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What Can You Do About Learning French Right Now

Over 250 million around the globe today all share the same language – French. Most of these people are native speakers who have learned the language from childhood to adulthood, and you don’t want to be left out, right? Many options out there exist for you to learn the French language quickly. There are textbooks, online courses, degree courses, private tutors, audio books, and such. But what exactly do you need to have to effectively learn the language?

french language learningAside from your learning materials, below are the things you must have in your arsenal:

  1. Be persistent in learning.

Remember that staying determined will always get you places. It might not be yielding results now but later on, if you don’t give up on learning the language, you will surely applaud yourself or give yourself a pat on the back. Many people think French is a hard language to learn and to speak, but when you never give up on the language, French fluency will be in your hands very soon.

  1. Get help from others.

Remember that no one in this world should ever be alone, and that is why there are people around us to support our everyday lives, regardless if we know them personally or not. If you don’t have enough friends to teach you, French, then, at least, have them support you in whatever you are doing by keeping you motivated.

Every person faces his or her ups and downs, and just like that; we can all fail at something, but real friends who will always be there for you will be your fallback and big motivation if you put your trust in them.

In other cases, you can also seek help from online courses or tutors. Just send them a message or contact them if you intend to learn from home.

  1. Always have correct study habits!

Doing a daily review of your French lessons is just like studying for a test or a quiz when you were a student (or if you still are a student right now). Reviewing is crucial – even just a 20-minute review will do to help you get by the language, especially when it comes to pronunciation.

  1. Be creative in your training!

Some people easily give up because of their learning program being too dull. It is why you have to think of many ways to reinvent your training program such that it will not cut off your work or other activities, and you will be at ease with the schedule and pacing of learning the French language.

  1. Surround yourself with French culture and media.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak to a French native or even travel all the way to France. There are thousands to millions of audio books out there online for French languages and lessons for you to listen on your phone or audio player so you can learn the language whenever and wherever you want. In some cases, you might also want to try and watch films with French language or listen to French music to get used to it.

Remember that these tips are just guidelines for you. It is still up to you, the learner of the French language, if you are up to the challenge and if you are true to your goal, whatever you goal is – for abroad travel or study, for work abroad, or just for leisure. Always believe in yourself that you can do it.

And you can also visit to LTS Tuition Singapore now if you are in Singapore and want to know more about french language learning.

10 Secret Things You Didn’t Know About Learning French

Back then, I always thought that learning a second language was tough for me, and I thought that I would just give up eventually. But through the following secrets and tips, I end up being successful as a bilingual:

  1. french languageKNOW YOUR GOALS IN LEARNING THE LANGUAGE : Ask yourself this question: what do you want to do with your life that you desperately want to learn the French language? Do you want to work abroad? Is it required on your job, firm or profession to speak in French? Is it required for your college course to speak French (e.g. for tourism students)? Do you want to travel abroad and mingle with natives? Or are you just looking for some challenge and want to make yourself more competitive with languages?

  1. GET HELP FROM SOMEONE ELSE : It could be your sibling, your special someone, your husband or wife, your best friend, or someone in the same French class as you. As long as you two stick to a goal in your language learning adventure, you two will be successful.

  1. DO SOME SELF TALKING : Just as we learn to talk to ourselves with internal dialogues in our native language or English, we can do the same thing in French or any language that we want to learn. It helps boost up confidence in yourself.

  1. DON’T ALWAYS GO BY THE BOOK : Keep talking to people rather than just sticking your nose into textbooks. Keep learning new words and use them for daily conversations.

  1. ENJOY LEARNING THE LANGUAGE : Remember that being a bilingual is good fun, especially that you get to enjoy the best of both worlds, or rather, two languages and cultures. You can experiment with the language and be more creative, such as writing poems, stories, songs or anything else on your mind. You can do these activities with your partner as well.

  1. LEARN LIKE A CHILD DOES : Learning a native language starts from childhood and is a natural process. In the same way, we should also try to learn a new language just like how we learned our original one – through the process of repetition and hearing the same words over and over again. Age doesn’t matter when it comes to learning. All you need to do is to stay determined and keep practicing and surrounding yourself with French language words.

  1. STEP OUT OF THE BOX : Do not be afraid to make mistakes! It comes natural, and it will show you that you are brave enough to correct your mistakes to improve further your skills in French. You can try to talk to other people whom you know are speaking the language or go as far as immersing yourself in a French community.
  2. LISTEN BEFORE YOU SPEAK : All languages start out with listening to words over and over again until our ears get used to such a language. If we hear nothing else but that language, we will train our brains to speak that precise language.

  1. OBSERVE NATIVE SPEAKERS : Because French is heavy with the pronunciation rules, you have to do some observation of native speakers. You can do this by watching TV shows and movies in French and watching actors move their mouths and give gestures.

  1. IMMERSE YOURSELF : Learning a language is more than just the method – it is about completely diving into the language and getting used to it so you can familiarize yourself even more. To be bilingual has so many benefits, and if you ever succeed, you will feel more self-worth.

Group events? We make it worth your while!

Organizing the perfect party will no longer give you sleepless nights and daytime headaches. There are now several entertainment event organizers that specialize in turning your event the best. These professionals have unmatched knowledge on how to coordinate and organize every detail of the event, so it runs entirely consistent and coherent to your desires and expectations. They will make your event unforgettable and unmatched.

group eventAny organizer should be able to provide creative ideas that will make your evening party satisfying for you and your guests. This does not only include the main event but also consider the happenings prior to dinner time. You do not want your guests leaving the venue early, walking out in the middle of the dinner program or ending the night with unfavorable judgment.

Whatever your reasons for holding an event, it should always be a one-of-a-kind celebration, This is where event organization comes in to offer an extremely pleasant and memorable night.

Here are some creative ideas that you can use in your event planning.

  • Provide Entertainment with Murder Mystery Games

Entertained your guests with this favorite party game while the night is still young. You can engage the participation of all your guests as they hunt and investigate who among the party goers is the real criminal. This is an excellent way of involving your guests to your event.

  • Spice Up Your Event with Hired Entertainers

You can add unique, live touches by hiring entertainers for your event function. This is one way of surprising your guests when they see the lookalike of Channing Tatum and Miley Cyrus or be serenaded by singing waiters. You can also try having fire performers, stand-up comedians, dancers, and caricaturists.

  • Revive Your Party with Wine Tasting Game

Provide your guest with a great wine experience through a wine tasting game. You can let out their excitement in tasting several varieties of wines –dry wines, dry reds, sweet wines, and a lot more.

  • Heat Up the Night with Cocktails

This is an excellent team building activity as you entertained your guests to bottle drinks or cocktail shakers that are juggled or thrown up in the air. More so, experienced bartenders can teach your guests cocktail mixing with a unique taste.

  • Be Entertained with Crazy Waiters

Let your guests witness some crazy stuff that your waiters do while serving them with savory dishes. They will undoubtedly be surprised by how these waiters add entertainment to the night.

  • Add Themes to Your Evenings

Think of a party theme that will stimulate your guests excitement. You can have superhero themes, Cosplay themes, or any marvelous theming option that they will never forget. Of course, themes attract photo shoots from your guests so they can have a remembrance of the night’s happenings.

There are several creative ideas that will make your event a perfect one. Let your imagination work and do some research about how you want your game to go. In this way, you would be able to lay clearly down ideas for the organizers to know where they should focus and start according to your particular needs.

Chinese school alumni event @ our Brasserie

Organizing an alumni meet for Chinese language classmates from Yi Mandarin can be a great fun.

A lot of excitement surrounds class reunions. You get the chance of meeting classmates whom you may not have talked to for quite some time since they had shifted out of their old localities to other cities, counties or states. Some of them may have left the country after their graduation.


Here are a few tips…

  • Deciding where to start

You begin by finding your former classmates with whom you have been out of touch for quite some time by using the following ideas for help to plan a get-together.

  • Get somebody to look for a venue that has enough space to accommodate everybody without causing any worry later about the list of invitees.
  • Making a plan on how to entertain the guests with games, music, etc.
  • Creating tags with the names of your guests to ensure that they can be recognized by others if their appearance has changed over the years.
  • Planning a menu for a wide variety of dishes to accommodate the different requirements that the guests can have including gluten-free food and food for diabetics. Everybody should have something nice to choose from.
  • Decoration ideas

Decoration pieces can consist of balloons, banners, streamers, posters, etc. including decoration for the tables. The chosen theme can be the year of your graduation.

  • Locating the venue

Selecting the correct location is crucial as…

  • You may have friends arriving from long distances that will need hotel accommodation near to the venue.
  • The venue has to be big enough to hold all the guests especially if your class was big, and you have been able to invite all. They may bring their spouses, partners and children with them which will need a venue that can comfortably accommodate.
  • Cost of event

Part of the cost will depend on the selection of the site. You do not want people to shy away from the event because of the cost, and you will have to look around for a place that is not too pricey.

  • Venue

Try to plan the event days or month’s in advance. You have to give enough time to your classmates who live far away to plan their visit. Some of them may have to take vacations, or may have to start saving money for the trip. Make a list of all invitees with their e-mails provided they agree to it and circulate it. Add to the list the classmates you could not locate and ask others whether they can contact them.

  • Approaching the guests

You can use social networking sites like Facebook to let your classmates know about the upcoming event and ask them to help you locate, other people who have dropped out of sight. You can even set up a forum or a website to start the process and ask for more ideas that can make the reunion eventful.

  • Retaining memories of event

Hire the services of a photographer to take the pictures of all the guests who attend the reunion. You can save some money by asking photography students in your community to do the job if they want to earn some money for it. You will be helping the student with the money you pay for the job as well as get excellent photographs.

  • Receiving the guests

Lay out the red carpet and give your guests a warm welcome with the photographs being taken as they enter the venue.

By following these ideas, you can make the reunion an event that everybody will love and cherish in their memories for a long time to come.

Tea Time Talk by David & Partners – Financing your Australian Property Investment

Investing in property is one of the more popular choices of Australians and other investors from all over the world. However, in order to gain the most out of the investment, it is critical to match it with a mortgage solution. According to David Docking, Managing partner at David & Partners, the best solution would be to ensure a competitive rate on the loan with loan features that are suitable to a particular situation. It is important to explore all lending policies and procedures to be updated by any last minutes changes made by banks.

David will be at Dempsey Brasserie for a tea time talk on Wednesday, 18th March, 3pm to share his insights.

home-366927_640Options available for Australian property investors

Standard variable rate – offers a competitive rate including flexible features applicable to your changing needs. An obligation-free conditional pre-approval can be provided so that you can start looking at properties. This option is what you will likely go for after completing an introductory fixed, tracker or discounted deal because your mortgage payments can go up or down according to the movements of interest rates. The rate you will pay for the SVR mortgage will be determined by the mortgage lender so that if the interest rate increases by 1%, the lender can choose not to increase the SVR or they could increase the SVR by an amount less than 1%, exactly 1% or more than 1%.

Fixed rate mortgage – it can be hard to predict whether interest rates will go or down in the future but fixed mortgage rates provide you the peace of mind against such uncertainty. However, before making the decision on fixed mortgage rates, it makes sense to listen to opinions whether pro or con because their reasons are often justifiable and based on statistics and economic trends. You certainly do not want to end up paying more for a property if the interest rates should suddenly fall down.

Combination loans or part fixed and variable – means gaining the advantages of both worlds. It sounds too good to be true but this type of mortgage is aimed to provide borrowers with security during an unpredictable climate. If the borrower obtains a loan on a variable rate, once it increases, it can be switched to a fixed rate and back to the variable rate if interest rates drop. While this option provides a measure of security for the borrower, it is not suitable for all borrowers.

Interest only mortgage – the payment that the borrower is required to pay consists only of the interest for a specified period of 5 or 10 years. The borrower has the option to pay more for the interest but the principal remains unchanged. This option is ideal for borrowers with fluctuating incomes so that they make substantial payments to the principal when they have the money.

David & Partners can help you compare different loans and interest rates to help you work out the best arrangements. There is always a change that there is a superior option available that can significantly provide you savings and tax benefits in your Australian property investment. There are many options for property investors in Australia and the best fit will depend upon a particular strategy and investment situation.

The Philosophy behind our Menu

Many consumers nowadays are attracted by restaurants that advertise organic and healthy menus but it is different from the philosophy of serving healthy food that is attractive and delicious at the same time. Every since we opened our restaurant, we have been passionate about our philosophy of providing our customers with meals that they will never forget – menus that are so memorable and unique.

Understanding the Singaporean consumer has helped us build out philosophy. When people eat, they want to make human connections at restaurants and it is very significant to have friendly staff that will make customer service very valuable. The right combination of good food and impeccable service is what makes a restaurant tick. A happy and satisfied customer will eventually become an important source of recommendation. Even with today’s digital generation, word of mouth still prevails.


Most of the best restaurants in Singapore can be found in Dempsey because of the peaceful environment that is not too far from the hustle and bustle of the city. Dempsey restaurants are the best place for a Sunday brunch or a romantic, affordable dinner. Every restaurant has an owner that has unique ideas and philosophies that are reflected in their menus. Food is generous, fresh and uncomplicated with toned-down renditions for children guests. Seafood is a favorite in Singapore but in case you belong to the minority and prefer something else there is always roasted chicken and a wide range of stir-fry noodles with matching salad made from freshly picked vegetables.

It is not actually difficult to provide customers with the nourishment they seek. With a good chef, there will always be delicious and healthy choices. However, it does not mean that you will not enjoy exotic and unique menus because restaurants in Dempsey also serve the latest fusion dishes. Most of the fusion dishes are a combination of the traditional delicacies of different regions in Southeast Asia. Traditional Chinese noodles will have a different taste if combined with the sweet and spicy sauce that Southeast Asia is known for.

There are many success stories in Singapore that is why the nation is considered as the food capital of Asia. Many entrepreneurs are eyeing the restaurant business because they know that there is never a dearth of customers who want to enjoy a different culinary experience. While starting a food business in Singapore can be relatively expensive, the government is providing grants to encourage the industry. However, starting a restaurant is not a guarantee of success since restaurateurs need a unique brand and a philosophy they must adhere to. It is also important to ensure that service staff is friendly and knows how to deal with people because customers never forget when they experience poor service. Simple gestures like smiling and saying thank you are not overlooked by most customers.

It is also important for the restaurant owner to be passionate about the business because the industry is not for profit alone. If the reason for putting up a restaurant is to gain the most profits from the endeavor, you are in a wrong business.

Fun-filled photo Friday with dmoment!

The highlight of any event is on the entertainment of its guests. Apart from the sumptuous food the guests look forward to a lot of dancing and merry making. They look forward to seeing their friends and or family who they have not seen for a long while. They look forward to catching up on all the major events that they had missed on.

At the end of the day how will one remember that event or the day’s celebrations?

In this day and age of endless selfies, some coming out well while some are just pure disastrous, one needs to find a good photographer who can take excellent photos. But hey aren’t we all tired with the whole “squeeze in together, now smile, you over there come in front here, etc.” there has to be a better way of forming memories and keeping them.

funThis is where photo booths came in…Oh, the inventor of this needs to be given some major award. Traditionally, photo booths are vending machines that contain an automated camera and film processor. It is a big cubicle with a camera taking snapshots on continuous mode. The booths can fit up to eight people, and they can be customized with backdrops to rhyme with the theme of the day. If it is a Halloween party, the booth will contain a lot of scary backgrounds and even extra costumes to make your moment there super duper.

D’MOMENT is taking the concept even further. They have staff taking images to liven up the atmosphere, and bring along a roving photographer who will mix with the crowd. We’re so glad to have them on board.

Kids have been known to enjoy themselves wherever. Be it by the roadside playing with some paddle of water, or in the house playing catch me if you can, or having fun in the bouncing castles. When it comes to adults, they are more reserved and cautious of their image. Thus, they will keep to themselves and just involve themselves in modest activities.

Inside the photo booth, the masks are put aside. Grandparents chuckle with their grandkids as they take one photo after another. Adults walk in and make hilarious faces without having some photographer ordering them on how to pose. The pictures capture every laughter, every good cheer, and it is as real as it gets. You can be yourself without minding who is watching. The whole group can take photos together without having to decide who takes the camera and who takes over so that the first person can come into the picture.

The photo booth excitement has now become something to look forward to at every event. The guest’s faces liven up at the sight of the booth as they look forward to the great moments they will have in it. The fact that they can get the pictures instantly is a plus, but some even forget about the images as they giggle their way out of the booth.

If you are yet to enjoy, the pleasure of a photo booth has no worry. There are so many other people who have not. At every function that we rent the booth, there is always some first-time Booth user who is left amazed by the fun they get experience inside then booth. This concept is now being witnessed in a couple of countries and the booths are now set up even at the malls where families that frequent there over the weekend can take awesome photos and make memories last a lifetime. So next time you step out after putting on that great pair of jeans, and you see a photo booth, don’t shy away. Just get in and have some great pictures taken.

Social Saturday: Speed Dating Dinner

Speed dating dinner is the best way for singles to mix and mingle. In 2013, a total of 485 singles created a new speed dating record for Singapore when they turned up for a Saturday night dinner and dance. The environment is totally comfortable because it typically held in a restaurant, a club or a bar. The general atmosphere is relaxed, safe and happy which encourages many singles to attend.

Why speed dating dinner is better than the traditional date

Swedish_cuisine-Midnight_supperA typical speed date is often held in a restaurant where tables are placed randomly and dinner served for the guests. After the sumptuous dinner, speed dating will take place. The singles usually start by chatting up the person next to them for a few minutes before moving on to meet another person. In a traditional date, you often count the minutes for dinner to be over so that you won’t get bored to death. In speed dating, you meet a wide variety of individuals and there is always a chance that someone will be interesting enough for a second date. You do not end up bored or disinterested because with the sound of the bell, you have to move on and meet the next person. It can be chaotic with everyone talking and gesturing but speed dating is one way to meet new friends as well as someone special that may eventually matter. However, even if you do not meet that special someone, speed dating is still very exciting and an entirely different experience. It is pretty obvious that you cannot judge a person in a few minutes but there are many ways to follow up with the person who caught your interest.

Speed dating with food

Speed dating is not all about meeting new friends, it also concerns food. Speed dating can transform a quiet evening at a restaurant into one of its busiest Saturday dinners. Chefs compete with themselves to create the best dishes that will lend justice to the lively and exciting event. Guests do not only gain a night of entertainment and fun because restaurants ensure that they are satisfied with the food. Since there is usually a registration process, the restaurant knows in advance how many singles are expected for Saturday night dinner. Chefs certainly want to serve the tastiest asparagus and freshest lettuce they can find in the market because there is always a likely chance for the singles to eventually become loyal customers after tasting the good food served. Food is very crucial during Saturday speed dating because organizers certainly want all their guests to be satisfied and happy. The presence of too many singles to mingle with can be pretty taxing and restaurants make certain that guests will not be hungry and tired.

Many feel that speed dating has more benefits than single bars where it seems that everybody is on a lookout to meet someone special. Speed dating is something that women in groups can go to where they are not pressured to select or reject. Participants have to wait for a day or two before they get results.

Our Latest Fusion Dish

In Singapore, Dempsey Hill is one of the hottest destinations for restaurants that serve fusion dishes. Fusion food is the combination of two cuisines from different regions in order to create an exciting food experience for people who want to enjoy generous, fresh and uncomplicated food. Fusion restaurants in Singapore typically offer a combination of dishes from two Southeast Asian countries that have become significantly popular due to their traditional ingredients.

Broaden your dining experience through fusion cuisine

Fusion food is the ideal choice if you want to enjoy a new excitement when dining out. Fusion food is not the usual cuisine that you order in restaurants because if offers your palette a pleasure you have never experienced before. The objective in fusion cuisine is to bring together the traditional dishes from two regions to satisfy a larger group of diners. An example of Asian fusion food is Stir Fried Water Spinach which is a combination of the Chinese style stir fry with the Malaysian green. Chefs have the choice to combine stir fry Chinese noodles and fresh salads that characterize Malaysian dishes. Other dishes have a more pronounced Thai flair and utilize the sweet hot dressing that is distinctly Southeast Asian. Fusion food is also the perfect choice for diners who prefer healthy food because they can have a pick from among the best ingredients that will fulfill their requirements.

The secret of fusion food

The secret of fusion food is not to use too many flavors and the combination must be absolutely delicious. Ingredients can be interwoven and interchanged but the traditional recipe should not be abused. It is alright to create more exciting combinations but it should still reflect on the homegrown delicacy. What the chef does at the fusion restaurants in Dempsey is to create a happy marriage between two cuisines. On the other hand, it does not mean that fusion food can only be created from the cuisines of Southeast Asia because chefs have the freedom to make something unique by combining the best ingredients for which a dish is known for. The all-time favorite Italian pizza can be topped with stir-fried chicken or pork with chili or basil or the Italian spaghetti can be given a different flavor with spicy salted fish or tuna. Different variations can be invented to ensure that the dish will be a gustatory delight.

Finding that perfect fusion restaurant in Dempsey

It is not that difficult to find the best restaurant that serves fusion food in Dempsey. You just need to ask where your friends usually hang out and you will know where the best fusion food is served. However, it does not mean that you cannot order the standard fare from fusion restaurants; they still offer traditional dishes for diners who prefer food they are familiar with. Fusion food is simply an alternative for diners who want a different thrill when dining out. If you are uncertain about fusion food, try it but be prepared since it is an entirely different experience.

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