Let’s get to know Léo!
Léocadie - people often call me Léo, though
Place of Origin
Brest, Brittany, France
Place of Residence
Brest, Brittany, France.
After living in different places these last years, I finally came back home - life in Brest is so sweet. That’s for now at least. Let’s see where the wind takes me next
Languages spoken and how you learned them
I learned English, German and Italian at school and had some Arabic classes at university. I lived in Innsbruck and in Berlin for a while, and that’s how I really made German a language of mine.
I started learning Spanish with Chatterbug in August 2021. Now I remember how it feels to be struggling with a new language… but also the immense joy of learning, understanding more and more and getting in touch with the Spanish-speaking cultures!
When did you start tutoring with Chatterbug?
I started tutoring French with Chatterbug in December 2020.
Favorite place in the world and why?
The part of France where I was born and I grew up is called “Finistère” which derives from the Latin Finis Terrae meaning the end of the earth.
I have no favorite place in the world but have a particular affection for “finistères”: to sit on a beach or on a cliff and have in front of me an ocean and the horizon as far as the eye can see. My favorite spots of that kind in France are the Crozon Peninsula and the Dune of Pilat.
Less majestic but as magic to me: sitting in a peaceful natural scenery and enjoy the sunshine!
Léo’s Favorite Food
I won’t mention salty butter and crêpes - out of buckwheat flour -, both are running in my blood since I was born.
I love simple things out of (very) good products. Give me a slice of good bread with fresh tomatoes and a drizzle of nice fruity olive oil and a glass of red wine and I’ll be the happiest one on earth!
3 Fun Facts about Léo
- Every time I moved to a place for more than three months, I took my “billig” - my crepe maker - with me. Life without crêpes is somehow meaningless to me.
- I grew up almost bilingual, speaking French at home and solely Breton, the regional language of Brittany, at school until I was 9. I can’t speak it anymore but I believe it is still somewhere in my brain!
- 45 minutes of Live Lesson feel sometimes a bit long to my cat Oscar. It happened several times that he threw one of his plush toys on my laptop during a LL or started tidying my desk by dropping everything on the floor. Sharing your working space is not always easy
How do you motivate students?
I try to encourage them as much as I can, knowing how vulnerable one can feel when struggling with new words and sounds. I make my best to have a relaxed and friendly atmosphere during the LL. But what I do the most is … just chatting. It usually doesn’t take long before a student can say a few sentences on his own. The moment when you start having a real conversation, even a simple one, is the best motivation for the student as well as for the tutor: we know we can do it together and want to work harder to improve this conversation!
What is your favorite Chatterbug moment?
One of my favorite Chatterbug moments is when I ask a student why he/she wants to learn French.
Because one is in love with a French speaker, one has to speak French for work or for an exam, one loves languages, one lives in France, one wants to live in France, one has bilingual kids who speak more and more French and wants to catch up, one already sings opera in French and would like to understand more of it… whatever your reason, there is always some magic in it that delights me.
Say hello to @Leocadie!