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!


  1. My mom spoke to me in french as a baby… I cannot speak french but I understood everything you said. Language is cool!

  2. Ну, прононс-то у мамзели так-се – фейковый прононс, если уж до конца быть честным. А вот кучеряшечки знатные! Ж'адор! :))

  3. Tres bien Madame Jo, tu parlez Francaise tellement bien. Le Francaise langue est le belle langue dans le monde pour moi. C'est vrai ! Je suis Australienne et Americaine. Je suis une Francophone aussi. Magnifique !

  4. I'm working on understanding French and thank you so much for this vid cause it's helping me understand basic stuff 🙂

  5. Hello french people

    I’m a danish student trying to learn French. Would any of you mind to just look through my assignment? I really need help

    Pendant mes loisirs je fais beaucoup de différentes activités. Mais évidemment c’est différemment combien du temps je passe sur les activités. Par exemple je joue de la guitare plus qu’aucune autre chose. Je joue facilement de la guitare deux ou trois heures par jour. J’ai joué depuis l’âge de huit ans et maintenant je joue à la maison. J’aime la guitare parce que quand je joue, je penser à autre chose que l’école et ça me relaxe. J’écoute aussi souvent de la musique. Mon genre préféré est rock des années soixante-dix et quatre-vingts. J’aime bien un groupe de rock qui s’appelle Pink Floyd. Quand je suis libre, je fais mes devoirs. Je fais environ deux heures de devoirs par jour, mais c’est peut varie. Je souvent cherche de l’information pour mes devoirs sur mon ordinateur portable, mais j’utilise aussi mon ordinateur pour autre chose. Pour regarde des films ou visite YouTube par exemple. J’aime aussi faire du sport pendant mes loisirs. De temps en temps, je joue au basket dans mon entrée charretière et je fais du fitness le soir dans ma chambre. Mais je n’ai jamais été membre d’un club sportif.

  6. I have been learning French for 2 years now. It’s been pretty hard to learn. I’m in a French 2 class and we’re learning passé compose and l’imparfait. I’m so confused about itt

  7. J‘ai regardé ce video pour tester si je pouvais encore comprendre le francais et voilà, bien que il a été 6 ans puisque j‘ai quitté le lyceé, je peux comprendre le video.

  8. Ok so I came here to see how I can’t improve my trash French and …. found out that I watched the whole video without subtitles and understood it…what am I missing here 🤔

  9. Quem sabe um dia volto a estudar francês. Atualmente estudo inglês e espanhol, e ainda quero aprender a falar italiano. Adorei esse vídeo seu.

  10. Amei Jo, to fazendo intercâmbio nos EUA e estudando francês, pois quero muito aprender e ficar fluente em francês

  11. Hi Damon Dominique (Damon) and Joanna Franco (Jo)! I started to learning French. I am studying interpretership at University Kafkas. I really liked your accents. Can you tell me which accent is it? Paris, South accent etc.

  12. j’adore cette vidéo!! j’ai treize ans et j’etudie francais à l’ècole- dans le futur, je voudrias parler fancais comme tu! xx

  13. amada??? to estudando francês e de alguma forma entendi tudo oq vc falou nesse video ISSO NUCA ACONTECEU ANTES faça mais videos em francês pfv 😔😔🙏🙏❤❤❤

  14. Je parle francais depuis que j'etait au lycee mais dans les etats-unis, y a pas des francophones alors je l'ai perdue. C'est une language tres difficile parce que les francais sont trop critique aux accent.

  15. I watched this video in winter/spring 2019. I could understand that she went to a school, the pictures and the common words. Fast forward to October 2019, I’ve been in France for a month and a half and I UNDERSTOOD EVERYTHING BABYYY YESSS!

  16. Merveilleux commentaire et aussi une inspiration pour d'autres jeunes femmes ( et leur mamans!!) pour oser franchir le pas et tenter l'aventure !!
    Mon histoire perso !!. ( dans un autre contexte|). …..
    Osez allez ailleurs….Mon pays d'origine, la France, est un pays d'accueil. Je l'ai quitté, et je le regrette. ; Quand on est jeune, on se sait pas grand chose. , j'éspère que d'autre jeunes femmes y trouveront bonheur. C'est mon souhait.
    bien à vous. xxx

  17. Subscribe tooo my channellll i will subscribe to yours 🥰😇🙏🏻🌷🤲🤑🤗❤

  18. Mon français est horrible. Je apprend français à école de cinq ans mais je ne sais pas il ne veut pas travailler. Écouter ta vidéo est un bon exercices pour moi et je c'est n'a pas très difficile. J'espère tu reste comme tu es.

  19. je parle français et anglais! Je peux un peu français car je etait est ainsi je suis assez genial. que est a genial videò!

  20. Pouvez-vous choisir ma sœur pour commenter et soutenir ma chaîne, mais complétez les termes de YouTube aussi bien que vous et merci à tous ceux qui m'ont soutenu

  21. Tu es vraiment très mignonne
    C'est la première fois que vois tes vidéos, tu parle bien le français bravo , j'ai aimé ton histoire c'était intéressante et aussi j'ai remarqué que tu aimes les choses difficiles à faire , bravooo encore fois
    Et finalement je voudrais vous dire que je suis tombée amoureuse de vous hhh
    Bonne continuation

  22. I’m trying my hardest to interpret with one semester of French in high school and a few afternoons on Duolingo lolol

  23. Je suis une indiene et watching these videos aider moi parle better francais.

    Lol i know the whole thing isnt in French coz im still learning :))

  24. I am happy I watched this video like a year ago, and of course didn’t u de estand a thing, but today. I could comprehend absolutely everything…. So proud and happy of myself.

  25. Ça fait la première fois que j’ai regardé une vidéo française sans les sous-titres en comprenant chaque mot. Je suis tellement heureuse!

  26. Your French is so fluent, that is impressing surely. I’ve understood approximately 90% , though I would admit that it’s been kind of “unpleasing” for an ear , I mean, the way you speak is so “rude”, kind of, you know , not mild and smooth as French tends to be produced, at least around 20% of that “sweetness” are urgent , from my point of view. Hope you’ve got what I’m saying;)

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