https://www.duolingo.com/melissapleasance

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.

August 28, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/KansasBurri

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.

August 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/KansasBurri

And good luck!

August 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/melissapleasance

Merci!

August 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME

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 ;)

August 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/TheBryce

People even make mistakes when speaking in their native language!

August 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/bcbrita

woah... amazing score.

August 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME

Thanks! :)

August 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/bcbrita

woah... amazing score.

August 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Libbybeans

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!

August 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/toussaintlou

These are a list of probable sentences:

http://www.brighthubeducation.com/learning-french/60061-how-to-prepare-for-an-interview-in-french/

http://www.pimsleurapproach.com/answers/what-are-some-job-interview-phrases-in-french/

http://bell-vesoul.com/joomla1.6/index.php?option=com_content=category=blog=107=493=fr

http://blogs.transparent.com/french/what-you-really-must-know-how-to-say-in-a-french-job-interview/

This is a discussion about job interviews that I remembered seeing and listening to:

http://www.fluentfrenchnow.com/french-conversation-a-real-life-example-from-france-part-1/

If you are in Canada, this discussion would be good to review:

http://www.fluentfrenchnow.com/french-conversation-real-life-example-1-from-quebec-part-1/

Some You Tube videos on the process:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_Q_-s9WTJI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTtxmb-OdiI

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:

http://duolinguist.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/2.jpg

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:

http://en.bab.la/phrases/application/cover-letter/english-french/

August 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/melissapleasance

Wow thank you so much for these links!

August 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/BobTheCanadian

Awesome that you have to courage to do this. Good luck and God bless!

August 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/melissapleasance

Thank you!

August 31, 2014
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