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Buy Full Notes This interview is taking you to Ardèche, that (so) beautiful part of France where I used to spend the summer holidays as a child. Meet André Rouy aka « Dédé l’Ardéchois » and discover the history of the train network in Ardèche – the only French département which doesn’t operate any more trains. Dédé and the Association VIADUC 07 wor…
 
Buy Full Notes This interview is taking you to Ardèche, that (so) beautiful part of France where I used to spend the summer holidays as a child. Meet André Rouy aka « Dédé l’Ardéchois » and discover the history of the train network in Ardèche – the only French département which doesn’t operate any more trains. Dédé and the Association VIADUC 07 wor…
 
By popular demand, I have recorded a series of episodes to help you learn or recognise common French slang expressions. As you may know, the French you learn in the classroom and the French you hear in the street or in the movies can sometimes sound quite different! In this episode we’ll go through some expressions meaning “to understand” (and a fe…
 
Listener Nancy would like to clarify when “ne” can be dropped in French. When is it possible to deliberately forget this common 2-letter word? Is there any change in the meaning? Listen to find out! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Je n’aime pas quand tu fumes = j’aime pas quand tu fumes. La famille n’a plus d’a…
 
When students write in French, I often see words spelled with an initial uppercase which shouldn’t be: the English language uses capital letters in more situations than the French language does – typically with days of the week or months of the year. Let’s go through a useful checklist of words that require a capital letter in French. Vocabulary an…
 
Buy Full Notes In this second part of my interview with Manolo we will talk about his confrérie (a society of people who get together to perpetuate a tradition, a skill): la Confrérie des amateurs de Sagarno de la Bidassoa. This society is currently under process to be part of the Unesco intangible cultural heritage list. Learn the reasons behind t…
 
Buy Full Notes In this second part of my interview with Manolo we will talk about his confrérie (a society of people who get together to perpetuate a tradition, a skill): la Confrérie des amateurs de Sagarno de la Bidassoa. This society is currently under process to be part of the Unesco intangible cultural heritage list. Learn the reasons behind t…
 
Live workshops are back! More information and bookings open on my events page: https://frenchyourway.com.au/events If you can’t attend, don’t worry: you will receive the replay video as well as the worksheet and answers. Upcoming events: Dictée en français / French dictation Sunday May 22nd at 9pm Paris time. Imparfait vs passé composé Thursday May…
 
Live workshops are back! More information and bookings open on my events page: https://frenchyourway.com.au/events If you can’t attend, don’t worry: you will receive the replay video as well as the worksheet and answers. Upcoming events: Dictée en français / French dictation Sunday May 22nd at 9pm Paris time. Imparfait vs passé composé Thursday May…
 
As if it were not challenging enough to get to understand French spoken at normal speed, how to understand a French conversation when there is background noise/music, or a piece of French audio that’s not clearly audible? In this episode inspired by a question from Fiona, I will share some tips on how you can work on this and improve and I will als…
 
Fiona from Melbourne Australia asked me to explain the difference between the verbs “sentir” and “ressentir” in French. Let’s go through the differences in their use and in the structure of the sentences. Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode L’odorat (nm) sentir des fleurs / un parfum / l’odeur de l’herbe coupée. Tu…
 
Buy Full Notes This 2-part interview with Manolo will take you to the heart of the French Basque country (Pays Basque), its heritage and its tradition of making “vin de pomme” (also known as “sagardo”, or “sagarno”), which is not the same as the apple cider from Normandy. The start of the conversation will help you locate the Pays Basque and unders…
 
Buy Full Notes This 2-part interview with Manolo will take you to the heart of the French Basque country (Pays Basque), its heritage and its tradition of making “vin de pomme” (also known as “sagardo”, or “sagarno”), which is not the same as the apple cider from Normandy. The start of the conversation will help you locate the Pays Basque and unders…
 
Here’s a selection of 5 mistakes commonly made by English students learning French. Some may be a “simple” refresher (but we really need to drill those in, don’t we!), some of them may be new to you depending on your level of French. Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Je vais bien. Je suis bien. Comment allez-vous…
 
Buy Full Notes Betty Levanqué really is an incredible woman, I would even call her a wonder woman. I’m truly in awe at everything she’s done so far in her life, her stamina, her strength; she’s an inspiration to work hard, be present for your family, love people, give back to others when you can. Betty studied hard, even while becoming the other of…
 
Buy Full Notes Betty Levanqué really is an incredible woman, I would even call her a wonder woman. I’m truly in awe at everything she’s done so far in her life, her stamina, her strength; she’s an inspiration to work hard, be present for your family, love people, give back to others when you can. Betty studied hard, even while becoming the other of…
 
This recording is in French, here’s the outline of what I talk about to help you follow: A comeback video in a new environment: we’re in France! We’ve been settling down, enjoying family time after two years of separation, finally meeting my little (and very cute nephew), creating memories (e.g we took the kids to the snow!) The children have start…
 
Buy Full Notes Melbourne-based French Australian painter Guy Trinquet, is a finalist in the 2021 Glover Prize, one of Australia’s most prestigious landscape painting awards. Vocab List courbe (nf) = curve donner le cafard = to make (sb) sad / depressed flasher (sur…) = to fall (for…) lauréat,e (n) = prizewinner s’écailler = to flake / chip / peel o…
 
Buy Full Notes Melbourne-based French Australian painter Guy Trinquet, is a finalist in the 2021 Glover Prize, one of Australia’s most prestigious landscape painting awards. Vocab List croquis (nm) = sketch, rough outline, first draft déceler = to detect, to spot ébauche (nf) = sketch, rough outline, first draft être tenu(e) de (faire quelque chose…
 
Buy Full Notes In the second part of this interview with Belgian consul Pierre Steverlynck, we discuss the languages he speaks at home and at work – since Belgium is a multilingual country. You’ll learn the difference between an ambassy and a consulate, what a “carte d’identité” may be used for (I know that not all countries have one such thing). A…
 
Buy Full Notes Pierre Steverlynck is a Belgian consul, a diplomat representing Belgium abroad. When we started the interview, I was nervous because I had been wondering for weeks what to call him. I was worried about coming across as impolite, not knowing whether I should call him “Pierre”, “Monsieur”, or any specific term of address related to his…
 
Buy Full Notes Natacha is a young Frenchwoman qui “a la patate” and a contagious passion for improvised play. She’s the founder, coach, and one of the improvisers / actresses of The French Loop, a theatre company based in Melbourne. (If you also live in the area and would love to practice your French and have a go, Natacha welcomes non native speak…
 
Buy Full Notes Natacha is a young Frenchwoman qui “a la patate” and a contagious passion for improvised play. She’s the founder, coach, and one of the improvisers / actresses of The French Loop, a theatre company based in Melbourne. (If you also live in the area and would love to practice your French and have a go, Natacha welcomes non native speak…
 
Buy Full Notes Natacha is a young Frenchwoman qui “a la patate” and a contagious passion for improvised play. She’s the founder, coach, and one of the improvisers / actresses of The French Loop, a theatre company based in Melbourne. (If you also live in the area and would love to practice your French and have a go, Natacha welcomes non native speak…
 
Ceci n’est pas un épisode (nous profitons de quelques jours de vacances en famille), mais un petit message pour vous montrer que je ne vous ai pas oublié et, évidemment, vous souhaiter une bonne année et surtout une bonne santé pour 2021. Prenez soin de vous et rendez-vous le 15 janvier pour la première partie d’une belle interview avec Natacha de …
 
Buy Full Notes Meet François Forget, a planetary scientist at the Laboratoire de Météo Dynamique in Paris. François is an atmospheric dynamicist: he and his team model other planetary atmospheres including Mars, Titan and exoplanets. In this second episode, I asked François whether he thinks we will get to see a man go on Mars in our lifetime. What…
 
Buy Full Notes Meet François Forget, a planetary scientist at the Laboratoire de Météo Dynamique in Paris. François is an atmospheric dynamicist: he and his team model other planetary atmospheres including Mars, Titan and exoplanets. In this second episode, I asked François whether he thinks we will get to see a man go on Mars in our lifetime. What…
 
Buy Full Notes Meet François Forget, a planetary scientist at the Laboratoire de Météo Dynamique in Paris. François is an atmospheric dynamicist: he and his team model other planetary atmospheres including Mars, Titan and exoplanets. In this first episode, François will explain in simple terms what he does. We’ll also talk about Mars and what makes…
 
Buy Full Notes Meet François Forget, a planetary scientist at the Laboratoire de Météo Dynamique in Paris. François is an atmospheric dynamicist: he and his team model other planetary atmospheres including Mars, Titan and exoplanets. In this first episode, François will explain in simple terms what he does. We’ll also talk about Mars and what makes…
 
Buy Full Notes Juliana founded the project “Prince.sse Si Je Veux” to help parents and teachers educate and encourage children between 5 and 12 years old to make their own choices by freeing them from gender stereotypes. You may be surprised to see how ingrained sexism is in our everyday life, and how, despite all our efforts, we as parents may be …
 
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