- Posted September 22, 2013 by
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Alliance française--in Paris!
The school's tag line says it all: "Venez apprendre le français à Paris dans l'école de référence!" ("Learn French in the most prestigious language school!")
While this may naturally be disputed by other schools, the ubiquity of the name "Alliance française" can never be questioned. Back in the Philippines, as a member, I availed of the library of Alliance.
September of this year was an opportunity for me to get in touch once again with Alliance française, this time in order to reinforce my knowledge of the French language. And this time, it was in Paris!
After completing a level test, I was assigned to a class. This membership in the class where I belong to varies each week since students may begin at any given Monday. This is the beauty of the courses in the school, your current level is your jumpoff point.
In my last week of class our group was made up of twelve student from Mexico, United Kingdom, South Africa, Djibouti, Austria, Brazil, Italy, Bolivia, China, Angola and the Philippines. Our teacher was Mr. Thierry Lecarpentier who led us through grammar and conversation. Notable among the lessons for these past weeks were vocabulary and expressions on weather, climate and ecology.
Our last lesson featured proverbs and quotes in the French language. I was personally struck with Bernard Fontenelle's "Ne prenez pas la vie sérieux; de toute façon, vows n'en sortirez pas vivant." True indeed, for we are able grasp well the language only when we enjoy learning it!
The following is the website of the school: http://www.alliancefr.org/en