Beginner Lessons

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'Do you have information on the computer classes in town?'

In this era of information technology, we’ll need to know some basic internet-related expressions. Those will be the basis of this Beginner lesson. Let’s first listen to a short role-play between Jeanne and Gérard. Jeanne is looking for some information.

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Lesson #: 149

Pronunciation: another look at the French alphabet

This lesson takes another look at the alphabet, and concentrates especially on the distinction between the letters 'E' and 'I', as well as between 'G' and 'J'. There's a particular focus, too, on the 'u' sound in French which often poses problems for learners. This lesson complements Lesson 5, which we prepared a good while back. Let's get started!

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Lesson #: 147

Let's call a taxi!

In this lesson - lesson 118 - we’ll deal with a common situation - calling for a taxi - not such an easy task when you can’t see the other person’s gestures and so on, over the phone. Let’s discover what vocabulary we’ll need. We’ll start with a role-play where Xavier makes that call...

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Lesson #: 118

Shopping for clothes

One of our listeners asked for a lesson which would help when buying clothes. In this Beginner lesson – lesson 114 – that will be the topic conversation. We'll discover how to ask for a garment one size larger or smaller, how to ask if we may try something on, how to say something suits or not, and more. Let’s start with a role-play between a shop assistant and a customer. Allons-y!

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Lesson #: 114

How to say 'my', 'your', 'his', 'her'...

In this Beginner lesson, lesson 108, we talk about possessive adjectives, that is, words like ‘my’, ‘your’ and ‘his’ in English. We'll discover that, like regular adjectives, possessive adjectives also must agree in number and gender with the nouns they qualify. Let's go ahead and see how they work.

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Lesson #: 108

Let's count! [Part III]

Lessons 93 and 96 dealt with numbers from 1-20 and 21-69, respectively. This Beginner lesson will take us from 70 to 100, and beyond. We will then know virtually everything we need when dealing with numbers generally.

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Lesson #: 102

Let's count! [part II]

This short lesson is a follow-on from lesson 93 on the numbers from 1 to 10. This time, we'll proceed as far as the number 69. From 70 onwards, there are another few twists which we’ll deal with in a later lesson. Allons-y!...

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Lesson #: 96

Let's count!

This is a short lesson, for Beginners, to recap on one of the basics – numbers and counting. We'll focus on the numbers 1 to 10 and discuss a few points of pronunciation we’ll need to watch out for in relation to these numbers. Allons-y!…

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Lesson #: 93

How do I get to the Post Office?

It has been a while since we have had a basic lesson so this lesson - our 90th lesson - is just that. Let’s talk a little about directions. We’ll also learn how to say ‘i don’t speak French well’ and how to ask that someone repeat something again, more slowly.

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Lesson #: 90

Is there a special ticket I can buy?

Perhaps the first thing tourists to the French capital must think about is how best to get around. In this lesson, let’s hear a conversation which takes place at the ticket counter to find out how to approach this task. We'll revise the expression 'I'd like [+ infinitive]…', we'll discuss the verbs 'exister' and 'circuler' and we'll see how to respond to the expressions 'Ça fait…' and 'Ça fera…' when making a payment.

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Lesson #: 70