Une fois que vous avez eu un contacte avec une famille américaine vous allez devoir vous préparer à un appel téléphonique ou Skype de leur part. Nous avons crée une liste de vocabulaire et d’expressions utiles pour vous aider à être plus à l’aise.
Vous pouvez choisir les expressions qui vous conviennent le mieux. Nous avons enregistré pour vous des expressions et un exemple d’une conversation avec une famille pour que vous sachiez comment prononcer ces expressions.
Exemple de conversation avec une famille américaine
Au Pair: Hello, am I speaking to Ms. Riddell
Host family: yes speaking. Who may I be speaking to?
Au Pair: My name is Dominique and I am calling from the ‘Au Pair in America’ programme in Montpellier in France. Is this a good time to speak?
Host family: Yes, of course. What can I do for you?
Au Pair: I am interested in becoming an Au Pair for your family. May I ask you some questions?
Host family: Yes. What would you like to know?
Au Pair: First of all I would like to find out a little bit about the experience of becoming an au pair. Has the family ever had an au pair before?
Host Family: Yes, we have had several au pairs before with which we have had a very positive experience. Is this the first time that you will work as an au pair?
Au Pair: Yes, this will be the first time working as an au pair. I am very excited to start work as I enjoy working with children a lot and I have much experience in this field. I have worked with several families in France and I have also worked in a school, where I assisted with children’s homework. When you look for an au pair, what are the first things you look for in a profile?
Host family: Generally, we look for friendly, open and enthusiastic au pairs who are willing to work in a new environment and who enjoy working with children.
Au Pair: That is exactly what I am looking for. I consider myself to be a very determined person and I am looking to work with children in the future. I have seen you have three children. What are the names of your children?
Host family: Their names are Kelsie, Emily and Charlotte
Au Pair: Lovely, three girls. What do they like to do? What are their hobbies?
Host family: Kelsie loves to cheerlead, whilst Emily likes to dance. Charlotte on the other hand is into sport. She plays baseball.
Au Pair: I have always wanted to play baseball. I enjoy playing sports and I actually dance too. What are their favourite subjects at school?
Host family: Well, Kelsie loves drama. Kelsie would like to be an actress when she is older. Emily is very good at French and Charlotte likes maths. They like a variety of things.
Au Pair: Emily likes French? How long has she be learning French for? I could help her with her homework.
Host family: That would be great. She has been learning French for 2 years now. How long have you been learning English?
Au Pair: I learnt English at school and have just completed my BAC, which is the equivalent to SATS in the USA. I would like to improve my English skills whilst I am out in the USA. Do the children have any allergies or medical conditions that I need to know about?
Host family: Yes, Charlotte is allergic to aspirin. This means she must not take any aspirin.
Au Pair: Of course. I will make sure of that and take this into account. Tell me about your family. How many members are there in the family?
Host family: We are 6 altogether. The three girls, myself, my husband and Dennis, the dog. Do you like dogs?
Au Pair: I love dogs. I have three at home. It is my job at home to take the dog out on a walk. Would you like me to take the dog out on a walk too?
Host family: That is very kind of you. The girls like going on walks with Dennis.
Au Pair: When do you usually eat dinner? I can cook and I am happy to help out in the cooking. I have some very good French recipes.
Host family: That is great. After school the girls get very hungry, so it would be great if you could do some cooking then?
Au pair: Yes, I would love to. I am happy to help you out where I can. I could also take the children to a playground or a park. Are there any nearby?
Host family: Yes, there is one just nearby. It takes about 10 minutes by car. Do you feel confident driving in USA?
Au Pair: Yes, I have an international driving licence and have many years of experience. What is your neighbourhood like?
Host family: It is very friendly. The neighbours have lots of children with whom the girls play with. There are lots of shops and a supermarket nearby.
Au Pair: Excellent, so I can always pop to the supermarket if you are in need of anything. I would like to thank you for your time. This information has been very useful to me. Is there anything you would like to ask me?
Host family: Yes, there is just one thing. Have you worked in any other countries before?
Au pair: Unfortunately I have not yet. However, I am excited to start work in the USA.
Host family: How will you be able to adapt to a new culture so quickly?
Au Pair: I am very confident that I will be able to adapt to the USA quickly. I have travelled a lot around Europe without my family and I have worked with many people from different countries and cultures. That’s why I think I will be able to fit in quickly in your family in the USA.
Host family: That’s great. It has been lovely talking to you.
Au Pair: Likewise. I have enjoyed speaking to you. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me. My phone number is: 0033…. I am looking forward to hearing from you soon. Have a lovely day. Good bye