This is the second part of my conversation with Carole, a French speech therapist. This episode’s topics include: How do French schools currently teach children reading? Swallowing issues: what are they? Re-educating the voice and learning proper vocal hygiene so as not to strain it. How does Carole find her patients? “My 21-month old doesn’t talk: is this an issue?”. We’ll also discuss the paradoxical issue of insane waiting lists to see a speech therapist and the shortage of professionals. Finally, we’ll mention a few differences in the phonetic system and stress pattern of the English and French languages and you’ll hear Carole’s top tip to improve your French pronunciation!
annuaire (nm) = directory, phone book
appareil dentaire (nm) = dentures, braces
AVC (nm) = stroke
chuchoter = to whisper
déglutition (nf) = swallowing, deglutition
dramatique (adj) = tragic, terrible
extinction de voix (nf) = voice loss, aphonia
petite section (nf) = (first year of preschool)
rauque (adj) = hoarse, husky; croacky
remettre en cause = to question
sucer = to suck, to suck on
traumatisme crânien (nm) = head injury, head trauma
- What can make teeth to be misaligned?
- If you lose your voice, what should you avoid doing?
- In the French island of La Réunion, how long can the waiting list to see a speech therapist be?
- Incorrect tongue position, where tongue presses against the teeth.
- Avoid whispering (however counter-intuitive that may be!)
- Wait can be over 2 years!
Links & Resources
- “How to sound like a native French speaker ” (my online course): https://frenchyourway.teachable.com/p/how-to-sound-like-a-native-french-speaker
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