Ambassadors & Testimonials

HOW FAR WILL YOU GO WITH FRENCH? ?

Our four best DELF 2023 graduates were invited to talk about their success with French. These 4 ambassadors have one thing in common: they have made French an asset for their personal development or their professional ambition.

Petra Ciubotaru

In love with French-speaking cultures, Petra's ambition is to carry out her university studies in France.

Josephine Livak

Her first French diploma was a splendid success (and what a surprise for her!). Today, Joséphine sees opportunities opening up at McGill University.

Lucia Nicolau

Lucia intends to teach French in immersion schools. She also uses her French to watch films, listen to French music, and open up to the world.

Jessica Stevenson

Jessica is convinced that speaking just one language is not enough to open up to the world. She attests to all the advantages that her second language brings her.

MEET OUR STUDENTS

Born in Bangladesh, British Columbia, Brazil, Haiti, India, Iran, Ontario, and New Brunswick; they are French-speaking Canadians from far and wide.

Whether it be the discovery of a song, a novel, or an encounter with a future husband, each of them has a story in which Molière's language is the main character.

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AAJALIN

As a child, my dream was to be a French teacher....

I was born in Canada but my parents were born in Sri Lanka.

As a child, my dream was to be a French teacher. I started learning it at school, at the age of 8. So I came to Alliance Française.

I plan on doing an international BA. Studying at Alliance helps me in my studies.

I have many friends who are surprised to hear me speak French. When I explain to them that I am taking courses at Alliance, they want to join me to share this experience.

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ARMITA

I want to become a lawyer so I need to have an excellent level of French.

I was born in Iran.

I started studying French at school, when I was 10. During my childhood, I used to watch TV shows in French. It made me want to learn the language.

I started French classes at Alliance five years ago.

I had the opportunity to pass the DELF exam.

I think French will help me a lot in the future, because this is a very important language in Canada. Besides, I want to become a lawyer, so I must have an excellent French level.

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BOGDAN

It’s impressive to see so many people coming from other countries and learning French.

I’m from Toronto but I was born in Romania.

I started learning French in high school.

I started at Alliance in 2017. I like it very much, it is very helpful to keep in touch with my French. It is actually amazing to see so many people here coming from other countries to learn French.

In Toronto it is difficult to practise French. I have been to France several times. I get to practise it only when I go there or to Quebec, and of course at Alliance.

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GARO

When I was little [. . .], I remember listening to [. . .] Charles Aznavour's ‘‘La Bohème.’’ Since then, I decided to learn this language.

I am Armenian but I was born in Syria.

I speak Armenian, Turkish and Arabic, but the language I feel closest to is French, my spiritual language. I started learning French when I was little. I remember listening to a song that really moved me: Charles Aznavour's ‘‘La Bohème’’. Since then, I decided to learn this language. Charles Aznavour was, like, my first French teacher.

For me French culture, history and songs are all part of my journey. I want to be alive in all areas of French: culture, art, reading, paintings. I don't consider French as my second language because I would like it to become my first language, as if I were born French.

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GRAHAM

French culture is very important for someone who loves to eat.

I always wanted to be bilingual.

At school, I learned verbs and conjugations but I couldn't speak French well. At Alliance, we have the opportunity to practise a lot.

I love teachers, they all have different techniques and they all make me want to learn. It helps to have several methods and eventually change them to discover new ways of learning.

 

French culture is very important for someone like me who loves to eat. The French know- how to treat themselves to cheese, wine, etc. Besides, the culture is fantastic, you learn so many new things all the time.

 

 

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HILLAREY

I am the only one of my family who can speak French.

I was born in Canada.

I started studying French at the age of 3 because my parents enrolled me in a French school.p>

When I started learning French, it was very hard for me so my parents wanted me to have more classes of French. So they enrolled me at Alliance Française. Classes are small so I have more occasions to speak and practise French.

I am the only one of my family who can speak French. I would like to pass on this taste for French to my family because they can use French in Europe, Africa, Vietnam, etc.

 

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EMMA & JEFF

Being with people from different countries and to different ages is great. It is a wonderful part of the experience.

Emma comes to Alliance Française every day after school and during the summer camps. It’s been a few years now. The culture mix at Alliance Française is awesome.

With Emma participating, I decided to improve my French as well. It’s certainly a challenge for me at my age to get back into it and retain it. It takes a while and I don’t get as much practice as I would like. I find this is exercise for my mind as well and I want the challenge.

It goes around with other challenges too we have in life. I love it!

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KATRYN

French has completely changed my life.

I was born in Canada.

I started studying French in secondary school.

At the age of 26, I quit my job and bought a one-way flight ticket to Paris. I didn’t know how long I was going to stay. Every morning I went to French classes. In the afternoon, the lady who was hosting me and I went for walks, visited the city, went to the theatre, to the opera, to restaurants, everywhere to explore Paris. She was a wonderful woman! We were bound by a strong friendship.

I made a lot of friends in France with whom I can travel and practise my French. French has completely changed my life.

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MARIYA

JI don't know yet what I'll do later, but I'm pretty sure I'll use French.

I was born in India and came to Canada in 2005.

I started learning a little French in school when I was in Grade 4 and then came to Alliance.

I like being able to speak with French people, like in Quebec for example. I can practice it with my father and some friends who speak it.

French helps me and will certainly help me in my studies. Thanks to Alliance, I have improved my level and now I think I have a stronger level than the one we are learning in school. I can therefore talk very well with my classmates.

 

 

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RIPA

When I was younger, I discovered French literature thanks to Alexandre Dumas.

I'm from Armenia.

I was familiar with Alliance Française because of its presence in Armenia as well. I studied there. When I was younger, I discovered French literature thanks to Alexandre Dumas, we also watched French films and I read a lot about France and its culture.

I like French music like Charles Aznavour's. French culture is a bit in our family: we love French food!

We decided to introduce Alex to the French culture starting with the language itself, hoping that one day we could go to France together and explore the country to show him how beautiful it is.

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STACEY

French language: such a valuable thing to have for Canadians.

Although I was born in Canada, I consider myself partly French. The Alliance Française connects me with this part of my heritage.

I was familiar with Alliance Française because of its presence in Armenia as well. I studied there. When I was younger, I discovered French literature thanks to Alexandre Dumas, we also watched French films and I read a lot about France and its culture.

I love French for I highly regard it as the most beautiful language in the world. I like learning foreign languages and I plan to learn new ones later. Of course, the very first language after English that I wanted to tackle was French, not only for work-related skills or personal interest, but also for it is a precious asset to Canadians.

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SVETLANA

That is also why I want to keep learning French: to be able to help my children.

I'm from Russia.

JI started learning French as soon as I arrived in Canada. I have always loved this language. Canada was my chance to learn it.

My first French course was at Alliance Française. I was there for almost a year. Then I had my two children. Seven years later, I returned to the Alliance.

My kids have been in a French school for two years now. I try to help them with homework, to read books with them, etc. That is also why I want to keep learning French: to be able to help my children.

What about you, how far will you go with French?

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