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Gerty

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I heard this yesterday on the Learning with Anja course, she talked about "Chunking"  and it does make sense.  
This chap has written a book called effortless conversations which I have just downloaded onto the Kindle.
It works with all languages he says not just German.

Chunks are frequently used phrases used in everyday conversation, have a listen, although as one comment says the sound is not good because they are talking outside, head phones would probably help.



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I'd seen this advertised somewhere before.

Listening to the video made up my mind so I've ordered his book, 9.06euro off Amazon France.

I'd been going to French lessons, one-to-one for 30 weeks before the lock-down, and thought I was doing wonderfully well when I was sat talking to the lady, but . . . next day I could hardly remember a thing. It doesn't help that my neighbours speak rapid patois, and do the proverbial Englishman when foreigners don't understand . . . talk louder!!

I never took French at school, being just basic schools in the mid 50s-early 60s. I've tried so many different DIY courses and evening classes, so getting a cup of coffee or asking where the railway station is isn't a problem, but anything more complicated and I just clam up once I've asked the well rehearsed question.

I can work out the gist of written French and Google Translate helps with all the formal letters from the local government, EDF etc, so I don't find, living in my out of the way cottage in a small village in rural Normandy, that not being fluent in French is a problem. We don't have TV and spend most of our time walking, travelling, reading, watching TV box-sets and, this time of year, gardening.

I'm sure there are the purists among you that insist you must learn the local language, but if I lived on the extremes of the north-west coast of Scotland would I have to speak fluent Gaelic?? We get along fine with the neighbours. Hand-signs, when necessary, are international and I've spent many pleasant evenings having coffee, usually well laced with Calvados, which eventually renders us all unintelligible, in either language, by the time it comes to stagger home.

Everything above considered, I'd still like to be able to string a few sentences together and hopefully understand the replies.

Do I hear "bonne chance"??

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I have one of his books on my Kindle "Effortless conversation"  4.40€, started to read it and 2 visitors arrived who I haven´t seen or been in contact with for years, there is a reason, but won´t go into that. Anyway, neither speak English and they were amazed about how I could communicate and said I should be very proud of myself [biggrin].    Once I get into this book to understand just what he is talking about maybe it will go even better.
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Stick with it.

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