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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 215: How to talk to your pet in French!

    FYW 215: How to talk to your pet in French!

    This episode inspired by a question from Philip was a particularly fun one to prepare. Philip lives in Saint-Tropez, a beautiful and town on the Mediterranean coast in the South of France which attracts many visitors and celebrities in the summer. He did pet sitting for French friends and had many questions around how to talk to your pet in French.

    Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode

    Un poisson rouge = a goldfish



    Marine :



    « Haha je peux te parler de ce que je dis à mon chien seulement ;) mais bon je suis un peu débile/gaga avec lui.



    Je ne vouvoie aucun animal.

    Il aime les 'gratouilles', je ne lui dis pas chatouille ou guili

    good boy = 'gentil chienchien'

    come here = 'viens ici / aux pieds'

    assis / couché

    pour 'to walk', il reconnait 'promener!'

    pour une friandise, il reconnaît 'nonoss'



    et pour finir je l'appelle aussi 'amour de ma vie.

    Et pour ce qui est de ne pas toucher les chiens dans la rue, c'est une question de prudence, si jamais ils ne sont pas gentils. Mais le mien est parfait et adorable tout le monde peut le caresser. »



    Chonchon



    « Pour Smokie, on parle de "caresses", il connaît plein de mots comme " pipi d'chien", promenade, assis, couché, roule, viens, va jouer. On ne vouvoie pas les animaux chez [nous]... Quand il est gentil on l'appelle "p'tit wawa", quand il a fait une bêtise on l'appelle vilaine bête. On m'a toujours appris quand j'étais petite à ne pas toucher les chiens dans la rue, sauf si la personne me donne l'autorisation ou si je le connais déjà... Ça me paraît aussi une question de bon sens pour des questions de sécurité, surtout avec des enfants (chien peureux, malade, pas éduqué.. Etc) enfin voilà ! Smokie vous embrasse.



    PS: pour les produits vétérinaires, il y en a quelques-uns en pharmacie, mais c'est surtout du dépannage (vermifuge et anti bestioles..) »



    Margot :



    "Jessica coucou, oui on parle de leur faire des caresses ou des gratouilles. Oui on tutoie les animaux même si on ne les connaît pas « salut toi ! T’es beau toi ! » Quand tu croises quelqu’un avec un chien que tu ne connais pas, soit le maitre/maîtresse te dit « allez-y, il est gentil vous pouvez le caresser » ou toi tu dis « Est ce que je peux le caresser? » mais pour ça en Australie c’était pareil car certains chiens n’ont pas envie d’être caressé par un inconnu ou il peut être un peu agressif... après le comportement ça dépend aussi si tu es dans une ville ou à la campagne. Pour les médicaments, le vétérinaire te les fournit en général surtout pour les antibiotiques... tout ce qui est plus commun comme le vermifuge, anti puces, collyres... c’est pharmacie et véto."



    Le veto = le vétérinaire



    Un vermifuge = wormer, anti worm tablet, deworming pill…



    Une puce = a flea



    Un os = a bone



    Nourrir = to feed



    Une gamelle = dish, bowl



    La litière = (cat) litter



    Une crotte = a dog/cat/sheep, etc. poop



    Une/de la pâtée = mash, feed ; (nourriture grossiere) slop, swill



    Une croquette = dog/cat biscuit



    Une friandise = a treat



    Promener son chien = to walk one’s dog



    Brosser un animal = to groom, brush

    • 19 min
    FYW 214: Brushing up pronouns in French: which pronoun would you use to replace “Le Louvre” in “Tu visiteras Le Louvre”? (listener’s question)

    FYW 214: Brushing up pronouns in French: which pronoun would you use to replace “Le Louvre” in “Tu visiteras Le Louvre”? (listener’s question)

    Many episodes ago, I recorded a series of lessons about the use of the various French pronouns. I think it’s time for a quick brush-up! Here’s the question I received from a Joanna, a listener of French Your Way podcast:

    "Why would the pronoun for the Louvre not be "y" in the following example:

    Tu visiteras le Louvre - Tu le visiteras (you’ll visit it) " ?

    In this episode, I’ll clarify a few points to help you better understand the use of the place and direct pronouns in French. I’ll also clarify the position of the French pronouns in the sentence!

    Also (re)listen to:



    Episode 88 : Direct and Indirect Objects and Pronouns in French

    Episode 96: FYW 096 : The French Pronoun "Y"



    To participate in my French Grammar Clinic workshops, check out:



    frenchyourway.com.au/grammarclinic



    Find the dates to my upcoming events:



    frenchyourway.com.au/events



    Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode

    Tu visiteras le Louvre ? Tu le visiteras (you’ll visit it)Le Louvre est à Paris ? "Il est à Paris.Je vais au Louvre ? J’y vais.Je visite le Louvre. ? Je le visite.Je lui ai écrit.J'aime aller au Louvre ? J'aime y aller.

    LINKS and RESOURCES



    frenchyourway.com.au/grammarclinic

    frenchyourway.com.au/events

    Episode 88 : Direct and Indirect Objects and Pronouns in French 

    Episode 96: FYW 096 : The French Pronoun "Y"

    • 14 min
    FYW 213: Listen to a real French lesson! (French session #4)

    FYW 213: Listen to a real French lesson! (French session #4)

    Listen to a real French lesson that I recorded with John, a student from the USA! John wanted to focus on a general conversation. I interrupted him here and there to correct or point out a few grammatical or pronunciation points and give him relevant vocabulary.



    If you've enjoyed learning from a real French lesson situation, I encourage you to participate. This is a great opportunity to get my personal feedback on your French and ask me anything that you need help with.



    Book you session



    The session may become a podcast episode...like today! This way, my feedback is both personal and still helping as many of you as possible.



    Also listen to:



    Episode 196: Listen to a real French lesson! (French session #3)

    Episode 181: Listen to a real French lesson! (French session #2)

    Episode 172: Listen to a real French lesson! (French session #1)

    Check out my online course "How to sound like a native French speaker: everything you need to know about French pronunciation, intonation and rhythm"

    • 32 min
    FYW 212: “Bonne chance” vs “Bon courage” (and a few more expressions)

    FYW 212: “Bonne chance” vs “Bon courage” (and a few more expressions)

    What is the difference between "Bonne chance" and "Bon courage" in French? Can they be used interchangeably? Find out in this episode and learn a few more common French expressions to wish someone well! This episode was inspired by a question from Joan. If you also have a question about the French language or French culture, email me

    Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode

    La chance = luck, good fortune

    Le courage = courage, bravery, fearlessness, gut, heart, strength

    un entretien d’embauche

    Bonne chance pour ton entretien !

    Bonne chance pour ton concours

    Un concours = a competitive exam ; a competition

    Bonne chance pour ton permis !

    Bonne chance pour ton épreuve de philo !

    Une épreuve = a paper (part of an exam)

    Je croise les doigts pour ton examen de conduite / pour ton entretien / pour ton concours.

    Merde pour… = break a leg

    Bon courage pour la rédaction de ta thèse

    Bon courage pour ton opération / accouchement.

    Bonne chance pour ton accouchement.

    Bon courage pour ta chimio.

    Bon courage pour la suite.

    Bonne chance pour la suite.

    Bonne continuation = all the best / take care

    Bon vent = farewell ; safe trip

    LINKS and RESOURCES



    FV 048 : Part 3 – Pol Corvez, photographer-teacher-sailor-writer all in one!

    FV 050 : Part 1 – Pierre-Marie Dupré : Writing French Comedies for Theatre

    FV 051 : Part 2 – Pierre-Marie Dupré : Writing French Comedies for Theatre

    • 27 min
    Launching French Grammar Clinic Workshops Live with Jessica

    Launching French Grammar Clinic Workshops Live with Jessica

    Live French Grammar Clinic workshops : Launching on July 18th and 19th 2020!!



    You know how curious I am about how the language works. In my French Your Way Podcast, I not only investigate about the origin of French words and expressions; I also always strive to explain grammar in the simplest, most memorable way possible to help you.

    Breaking down a language into its simplest elements and understanding how it work, how the "pieces" fit together is so fascinating! This is part of the way I teach and definitely something I want to share this passion with you!

    What are French Grammar Clinic workshops?



    An opportunity to increase your confidence with French by brushing up and strengthening your French grammar foundations with me.

    We’ll take a close look at how the French language works so you truly understand the rules behind the order of the words, the choice of pronouns, the agreements, the use of the different tenses, etc…

    Live, interactive sessions on Zoom.

    This means you can ask me your questions (relevant to the workshop’s topic). This is a safe, friendly-people-only event 😉

    Work on formal grammar through examples and exercises



    Such as:

    Dictée and Analyse Grammaticale: these are two typical French exercises I used to do weekly in primary and secondary school. While some pupils hated it, I believe they were tremendously helpful to get strong grammar and spelling skills and to understand more easily how sentence structures work. I’ve used to understand French and the other foreign languages I studied: English, Italian, Latin, German, Russian and Mandarin Chinese.



    I’ll send you a worksheet with the answers after the workshop (so you can practice again and see whether you’ve improved!)

    I’ll send you a link with the replay of the session. (This is also a good option if you can’t attend.)



    Note:

    You may - or may not - find the exercise easy… at first. Every new skill takes practice!

    I want you to ENJOY this new exercise. Notice how you may start thinking differently and more logically about how words go together. Again, this is an opportunity for you to reflect on the structure of a language and more confident with your French!



    Eventually, you may find that you’ll stop making grammar mistakes you used to make all the time because you’ll finally understand WHY you made them!

    How it works

    The French Grammar Clinic is a paid workshop.

    When you register, you get the link and password to attend the live session.



    To find out more details, head to www.frenchyourway.com.au/events (you’ll find all the upcoming events on this page, including the next Grammar Clinic workshops, Games in French sessions, and the link to attend a special Bastille Day online celebration!).



    I have put a lot of love, time and care putting this all together for you and am really looking forward to seeing you there! As always, feel free to contact me if you have any question 😉



    A bientôt, prenez soin de vous !! (Take care of yourself !)



    Jessica

    • 8 min
    Games in French (Replay from 27 June 2020)

    Games in French (Replay from 27 June 2020)

    Join other students from around the world and let’s play in French together! This recording is an excerpt from the latest Games in French session I ran on Zoom last weekend.



    You’ll hear us play "Le Petit Bac" (I explain the rules and point system) in the recording.

    For these two rounds, we played with the following categories:



    Nourriture (= food)

    Vêtement / accessoire de mode (= piece of clothing / accessory)

    Personnalité (= celebrity)

    Couleur (= colour)

    Animal

    Corps (= body)



    Take a pen and paper and play in real time. No cheating! 😉



    Email me your grand total (= "score final"), I assure you that you can easily beat me! 😉



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    • 57 min

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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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A terrific podcast for the French learner. Interesting and useful explanations for all sorts of things French. Great cultural insights and presented in an easy, conversational style.

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This is a great podcast for anyone wanting to understand French and construct it, not just repeat phrases. Jessica not only loves the language and teaching it, she’s great at it. Best for people that have or have had some structured learning, she explains in depth both how and why on focused topics in an engaging manner and encourages contact.

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