Saria, does he slur his words a lot? Speak very quickly? Spatter his speech with long pauses wherein all he says is "eh..............."? It helps so much to watch the mouth as a French person speaks. I hope it gets easier in person.

Don't forget to purse your lips when you reply. He should start nodding in understanding once he sees you making the French-talking face.
Besides, you know all his terms from your training. Give yourself that moment in your mind to put a picture to his words.

I always seem slow-witted with native French speakers because my father spoke more slowly, and because I spend time imagining their words as pictures in my mind (at least for a while).
Originally Posted by ninja dog
@ the French-talking face....my husband is Parisian & i lived there for a few years.

I could understand some people clearly but w/others I was always...duh..
many younger french ppl speak soo frackin fast it makes my head spin.
True realism consists in revealing the surprising things
which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing.
- Jean Cocteau


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