Meet Nick, studying French, and see why they chose Listen & Learn!
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    Nick Alcock
    French in Amsterdam
    ““Going from not being able to create basic sentences to being able to hold conversations. It’s been great to notice the progress month by month ””
Nothing Compares to Learning With a Native Speaker

A Mixed Approach to Learning French

Listen & Learn: Good morning, Nick! It’s great to have you with us today to share your experience! Could you begin by telling us a little about you and the language you chose to learn and why?
Nick Alcock: Because I spent a fair bit of time in France as a child falling in love with the language and the country, I decided it would be good if I could add French as my third language after English and Welsh.

Listen & Learn: Excellent decision! And why did you choose to learn with Listen & Learn?
Nick Alcock: I had been trying to learn through audiobooks and apps for some time. However, I came to the conclusion that these are no substitution for an opportunity to practice with a native speaker. I was absolutely right. Those resources are great tools in isolation however, and are 20 times more effective when supplemented with one-to-one lessons.

Listen & Learn: What is your favorite thing about studying with Listen & Learn?
Nick Alcock: My teacher. He is very friendly and patient. I really can’t speak highly enough of Christophe.

Listen & Learn: He sounds like an awesome teacher! What was the most helpful aspect of your course with him?
Nick Alcock; It was the opportunity to practice conversation with a native speaker, and also to have the opportunity to ask any questions I couldn’t ask a textbook.

Listen & Learn: That definitely helps a lot. What has been your most rewarding outcome from this experience?
Nick Alcock: Going from not being able to create basic sentences to being able to hold conversations. It’s been great to notice the progress month by month.

Listen & Learn: So, do you think that your language ability has benefited from your lessons? Have you had an opportunity to use your new skills in the real world?
Nick Alcock: Yes, I believe over the course of the last 6 months my French has improved significantly. It will definitely be useful for future opportunities, should I look to work with a French business or move to France or any other French-speaking country.

Listen & Learn: Definitely! Why do you think other students should enroll in a language course with Listen & Learn?
Nick Alcock: If you’re serious about learning a language, I recommend supplementing usual resources with lessons with Listen & Learn to really embed your learning and have the opportunity to practice some of the more difficult aspects, like pronunciation, listening & speaking. At the end of the day, we learn a language to communicate, and there’s no better way to do this than through dedicated time with a native speaker.

Listen & Learn: Thank you for your time, Nick! Before you go, could you tell us what is your favorite word, phrase, or expression in your new language?
Nick Alcock: Battre le fer pendant qu’il est chaud.