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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

4.4 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

francolearn ,

Really helpful and memorable

These are great podcasts alongside more formal learning. She takes different tricky challenges or situations with the French language, and gives a really useful way to think about them which is memorable and stays in my head more easily than more formal and traditional ‘learning techniques’. Really worth dipping into.

Alicia From London ,

Learning French through Lockdown

Thank you Jessica for your thorough explanations. I have attended classes for a long time , however you have made some of the things I have difficulty understanding very clearly .
I am really enjoying the content of your podcasts .

irish emma ,

French your way podcast review

This is hands down the most helpful podcast out there! Jessica is such a gifted teacher! She is so knowledgeable in her command of French grammar and uses this to break the chosen topics down into manageable chunks for my anglophone brain to understand. This podcast has really helped me improve and maintain my French language whilst living in France for a period and Even more so now that I am back in Ireland! Thank you Jessica! please keep going! your efforts are so appreciated!! Emma

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