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I'm Jessica, a native French teacher from the Champagne region here to help you learn French and discover the French language. You may know me from the French Voices Podcast (a series of interviews in French for the more advanced learners). If you are curious about the French language, this podcast is for you. Expand your French vocabulary and improve your French grammar in a way that is both easy and memorable. How? By connecting bridges between French and English languages to make learning more efficient! Discover the origins of some French words and French expressions, examples of related words and get a new understanding of common mistakes made by students. It doesn't matter whether you’re at a beginner, intermediate or advanced level in French. I have no doubt that you will learn from these mini French lessons. So, get on board and learn French with me! Join the community at http://frenchyourway.com.au Submit your own questions to podcast@frenchyourway.com.au

French Your Way Podcast: Learn French with Jessica | French Grammar | French Vocabulary | French Expressions Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way

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I'm Jessica, a native French teacher from the Champagne region here to help you learn French and discover the French language. You may know me from the French Voices Podcast (a series of interviews in French for the more advanced learners). If you are curious about the French language, this podcast is for you. Expand your French vocabulary and improve your French grammar in a way that is both easy and memorable. How? By connecting bridges between French and English languages to make learning more efficient! Discover the origins of some French words and French expressions, examples of related words and get a new understanding of common mistakes made by students. It doesn't matter whether you’re at a beginner, intermediate or advanced level in French. I have no doubt that you will learn from these mini French lessons. So, get on board and learn French with me! Join the community at http://frenchyourway.com.au Submit your own questions to podcast@frenchyourway.com.au

    FYW 236: French slang expressions (2)

    FYW 236: French slang expressions (2)

    By popular demand, I'll record some 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 !



    If you enjoyed this episode, you may also find my short eBook "How to improve your French conversation skills" useful! It includes a section featuring common differences between French as you know it and as it is actually spoken in real life 😉



    Check out my eBook : https://frenchyourway.com.au/improve-french-conversational-skills

    Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode

    La mater

    le ciné, cinoche

    le restau

    un boîte (de nuit)

    Un keum (= mec)

    Une meuf

    (un) ouf

    vénère

    une teuf

    chan-mé

    un keuf, un flic, un poulet

    LINKS and RESOURCES



    French slang expressions (1) - French Your Way Podcast episode 233: http://frenchyourway.com.au/podcast233

    my eBook "How to improve your French conversation skills": https://frenchyourway.com.au/improve-french-conversational-skills

    • 10 min
    FYW 235: How to translate “Nothing serious, something urgent” and more expressions in French

    FYW 235: How to translate “Nothing serious, something urgent” and more expressions in French

    A simple French grammar tip can help you go a long way to efficiently translate common expressions from English to French!

    Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode

    Rien/quelque chose / quelqu’un / personne + DE + adj SING MASC



    rien de spécial / de grave / d'important / d'urgent



    quelqu’un d’important / de généreux / d'honnête… BUT de BIEN vs BON



    quelque chose de bizarre / d'étonnant / d'incroyable / secret

    • 9 min
    FYW 234: Learning phrases vs learning grammar

    FYW 234: Learning phrases vs learning grammar

    I received an email from Abhijit's, Tasmania, who is struggling to translate some sentences from English to French. He says he prefers to learn phrases as opposed to grammar and asks for my opinion and any potential book recommendation. This is a good opportunity for me to share MY thoughts about the best way to learn French language.

    Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode

    Take this conversation:



    Hey! I haven't heard from you for a while. How are you? and how's everything going? I was on leave for about 7 days and now back to work. Hope to catch up soon.



    Now to translate this I really struggle. I learn by phrases as opposed to by grammar. I personally think it's better. Do you have a basic book that you would recommend?



    Regards

    Abhijit (Hobart, Tasmania)



    How to translate:



    "Hey! I haven't heard from you for a while. How are you? and how's everything going? I was on leave for about 7 days and now back to work. Hope to catch up soon."



    Avoir des Nouvelles (de quelqu'un)

    I haven't heard from you

    Did you hear from him? Etc

    How are... you ? Everything ?

    To be on leave = être en congé / en vacances

    To catch up with someone : revoir ; faire le point avec

    LINKS and RESOURCES



    (Article) Challenge: Can I Make You Love French Grammar? https://frenchyourway.com.au/love-french-grammar

    (Podcast) FYW 061: Challenge – Can I Make You Love French Grammar? : https://frenchyourway.com.au/podcast61

    FYW 115 : Questions in French (Part 2): The different translations of “what…?”: https://frenchyourway.com.au/podcast115

    FYW 147 : How to translate the English “DO” in French?: https://frenchyourway.com.au/podcast147

    How to say "I miss you" in French? https://frenchyourway.com.au/podcast90

    Practice Worksheets to Help You Build Correct Sentences in French: https://frenchyourway.com.au/practice-worksheets-build-correct-sentences-in-french

    • 15 min
    FYW 233: French slang expressions (1)

    FYW 233: French slang expressions (1)

    By popular demand, I'll record some 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 !



    If you enjoyed this episode, you may also find my short eBook "How to improve your French conversation skills" useful! It includes a section featuring common differences between French as you know is and as it is actually spoken in real life 😉



    Check out my eBook

    Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode



    Balles (argent):

    Il a acheté une nouvelle voiture à 15.000 balles !

    A deux balles (worthless, cheap, lousy ; cheap joke, Xmas craker humour, bubblegum humour)

    Bobo (pain, scratch, boo boo ; boho, bobo)

    Mec, gars, type

    Pote, poto

    Nickel (super, parfait, impeccable), nickel chrome

    Faire cul sec, ¨cul sec!"

    Saouler

    Ma mère / vieille me saoule avec ses conseils à deux balles.

    ça me saoule to make/get sb drunk

    Mes vieux / mon vieux, ma vieille

    Se prendre une cuite = to get drunk / intoxicated / hammered / pissed

    Il est rentré du bar hier soir avec une bonne cuite. = He came home smashed from the bar last night. (source: Word Reference)

    Être cuit,e (Baby is cooked)



    LINKS and RESOURCES



    my eBook "How to improve your French conversation skills"

    • 17 min
    FYW 232: Sur / dessus, sous / dessous, etc.

    FYW 232: Sur / dessus, sous / dessous, etc.

    What's the difference between SUR and DESSUS, or SOUS and DESSOUS? Can they be used interchangeably? In this episode we'll see how to use these words in sentences, along with more examples and a vocabulary booster!

    Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode

    Le livre est sur la table.

    Il est dessus.

    Sur, dessus

    Sous, dessous (underneath, below, on the bottom / back side)

    Dans, dedans.

    J'ai oublié les clés dans la voiture. J'ai oublié les clés dedans !

    Hors de, dehors.

    Le kangourou saute hors de la poche de sa maman. Il joue dehors.

    Sortir dehors, rentrer dedans = pléonasmes

    En face de, en face

    A droite / gauche de, à droite / gauche

    Devant

    Derrière

    Le dessus, le dessous (un dessous de verre)

    Les dessous: underwear; (of a case) secrets , what lies behind, underlying facts

    Dessous de bras : armpit, under arm

    Dessous de plat : trivet

    Dessous de verre : coaster

    • 13 min
    FYW 231: “qui” vs “que”, a brush-up

    FYW 231: “qui” vs “que”, a brush-up

    This is yet another question from Artur, who was featured in the previous episode! 😉



    "I recently stumbled upon one hitch in one exercise in a course, namely:



    "Si quelque chose tente Robert, il l'achète" becomes "Il achète ce qui le tente."



    According to you, it should be: "Il achète ce que le tente"? I am confused here. Could you clarify this?"



    The difference between QUI and QUE is by far my most popular post and as such, is well worth a brush-up! See the links to my article, audio version and FREE printable worksheet with the answers below.

    LINKS and RESOURCES



    My article and free worksheet "How to Use Qui and Que in French"

    Audio version: French Your Way Podcast, episode 19: "Easy Tips on when to use Qui and Que"

    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

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61 Ratings

61 Ratings

Puff Pastry Hang Man ,

Great teacher

Jessica’s podcast is fantastic, she speaks so clearly and always makes her subjects interesting. The course is well structured to allow you to revisit the language you have learned and retest yourself. Continue ton bon travail!

Jane Cav ,

A Perfect Way to Enhance Your French

I love this podcast series. Listening to Jessica is like listening to your own private French tutor. Jessica selects interesting topics to discuss in each podcast and explains the content in a readily accessible form. I love all the grammar and vocabulary - her explanations have helped me with understanding my own language - English, as well. Plus, Jessica has such clear diction - listening to her helps me with my comprehension and pronunciation as well.

I studied French at school over 50 years ago, and after visiting France a few times in the past 10 years with my husband, we decided to live in France for 12 months - which we did in 2019. While there, I earnestly tried to increase my French - studied every day using a number of different programs, and I did OK. Now I am back in Australia, I do not want to lose what I have learned - I want to add to my French and these podcasts are perfect. I listen to Jessica on my walks each morning, and then on afternoons when I can sit down with a pen and paper and make some notes about new information, and complete her free worksheets.
I have had a number of ‘light bulb’ moments - one in particular I am very grateful to have learnt from Jessica is about une bouteille d’eau, un verre d’eau etc. I could not understand why I did not need the article before. But I do now.

So much more to learn. And, I look forward to spending more time with Jessica.

Shaan in Canberra ,

This podcast is exactly what I was looking for

I’ve been (re)learning French for a while and had been looking for a podcast to listen to on my commute. This series is excellent. Jessica clearly explains key grammar points, using simple examples. Her experience as a French teacher shows - she knows what learners tend to stumble on, where we get confused, and where we make mistakes. And she gives us the tools to improve our understanding. I’m still making my way through all the podcasts but am enjoying every one so far. Merci, Jessica!

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