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Alliance Francaise de Manille

Somewhere in this blog, I wrote about my husband’s fondness for a perky French song, which he tries to sing aloud to fill dull moments. I swear, he has murdered this particular song a million times over! And so, in an effort to redeem himself, he thought of enrolling both of us at Alliance Francais de Manille to learn how to speak French. Yup, you read it right…”both” of us. He said that his efforts will be useless if he has no one to speak French with, and that I am the most logical person to practice with. How convenient. Tsk, tsk, tsk. Funny thing is, I think I am bitten by this French bug…and I found myself enrolling and attending French classes with my hubby…and I have to admit, I enjoy this whole thing to the hilt!

Every Saturday mornings, we are transported to an entirely different world. I have to give it to Alliance, they truly know how to immerse you in everything French. Imagine, on our first day of class, even if we cannot understand a single French word, our teacher gave instructions in French! He augments his words with actions so we’ll understand him, and well…it works! We do get to comprehend what he is saying and at the same time develop a familiarity with certain French words. I find it awesome that my brain gets to automatically associate the English counterpart of certain French words and I get to experience that “aha!” moment several times over. At the end of the first session, we are able to understand simple sentences and I left the room feeling hopeful about my dreams of being a Parisian. Ooh lala!

For those who want to learn a third language, I vote for French. Not only because I find that this language has a distinct class of its own, but because of the presence of a reputable school like Alliance Francais de Manille that offers professional language courses. Given the facilities and resource materials available to us students, I dare say that they take the business of teaching French rather seriously. Our teacher, Mr. Julius Narvaez, was even sent to France to learn the best methodologies in teaching French. And whatever it is that he learned in France, I vouch that it really does work. :)

And so, even if I haven’t even taken the 22 French modules available at Alliance, I dare say this: “Je parle Tagalog, Anglais, et un peu Francais.”

And for the record, for the first time in my life, I haven’t been sleeping and doodling in class…and it’s a 3-hour class at that! It’s either I’ve matured or Sir Julius is really an excellent teacher. My hubby says that the Julius-factor wins hands down. Such a meanie! Hihihi!  

Comments

Comment from Marian
Time: August 29, 2008, 12:47 am

Just read something about Sir Julius. He is my french2 prof in la salle. He is really awesome! He is a really good teacher and a fashion icon! I hope he will be my prof in french3.

Comment from Krissy
Time: May 12, 2009, 7:14 am

Julius is my teacher now. Galing no! He is even better and way effective than french teachers. His method works and makes it a point to share the techniques that will make learning easiest. He is sexy too :)

Comment from monette
Time: May 19, 2009, 9:55 pm

Hi Krissy…you’re lucky to have Julius as a teacher! I had him for my foundation class and I swear, he gave me solid knowledge on the basics of the French language. What I learned from Julius helped me build up on my French and I certainly regret not coaxing him to give me and my husband private tutorial lessons! Oh, about the sexiness…you’re right on! Hahaha! I guess a big part of it comes from his fluency of this chic language called French. :)

Comment from Earl Jerico Matito
Time: August 22, 2009, 1:14 pm

I’m currently taking French under Julius. I’m scared. Joke! He’s furious yet very intellectual. Its good to know that I’m being taught by somebody who taught all these people how to speak good French. I hope I get to learn it and keep it too!

Comment from Jam
Time: August 9, 2010, 7:59 pm

We really miss Sir Julius here in UST! He was our professor in French 101, and we are currently taking French 102 with a new French prof (Ma’am Rowi). Their teaching methods are different! It really frustrates me because I don’t even learn a single thing. :(

Comment from irekah
Time: January 17, 2011, 8:45 am

true.. i experienced having french prof but didn’t learn anything.. but when teacher julius became my prof in UST, i feel like i know a lot.. he could really get the attention of the class… plus he’ll make sure you’ll understand everything…as in everything from the single letter upto the sentence construction… before i was really scared of him,,, now i’m missing him so much,,

Comment from irekah
Time: January 17, 2011, 8:48 am

Originally Posted By irekahtrue.. i experienced having french prof but didn’t learn anything.. but when teacher julius became my prof in UST, i felt like i know a lot.. he could really get the attention of the class… plus he’ll make sure you’ll understand everything…as in everything from the single letter upto the sentence construction… before i was really scared of him,,, now i’m missing him so much,,

Comment from Katrina Mae Sanchez
Time: April 24, 2011, 5:39 am

Sir Julius is phenomenal. He’s one of the very few teachers that made an impact in my life. No kidding, swear. I feel like we’re kindred spirits as our conversations went way past the four walls of the classroom. Every time I’m feeling down and am thinking that nothing’s going right, I just go back to our Facebook chat history that I saved on my e-mail (para easily accessible). I just imagine he’s giving me a pep talk in my head. Hahaha!

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