Sylvie Lainé

Sylvie Lainé

When I was a kid in high school, I didn't find grammar boring. On the contrary, I liked understanding how my mother tongue worked. I found its mechanisms fascinating, a bit like a mechanic likes to know how his car works. I found it very interesting to discover that you could categorize words, and that each category played a very specific role in the sentence. It's a bit like the different types of parts in a car engine. But I'm not going to give you a lecture on French grammar or car mechanics. Because what you want, I imagine, is to advance effortlessly, progress quickly and well, and if possible, to have fun during the process. You prefer to be the race car driver, not the mechanic. You prefer to travel the roads with the well-oiled engine of the French language. I, your French mechanic, such a glorified term! I've made up stories at your level, based on my experience with my students. They will let you travel, at least for a few hours, the roads of your linguistic adventure, without worrying about mechanics. And just so you don't have too many accidents, I've sprinkled French-English glossaries throughout the text. But maybe you'd like to know a little about my own background... • I was born in Normandy, in 1973. • I have a BA in German from the University of Caen and an MA in Romance languages from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. • I've been a translator for ten years. • I took English classes at school, but I learned this language mainly by reading quantum physics books in English (yes, I'm interested too!), comic books (I love Calvin and Hobbes!) and by watching videos on YouTube. • I started writing my first novel at the age of twelve, but I stopped after the second paragraph! Not enough ideas... • I have a parrot; it's the person I talk to the most, after my students and my husband. • I compose songs on the piano. • I have been teaching French since 2011. • I wrote my first story in Easy French in 2012, and I've been doing it ever since!
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