Although Tauranga is one of the largest cities in New Zealand, the rapid population growth has meant that it hasn’t really caught up to cities like Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch for some of the activities available. While the options for sports are impressive, and there are excellent resources for new immigrants, for people in the Bay of Plenty area wanting to improve their education or language abilities the options are more limited. However, there are French classes and French teachers all around the Bay of Plenty, if you know where to look.

If you have started to learn French online, the Bay of Plenty also has a surprising number of events that can help you improve your French speaking and listening as well. Whether you are a complete beginner, or quite proficient, the Bay of Plenty does have a range of options that will give you the opportunity to lean and practice no matter what your level.

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Understanding Your Level of French

Most New Zealanders aren’t used to having to prove our level of understanding in a language. Generally, we can either speak a language fluently, we can’t speak it, or we’re learning it. However, with European languages such as French, there is the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This is a really clear guideline to what level of understanding you have in speaking, listening, reading and writing in French.

There are a number of free online French tests you can take to assess yourself, as well as actual exams you can take to prove your ability. The official guideline for proficiency from the Council of Europe looks like this:

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PROFICIENT USERC2Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express yourself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.
C1Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express yourself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
INDEPENDENT USERB2Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
B1Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.  Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
BASIC USERA2Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.  Can describe in simple terms aspects of your background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
A1Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you live, people you know and things you have. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
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The CECRL says it will take around 350 hours of learning to reach the B1 level of French if you are starting with absolutely no French. However, there is a difference in spending 350 hours learning French online through something like Duolingo (which is a great practice resource for increasing your vocabulary), private lessons with a French teacher who is teaching the specific areas you are interested in, and French lessons for beginners that are taught in a group setting.

French Lessons With “French with Shelley”

With different French classes around Tauranga and the greater Bay of Plenty area, French with Shelley has group lessons for beginners, advanced speakers, or for specific groups like French for Travellers. There is an online group that can be useful if you aren’t able to attend any of the classes. The French classes are focused on helping you learn to listen and speak French so that you can communicate with some fluency. However, there is some learning on reading and writing too.

Beginner French Lessons at Multicultural Bay of Plenty

Located in the Historic Village on 17th Ave, Multicultural Tauranga offers a range of language classes, however the group classes only run when there are enough people interested – so if you want to learn French, let them know what level you want to learn and as soon as they have enough numbers they can get a class going.

Find out about French tutor in Canterbury here.

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Alliance Française French Film Festival

Although there is not currently a branch of the international organisation Alliance Française, the French festival tours around the New Zealand, generally playing at Rialto cinema's each year. With an amazing range of movies from children’s animation to thrillers, and everything in between, the French film festival is a great opportunity to practice your French listening skills in a very fun way. It is also an opportunity to met other French learners or speakers in your Bay of Plenty town.

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University of the Third Age (U3A)

U3A is an organisation specifically for older people wanting to continue their learning and development. In the Bay of Plenty there are around 1,000 members involved in 100 different groups. U3A is an international organisation for people who are at retirement age, and the focus is on learning new skills in a supportive and fun environment.

Two of the groups that are held by U3A in the Bay of Plenty are French conversation, level 1 and 2. Designed for people who have learnt French at school, and want to brush up those old abilities, or people that have used French recently but want to work towards a better fluency.

You can find French tutors in Te Aroaro valley Kilburn here.

SuperProf French Teacher

This is an online database of the best French tutors in the Bay of Plenty. Private one-on-one lessons are available in your home, or in a public location such as a café or library. French teachers vary in experience and focus, with some being qualified and registered New Zealand teachers, and others being native speakers who have been teaching French around the world but have no formal qualifications.

Fun French Idioms

Idioms are in every language, in New Zealand we have idioms like “yeah, nah”, “He couldn’t organise a piss-up in a brewery”, “She looked like mutton dressed as lamb” or “What a ratbag!”. While natives know what these mean, they can cause endless confusion to people from overseas first hearing them (endless stories of confusion exist about the invitation to a gathering that uses the phrase “please bring a plate”).

However, understanding and being able to use idioms correctly is an easy way to spot a native from a non-native speaker. So, some of the French idioms that you might want to get your French teacher to help you master include:

  • Avoir du blé. This translates literally to “have wheat”, but what it means is to be very wealthy.
  • Avoir du bol. While “un bol” is literally “a bowl”, to have a bol (avoir du bol) translates to good luck. There is also “un bol d’air” which means something is “a breath of fresh air”
  • Baisser les bras. This means “to lower the arms” taken literally, but as an idiom it means to give up, like the English “throw in the towel”.

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What French idoms make sense in Bay of Plenty - Image by LorryM from Pixabay

French Words To Watch Out For

Because there are a lot of French words used in English, we get used to excitedly discovering words we already know. While croissant is pretty obvious, and table to tableau makes sense, not all words that look like their English counterpart have the same meaning. Your French teacher will explain that these are “False Friends” or “Faux amis”.

To give you an idea:

French WordFrench MeaningEnglish WordEnglish Meaning
actuellementCurrentlyactuallyemphasize something is true
une affaireA matter of business or lawAn affairAn event or a sexual relationship outside of marriage
un carA bus that travels between citiesA carGenerally, a four wheeled motor vehicle
le collègemiddle school, high school, secondary schoolcollegeIn New Zealand this is a high school

Learn French online and see the world

While learning any language is easier with a face to face teacher, the modern world of social media and internet communication means that you aren’t limited to where and how you practice. You can supplement your learning with online practice groups that are held via Zoom, WhatsApp or Facebook.

While some of these may have a fee to join, there are also many people in French speaking countries who want to practice their English and are willing to swap conversation practice for English speakers wanting to learn French.

Not only is this a great way to practice your French, but in true Kiwi tradition, it becomes a potential couch or tour guide when finally leave the Bay of Plenty and you arrive in their country.

 

 

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