Freeze moment in French? : breathe!

breathing technique to manage stress to speak French

Have you ever experienced a freeze moment in French?

How to deal with a freeze moment in French?


Imagine you’re talking in French and suddenly you’re in a complete blank :  that’s a freeze moment.

😶Blank space.
😶Nothing going on.


Well, when I say “nothing is going on”, it’s incorrect because you feel a whole bunch of unpleasant physical sensations.

Your body and your brain are alert but the words don’t come out.





One way to deal with this freeze moment in French is to focus on your breathing.

This is the simplest and most effective technique we all have with us.


⚪Take a deep breath.
⚪Inhale (through your nose) for 5 seconds and exhale (through your mouth) for 5 seconds. Do this for 2 or 3 minutes.


By slowing down your breathing and focusing on each inhalation and exhalation, you can help to regulate your heart rate and reduce the physical sensations of stress and anxiety.

Taking a deep breath can help to calm your body and mind, allowing you to regain your focus and find the words you need.

Breathing has been shown to have a significant impact on our emotional state, and it can be a powerful tool in managing stress and anxiety.


Scientific resources that demonstrate the instant effectiveness of breathing in managing emotions.


Got 2 minutes? Watch this video:
About Heart coherence:

Got 35 minutes? Watch the beginning of this video:
Tools for Managing Stress & Anxiety:


And… what’s next?

If you want to do something long-term, it’s important to understand what’s going on in your brain and body at those times.

I suggest you read my article How to overcome your fear of speaking French which gives you some food for thought and practice on your fears.

Feeling alone in this ? 

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