About to speak to a bilingual francophone and so nervous!
I am calling a hospital, not far from where I live, to inquire about any open positions in my field. The hospital is located in a bilingual town and I know from experience that they tend to speak French when they answer their phones. I want to practice the little bit of French that I do know and also maybe impress a little! Some of the English around here don't even try to speak French to the francophones.
If you're showing that you're at least trying to speak French you'll make a better first impression than any English speakers that don't even try.
Don't be nervous! Write down what you want to say, read through it a few times, take deep breaths, know you'll do great! Even if you make a mistake, it doesn't matter, everyone makes mistakes when learning a language ;)
Good luck. I know how intimidating it is to make those calls (I have to stumble through French every time I call my kids' school or go in to talk to their teachers. Awkward!) It's really great that you're willing to put yourself out there like that. Bon courage :D Think about how much your French will improve if you get the job!
These are a list of probable sentences:
This is a discussion about job interviews that I remembered seeing and listening to:
If you are in Canada, this discussion would be good to review:
Some You Tube videos on the process:
You'll find other dialogues on You Tube that also might help. I would list the questions I would ask, in French, in a visual manner like:
When I Skype, I have a powerpoint that I use, that has buttons on it, which are hyperlinked within the document, and help me jump from slide to slide. Each slide contains dozens of phrases about a certain topic or type of conversation.
I once had a one hour conversation with someone in France that spoke no English, using this powerpoint. It's also a great memory tool, because you create it, then use it, and afterwards build more into it.
As for your cover letter, check this out: