French in your own time. At your own pace.
But you'll want to see some samples first.
The French word personne
It has two functions… let's take a look
The pronoun personne, accompanied by ne allows us to say 'nobody'.… Read More
beaucoup and bien
One of our site users asked for clarification regarding a point in our Lesson 79: 'Tu veux du café?' ('Would you like coffee?').… Read More
le, la, les
… not just the French words for 'the'!
The words le, la and les are potentially confusing for beginners. Often they mean simply 'the', as in the following:… Read More
The verb vouloir...
... used with se
We're used to using the verb vouloir when expressing wishes, desires and so on. We might ask someone if they'd like a beer in which case we'd have:… Read More
'a puppet' (of the political kind)
Lesson no: 198, Level: Intermediate
One of our listeners was taking up a position as a teacher in a pre-school in France and asked if we would put together some expressions and vocabulary that might be used in a dialogue between the teacher and a parent. Let’s consider one such conversation.
Lesson no: 197, Level: Intermediate
Our lesson this time goes back to a joke made by chat-show host Trevor Noah last summer, following the World cup. The only thing is, some people didn’t find his joke funny at all, not least the French ambassador in Washington. So what was it all about, again? Let’s start, as usual, with a conversation to put things in context.
Lesson no: 196, Level: Intermediate
Our conversation this time focuses on President Macron's plan to reintroduce national service in France. Some people are wondering if he is the right man to decide on such matters, given that he himself is the first French president not to have done military service.
Lesson no: 195, Level: Intermediate
The Trump presidency is nearing the mid-term elections in November. Mr Trump – arguably more than any other American president – has polarised opinions. Let’s talk about the first half of his mandate and what has being going on in recent weeks.
Lesson no: 194, Level: Intermediate
Traditionally, French high school graduates have been guaranteed public university places, regardless of the grades achieved in their baccalauréat. This, however, has resulted in very high drop-out rates. It is hoped that, from 2018, proposed reforms will result in a more efficient means of access to university.