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Sound like a French Person Workshop series
About this series
As an advanced student, you can pride yourself in having mastered some of the thorniest French grammar and conjugation rules. Bravo!
When it comes to taking the floor though, you can tell that a little something is missing – sometimes to the point where it can prevent you from daring to speak French. Maybe some tricky pronunciation? The flow of sentences? The fear that your accent won’t be understood? It is usually a little bit of everything. Because learning and mastering a language is not limited to knowing grammar rules, we designed a 3-part workshop specifically for advanced students that will improve your Frenchness on three fronts: Pronunciation & Diction, Flow & Body Language, and Beyond the Accent.
We’ll practice with improv’ games, studying clips of classic French movies (from the French New Wave to Ratatouille), memorizing dialogues, analyzing the melody and tone of sentences, and more. Some of the same clips and excerpts will be studied and practiced from different angles across the workshops.
Quentin, Anicet and Jordan all have a background in the performing arts, so this workshop series is well suited, but not limited to, performers such as professional singers and actors.
The workshops in this series can be taken separately, or together as a bundle.
Open to students of level 5 & up
PRONUNCIATION & DICTION
Saturday June 4 w/ Anicet from 11am-1pm PST/ 2-4pm EST
Congratulations ! You have now mastered most of the tricks of French grammar. You can make close to perfect sentences and your mistakes are nothing to blush about.
Still, there’s that little sound that doesn’t want to come out of your mouth. What about saying a sentence all together with words you manage to pronounce perfectly on their own? Or understanding fast spoken French on the street?
Speaking a language naturally takes more than applying grammatical rules and mastering isolated sounds. There is a melody to it that may vary from person to person, and social situations.
Following up on our popular phonetics workshop, Anicet will map out with you the way to sound French. Working on very diverse excerpts from the most informal scenes from Ratatouille to more formal works like Cyrano de Bergerac, you will apply technical diction tips to real-life situations.
FLOW & BODY LANGUAGE
Saturday June 11 w/ Quentin from 11am-1pm PST/ 2-4pm EST
Perceiving and recognizing the musicality of the French language is one of the key steps to sounding like a native speaker.
In this hands-on module of Coucou’s Sound Like a French Person workshop, Quentin will facilitate the understanding and reproducing of French sentence tone through improvisational games, scene analysis and scene work.
We will use clips from iconic French movies to listen, understand and reproduce that special “je ne sais quoi” that will open the door to fluency.
With excerpts from films such as Cyrano de Bergerac, Jeux d’Enfants, Les Visiteurs, and even Ratatouille, join us on this linguistic and cultural journey towards understanding how French natives speak.
BEYOND THE ACCENT
Saturday June 18 w/ Jordan from 11am-1pm PST/ 2-4pm EST
There is a feeling of dread known to all students of a foreign language: the burning shame when we face a native speaker and realize that despite our knowledge, we are separated from them by the perceived barrier we call an “accent.”
But is this shame legitimate? Where does the fear come from and why do our accents embarrass us? After all, even native speakers have regional accents. In this emboldening module of the Sound Like A French Person workshop, Jordan encourages us to reframe what it means to “sound native.” Over the course of two hours, we will learn techniques for overcoming inhibitions that occur naturally in foreign language students. This frees us up, allowing us to direct laser-like focus on what really matters: speaking accurate, eloquent, and even beautiful French in our own voices. We will also observe practical examples through clips of New Wave films featuring iconic non-native speaking actors who turned their accents into an advantage. This workshop is open to Coucou students who have mastered Level 5 or above.
Please note: our classes have limited capacity and often sell out fast, don't wait too long to book your spot!