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FYW 120 : Questions in French (Part 3): When the verb is made of several words

This episode is the third part of a series about asking questions in French. If you ever travel to France and engage in any interaction with a native French speaker, you’ll definitely need to ask them questions in French! In order to give you the confidence to do so, this episode will focus on getting the order of the sentence right when the verb is made of several words (I’ll talk about the compound tenses, the near future and the recent past). We’ll reuse what you’ve learnt in episode 111 of French Your Way Podcast to play around with the different structures to ask questions in French, so if you’re new to this podcast I recommend you first  listen to episode 111 (www.frenchyourway.com.au/podcast111 ) Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode When were you born? = tu es né quand? / Quand est-ce que tu es né ? / Quand es-tu né ? What did they decide? = Ils ont décidé quoi? / Qu’est-ce qu’ils ont décidé ? / Qu’ont-ils décidé ? Had she done this before ? = Elle avait déjà fait ça avant ? Est-ce qu’elle avait déjà fait ça avant ? / Avait-elle dejà fait ça avant ? Where are you going to go? = Tu vas aller où ? Où est-ce que tu vas aller? / Où vas-tu aller? What time is the movie going to finish? Le film va finir à quelle heure ? / à quelle heure est-ce que le film va finir ? / à quelle heure le film va-t-il finir ? He just left = Il vient de partir. Did he juste leave? = Il vient de partir ? / Est-ce qu’il vient de partir ? / Vient-il de partir ? LINKS and RESOURCES Episode 111 : Questions in French (Part 1): the 3 ways to ask a question Episode 115 : Questions in French (Part 2): The different translations of “what…?” Episode 61 :” Challenge – Can I Make You Love French Grammar?“: My article: “Can I Make You Love French Grammar?“ Thank You for Tuning In! There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, but you chose mine, and I’m grateful for that. If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons you see at the side or bottom of this page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally! Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live! The post FYW 120 : Questions in French (Part 3): When the verb is made of several words appeared first on French Your Way.

16mins

24 May 2017

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FYW 183 : Ceci, cela, ça, celui, etc: a guide about using the demonstrative pronouns and adjectives.

In this episode I’ll explain the difference between the demonstrative adjectives and demonstrative pronouns and will help you choose wisely among all these little words! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Ce soir, cet homme Cette fille Ces enfants C’est un chien. C’est qui? Qui est-ce? Ce (Ça, ceci, cela) doit être difficile! Ça va bien? Ça (ceci / cela) me fait plaisir. Je ne veux pas entendre ça (cela) J’ai vu l’homme; celui que la police recherche depuis 3 mois! Ma femme, c’est celle avec la robe bleue. Le contrôleur sanctionne tous ceux qui n’ont pas de billets. Tu as vu mes boucles d’oreilles ? Celles que je portais hier… Tu préfères quel livre? Celui-ci ou celui-là ? Je prendrais plutôt celle-ci. (= cette robe) LINKS and RESOURCES! Episode 79: Pronouns (Part 1): how to choose between “je” and “moi” – www.frenchyourway.com.au/podcast79 Thank You for Tuning In! There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, but you chose mine, and I’m grateful for that. If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons you see at the side or bottom of this page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally! Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live! The post FYW 183 : Ceci, cela, ça, celui, etc: a guide about using the demonstrative pronouns and adjectives. appeared first on French Your Way.

16mins

8 Aug 2018

Rank #2

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FYW 119 : “Là-dessus”, “juste dessus”

Ann would like me to explain how to use adverbs such as “là-dessus”, “là-devant”, etc. She also asked me about expressions like “juste devant”. This is a great opportunity for me to clarify the difference between prepositions and adverbs when we refer to a location and to help you with the structure of your sentence and translation. If like Ann, you’d like to submit your question to me by leaving a voice message, head to http://frenchyourway.com.au/contact ! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Le livre est sur la table = the book is on the table Le livre est dessus = The book is on it. Je ne trouve pas mon portefeuille dans mon sac. Je pensais l’avoir rangé dedans! = I can’t find my wallet in my bag but I thought I had put it in it! La table est sale; ne pose rien dessus. = The table is dirty, don’t put anything on it. La table est sale; ne pose rien là-dessus. = the table is dirty, don’t put anything on there. Il fait noir dans cette pièce! = it’s dark in this room! Il fait noir là-dedans! = It’s dark in there! Je ne trouve pas mes lunettes. = I can’t find my glasses. Regarde! Elles sont juste devant toi! = Look! They’re right in front of you! Stephen Spielberg s’est assis juste à côté de moi à la cérémonie des récompenses! = Stephen Spielberg sat right next to me at the award ceremony. LINKS and RESOURCES Leave me a message / submit your question: www.frenchyourway.com.au/contact Thank You for Tuning In! There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, but you chose mine, and I’m grateful for that. If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons you see at the side or bottom of this page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally! Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live! The post FYW 119 : “Là-dessus”, “juste dessus” appeared first on French Your Way.

9mins

17 May 2017

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FYW 190 : About “puis-je” in French

Podcast listener Megan wanted to know more about the origin of “puis-je”, a French form related to the verb “pouvoir”. I always love it when students are curious about what they learn, question, investigate the meaning and origin of words. So I’m more than happy to share these random facts about “puis-je” and hope that it will help you see the French language with a fresh perspective! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Je peux m’asseoir ici ? Est-ce que je peux m’asseoir ici ? Peux-je -> puis-je m’asseoir ici ? Pouvoir -> power Devoir -> due, duty Vouloir -> will LINKS and RESOURCES! Episode 111 : Questions in French (Part 1): the 3 ways to ask a question: frenchyourway.com.au/podcast111 Episode 115 : Questions in French (Part 2):  The different translations of “what…?” : www.frenchyourway.com.au/podcast115 Thank You for Tuning In! There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, but you chose mine, and I’m grateful for that. If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons you see at the side or bottom of this page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally! Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live! The post FYW 190 : About “puis-je” in French appeared first on French Your Way.

10mins

26 Sep 2018

Rank #4

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FYW 188 : The position of adverbs in French

Where are adverbs positioned in a French sentence? Before or after the verb? What about in compound tenses? In negative sentences? Listen to this episode to find out! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Le bébé dort bien / dort paisiblement Vous étudiez régulièrement, vous travaillez beaucoup Le bébé a bien dormi Le bébé a dormi paisiblement Vous avez étudié régulièrement (vous avez régulièrement étudié) Le bébé dort bien -> le bébé dort très bien / vraiment bien. Vous avez étudié régulièrement -> Vous avez étudié très/assez régulièrement C’est cher ! -> C’est trop cher ! Demain, j’arrête de fumer ! Vous pouvez sortir, maintenant. Thank You for Tuning In! There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, but you chose mine, and I’m grateful for that. If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons you see at the side or bottom of this page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally! Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live! The post FYW 188 : The position of adverbs in French appeared first on French Your Way.

11mins

12 Sep 2018

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FYW 198 : “J’ai été” or “j’étais”? Passé composé or imparfait?

In today’s episode I’m answering a question from Donovan: “Can you please give some examples of when to use j’étais versus j’ai été and when to use j’avais versus j’ai eu?  In English, we translate so many things as “was” or “had”, that it’s hard to understand the difference! I’ve tried to find material on this, but most of what I have found is not specific to avoir and être.” We’ll brush up the difference between the passé composé and imparfait tenses in French and I’ll illustrate with examples how sometimes the choice is only a difference of perspective. This episode also celebrates the launch of my new eBook: “How to choose the right mood and tense in French” (French Verbs Made Easy): www.frenchyourway.com.au/frenchtenses Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Quand j’étais petite, j’avais peur des loups. Quand j’étais petite, j’ai eu peur des loups (pendant de nombreuses années. Puis j’ai eu peur des ogres.) Son oncle a eu un accident de voiture. Heureusement, il avait sa ceinture de sécurité et n’a eu que quelques bleus. J’ai été étudiante à l’université d’Angers. J’étais étudiante à l’université d’Angers. Il est fatigué ce matin car il a été malade toute la nuit. Il n’est pas venu travailler hier car il était malade. LINKS and RESOURCES! Episode 47: Perfect or Imperfect ? (French verbs): frenchyourway.com.au/podcast47 my eBook: “How to choose the right mood and tense in French” (French Verbs Made Easy): frenchyourway.com.au/frenchtenses Thank You for Tuning In! There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, but you chose mine, and I’m grateful for that. If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons you see at the side or bottom of this page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally! Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live! The post FYW 198 : “J’ai été” or “j’étais”? Passé composé or imparfait? appeared first on French Your Way.

14mins

21 Nov 2018

Rank #6

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FYW 153 : French expressions using the verb FAIRE (Part 1)

The French verb FAIRE is extremely common and used in a wide range of expressions – not only idiomatic expressions. Boost your French vocabulary by learning or brushing up French expressions using the verb FAIRE. I’ll also remind you about the irregular conjugation of the verb FAIRE! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Qu’est-ce que tu fais? J’écoute de la musique. faire un gâteau, faire une tarte aux pommes, faire un dessin, faire un bonnet/une écharpe Faire une erreur, faire un vœu (present) je fais, tu fais, il fait, nous faisons, vous faites, ils font (past participle) fait (future) fer__ Faire de la natation, du foot, du basket, du yoga, du tennis, de la danse, de l’aviron, de l’équitation, du cheval Faire du jardinage, faire de la pâtisserie, faire de la guitare, du piano, du violon, de la batterie Faire du camping Faire une promenade, faire un footing, faire une excursion Faire la vaisselle, la lessive, le ménage, la poussière, faire son lit, faire la cuisine Faire les courses, faire des courses, faire du shopping Faire son sac / faire ses valises Il a fait médecine. Il fait beau / mauvais / chaud / froid Il fait 10 degrés La vache fait “meuh” et le canard fait “coin coin”. LINKS and RESOURCES Episode 147: “How to translate the English “DO” in French?”: www.frenchyourway.com.au/podcast147 Thank You for Tuning In! There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, but you chose mine, and I’m grateful for that. If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons you see at the side or bottom of this page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally! Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live! The post FYW 153 : French expressions using the verb FAIRE (Part 1) appeared first on French Your Way.

17mins

10 Jan 2018

Rank #7

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FYW 181 : Listen to a real French lesson! (French session #2)

Listen to a real French lesson that I recorded This is a new concept to give you the opportunity to have a casual French session on Skype with me, since I can’t commit to recurring lessons anymore. For you, it is a great opportunity to get my personal feedback on your French and ask me anything that you need help with. Students taking the lesson agree to be recorded (I make sure any personal detail is then edited out) and the result may become a podcast episode…like today! This way, my feedback is both personal and still helping as many of you as possible ? When you participate, you get your own copy of the notes AND the mp3 recording of the lesson. The first session (Stephen, episode 172) was informal conversation. Today’s session is with Susan, a student from the USA. Susan wanted to ask me specific questions she was having while reading Martin Page’s French novel “La disparition de Paris et sa renaissance en Afrique”. As you will hear, her questions are often about prepositions, particularly the use of the preposition “DE” (I talked about “de” in episodes 176, 178 and 180 of the podcast). So it’s very specific and grammar-based and allowed us to explain or brush-up some rules to better understand the sentence structures. In the shownotes you’ll find the PDF file with the notes I took for Susan. You may like to use it to follow our conversation! You implore me to keep going  – you’ve enjoyed learning from a real French lesson situation, I encourage you to participate because there cannot be any more episodes without students! Book you session: www.frenchyourway.com.au/frenchsession Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Download the PDF of the notes I took during the session. LINKS and RESOURCES! Book a Skype session with me: frenchyourway.com.au/frenchsession Listen to French session #1: frenchyourway.com.au/podcast172 My recommended French reading list: http://frenchyourway.com.au/recommended-french-reading-list “Reading books in French: where to start?” (article) http://frenchyourway.com.au/reading-french-books-start “Reading books in French: where to start?” (podcast) frenchyourway.com.au/podcast66 Download the PDF of the notes I took during the session. Thank You for Tuning In! There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, but you chose mine, and I’m grateful for that. If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons you see at the side or bottom of this page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally! Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live! The post FYW 181 : Listen to a real French lesson! (French session #2) appeared first on French Your Way.

42mins

25 Jul 2018

Rank #8

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FYW 141 : Tips to watch French movies

Alexandre from Moscow would like some tips to watch French movies. Although his level of French is rather advanced, he struggles with understanding French movies. Why is that? And how to slowly get to watching French movies in original version without subtitles? I don’t have a magic wand for it but my tips may help you! LINKS and RESOURCES Episode 136: “How to increase your French vocabulary? My best tips”: frenchyourway.com.au/podcast136 “How to improve your French listening skills? ” (article): http://frenchyourway.com.au/improve-your-french-listening-skills “How to improve your French listening skills? My best tips!” (podcast): frenchyourway.com.au/podcast35 “How to improve your French conversation skills” (eBook): http://frenchyourway.com.au/improve-french-conversational-skills French Voices, Episode 1: “The girl behind our subtitles”: frenchvoicespodcast.com/episode1 Thank You for Tuning In! There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, but you chose mine, and I’m grateful for that. If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons you see at the side or bottom of this page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally! Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live! The post FYW 141 : Tips to watch French movies appeared first on French Your Way.

18mins

18 Oct 2017

Rank #9

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FYW 143 : (Part 1) The relative pronouns: lequel, laquelle, lesquels, duquel, etc.

How and when to use the relative pronouns LEQUEL, LAQUELLE, LESQUELS, etc. I’ll explain it all, with many examples and will even give you some homework for the next episode! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode J’ai enfin rendu le devoir. J’ai passé toute la nuit sur ce devoir. J’ai enfin rendu le devoir sur lequel j’ai passé toute la nuit. C’est l’agrafeuse. Je me suis blessée avec cette agrafeuse. C’est l’agrafeuse avec laquelle me suis blessée. Une agrafeuse = a stapler Voici les numéros. J’ai gagné au loto grâce à ces numéros. Voici les numéros grâce auxquels j”ai gagné au loto. Exercise: C’est la maison. Il a planté un arbre à côté de cette maison. C’est le pommier. Il a planté un poirier à côté de ce pommier. Ce sont les pommiers. Il a planté un poirier à côté de ces pommiers. Voici les 3 théorèmes. Je me suis appuyé sur ces 3 théorèmes pour résoudre ce problème. Un théorème = a theorem J’étais malade: c’est la raison. Je ne suis pas venu pour cette raison. Je cherche les clefs. Je ne sors jamais sans ces clefs. Une clef, une clé = a key LINKS and RESOURCES FYW 030 : How to say Fruit and Fruit Trees in French: frenchyourway.com.au/podcast30 FYW 134 : The pronoun “dont” in French: www.frenchyourway.com.au/podcast134 FYW 019 – Easy Tips on when to use Qui and Que: frenchyourway.com.au/podcast19 FYW 096 – The French Pronoun “Y”: frenchyourway.com.au/podcast96 FYW 088 – “Direct and Indirect Objects and Pronouns in French”: frenchyourway.com.au/podcast88 FYW 079 “Pronouns (Part 1)” – How to Choose Between “je” and “moi”: frenchyourway.com.au/podcast79 FYW 099: The French Pronoun “EN”: frenchyourway.com.au/podcast99 Thank You for Tuning In! There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, but you chose mine, and I’m grateful for that. If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons you see at the side or bottom of this page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally! Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live! The post FYW 143 : (Part 1) The relative pronouns: lequel, laquelle, lesquels, duquel, etc. appeared first on French Your Way.

14mins

1 Nov 2017

Rank #10

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[Replay] FYW 002 : “For” (+ duration): Avoid Saying “Pour” if Possible!

This common mistake comes from an incorrect translation from English and drives many French teachers to the verge of sanity! (including myself). I hope these explanations and examples will help! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode J’ai étudié à l’université (pendant) sept ans = I studied at university for seven years. Je suis allé(e) en vacances (pendant) dix jours = I went on holiday for ten days. La semaine prochaine, je vais (aller) en vacances (pour/pendant) dix jours. = Next week, I’m going on holiday for ten days. J’ai besoin de cette information pour la semaine prochaine. = I need this information for next week. Quelles sont tes bonnes résolutions pour 2015 ? / pour cette année ? = What are your good resolutions for 2015 ? / for this year ? J’ai visité Paris (pendant) deux semaines. = I visited Paris for two weeks. LINKS and RESOURCES French Your Way website – www.frenchyourway.com.au – Sign up to receive my monthly updates with an audio version in French, recorded by me! Contact me / Submit your question. Subscribe to French Your Way podcast on iTunes If you like French Your Way Podcast, you can show your support by leaving a review on iTunes and telling your friends about the podcast! French Voices Podcast (my other podcast) : www.frenchvoicespodcast.com French Voices Podcast on iTunes The post [Replay] FYW 002 : “For” (+ duration): Avoid Saying “Pour” if Possible! appeared first on French Your Way.

9mins

6 Mar 2019

Rank #11

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FYW 196 : Listen to a real French lesson! (French session #3)

In this somewhat different episode you’ll get to hear a real French lesson that I recorded with Lothar, a student from Germany! As you will hear, Lothar has very good comprehension and speaking skills, so listening to our conversation will be a great exercise for you! Lothar wanted to tell me about his trips to French island Corsica (la Corse, where Napoléon was from); the session was a spontaneous conversation. I interrupted Lothar here and there to correct or point out a few grammatical points and give him relevant vocabulary. The notes I took down for him during the session are available in the shownotes of the episode for you to see. A few months ago, I introduced a new concept to give you the opportunity to have a casual French session on Skype with me, since I can’t commit to recurring lessons anymore. This is a great opportunity to get my personal feedback on your French and ask me anything that you need help with. Students taking the lesson agree to be recorded (I make sure any personal detail is then edited out) and the result may become a podcast episode…like today! This way, my feedback is both personal and still helping as many of you as possible. When you participate, you get your own copy of the notes AND the mp3 recording of the lesson. In the shownotes you’ll find the notes I took for Lothar. You may like to use it to follow our conversation. If you’ve enjoyed learning from a real French lesson situation, I encourage you to participate because there cannot be any more episodes without students! Book you session: www.frenchyourway.com.au/frenchsession Also listen to: Episode 181: Listen to a real French lesson! (French session #2): frenchyourway.com.au/podcast181 Episode 172: Listen to a real French lesson! (French session #1): frenchyourway.com.au/podcast172 Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Une anse, une crique, une baie Un galet = a pebble Faire une experience = to conduct an experiment Vivre = to experience Je vais vous raconter une histoire que nous avons vécue. Une excursion [s] next to a consonant (and [z] between 2 vowels, eg. rose, cousin) Le col = pass ; col, saddle Nous sommes arrivés à 20h55 / à neuf heures moins cinq. épuisé(e) = exhausted LINKS and RESOURCES! Book a Skype session with me: frenchyourway.com.au/frenchsession Episode 181: Listen to a real French lesson! (French session #2): frenchyourway.com.au/podcast181 Episode 172: Listen to a real French lesson! (French session #1): frenchyourway.com.au/podcast172 Episode 179: French regions: new names, purpose, debates (and grammar!): frenchyourway.com.au/podcast179 Episode 171: French verbs: agreement of the past participle with AVOIR (compound tenses, part 4): frenchyourway.com.au/podcast171 my online course “How to sound like a native French speaker: everything you need to know about French pronunciation, intonation and rhythm”: https://frenchyourway.teachable.com/p/how-to-sound-like-a-native-french-speaker Thank You for Tuning In! There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, but you chose mine, and I’m grateful for that. If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons you see at the side or bottom of this page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally! Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live! The post FYW 196 : Listen to a real French lesson! (French session #3) appeared first on French Your Way.

31mins

7 Nov 2018

Rank #12

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FYW 201 : PART 6 – Common false friends (= faux amis) in French and English

Many words in French and English are similar or look similar. That’s lucky because it helps with learning vocabulary faster. However, these words sometimes means something very different in the two languages! In this case, they are called “faux amis”, false friends, or false cognates. Here’s a list of 5 common false friends so you don’t make the mistake! False friends, part 1: Episode 85- www.frenchyourway.com.au/podcast85 False friends, part 2: Episode 103- www.frenchyourway.com.au/podcast103 False friends, part 3: Episode 118 – www.frenchyourway.com.au/podcast118 False friends, part 4: Episode 133 – www.frenchyourway.com.au/podcast133 False friends, part 5: Episode 187 – www.frenchyourway.com.au/podcast187 Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Dramatique = tragic, terrible ; dramatic (effect) Dramatic = théâtral; spectaculaire (noticeable change) Une cave = a cellar une cave à vin = a wine cellar A cave = une grotte Chips (nf) = crisps Chips / (French) fries = frites (nf) Le courage = bravery, courage; guts courage = energy, strength, heart Je n’ai plus le courage de finir ce travail. = I no longer have the energy to finish this job. Bon courage = Good luck Figure = un chiffre (number); un montant (amount of money) une silhouette = a person seen as a shape la ligne = a body shape un dessin (drawing), une sculpture The figure of a dog he made in art class was very impressive.= Le dessin de chien qu’il avait fait en cours d’arts plastiques était très impressionnant. a public figure = une personnalité La figure = the face (of body); face/look Tu aurais vu sa figure/ sa tête à l’annonce de la nouvelle ! = You should have seen his face when he heard the news! A figure = (gram.) a turn of phrase, a figure of speech Figuré,e = figurative Figure = figure (geometry, movement) eg in ice skating or gymnastics LINKS and RESOURCES! False friends, part 1: Episode 85- www.frenchyourway.com.au/podcast85 False friends, part 2: Episode 103- www.frenchyourway.com.au/podcast103 False friends, part 3: Episode 118 – www.frenchyourway.com.au/podcast118 False friends, part 4: Episode 133 – www.frenchyourway.com.au/podcast133 False friends, part 5: Episode 187 – www.frenchyourway.com.au/podcast187 Thank You for Tuning In! There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, but you chose mine, and I’m grateful for that. If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons you see at the side or bottom of this page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally! Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live! The post FYW 201 : PART 6 – Common false friends (= faux amis) in French and English appeared first on French Your Way.

17mins

12 Dec 2018

Rank #13

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FYW 176 : Understanding the preposition DE (1/3): back to the basics with brushing up the articles!

Understanding the preposition DE (1/3): back to the basics with brushing up the articles! Lately I’ve received a lot of questions from listeners about the use of the preposition DE (and also the preposition A). These prepositions constitute such a challenge for many students that I decided to make a series of 3 episodes to explain these and help as many of you as possible. First, I want you to start on solid bases so I’ll run you through the 3 different types of articles in French (definite, indefinite and partitive articles). We’ll pay particular attention to the meaning of “des” and the partitive articles. How does this tie in with the preposition DE? Listen in! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode I saw a cat in the street = J’ai vu un chat dans la rue J’ai vu un chat,j’ai vu des chats J’ai vu le chat dans la rue = I saw the cat in the street J’ai vu un chat dans la rue. Le chat était gris. = I saw a cat in the street. The cat was grey Le soleil = the sun la gentillesse, la pauvreté, l’amour, le temps, l’environnement, la lecture, les loisirs… la danse, la musique, le cinéma, le foot, le yoga… Beaucoup de fleurs peu de gens assez de temps pas de chien – Vous avez des animaux ? – J’ai un chien et deux chats, et vous ? – Moi je n’ai pas d’animaux (je n’en ai pas) Shrek mange une pastèque, je mange de la pastèque (une tranche de pastèque) Shrek mange un poulet, je mange du poulet (un nugget de poulet, etc) LINKS and RESOURCES! Episode 104: Why do you say “à l’est de l’Australie” but ” l’Ambassade d’Australie “?: frenchyourway.com.au/podcast104 Episode 99: The French Pronoun “EN”: frenchyourway.com.au/podcast99 Episode 137: “De la pizza” vs “la pizza”? : frenchyourway.com.au/podcast137 Thank You for Tuning In! There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, but you chose mine, and I’m grateful for that. If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons you see at the side or bottom of this page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally! Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live! The post FYW 176 : Understanding the preposition DE (1/3): back to the basics with brushing up the articles! appeared first on French Your Way.

14mins

20 Jun 2018

Rank #14

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FYW 208 : How to say “What happened?” and more: “arriver” vs “se passer” in French

Listener and student Yaniv asked me to clarify the meaning and use of the French verbs “arriver” and “se passer”. In this episode, you’ll see that, although both verbs have a similar meaning, the structure of the sentence is quite different! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode ARRIVER = (sth) happens (to sb) “that happened to me” = Ca m’est arrivé Something incredible will happen to you if you believe in it = Quelque chose d’incroyable t’arrivera/vous arrivera si tu y crois / si vous y croyez. Accidents happen = Les accidents arrivent (à tout le monde). Something happens = quelque chose se passe quelque chose se passe bien/mal = Something goes well/badly Les vacances se passent bien. I hope your interview will go well = j’espère que ton entretien se passera bien / va bien se passer. Everything went well = Tout s’est bien passé “Qu’est-ce qui s’est passé ?” = what happened? “How did it go?” =”Comment ça s’est passé?” LINKS and RESOURCES! FYW 014 : Oops I ate all the lollies – how to pronounce “Tous”: frenchyourway.com.au/podcast14 FYW 165: French verbs: how to choose between ETRE and AVOIR (compound tenses, part 2): frenchyourway.com.au/podcast165 Thank You for Tuning In! There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, but you chose mine, and I’m grateful for that. If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons you see at the side or bottom of this page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally! Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live! The post FYW 208 : How to say “What happened?” and more: “arriver” vs “se passer” in French appeared first on French Your Way.

15mins

30 Jan 2019

Rank #15

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FYW 199 : French words and expression related to cooking

Marie would like help to understand some French words and expressions related to cooking: “I like cooking and as such talk about it quite a lot.  I seem to get confused about the different verbs eg faire cuisiner, cuisiner, faire la cuisine, cuire, faire cuire and often do not know quite which expression is commonly used.  When I study their meanings, it seems straightforward, but when I go to speak, it is another thing…” Ok, let’s do a bit of vocabulary and, as usual, brush-up some grammar notions! Disclaimer: It may not be a good idea to listen to this episode if you’re hungry! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Faire la cuisine Faire la cuisine = cuisiner Qu’est-ce que tu fais ? –> Je fais la cuisine. Cuisiner = transitif= to bake (sth) = pour le diner, je cuisine un soufflé de courgette (= je prépare, je fais) Le gâteau cuit dans le four. Le chef fait cuire le gâteau. A cook = un cuisinier, une cuisinière LINKS and RESOURCES! Episode 153: Part 1: French expressions using the verb FAIRE: frenchyourway.com.au/podcast153 Episode 195: How to say “to make someone…” in French? frenchyourway.com.au/podcast195 Thank You for Tuning In! There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, but you chose mine, and I’m grateful for that. If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons you see at the side or bottom of this page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally! Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live! The post FYW 199 : French words and expression related to cooking appeared first on French Your Way.

10mins

28 Nov 2018

Rank #16

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[Replay] FYW 014 : Oops I ate all the lollies – how to pronounce “Tous”

How to know when to pronounce the “s” at the end of “tous” in French ? This question was submitted by one of my listeners. You can also send me your question from the Contact page and it may be featured in a future episode! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Tous mes amis = all my friends Tous les jours = everyday (literally : « all the days ») Tous ces devoirs = all that homework Tous nos engagements = all our commitments Bonjour à tous les auditeurs ! = Hi to all the listeners ! Bonjour tout le monde ! = Hi everyone ( literally: “Hi all the world !”) Bonjour à tous ! = Hi everyone ! (all of you) Nous irons en vacances tous ensemble = We’ll go on holidays all together (all of us) Où sont tous les bonbons qui étaient sur la table de la cuisine ? = Where are all the lollies that were on the kitchen table ? Les bonbons ? Oups, je les ai tous mangés ! Désolée ! = The lollies ? Oops, I ate them all ! Sorry ! LINKS and RESOURCES My article (and free downloadable worksheet) “The definitive guide about “tous”.” Subscribe to French Your Way podcast on iTunes If you like French Your Way Podcast, you can show your support by leaving a review on iTunes and telling your friends about the podcast! French Voices Podcast (my other podcast) : www.frenchvoicespodcast.com French Voices Podcast on iTunes The post [Replay] FYW 014 : Oops I ate all the lollies – how to pronounce “Tous” appeared first on French Your Way.

8mins

3 Apr 2019

Rank #17

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FYW 147 : How to translate the English “DO” in French?

If you’re confused about how to translate “DO” in “Don’t you want to do that?” or “I don’t know”, this episode is for you! I’ll give you helpful tips on how to choose the right verb for your sentence and will even expand on your new skill…then you’ll be able to test yourself with a short exercise! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Faire = to do, to make Il n’aime pas le chocolat. Il aime le chocolat? I do my homework = Je fais mes devoirs. I don’t do my homework = Je ne fais pas mes devoirs Tu ne veux pas (Vous ne voulez pas) faire ça ? = Don’t you want to do that ? I will call you tomorrow = Je t’appellerai demain Exercise : Can you translate the following sentences? (or at least identify the verb/tense) I do what I want. Don’t do just what you want! The student doesn’t understand the lesson. Did the student learn the lesson? Answers: Je fais ce que je veux. Ne fais pas juste ce que tu veux ! L’étudiant ne comprend pas la leçon. Est-ce que l’étudiant a appris la leçon ? LINKS and RESOURCES Episode 111: “”Questions in French (Part 1):  the 3 ways to ask a question”: www.frenchyourway.com.au/podcast111 Episode 115 : Questions in French (Part 2): The different translations of “what…?” : frenchyourway.com.au/podcast115 Thank You for Tuning In! There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, but you chose mine, and I’m grateful for that. If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons you see at the side or bottom of this page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally! Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live! The post FYW 147 : How to translate the English “DO” in French? appeared first on French Your Way.

16mins

29 Nov 2017

Rank #18

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FYW 178 : Understanding the preposition DE (2/3): “une tarte AUX pommes” vs “une salade DE carottes”

In the second part of this series to help you understand and use the French preposition DE correctly, we’ll see how it is used when talking about food. I’ll also explain why the preposition A is also used when describing dishes and how to choose between the two. If you wonder why we say: une sauce tomate / une tarte AUX pommes / une salade DE carottes / un sandwich AVEC DU fromage… …the mystery will be solved in this episode! Also listen to: Episode 176: Understanding the preposition DE (1/3): back to the basics with brushing up the articles! www.frenchyourway.com.au/podcast176 Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode une salade de fruits, la farine de blé, une salade de pommes de terre/ de carottes, du lait de vache/ du fromage de chèvre, , un rôti de légumes/de bœuf, une soupe de champignons, un velouté d’asperges un crêpe au sucre, une soupe aux brocolis et pommes de terre, une tarte aux pommes, une omelette aux champignons, du riz au lait un croissant au beurre vs ordinaire un éclair au chocolat/au café une glace au citron, des petits pains à la cannelle, un macaron au caramel petits pois à la française des spaghettis à la bolognaise, une poule au pot LINKS and RESOURCES! Episode 176: Understanding the preposition DE (1/3): back to the basics with brushing up the articles! frenchyourway.com.au/podcast176 Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frenchyourway Thank You for Tuning In! There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, but you chose mine, and I’m grateful for that. If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons you see at the side or bottom of this page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally! Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live! The post FYW 178 : Understanding the preposition DE (2/3): “une tarte AUX pommes” vs “une salade DE carottes” appeared first on French Your Way.

11mins

4 Jul 2018

Rank #19

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FYW 149 : All the meanings of “bien” in French

In Episode 42 of this podcast, I had explained how to know when to use bon vs bien in French. In this episode, I’ll share with you additional meanings of the word BIEN in French so that you’ll understand all the contexts in which BIEN can be used…and that will be très bien! ? Episode 42: “How to know when to use bon vs bien in French?”: http://frenchyourway.com.au/podcast42 My article “How to know when to use bon / bien in French?”: http://frenchyourway.com.au/how-to-know-when-to-use-bon-bien-in-french Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode C’est une femme bien : tu peux lui faire confiance. J’ai fait tous les magasins et n’ai rien vu de bien. Il faut bien deux heures pour aller là-bas. Je reprendrais bien du dessert. Il faut distinguer le bien du mal Il a laissé tous ses biens à son neveu. Allô bonjour, je suis bien chez monsieur et madame Dupont ? Vous vous appelez bien Jacques (n’est-ce pas ?) C’est bien la rue Broca ? Le Louvre, c’est bien tout droit ? C’est bien du tofu / végétarien ? Vous avez bien demande un café au lait ? Vous avez bien réservé une chambre pour deux personnes ? Nous avons bien payé quand nous avons fait la réservation ? LINKS and RESOURCES FYW 042: “How to know when to use bon vs bien in French?”: http://frenchyourway.com.au/podcast42 Read my article “How to know when to use bon / bien in French?”: http://frenchyourway.com.au/how-to-know-when-to-use-bon-bien-in-french My article with free worksheet “What’s the difference between meilleur and mieux ?”: http://frenchyourway.com.au/meilleur-and-mieux-in-french Thank You for Tuning In! There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, but you chose mine, and I’m grateful for that. If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons you see at the side or bottom of this page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally! Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live! The post FYW 149 : All the meanings of “bien” in French appeared first on French Your Way.

11mins

13 Dec 2017

Rank #20