Hi everyone, it’s Jo and happy French Friday. I’m going to tell you why I speak French, and how it changed my life Because there’s a huge story here and I’m going to try to tell you all of it in French today, let’s go! My story with French started before I was born and maybe you’re asking yourself, why? First thing: I’m not French, I was born in Brazil Everyone in my family is Brazilian My dad, his name is Pierre Franco Like, Francophone, that means someone who speaks French Pierre, that’s an obvious French name He’s not French at all! And his family isn’t French And so, why is his name Pierre Franco? I have no idea. With my mom, it was also bizarre My mom is 100% Brazilian But my mom, her name is Denise she studied French her whole life She studied in “L’Alliance Française” in Brazil and then she started working for La Societe Generale (a French bank). Why? No idea Because no one in the family spoke French So since she was young, she really wanted to speak French Her dream was to study in Paris Between Paris and my Dad, guess what she chose? My daddddd. She got married instead of creating a life in Paris, in France She never went to Paris Well, it was fast, they got married and had three kids I was the youngest of the three When I was five years old, my mom moved us to Bethel, Connecticut in the USA So that was a huge change in my life I started speaking English, because my native language was Portuguese Then, when I began speaking English, I thought “I’m never going to be 100% Brazilian, I’m not going to be 100% American And so, here in the USA when I was 12 I could choose to study either Spanish, or French And all the students told me “Jo, you already speak Portuguese so you should choose Spanish because it’ll be so easy!” Portuguese and Spanish are pretty similar and for me, it wasn’t fair to choose something JUST because it was easier So at 12, I started studying French in school I hated studying French in school it wasn’t for me I prefer just figuring out the language, instead of knowing if its é or è I know that it’s important, but it’s just to tell you that in school, I wasn’t the best student The exams, and tests, and all that I was awful At this time, all the other students stopped learning French because the teachers weren’t good I advise you to not stop studying something just because the teacher is bad, because it’s a little sad I did the same thing with music because I played the saxophone and the violin and then I stopped because I didn’t like the teachers In high school, there was another teacher and all the other students didn’t like him because he was really, very, extremely, strict Not cool. But, he loved me why? Because he knew I loved speaking and the other students didn’t I don’t know if it was easier for me to learn French when I was 12 because my mom used to speak to me as a baby in French Or if it was something in the spirit of my parents In the classroom, my French name was “Cécile” And like, every question it was “Cécile, the answer?” When I was 17 years old, I decided to start learning Italian also because I really loved languages And in my opinion, if I could speak Portuguese, learn English, and French, Italian should be easy Then it was time to go to University and I thought, ok Connecticut, there’s nothing for me here. New York City is only two hours away on the train I wanted to be an international business woman while speaking French so I chose to go to a school in the city and I didn’t have any friends so I added myself to the “incoming Freshmen” facebook group of students who wanted to speak to other perspective students of the University and it was thereeeee where my life changed people. I wrote on the Facebook group Who responded to me? It’s thanks to the French language that Damon and I met So we started speaking on Facebook before going to University just so we’d have a friend at school (when we got there) Because we both had a passion for the French language we both did an exchange to go to Paris, France at the same time He did a year, I did a semester. But it was dumb, because due to the fact I studied business at an American university (in the USA) they told me that I couldn’t study in French in Paris So I needed to study at an American University in Paris. DUMB. So all my classes were in English even while I was in Paris and I lived with a French homestay family and it was with them that I learned the most French So I studied abroad for four months in 2012. That’s where we started the channel And after the exchanged, my life changed. It’s always like that. When we started filming little videos I started thinking, “why work for someone else?” I told myself, “maybe these videos are a career” Maybe we can create a new option of content showing young people who want to learn languages who want to travel. And so, Shut Up and Go was born! That changed my life I don’t need to speak French but I love the language and like this, I can practice with you. And now, if you can leave a comment below of something that’s changed your life. And we’ll see each other next time! When I told my mom that I wanted to study in Paris as a 17/18 year old all alone, with a French family that I had no idea You know what she said? “Joanna, you can go there, but under one condition. I’m going with you for a week it was always my dream to go to Paris” And that was how my mom finally got to live her dream to go to Paris with ME! it was really cute!


100 Responses

  1. Luis Ort

    January 13, 2020 4:17 am

    I would like to learn French, I understand and speak a little bit English, I need to practice, I'm from Dominican republic.

  2. Cloudipy

    January 13, 2020 10:19 am

    J'ai une question🙋
    Tu dis que ton professeur de français t'appelais Cécile en classe mais est-ce que tu penses que c'était une bonne chose ?
    Je suis française et je suis étudiante de FLE (français langue étrangère) pour devenir prof de français à l'étranger (dans un lycée où à l'Alliance Française) et on a étudié le fait que beaucoup de prof de langue ont l'habitude de donner des noms stéréotypé à leurs élèves mais je sais pas si c'est bien.
    Certains prof pensent que c'est bien pour l'immersion et disent que c'est les élèves qui veulent, mais d'autres profs pensent que ça enseigne que intégration = effacement de l'dentité. Et qu'en plus ça véhicule l'idée que tous les Français ont un nom traditionnellement français ce qui est faux.
    Mais je pense que c'est important d'avoir l'opinion des étudiants de français, alors je voudrais savoir ce que tu en penses😊

  3. Pedro Eduardo

    January 14, 2020 5:45 pm

    oh là là ! moi, je suis brésilien et j’étudie le français aussi. je trouve ta prononciation très belle ! une vraie inspiration !

  4. Music is my life

    January 17, 2020 7:58 pm

    I learn french in school since nearly 4 years now. I can understand the language pretty well. But I can't speak it

  5. Laurine Vlog-gaming

    January 17, 2020 11:45 pm

    Cc stp tu pourrai m aider à améliorer mon Anglais stp si sa te dérange pas 🥺sinon je t adore 🥰

  6. 리라 • lila

    January 18, 2020 11:59 am

    Je parle français de base et je trouve ça très compliqué même si je le parle depuis toujours. Je respecte vraiment toutes les personnes qui apprennent le français mais genre… Vraiment.

  7. Wiss Øk

    January 19, 2020 1:39 am

    C'est bizarre le fait qu'il ya certaines personnes qui pensent que je suis française alors que j'ai juste appris le français à l'école ;-;

  8. P Harris

    January 19, 2020 4:38 am

    Very similar story. My name is French, my mom always had an affinity for French and maybe taught me like 10 words when I was a kid. And years later when they offered it in school, I took to it like it was my birthright! Lol. I feel like I was genetically programmed to speak French.

  9. Serge Petiteau

    January 22, 2020 7:52 pm

    Trop mignon. Je suis toujours étonné par les personnes qui kiffent le français. Comme si c'était la meilleure des langues du monde alors que quand tu es français on te dis ouais bon c'est parlé que dans quelques pays alors que l'anglais c'est parlé partout. Donc le français bof. Oups.

  10. trinity the trombone

    January 25, 2020 10:24 pm

    Took an online French course sophomore year of HS because I was genuinely curious and wanted to learn French. It sucked. Killed my drive to learn French or any other language at all. Switched into a French class at my HS as a senior, my tune CHANGED. I am having so much fun learning French with an actual, experienced teacher.

  11. yorex-VM

    January 28, 2020 10:03 pm

    I don't know what you need to learn in class.
    But in reality, even the French don't care if it's "è" or "é"

  12. Noor Bjurstrom

    January 28, 2020 11:07 pm

    Le truc qui a changé ma vie ? L'échange que j'ai fait en Allemagne, puis la rencontre avec mes ami.e.s Norvégien.ne.s dans mon nouveau lycée

  13. Etunlatélé

    January 29, 2020 12:50 pm

    2:32 gé té "nouuuuullle" Mdrrr, Wlh je sais pas comment vous faites pour apprendre le Français…. ._.

  14. hannah

    January 31, 2020 4:25 pm

    Wow I remember watching this ages ago and I needed to use the subtitles but now I can watch it without. I never thought that I improved but I actually have wow

  15. MrViolero

    January 31, 2020 10:12 pm

    Não estudou espanhol porque "é fácil"??????…é tão "fácil" que niguém estuda, e no final ninguém aprende!! Todo mundo tem a péssima costume de escrever no curriculum vitae "Espanhol fluente" …mas na hora da entrevista faço eles pagarem o maior mico, pois falam porra nenhuma !!

  16. khadija top chanel

    February 1, 2020 4:36 pm

    المرجو الاشتراك بالقناة فضلا وليس امرا فهناك الجديدhttps://youtu.be/17fJCmK6_98

  17. Fadoua فدوة Star officielle

    February 3, 2020 5:58 pm

    Une nouvelle fille intéressante se que vous faites dans votre chêne 🙏 super ❤👍🌹

  18. Arthur Lion

    February 4, 2020 5:01 am

    I've just spent 30 minutes on a 7 minute video going back and forth to try and understand bits and pieces of what you were saying and I feel so good to have understood almost everything (although with the help of google translate e the subtitles). Je suis essayant de aprendre français e vos videos m'aident beaucoup. Valeu Jo !

  19. Katehealy Xoxo

    February 4, 2020 2:11 pm

    Nous nous remsemblons car je veux étudier le français à l'université et j'adore parler la langue avec les autres. Ça changerai ma vie beaucoup j'espère❤💙

  20. Ivan Ortega

    February 4, 2020 4:11 pm

    Well since spanish, French and Portuguese come from Latin there is no real difficulty in learning one with respect to the other one.

  21. David

    February 5, 2020 8:45 pm

    Eu falo portugues e français ces deux langues sont sont mes langues materneles et paterneles and I like to talk English und Deutsch 😂👌

  22. loveness Isojick

    February 6, 2020 8:42 pm

    Je suis l'un de ceux qui apprennent le français seul en non français, tout est possible si vous l'aimez .J'aime français j'apprécie.

  23. lil meow meow's

    February 6, 2020 10:37 pm

    c'est super cool! je suis brésilienne aussi mais je suis née au Sénégal donc ma première langue c'est le français et ma langue maternelle c'est le portugais..ton accent est super mignon you literally sound like my mom kskxk

  24. polya_polli slime

    February 7, 2020 3:00 pm

    Учу французский 8 лет и поняла из всего видео Франце

  25. Regis Douniama

    February 9, 2020 8:22 pm

    Oui tu parle bien Francais j'avoue.
    Bon a pas les faire de phrase vite fait sa va tu parle mieux francais, que moi portugais lol pourtant je parle vite fait

  26. user 4567

    February 10, 2020 3:11 pm

    J'aime beaucoup les langues et les gens qui comprennent l'importance d'en parler plusieurs. Moi-même parlant 4 langues. Ton accent est très bon.
    Bonne continuation 🙂

  27. ellie

    February 12, 2020 11:54 am

    i’m trying to learn french, i’m very interested in the language and really want to be able to learn it! if anyone can help me in any way i would really appreciate it!

    merci beaucoup 🥰

  28. VLÀDÄ

    February 13, 2020 6:16 pm

    Je parle en russe,et je suis dans Moldova,je suis 5 classè,et j'étudie français 5 ans. Je trouve c'est bien!!

  29. LaKeisha Perkins

    February 16, 2020 4:22 am

    My goodness! Saw the whole video and I’ll say one thing: I STILL want SO badly to know why she speaks French and how it changed her life!! 😂 Just started learning French a month ago…and only understood a little🤷🏾‍♀️

  30. Cindy Gomez

    February 19, 2020 5:01 am

    It’s funny because I only understood what mere, pere, avec, parler, American, ou, and the basics. I wish I could know how to speak French.

  31. kamal shoop

    February 19, 2020 7:50 pm

    Bonjour merci beaucoup pour cette vidéo.
    Techniques et stratégies pour générer un revenu en postant des vidéos de Youtube
    je me permet de la poster ici car elle aide des milliers de personne au quotidien
    Merci et à bientôt sur d'autre articles

  32. Chen LI

    February 21, 2020 6:49 am

    I am learning french recently and I found your video very inspiring!! And I like your french! It's clear and fluent!

  33. 45 13

    February 24, 2020 8:02 pm

    Je suis autrichienne et j'ai le cours français dans mon école. Mais j' apprends français, depuis six mois. C'est pourquoi je ne peux pas comprendre te. 😅

    (I have to apologize for my mistakes I might have made.)

  34. Trung Hiền Lưu

    February 25, 2020 7:57 am

    Je suis vietnamien et maintenant je concentre en communication. J'adore ton accent et je souhaite seulement que je peux parler bien comme toi 😙 respect!!!

  35. صفاء حياة

    February 25, 2020 2:27 pm

    Salut tout le monde, svp pourriez vous m'aider, j'avais une chaîne youtube, je l'avais créer parce que je voulais bien faire quelque chose de nouveau, qui nous aide à s'améliorer et se développer, aujourd'hui malheureusement mon mari a perdu son boulot, et c'est très difficile de trouver un emploi au Maroc, pour cette raison je me dis je dois faire tous ce que je peux pour que ma chaîné soit validée, et avoir par la suite un revenu qui nous permet de payer nos charges, traites de la maison les crédits…. je serai besoin que vous regardez mes vidéos , svp vous allez trouver des videos d'une durée d'une heure ou plus, ouvrir la video et juste laisser passer toute seule, comme ça je peux atteindre les 4000 heures.

    je suis désolée d'être obliger d'écrire ce msg, de vous déranger, mais j'avais pas autre chois, je dois aider mon mari, pleaaaaase sauver nous svp

  36. kamal shoop

    February 28, 2020 12:20 am

    Bonjour merci beaucoup pour cette vidéo
    50000 visiteurs Français réels sur votre site internet.
    je me permet de la poster ici car elle aide des milliers de personne au quotidien
    Merci et à bientôt sur d'autre articles

  37. Bruno Wener

    March 2, 2020 2:47 pm

    Sério quando bati o olho e comecei a escutar na mesma hora já pensei essa mina é brasileira! Sério brasileiro falando francês é quase tudo igual! Félicitations vous parlez le français super, donc j'espère que un jour j'arrive comme vous parler français!

  38. Mar Rose

    March 2, 2020 6:08 pm

    I'm a native Spanish speaker, I just watched this video with the subs in English and could recognise a few words you were saying in French !

  39. Livvie Teale

    March 5, 2020 7:56 pm

    Bonjour, je suis anglais mais je parle un peut française. Tout mes vacances, je vais en France. Et j’adore la convivialité!! Rien de personnes en anglais compris! I am only 15 lol but I’m trying so hard to become
    Fluent!! And I am going to make it happen!! Je promets. Merci pour ce vidéo. C’est très motivante xx

  40. Le M

    March 7, 2020 6:38 pm

    It’s been over a week since I started learning and studying French through podcasts, reading and writing and I’m surprised that I understood a few words to know what you’re saying haha

  41. Adam the sniper

    March 8, 2020 12:47 pm

    I am surprised that not much comments is using french. Very different from the German channels😂😂


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