learning Highlights: French masculine and Feminine grammar, local newspaper stories, starting to put meaning and sentences together in writing and reading.

Week 7:

Resources and tools: TED talk for motivation , Doulingo, Word Reference.

Learning Highlights: school and travel themed words in Doulingo- increasing vocabulary. Words included “travail” (to travel), “lire” (to read), “visite” (visiting) as well as “pays” (country). A thank you note to  Branden and Haley  for helpful tips!

Week 8:

Resources and tools: La Vie En Rose, Duolingo , Aux Champs Elisees, French Propositions.

Learning Highlights: learning through music: keeping the motivation up! spelling with Duolingo and prepositions with YouTube videos in resources.

Week 9:

Resources and tools: Fun TED article,  Doulingo

Learning Highlights: learning the theme of “people” in Duolingo and building more complex sentences in reading and writing, as well as identifying more proper pronunciation in listening and speaking with Duolingo.

Week 10:

Resources and tools:  Duolingo, Anchor 

Learning Highlights: Final podcast! and checking off the goals from first class. Also learning through stories in Duolingo to prepare for the podcast and create more flow in my French (focus on speaking).

Thank you!

Before I finish the post, I’d like to send one more huge thank you. This class has been so very supportive in this learning project, from tips, kind words, helpful advice, and much more- you made this possible and fun at the same time.

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Merci! Merci! Merci!


It’s getting plus difficile…

Hi all, thanks for coming back to my blog! This week I learned and practiced some old-new themes and tried to create more flow, some more ways to learn and teach in mind, and am getting excited for the upcoming final project!

This week I first focused on taking “people theme” lessons in Doulingo, determined to make it to level 2. I went to level 2 in “travel” and other themes, but this one has been hard so it was time to tackle it. I am struggling with conjugation and this one has lots of it! I had my class prep focusing on sounds and spelling (can never practice this enough!)

It then continued to a few easy practices, until I reached this harder following one. It took a while to get the details right, and especially to learn that “etudiant” means students, and “etidients” means study. Back to the confusing “a” and “e”! This one tested my patience. It took a while but I finally got it. Here is a few screen shots from a failed attempt and the tips that helped me with it. I usually post the “success” ones but decided to also share some of the “fail” ones. It’s all a part of the process!

Two new things happened this time. All my additional attempts cost me the hearts at the corner, and I needed to refill them. I went so overboard and ended with an infinite sign instead! It’s like a computer game! Here are two harder exercises (the sentences are getting longer) and a tip. I do appreciate Doulingo gives me tips when I fail, before letting me trying again and again with the same mistake. I think this is something to remember in the classroom: when a student is struggling let’s remind them a “tip” and not just go again and again without what they need, even if it’s revising the basics.

Eventually- mission accomplished! I jumped to level 2 in “people theme”! wehooo!!! Honestly, this week’s focus went to the details in conjugation and understanding the similar meaning in sound-alike words. This felt like a LOT! But I did get this:

This is all my brain can take this week… learning many articles in my first or second language is ok, but reading even just a little in my French third growing langauge is a new level of brain tired. I’m learning this week, as the levels get more difficult and learning methods expand, different ways to learn new things. Taking this into the classroom- I’ll try and learn from the app how a variety of ways to learn works well. It’s not just that every student learns differently, but even the same students may need different ways from week to week. Like I did this week.

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This week, I’m going to focus on these elements, as I am getting ready to make my final project in French. I am nervous about conjugations and small mix-ups, so will keep focusing on these as well as creating flow. In this Fun TED article, we can see a discussion about how to be funny in different languages. Creating a flow, staying funny, making sense- these are all things that come with practice. I’ll get my verbal practice in flow, the one element I can’t get from videos and Doulingo, in my final project podcast!

Be brave enough to suck at something new

Until then, I’ll get going on some more ideas and flow!

How do you create a flow when learning something new? How are you preparing for the final learning project? Would love to hear from you!



What are your favorite songs in French?

Hi all! Thanks for coming back!

Sometimes we all need a little more music.

This week was a hard one. So I needed a little extra music. I’ll start and finish with it. The first one is this lovely tune from a song my dad once sang, and I love ever since. Have it in the background and let’s go!

In my weekly Duolingo practice, I learned about restaurants, sounds, spelling, using French in a restaurant. So if I’m learning about sounds- there’s the usual “a”, “aux” etc., and some music I needed to make more sound that flows a little easier for me.

This time I spent more attention on the class preparation. It was very helpful to learn the rules around vowels, again, and yes- again. These are always challenging. Adding “d’ ” and not “de”, for example, will take time to get used to. I had little experience in French, but it was mostly in speaking or listening from my travels a while ago, and when it comes to writing and spelling, I feel like I’m starting from the very basic. This is a part of my lesson prep:

Then I had three sound-related exercises. The first was one I hope to repeat in other combinations, as the difference between “a”, “au” and any other 2 -3 letter combination with “a” sounds so very similar to me! I realize it’s not, just like in Hebrew we have a throat “a” and a flat “a” and it will not sound too different to someone who is just getting used to these sounds and learning the language.

Later I had a more complex exercise set- not just translating and small repetition, but filling in blanks. Now I need to really understand.

It started well, but later I ran into harder ones, one of which I’ll share here- an exercise it took me 3 tries to get right. Usually, Duolingo just keeps going and says “try again later” and I get to it at the end, but it kept repeating so I had no choice other than to do so right away. Maybe it knows when to push haha… anyway- it was a success in the end! Again- I fell on the spelling. It seems like my weakest point at the moment, so it may be what I need to focus on next. After focusing on sounds a lot lately, now it’s time to balance it up with some writing. Engaging different parts of the brain!

Later I found a new helpful series called learning with Alexa. This is a nice series- and even just hearing the language for a little while felt helpful. Her pronunciation is clear and she covers quite a few themes in many videos. One helpful thing here is that it turned out to wonderfully and accidentally combine with my Doulingo learning. I learned in Duolingo about cats, and in the video below cats are used to learn new words. Great luck! Also, the difference between “above” and “near” in French was helpful, it can all be so confusing as the sounds are similar, just like the “a” sounds we chatted about above. This one is about propositions. I found it helped with my latest Doulongo lessons, as it felt I can use it all together. I like how she said “I know what you think, it’s a long sentence I can’t do that- but you are!” haha that was exactly how I felt. I appreciate the context with which she is teaching- it makes a difference and helps my learning sit on a more concrete ground. I also learned “baisers” – kisses! As she said it at the end I looked it up, I knew “aurevoir” from Doulongo and this is different. More resources = more learning!

This is it for today, I’ll be working on preparing for my final project of learning French, and keep on repeating what I already know to instill it even more. I’ll send you one of my favorite songs, that has been on repeat lately. Now I can get the words! But the music was what caught me first. Plus it’s one of these timeless songs- always golden! Enjoy!

How do you find music helps you learn new things? is it in the background / with words/ just instruments?

What are your favorite French songs? I’ll be happy to expend my list. Feel free to share with me in the comments!

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Chat soon!


The freedom and chaos of learning a new language

Hello, and thanks for coming back to my blog! this week I’d like to start with why I chose French to begin with. Branden asked me this question, and I found I wanted to share it as I haven’t really focused on it yet. The first answer is I wanted to open more possibilities. Not just travel when we can, but also in travel now- when going to a local French restaurant, speaking to friends that are French, and more. I feel like the more languages I know the more options I have. And I love this sense of freedom!

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When I traveled to Switzerland a few years ago, I remember not knowing almost any French, and diving into the place. Ever since I got back I wanted to learn more French, and am glad this course has brought this goal back into my life. The first thing I learned is how to be curious and explore as I go, outside the books.

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One time when I was in Swiss, it was rainy, I was at a local store, and needed to get an umbrella. I had no idea how to say “umbrella” in French, so I said “the thing for the rain” (which for me was a lot to know! a full sentence!) and oddly enough- it IS how you say umbrella! “parapluie” = umbrella, and meaning literally – “For the rain”. Para- for, and Pluie- rain. So I learned it’s ok to be confused, try, and try again. This happened again this week, as I remembered I keep mixing up “travail”- meaning “to work” and travel in English, which is the opposite… only this time I have many more tools to keep learning. So this week was about mixing up a little less. I had a hard time adding new things as I kept mixing up what I already know.

The plan was amended, and I’m now continuing to practice conjugating “travail”, “Vouloir” (to want) and added just a few new verbs in school and travel themes, like “Lire” (to read), visite (visiting), and country (pays). I’m starting instead of adding only new verbs, to also focus on partially practicing what I already know and partially adding new words that will fit in a school setting. One more recourse that was helpful and recommended by Haley called Word Reference and works better than google translate, in case I need a quick reference.

Focusing on the foundations is more than a one time job

Focusing on the foundation is an ongoing job. I love to see progress, but learning new languages forces me to focus on, how my friend Michelle says “work smarter not harder”. This means, in this case, to keep feeding my foundation practice as I add new things, rather than my usual crossing items off and moving on. The way I see it, it’s adding more plants into my garden as I go, while watering them all, rather than moving on to the next step and forgetting the previous one.

I found there are many ways to explore and be curious. Like taking my learning outside, reading, and finding what works for me that day. The more options I have, the more freedom I feel. All the tools I’ve collected so far will help me adjust the learning process and make it work in the busy school- work- life cycle I’m (hardly) balancing!

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So on to my weekly practice. This is a glimpse into my Doulingo slides and chaos.

First, I reviewed the previous verbs, with the intention to make the basics stronger. Then I added this week’s new themes and learned the basics of school and travel themes. Here are some of the slides that I reviewed:

I then had my class, and as always, used the hear, speak, write (and this time in the context of the conversation- super helpful!) and read. Here are the first 3 slides from this class:

All the small differences with Aux, le, la… I can’t emphasize enough how much repetition helps. It’s so confusing, and the more I repeat, it doesn’t get boring- it gets more clear. More new words this week are, as mentioned before, pays (country) and visite (visiting! – yey an easy one!)

To Finish, I’d like to share with you a video I love to watch every now and then, showing the importance of language in our world, identity, learning, and more. Learning a new language is learning a new way to communicate, think, and expand in ways I did not know before.

Taken from Ted.com

What do you think are the benefits of learning a new language? Remembering this through the hard times of learning can sure help- I know I needed a reminder this week! what helped you learn a new topic/language? Would love to hear your thoughts!

Chat soon,


Success is in the details… in French!

This week I’d like to share more about the app I’ve been working with and focusing on- Doulingo, our French local newspaper and Screencastify . It has been my baseline as I’ve explored more apps, resources, and tools to learn French. This week I learned about travel. The last topic was art (colors) and future topics include food and treats! But for now, I’m off traveling in French!

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First, I’ll travel locally. This is the local French newspaper I wrote about last time, that I’ll keep exploring. It is in Canadian French, and my app is European French, but I’ll try to not get too confused. This is the screencastify video I took this week to show you how I can use the newspaper to learn French and keep improving it with more interest, community, English-French connections, and just have more fun while learning it.

The screencastify wouldn’t upload as a video or HTML (has this happened to you? please share what you did! I found a solution as I uploaded it as a Viemo link, but there must be a more simple solution. Anyway, here is the final video! Wehooo!

Than, I’ll travel further as I learn travel words in French in case a trip will be possible at the distant future! For that, I appreciate working with Doulingo for a few reasons, and mostly for the details in design, simple and useful features and content.

First, it covers the base of speaking, listening, writing and reading.
Second, it allows for your chosen time windows- you can set a 5, 10. 15, 30… or any amount of time for daily practice.
Third, it has goals and tracks your days of practice, reminds you of it, and had helps keep on track. It also has little points and treasures to find like a game, but as I’m not much into gaming I let this part go. But if you’re into it- it’s there!
Fourth, it covers the basics very well. It has lessons and tips with the rules to learn. I explores more apps and videos, and they help, but this has lots of comprehensive information I’m using daily, that seems easy to get also when compared with varied resources. I did add some youtube videos to help me out, but they helped me add and stick to the base Doulingo gave me.
And last, it has a lovely design and simple tools to use it when you can and can’t make noise to adjust the class accordingly.

I’m learning now masculine and feminine differences, reviewing common verbs, pronunciation. This is how my lesson the other day looked like. For masculine and feminine, it had the differences, examples, and rules for words that start with a vowel.

It then continued into some verbs (reviewing Aller) and how to conjugate it. I later continued to practice it (again with the special vowels- they always through me off but I guess not just me as the app keeps giving it as examples and reminders!) and moved on to the verb Avoir. I use google translate to see what the verbs mean if I don’t know.

The lesson than continued to pronunciation and gave me an audio to check it out, and examples of how to say “G” in different words. This is the kind of details I may catch when listen to French songs/ friends, but won’t know how to differentiate it or tell the difference on my own. It made so much sense to read it!

I like how Doulingo helps with all four aspects of learning a language (speak, write, listen, write). This makes me type in the translations, and the better I get the longer the sentence gets. After this 2 words translation I got a 4 words sentence to translate, and so on.

It also helps with listening and then speaking, and has an “I can’t speak/ listen now” button which is great as I can practice when I am waiting in line but don’t want to make noise. This feature was such a motivator- as I can practice of I have 10 minutes between errands, without worrying about the sound.

I than has some more verbs (I appreciate that it was broken with a speaking part – switching between listening/ speaking to writing and reading helps me a lot to stay focused. This is something I learned about how I study better through the app! This may also be why I do better on classes with both zoom/ reading than just the reading and independent 100%.

And last but not least- the game points and daily goals target! It does make it look more cheerful and fun 🙂



This week I focused mostly about this, and will keep up with the daily work and pronunciation until I feel better and go on the podcast again!

One more thing I like is that the characters in it are from all ethnicities, this makes it feel a little more inclusive and fun. All in all- a great app! I needed to go back to the basics lately- and now feel that I am ready to keep exploring!

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Thanks for tuning in, and see you next time!


Learning French with local stories

Thanks for coming back to my blog! This week is a check in to see the bigger picture. An exploration of a new ideas, and how to use it simply within context.

I’ve been working with Doulingo which gives me the regular practice. I’m learning there mostly about feminine and masculine differences at the moment. I also did some research and saw the common thing for the resources I liked most is that they are more applicable daily. May it be daily in practice (apps) or daily in content (commonly used verbs) or daily in ways if use (focusing the present tense at the moment, and using my verbs and sentences in forms of “I am doing…. I am learning… I am seeing….” to make it as useful in my classes as possible. After coming to the conclusion that it is the daily practice I need to keep focusing on I tried to find more ways to use French daily in a fun and useful way. I Here is how I uses French daily this week, and hopefully in many more weeks to come:

Bringing French to the classroom

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I’ve decided to start using it in my class when I have students that speak French, in a simple, inclusive and fun way. This week we learned art with line work styles (continuous line, outline, broken line and decorative lines). By the way, this is also a great cross curricular for literacy at grade 1 as it helps them learn how to write letters! Ok, back to French. We drew whales and learned with them how to draw line works. I asked than how do we say Whale in French and tried to use it in the class, normalizing multilingualism, and ensuring the French speaking students felt ok with it and that they got to share a word in their language. They were so happy!

This can be used in simple ways as google translate, but beware- it works for words individually, and even so I still check with French speaking parents just in case, plus the longer the sentence the more lost the meaning will be. I tried it once in Hebrew, my first language, and it translated a “do not eat and drink” sign to “please eat and drink” ! haha!!!

Taking down the overwhelm

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As I continue with my Doulingo app, I’ve had less time for it this week. So I decided to stay committed to 5-10 minutes daily (sometimes I go more, but there’s not pressure) and this way I’m not overwhelmed (which makes me procrastinate).

I also save more time to practice it in daily opportunities when I can, and staying flexible when I miss it.

I’ve learned so many words, and I need to start using them and practice them in a daily context otherwise they’ll leave as soon as they came.

Local Newspapers

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Which is why I added more local context to my reading and practice by reading some of our local Yukon Newspaper called “L’aurore Boreal” and is ALL in French! I may not get most of it, but I’ll scroll through and just get in the habit of immersing myself with the language and culture. I know the places and people they write about, and can get some from context to fill in the big picture.

This is a collection of stories about the awesome woman we have in Yukon! will be fun to share this in class sometime!

Optimizing your efforts

I’ve looked for the most commonly used words in French to make sure I’m investing my energy in the right place. I checked here in a website called Language Daily a saw I have been keeping well with Doulingo so far as it covered the most common verbs well. This is a good check in that made me feel good about choosing doulingo, as I’m still exploring that app.

Keep exploring!

For future classes, I checked out this link that has 35 free resources to learn French. I also read this article at Read Naturally about learning to read- because what kids do is exactly what I do now too- learning a new language. So going back to the basics. I loved especially the contexts references, showing how it matters and impacts the reading to learn in context and connections to our environment. Easy to remember when making a unit plan for the kids but easy to forget when learning my own subjects!

So now that I feel like I’m getting more resources, a handle on the context and new ways to keep my online platforms supportive, I need your help! I’m more confident in speaking for my final project. What should I start focusing on for my final project? This is all within context haha, I love eating, looking forward to traveling again one day, and love art! Can’t decide….

What’s your experience with google translate? how do you use learning a new topic in a daily way when needed? or balancing the daily practice/ weekly big ideas classes? Would love to hear from you!

Colorfully yours,


Podcast and coffee time!

Thanks for coming back! This week I’ve checked out Anchor to learn French (my learning project) and discover how to write a classroom podcast. Honestly, I was not sure what to choose- a podcase (and which one?) a class plan website, a video editor…. too much to choose from! So I decided to start with the podcast to see how I can embed this in the classroom and engage students in new ways, and maybe check out more options later too. Anchor felt more intuitive for me so I went with it.

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So starting where I always start first when I’m excited/ overwhelmed/ anything in between: the very first part of the very first step. In this case- podcast short intro. I called it hot chocolate (for the kids) and coffee (for me!) break. This can be a way for me to learn French now, and provide the verbal practice (additional time to Doulingo ) and have a fun way to experiment on myself and try this later in the classroom.

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It was not easy- it took me a few days and some road blocks. First, I learned how to set it up, and then have the courage to actually talk in it – in French! haha…. then it would not submit for reviewing for some reason. So I played around with it, got frustrated, stopped, got back to it later, and eventually figured it out.

This took a week haha…. learning French AND patience! Now that I’ve explored it for a while, and still got lots to learn (like placing sound effects, etc.) I think it’s a good tool overall- just got to learn how to make it work and be more familiar with its system. I also have so much more to focus on, especially talking slower when I’m nervous.

This is how my Anchor profile looks like when I progress with the steps (which is how I realized that I was stuck at the publishing stage! smart app design)

and how the main page looks like now that my podcast is approved and ready to go (taken with zoom, the glue of my life lately!) which shows you where the podcast is available, the embedding links, etc.

And that was followed with the very happy victory email that I got declaring my podcast is available online!

So- why is this good in the classroom? check out the podcast and find out! (and hear be learning French…) grab your coffee and chill for 6 minutes 🙂

The podcast will be a fun way to engage and get the kids vocal and creative in a positive way

It will help them be aware of their words choices

Share with parents and community members our weekly learning

Collaborate with other classrooms doing the same

Hear progress when learning a new language

And much much more!

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I still need to learn lots here… how to upload a full song, how to do transitions in the body of the episode, and much more…. if you got tips- please please share! This is all so new!

Taken from Quizlet

For my French project, this was helpful as I spoke my new words. This week I learned the colors. As an art teacher- this is extra fun! I pronounce it still a bit off, but can already hear progress and this is a big step for me. I used Quizlets for this one. And want to thank you all for the helpful tips and recommending so many good places to learn French- this is so much appreciated!

This is the super short video I found that also helps me practice along side Quizlets- unlike the other videos I posted before it’s around one minute so can be played anytime and is just there if I need to fix up my pronunciation. I like how simple it is, and how quick it is. Repetition and simplifying has turned out key to my progress in French learning project!

How is your project going? Why did you choose your platforms? Feel free to share and follow also on twitter!

Until next time!

Colorfully yours,


Learning math to speak French

“Be Brave enough to suck at something new”

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This week I struggled with differentiating sounds and meaning of similar words and numbers. I decided to focus on pronunciation first, with Doulingo and this new source by “French Truly” for conjugation of “avoir”, which I needed to keep revising longer than other verbs to remember well. Even my app gave up on me as Doulingo popped a message at some point writing “we’ll get back to this later” signaling me to move on and not get stuck on one part. I like that this app has such a useful feature- I’m the kind of person that can keep at it until I get it but I did not stop to eat or breath- and Doulingo proved to be useful at teaching the content and also at making me be productive and switching things around when I need it.

I than decided to go over numbers here at another blog by “Transparent Language”, a fun learning French blog. I love how it has a vocal and written clarity- was a super helpful source! Learning vocally and visually is key for me.

Fun fact: in French numbers are spoken by doing math! to say 80 you say 20X4! And it gets more complicated: 90 is 20X4 + 10! Haha this will take time to get used to… good thing I love math!

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Hope you enjoyed this week’s blog and let me know- what are you willing to suck at to be a beginner with as you learn something new?

Colorfully yours


Learning Project week 2 – make croissants with me while I learn how to say I want more pizza!

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Allright! Week 2- this week I’m learning so much about Food that this image was required. And let’s face it- French culture and good food and just one and the same! I think that culture is more than just words- it’s food, songs, stories, much more than we can learn through vocabulary and grammar. But grammar is a first step to get there. This week- to get into the French mode- I am focusing on food! I bought croissant dough and going to make some for my French lessons! I hope this will get me in the mood. I am great at burning my food- but will do my best to bake them well.

I’ve learned so far how to say the difference between I am eating pizza and I want pizza- which is pretty cool because I can actually use it! This week’s learning are the verbs Manges (to eat) and Vouloir (to want). I used Doulingo for the daily practices and conjugation (still only learning present tense). You can see how Doulingo shows the verbs clearly here:


This video also helped. I found it was more useful for me as his style, both verbally and visually, were easier to follow along with. Here is the video:

Also- I finally found how to do polls! Help me choose my final project in the poll of last week’s learning project blog!

Hope this was fun for you to read and that you enjoy this French adventure! (as close as I get to travel now!)

Let me know what is your favorite French food? or just tips to learn a new language?

Colorfully yours,


French learning est magique!

I am so excited to flare up a passion I put on the back burner for a long time- learning French!

I love languages, and as a person that grew up with multilingual parents (I am fluent in Hebrew and English but all my family is fluent is at least 3-4 languages) I decided it’s time to pick up my French skills. I can use it in multilingual schools when teaching eventually, hopefully. I stated learning French about a decade ago for 1 year and then again about 3 years ago for a few months, though it never sticks because I do not practice it regularly enough. I was able to understand the basic, speak the very basic, and forgot so much of that little I knew.

I think the benefit of an online learning app is that instead of driving 20 minutes for a 2 hours class once a week/ month, I can simply practice a little every day. I can still get the same amount of vocabulary and grammar learned, but it will become a daily habit and maybe this time it will stick.

I’m lucky my Israeli accent can be mistaken for French accent, so I hope pronunciation will be a good start!

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My Goals:

  1. Practice: my plan is to have the Doulingo app and practice for 5-10 min 5 times a week. It is a small enough step that does not feel intimidating, yet will make it a habit on the weekdays and bring impact one practice at a time.  Small steps.
  2. Enjoy: have a delicious cup (or two) of coffee when practicing. Coffee breaks!
  3. Celebrate small success: have the weekly blog here to record my progress as small or big as it is  
  4. Motivate: have a written/ spoken piece at the end to show what I’ve learned and be my motivation to aim at.

Lesson 1:

Conjugating the verb “etre” – “to be” in present tense. I’m using TalkingFrench to learn the basics in reading. Than I’m going to practice listening in youtube:

Than I’m using Doulingo to speak it and write it (the active forms of learning). It helps me first listen and read, an d only than speak and write. Passive before active. This also brings me audio and visual ways to learn, and more senses = more learning! I know the video looks like it’s super simple and repetitive, but it helps me so simplify and remember I’m allowing myself to be a beginner and simplify.

We got this! What is your project? Feel free to share and I’ll be cheering for ya!

To finish here is one of my favorite musicians in French, from Quebec (which I discovered by accident through a friend of a friend of a friend) because music is a great way to start learning even if I only get every 20th word! 😉

Taken from Spotify, Coeur de Pirate’s account

Colorfully yours,