Monday, October 16, 2017

Bonjour! Let's Learn French by Judy Martialay

Bonjour! Let's Learn French

Bonjour, Everyone! Let’s talk about a gift that you can give your children: an early start learning French. Why is it a gift? Because it’s fun; it adds a global dimension to your child’s life; it is useful; and it has amazing life-long benefits.
Increasingly more parents realize that their children should begin study of a language early. Advantages include: a useful, practical and marketable skill; a way to connect to millions of people; better cognitive skills; a link to other cultures; better understanding of our own culture and language.

But, what can parents do when only 25% of elementary schools, public or private, offer any form of foreign language instruction at the elementary school in the U.S.?

Bonjour! Let’s Learn French has everything you need to give your child, roughly 6-10, maybe younger, depending on the child, a fun and easy introduction to French. It can be used by parents, grandparents, etc. whether or not you know French. 

The audio version is free and downloadable from the website

Just open the book, turn on the audio, and follow!
Kids love a story. The book begins with an imaginary ride on Pete the Pilot’s magic airplane to France. On board, the children learn some basic French. When they arrive in France, they meet Louis l’escargot, France’s #1 snail. They follow his adventure, meet his friends, absorb the culture, and learn French.

Back “home”, kids practice the French they learned with family and friends with activities including introductions, daily expressions and a skit. In the Culture Corner, they learn more about the unique cultural features that they encountered during their visit, like how to order a croissant in a café. There is a traditional French song. Finally, they learn about impressionist art, and how to make an impressionist picture.

Why study French? France and the francophone countries have a rich history and have been at the forefront of development not only of life-style but of science, philosophy, and the arts since the fall of the Roman Empire. After English, French is the most studied foreign language world-wide.  French is spoken in almost 40 countries and more regions around the world. France and the U.S. have had a special relationship which goes back to the founding of the U.S. There are regions in the U.S. with a strong French influence. Also, France is the most visited country in the world.
Here’s a chance for the family to experience a taste of France and French. And, speaking of taste, visit the website where you’ll find recipes for delicious food for the whole family. You’ll find other resources on the website such as tips for parents on how to use the book, downloadable activity sheets, a video which illustrates the section on making an impressionist picture, and more.

Let’s Learn French is available in print softcover on at  and on  B& at

It can also be used and enjoyed by children who are learning French in school.

-- Judy Martialay

"Give your child the world: an early start for world languages."
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NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner Winter 2017
Readers' Favorite Bronze Award Children's Educational 2017
Honorable Mention Educational Purple Dragonfly Book Award 2017
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