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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 245 : French slang expressions (4)

    FYW 245 : French slang expressions (4)

    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 few more!)

    Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode

    Piger = comprendre

    On lui a montré une fois comment utiliser le logiciel et il a tout de suite pigé le truc.

    Je pige que dalle à cet exo de maths !

    Un exo = un exercice

    Capter

    J’ai rien capté / pigé / compris au cours de français !

    capter l'attention (de qn)

    capter un signal

    Le voleur m’a pris le téléphone des mains et est parti en courant, j’ai rien capté / calculé !

    Capter, calculer = se rendre compte (de qch)

    J’ai dit à mes vieux que j’avais mal au crâne et que j’allais me coucher, puis j’ai fait le mur, ils ont rien capté !

    Faire le mur = to sneak out = sortir en douce

    Links and Resources



    French slang expressions (1) - French Your Way Podcast episode 233

    French slang expressions (2) - French Your Way Podcast episode 236

    French slang expressions (3) - French Your Way Podcast episode 238

    my eBook "How to improve your French conversation skills"

    • 8 min
    FYW 244 : When is “ne” optional in French ?

    FYW 244 : When is “ne” optional in French ?

    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’argent à la fin du mois. = La famille a plus d’argent à la fin du mois.

    Je n’ai rien compris ! = J’ai rien compris !

    Vous n’êtes jamais allé en France ? = Vous êtes jamais allé en France ?

    La voisine est une mégère, elle n’aime personne = La voisine est une mégère, elle aime personne

    Ceux-là ne sont facultatifs qu’à l’oral ! = Ceux-là sont facultatifs seulement à l’oral !

    Je peux pas acheter le pain, j’ai que 20 centimes dans ma poche. = Je ne peux pas acheter le pain, je n’ai que 20 centimes dans ma poche.

    “ne” explétif

    Dites à vos proches que vous les aimez, avant qu’il (ne) soit trop tard.

    Nous allons devoir annuler nos vacances à moins qu’on (ne) trouve une solution pour la garde du chien.

    Je crains que tu (n’)aies raison…

    Docteur aux urgences : J’ai peur que vous (n’)ayez le bras cassé, madame.

    Docteur aux urgences : Je vais vous donner un antalgique pour éviter que vous (ne) souffriez.

    Docteur aux urgences : Nous allons mettre un plâtre pour empêcher que vous (ne) bougiez votre bras.

    Links and Resources



    Grammar Clinic workshops are resuming! Visit my website and subscribe to my newsletter to know when the next ones are coming!





    FYW 239: “pas” vs “non” in French

    How to Pronounce Plus in French

    FYW 20 : The 3 Ways to Pronounce Plus in French

    • 20 min
    FYW 243 : When to capitalise a word in French ?

    FYW 243 : When to capitalise a word in French ?

    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 and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode

    les Français, les Européens, les Vikings

    une Française, une femme française

    la langue française, le français

    la Joconde

    La Nuit des temps (de Barjavel)

    La Bête humaine (de Zola)

    Le Petit Prince (De Saint Exupéry)

    Fables de La Fontaine :

    La Cigale et la Fourmi

    Le Lièvre et la Tortue

    Candide ou l'Optimisme (Voltaire)

    Madame la Directrice, Monsieur l’Ambassadeur, Monsieur le Président / le Ministre

    lundi, mardi, janvier, février

    Links and Resources



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    Get 15% off with the discount code (until Thursday 19th May, midnight Paris time): yes15

    • 16 min
    FYW : Live workshops are back! May 2022

    FYW : Live workshops are back! May 2022

    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 26th at 10pm Paris time.



    Check out my events page



    Subscribe to my newsletter to receive special discount codes for the workshops.



    Looking forward to working with you!



    Jessica

    • 1 min
    FYW 242 : Understanding French when sound quality is poor or there’s background noise

    FYW 242 : Understanding French when sound quality is poor or there’s background noise

    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 also stress the importance to accept that you ARE always going to miss some words (and how to work on that, too).

    Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode

    “C’est une idée très schtroumpfante ! »



    « Tu as bien dormi ? Tu as l’air bien schtroumpf aujourd’hui. »



    « ça fait longtemps qu’on n’a pas schroumpfé ensemble ! Vendredi, ça te dirait ? »

    Links and Resources



    My Schtroumpf activity (with free downloadable worksheet):

    French Voices podcast: on your favourite podcast app or at https://frenchyourway.com.au/category/frenchvoices

    • 21 min
    FYW 241: SENTIR vs RESSENTIR

    FYW 241: SENTIR vs RESSENTIR

    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 ne sens pas comme une odeur de fumée ?



    Le toucher



    Touche ! Sens comme c’est doux / rugueux.



    Je sens le soleil / le vent / le froid sur ma peau.



    Ça sent le printemps !



    Je sens que je vais réussir cet examen.



    Calmez-vous les enfants ! Je sens que ça va mal finir !



    Sentir / ne pas sentir (une situation, une personne) = avoir une mauvaise impression sur…



    Je ne sens pas trop cette fille, elle a l’air malhonnête. Ne fais pas confiance à ce garçon, je ne le sens pas.



    Alors, ton entretien pour le poste de représentant ? Tu le sens comment ? Je le sens plutôt bien !



    Se sentir (bien / mal / fatigué / en forme / triste / heureux / découragé, motivé…)



    Je le/la sens triste. / Je sens qu’il/elle est triste.



    Je sens qu’il commence à s’ouvrir / à comprendre.



    Je sens la fatigue m’engourdir / la joie l’envahir.



    Qu’est-ce que tu ressens ? Comment tu te sens ?



    Je me sens triste (je ressens/j’éprouve de la tristesse)



    Je me sens frustrée (je ressens/j’éprouve de la frustration)



    Je me sens légère (je ressens/j’éprouve de la légèreté)



    En entrant dans la maison à vendre, j’ai ressenti beaucoup d’oppression / je me suis sentie très oppressée.



    Le ressenti = the perception, the sense (eg temperature)



    La temperature réelle est 5 degrés mais la température ressentie est zéro



    Quel est ton ressenti sur cette situation ?



    le ressentiment = resentment, bitterness, dislike



    Elle éprouve encore beaucoup de ressentiment envers sa voisine même après toutes ces années.

    • 13 min

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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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