Let’s break the time-keeping paradigm!



Let’s break this paradigm of you being a passive student counting the time: you are responsible for your results. Help me help you. Let’s create a tool, a community, with people who are highly motivated, who can inspire you to in turn become someone who inspires them and succeed in becoming fluent.

Want to know more? PM Rapha Sierra 

We offer 3 programs in our French lab

We offer 3 programs in our French lab:

  1. The Alt-French workshop. To accelerate your progress in French: one small group at a time.
  2. Casual Saturdays. A wonderful format that allows you to freely converse in French with folks of all levels.
  3. The Jedis. Highly autonomous, in this format you will not disburse $1 and it will be highly challenging in commitment terms. It’s 100% free and 100% challenging because 100% of those who became fluent gave their 100%!

1 Free session Pick the program that most suits you, and try 1 session for free before making up your mind.
Want to know more? PM Rapha Sierra, et surtout, gardez votre flamme intacte 🙂

French Conversations – Speak Freely Zone!

Facebook Live on Sunday

Are you about to give up on your objectives?

Listen to episode 169 of Clotilde’s podcast and let’s discuss it on Sunday Live @10:30 AM ET on Facebook 100% in French. (Suits Ruby level, but all levels are welcomed!)

Podcast: https://changemavie.com/episodes/bretagne

Casual Saturday – tomorrow @ 9 AM ET
It’s the place for you to practice your French in a relaxed and friendly environment, with amazing French Conversers of all levels and a coach who will NOT correct/interrupt you!

I would also love to see ex-French Conversers joining and updating us on their journeys. Give us some news!

Baby Warriors (A1) – Sunday at 12PM ET
BB Warriors have a lesson with Isabelle on Sunday.Congrats for posting your daily videos in French! It’s a good way to make your autonomous session “on demand” and conveniently with an end-objective of producing a short video of yourself practicing French.

Isabelle and I will match 100% of your daily Vlog on Rise!

Diamonds – Accelerated session

While on-boarding one of our newcomer, I realized that launching an accelerated session of the Diamond level (A2+ to B1) for folks who have studied French for several years could make a big difference. 

Obviously, it only match the most committed and motivated!

You will be disappointed if you think you can find some type of short cut. Squeeze in the French! Stay on track. Put in the work. Find the others. Take it into your own hands!


Last but not least, I will follow through on my commitment to 4 Jedis per week on a first come first served basis. This format is highly autonomous but you get a lot of help: my guidelines in a lesson + your peers whom I select to match your level and motivation + the resources of the forum for free for ever.

So far, 4 Jedis have posted their personal work, but have still to post feedback about the work of their peers. My commitment is to review their work 100% free (4 first to do it per week) once they have completed the 5 actions of our contract!

I am committed to making your journey in French one that motivates you. I have taught conversational classes open to all levels in Bars in restaurants. I have given 100 sessions for free during the pandemic. Now, I am leading small groups per level through their journeys of becoming fluent in French.

It is highly rewarding and I will continue to do so through time. Want to get onboarded? PM rapha and we’ll get this started!


My name is Rapha Sierra, I’m 38 years old, and you can chose me on your team of coaches in your journey towards fluency!

Here’s a link to a recent FB live update:


On the importance of finding a small group of French learners

Isabelle: “My class is first of all something harmonious between the participants.. Like a group of friends. It has always been very important. And of course willing to learn a lot.”

Shambi: “It is a true honor and privilege to be a part of this awesome community you created in its formative stage and developmental season.”

Rapha: “It’s always very valuable for me to get your input, because my goal is to keep you motivated towards that worthy goal of learning French.”

Rise #33 – Restez motivés! Tout va bien aller! 😄

If you’re interested in joining the Alt-French, this month is a great time to do so. It’s our last month to get advantage of our 50% showing up challenge.
This means that you will get 50% cash back at the end of the month if you show up to all group learning sessions during the month!
For Rubies and Diamonds: • from 13th September 2020 to 12th October 2020 inclusive
For Baby Warriors: • from 17th September 2020 to 16th October 2020 inclusive

To book a level assessment with Rapha, follow the link and chose a 15 to 20′ slot using this link: https://frenchconversations.youcanbook.me

Looking forward to see you inside the Zoom room!

We have high goals, we follow a blue print and we surround ourselves with highly motivated French learners! 

Rise #31 – Right now is the best time to start your journey in French


Are you on a journey to regain love with yourself like me (Rapha)? Try setting goals for yourself. Try an impossible challenge. And start right now, because right now is always the best time to start.

Trial and error + not giving up + long term marathons = is a recipe that has worked for others. Why should it not work for you?

One of my top priority goals right now? Helping 10 diamonds becoming fluent in French! One small group at a time!

#the #alt #French

Rise 30 – Get 50% cashback for showing up in your journey towards fluency

A question I get a lot: How does the 50% cashback work?

Basically, if you show up at all group learning sessions with your coach, you get at 50% cashback that you can apply to your monthly fee for the following month. The promotion ends in month 3.

I believe that success starts with showing up. So in my view, you simply get rewarded for being successful!

Also, it sounds obvious but I am not here to “trap you” or “catch you” not showing up or failing, quite the opposite in fact! This is designed to catch you being successful! And the best part is that it doesn’t depend on me at all: it only depends on you!

Besides, motivation is more important than anything else when it comes to put in the work and the effort! If the financial incentive can help you stay motivated, then it is worth every penny!


For Rubies and Diamonds:

• Month 1 – from 13th July 2020 to 12th August 2020
• Month 2 – from 13th August 2020 to 12th September 2020 inclusive
• Month 3 – from 13th September 2020 to 12th October 2020 inclusive

For Baby Warriors:
• Month 1 – from 17th July 2020 to 16th August 2020
• Month 2 – from 17th August 2020 to 16th September 2020 inclusive
• Month 3 – from 17th September 2020 to 16th October 2020 inclusive

Rise #29 – Play by your own rules!

Answer to a question I get a lot:
Would you mind explaining the levels?

– Baby Warriors – first time learners
– Diamonds – Beginners-Inter
– Rubys – Intermediate-Adv
– Crystals – Advanced- Fluent!

I don’t believe in sub levels so much. Motivation is more important imo.

You might be able to join the Rubys if you are an advanced Diamond who is motivated, and you might feel more comfortable mastering the lower level first and being a strong link there.

I will give you my opinion and sometimes strongly 😅, because I care about your progress! Your motivation will always prevail over my opinion.Why? Because, I believe that life is a game where you learn and grow more if you start playing by your won rules.

So? Don’t follow my advice, but follow your intuition. That’s my ultimate advice to you!

Rise #28 – Grateful to the amazing community!

I am grateful to the amazing French Conversations Community: each time you make me a better person!

Thanks to Divya for catching when I am sometimes a jerk!
Thanks to Jeanne for her incredible energy!
Thanks to all of you who trusted this journey so far!

I am very happy to welcome Narinder from Sydney and Diane from Ohio in our wonderful community!

Happy weekend to all French learners!

Stay immersed, however way that you found and that works for you! Let’s all become fluent in French, one day at a time!

Ps: a little picture of our Casual Saturday with their consent 🙂