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Learn French: Discover the French Language with Jessica

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FYW 184 : A French exercise: dictation!
15:55

I’ve been wanting to offer you this type of exercise for a while…today is the day! The “dictée” (dictation) is the French exercise by excellence. It is very academic and has been the nightmare of generations of students. (I did like them, though!). Put yourself to the test! The text of the dictation is in… Read More →

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Aug 15, 2018
FYW 183 : Ceci, cela, ça, celui, etc: a guide about using the demonstrative pronouns and adjectives.
16:02

In this episode I’ll explain the difference between the demonstrative adjectives and demonstrative pronouns and will help you choose wisely among all these little words! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Ce soir, cet homme Cette fille Ces enfants C’est un chien. C’est qui? Qui est-ce? Ce (Ça, ceci, cela)… Read More →

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Aug 08, 2018
FYW 182 : How long does it take to learn French?
20:15

I’m sometimes asked the million dollar question: “How long does it take to learn French ?” (or any other language, for that matter.) Another variation to this question is: “How long does it take to become fluent in French?” Before I go any further, what would YOU answer? In this episode, I’ll talk about the… Read More →

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Aug 01, 2018
FYW 181 : Listen to a real French lesson! (French session #2)
42:53

Listen to a real French lesson that I recorded This is a new concept to give you the opportunity to have a casual French session on Skype with me, since I can’t commit to recurring lessons anymore. For you, it is a great opportunity to get my personal feedback on your French and ask me… Read More →

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Jul 25, 2018
FYW 180 : Understanding the preposition DE (3/3): vebs using a preposition
13:23

Is there a logic to know whether a French verb works with the preposition DE, the preposition A, another preposition…or no preposition at all? This is a major struggle from students of French. Here’s the answer, along with my tips about how to learn the structures. We’ll also talk about the form of the verbs… Read More →

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Jul 18, 2018
FYW 179 : French regions: new names, purpose, debates (and grammar!)
17:09

In 2016, the map of France changed and now has 13 administrative regions instead of the former 22. What are they now called (and how do you say the name of your region/state/province/county in French?) Also listen to episode 157: Rules around French country names: why do you say EN France, AU Japon, AU Mexique?”:… Read More →

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Jul 11, 2018
FYW 178 : Understanding the preposition DE (2/3): “une tarte AUX pommes” vs “une salade DE carottes”
11:33

In the second part of this series to help you understand and use the French preposition DE correctly, we’ll see how it is used when talking about food. I’ll also explain why the preposition A is also used when describing dishes and how to choose between the two. If you wonder why we say: une… Read More →

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Jul 04, 2018
FYW 177 : French homonyms (4): air, aire (and more!)
14:34

When two words have a different meaning even though they sound alike or have the same spelling, they are called homonyms. In today’s episode, find out the different meanings of the words pronounced [ɛr] Also listen to: Episode 142: “French homonyms (1): vert, ver, vers, vair”: frenchyourway.com.au/podcast142 Episode 151: “French homonyms (2): mère et père” :… Read More →

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Jun 27, 2018
FYW 176 : Understanding the preposition DE (1/3): back to the basics with brushing up the articles!
14:03

Understanding the preposition DE (1/3): back to the basics with brushing up the articles! Lately I’ve received a lot of questions from listeners about the use of the preposition DE (and also the preposition A). These prepositions constitute such a challenge for many students that I decided to make a series of 3 episodes to… Read More →

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Jun 20, 2018
FYW 175 : Au fait, en fait, en effet (and other expressions) explained
11:19

Au fait, en fait, en effet (and other expressions) explained Do you know the difference between “au fait”, “en fait”, and “en effet” in French? Do you know how to use them in a sentence? AND do you know how to pronounce them? (some of these expressions have a sounded final [t] whereas one has… Read More →

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Jun 13, 2018
FYW 174 : French verbs: agreement of the past participle with reflexive verbs (compound tenses, part 5)
20:53

In the last episode of this series, I’ll clarify the rules of agreement of the past participle with reflexive verbs in French. This rule is a little bit more advanced and requires some notions of grammar: you need to know how reflexive verbs work (see the links below for brush-up) and what direct/indirect objects and… Read More →

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Jun 06, 2018
FYW 173 : French bank holidays, cultural facts… and strikes!
26:26

How many of the 11 French bank holidays do you know? Which one is the only holiday when it is actually not allowed to work? (except of course, if you work at a hospital for instance). This episode will walk you through the French bank holidays and some of their origins and traditions. I’ll also… Read More →

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May 30, 2018
FYW 172 : Listen to a real French lesson! (French session #1)
39:25

In this somewhat different episode you’ll get to hear a real French lesson that I recorded with Stephen, a student from Sydney! A few months ago, I introduced a new concept to give you the opportunity to have a casual French session on Skype with me, since I can’t commit to recurring lessons anymore. This… Read More →

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May 23, 2018
FYW 171 : French verbs: agreement of the past participle with AVOIR (compound tenses, part 4)
13:42

In this episode, I’ll clarify the rules of agreement of the past participle with AVOIR. This rule is a little bit more advanced and requires basic notions of grammar: you need to know what subjects, direct objects and direct object pronouns are. Some native French people don’t make the proper agreement of the past participle… Read More →

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May 16, 2018
FYW 170 : French pronunciation (3) – How to sound like a native French speaker? Everything you need to know about French pronunciation, intonation and rhythm.
23:46

If you’re putting in a lot of time, effort and money to learn French, chances are that you also want to be able to SOUND it properly. If your pronunciation is poor, French people will struggle to understand you. Worse, they may understand something else – something potentially very embarrassing! To sound like a native… Read More →

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May 09, 2018
FYW 169 : French pronunciation (2) – How to pronounce the letter “E” when it has an accent over it?
9:01

This is the second episode to help you with your French reading and French pronunciation and celebrate the upcoming launch of my online course, “How to sound like a native French speaker”, coming out next week!  Stay tuned as there will be a special, limited offer! Get updates about my upcoming course: www.frenchyourway.com.au/course Last week’s… Read More →

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May 02, 2018
FYW 168 : French pronunciation (1) – How to know when the letter “S” is pronounced [s] or [z]
10:56

I’m really excited to start a short series of episodes dedicated to French pronunciation to mark the achievement of over 2 years of creating, testing and refining the online course that I’ve been working really hard on for you! “How to sound like a native French speaker – Everything you need to know about French… Read More →

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Apr 25, 2018
FYW 167 : French verbs – agreement of the past participle with ETRE (compound tenses, part 3)
14:48

Did you know that the past participles may need to take an extra “E” and/or “S” in some cases? That is when they are being used as adjectives, but also in some specific situations in compound tenses. In this episode, I’ll clarify the rules of agreement of the past participle with ETRE. In the next… Read More →

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Apr 18, 2018
FYW 166 : How to write the plurals of French compound nouns?
22:41

Spelling the plurals of French compound nouns is the perfect blend of logic and grammar notions. It can seem tricky or daunting at first but actually isn’t that hard! And, again: it’s logical. So, take your French writing skills to the next level by listening to this episode! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words… Read More →

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Apr 11, 2018
FYW 165 : French Verbs – How to choose between ETRE and AVOIR (compound tenses, part 2)
19:17

how to choose between ETRE and AVOIR auxiliaries when you want to conjugate a French verb in the passé composé…or any other compound tense! There’s an easy way to know and get it right every time you conjugate those dreaded French verbs! In the next part dedicated to this series about compound tenses, we’ll see… Read More →

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Apr 04, 2018
FYW 164 : French verbs: past participles (compound tenses, part 1)
14:57

Find out why it is important to know the past participles of your French verbs. I’ll also, of course, give you tips to help remember past participles form more easily. In the next part dedicated to this series about compound tenses, we’ll see how to choose between the ETRE and AVOIR French auxiliaries. Vocabulary and… Read More →

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Mar 28, 2018
FYW 163 : What’s on the French euro coins and bank notes?
13:59

This episode is a great opportunity for you to learn some French vocabulary and facts about French euro coins and bank notes, whether you live in the Euro zone yourself or not. Have you ever held French euro coins in your hand? Are you able to tell what’s on them? Find out in this one… Read More →

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Mar 21, 2018
FYW 162 : “Jouer à” vs “jouer de”
8:15

Do you know for sure when to use the preposition “à” and when to use the preposition “de” in French, after the verb JOUER? If not, you won’t hesitate anymore after listening to this episode ! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Jouer à la pétanque, jouer au foot /… Read More →

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Mar 14, 2018
FYW 161 : French Homonyms (3) – lait, laid, laie (and more)
11:22

When two words have a different meaning even though they sound alike or have the same spelling, they are called homonyms. In today’s episode, find out the different meanings of the words pronounced [lɛ] Also listen to Episode 142: “French homonyms (1): vert, ver, vers, vair“ Episode 151: “French homonyms (2): mère et père“ Vocabulary… Read More →

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Mar 07, 2018
Special Announcement : Looking for participants for my new project!
6:29

As many of my dedicated followers and listeners know, I haven’t been able to take new students since the birth of our daughter in order to keep up creating French content for you. With this special announcement, I’d like to test a new concept to spread French to as many students as possible while at… Read More →

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Mar 03, 2018
FYW 160 : French Conversation – How to Improve Your Confidence
19:05

I’m ranting a bit in this episode! I’ve lost count of how many times I heard students say that they don’t dare speaking French by fear of sounding ridicule or making mistakes. They make excuses with themselves to postpone the time they’ll give French conversation a try, thinking they first need to study more French… Read More →

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Feb 28, 2018
FYW 159 : The difference between tout, toute, toutes, tous, toux
8:52

Larissa from Brasil would like me to clarify the difference between tout, toute, toutes, tous, toux. I’ve already tackled some of these aspects as well as how to pronounce “tous” in episode 14 of French Your Way Podcast, but a little reminder would not hurt! 😉 Listen to episode 14 : Oops I ate all… Read More →

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Feb 21, 2018
FYW 158 : 10 French grammatical mistakes even native speakers make
23:27

Here are the top 10 French grammatical mistakes French people make too…and which make me cringe the most! In this episode, you’ll learn to avoid these common traps as I’ll make sure to explain the difference so that YOU get it better than French people do! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in… Read More →

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Feb 14, 2018
FYW 157 : Rules around French country names: why do you say EN France, AU Japon, AU Mexique?
14:38

Did you know that French country names have a gender too? How can you tell whether they are masculine or feminine? Find out the rules behind saying where you’re at or where you’re from. After listening to this episode, French country names will have no more secret for you! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French… Read More →

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Feb 07, 2018
FYW 156 : When our daughter got sick in France
22:24

Our daughter got sick in France twice on our recent trip. This gave me a most interesting insight of issues I had never really thought of before – but being a parent makes you see new perspectives! Listen if you want to find out what we did with our box of suppositories and how we… Read More →

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Jan 31, 2018
FYW 155 : French expressions using the verb FAIRE (Part 3)
8:14

The French verb FAIRE is extremely common and used in a wide range of expressions – not only idiomatic expressions. Boost your French vocabulary by learning or brushing up French expressions using the verb FAIRE. Listen to Part 1: www.frenchyourway.com.au/podcast153 Listen to Part 2: www.frenchyourway.com.au/podcast154 Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this… Read More →

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Jan 24, 2018
FYW 154 : French expressions using the verb FAIRE (Part 2)
12:49

The French verb FAIRE is extremely common and used in a wide range of expressions – not only idiomatic expressions. Boost your French vocabulary by learning or brushing up French expressions using the verb FAIRE. Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Ça fait combien? Ça fait 5,60 euros SVP Faire… Read More →

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Jan 17, 2018
FYW 153 : French expressions using the verb FAIRE (Part 1)
17:24

The French verb FAIRE is extremely common and used in a wide range of expressions – not only idiomatic expressions. Boost your French vocabulary by learning or brushing up French expressions using the verb FAIRE. I’ll also remind you about the irregular conjugation of the verb FAIRE! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned… Read More →

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Jan 10, 2018
FYW 152 : Meilleurs voeux pour 2018!
11:19

In this special episode to kick off the new year 2018, my brother Tony and I tell you about our surprise holiday, our good resolutions of the year ahead and how we spent New Year’s Eve. Wishing you all une excellent année 2018!!! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Faire… Read More →

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Jan 03, 2018
FYW 151 : French homonyms part 2 – mère et père
8:47

When two words have a different meaning even though they sound alike or have the same spelling, they are called homonyms. In today’s episode, find out the different meanings of the words pronounced [mɛʀ] and those pronounced [pɛʀ]. Also listen to episode 142: “French homonyms (1): vert, ver, vers, vair”: www.frenchyourway.com.au/podcast142 Vocabulary and Spelling of… Read More →

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Dec 27, 2017
FYW 150 : Joyeux Noël from France!
7:46

Listen to this special episode recorded from France with my mum! We decided to sing 2 cute and easy to learn Christmas songs for you! The lyrics and links to videos are included in the show notes so you can sing along. Joyeux Noël! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode… Read More →

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Dec 20, 2017
FYW 149 : All the meanings of “bien” in French
11:02

In Episode 42 of this podcast, I had explained how to know when to use bon vs bien in French. In this episode, I’ll share with you additional meanings of the word BIEN in French so that you’ll understand all the contexts in which BIEN can be used…and that will be très bien! ? Episode… Read More →

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Dec 13, 2017
FYW 148 : “Inclusive writing”: what is it and how does it work?
26:17

Have you ever heard of inclusive writing? I hadn’t, until I recently listened to a debate about it from a French radio program and I immediately wanted to share the concept with you – it is most interesting to see how equality, feminism and more social issues are trying to leave their mark in language… Read More →

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Dec 06, 2017
FYW 147 : How to translate the English “DO” in French?
16:01

If you’re confused about how to translate “DO” in “Don’t you want to do that?” or “I don’t know”, this episode is for you! I’ll give you helpful tips on how to choose the right verb for your sentence and will even expand on your new skill…then you’ll be able to test yourself with a… Read More →

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Nov 29, 2017
FYW 146 : False friends (faux amis) – supporter
7:44

In today’s episode I wanted to go over both the English and French words “supporter” and their meanings. Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Un supporter (English pronunciation) = supporter nm supporteur, supportrice supporter une équipe = support, back, cheer on (sports team) (Politics) sympathisant, sympathisante (of idea) défenseur, partisan… Read More →

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Nov 22, 2017
FYW 145 : The French school system
25:57

What is the traditional pathway followed by French children? How does the French school system work? Is it enforcing inequalities or addressing them? Do French pupils wear a uniform? Learn about the French school system in this episode! I’ll also give you plenty of vocabulary of course…as well as my thoughts about the pros and… Read More →

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Nov 15, 2017
FYW 144 : (Part 2) The relative pronouns: lequel, laquelle, lesquels, duquel, etc.
14:00

How and when to use the relative pronouns LEQUEL, LAQUELLE, LESQUELS, etc.? Let’s see together the answers to the exercise I gave you in the previous episode and add one more rule! Listen to Part 1: “The relative pronouns: lequel, laquelle, lesquels, duquel, etc.”: www.frenchyourway.com.au/podcast143 Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this… Read More →

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Nov 08, 2017
FYW 143 : (Part 1) The relative pronouns: lequel, laquelle, lesquels, duquel, etc.
14:56

How and when to use the relative pronouns LEQUEL, LAQUELLE, LESQUELS, etc. I’ll explain it all, with many examples and will even give you some homework for the next episode! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode J’ai enfin rendu le devoir. J’ai passé toute la nuit sur ce devoir. J’ai… Read More →

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Nov 01, 2017
FYW 142 : French homonyms (1): vert, ver, vers, vair
13:07

When two words have a different meaning even though they sound alike or have the same spelling, they are called homonyms. In today’s episode, find out the different meanings of the word pronounced [vɛʀ]. You’ll also understand how this word has been at the heart of a polemic about the tale Cinderella! Vocabulary and Spelling… Read More →

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Oct 25, 2017
FYW 141 : Tips to watch French movies
18:19

Alexandre from Moscow would like some tips to watch French movies. Although his level of French is rather advanced, he struggles with understanding French movies. Why is that? And how to slowly get to watching French movies in original version without subtitles? I don’t have a magic wand for it but my tips may help… Read More →

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Oct 18, 2017
FYW 140 : Past historic tense in French: why I don’t (and won’t) teach it
16:51

For intermediate and advanced students. I’ll be reading a text in French – this text is included in the shownotes for you to follow! What’s the past historic tense? Also called “simple past” or “preterite”, or “passé simple” in French, this tense is rarely used and even after years of teaching thousands of students, I… Read More →

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Oct 11, 2017
FYW 139 : (PART 2) Back to school: childhood memories
8:22

This is the second episode about celebrating teachers and pupils alike as they are going back to school in France. I’ll also some personal childhood memories with you, in both French and English so you can practice your French listening skills and learn some new vocabulary! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in… Read More →

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Oct 04, 2017
FYW 138 : (PART 1) Back to school: French vocabulary and culture
18:15

In this episode, I’m celebrating teachers and pupils alike as they are going back to school in France. I’ll give you some back to school related vocabulary and you will learn French facts about the school year and holidays. Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode La rentrée (des classes) =… Read More →

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Sep 27, 2017
FYW 137 : “De la pizza” vs “la pizza”?
13:48

When a two-letter word can make a difference between you getting a slice of pizza or a whole pizza… Do you need a brush-up to make sure you are using the correct French articles / structures? I just don’t want you to starve 😉 Learn when to say “une pizza”, “de la pizza” or “la… Read More →

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Sep 20, 2017
FYW 136 : How to increase your French vocabulary? My best tips
24:26

What is the best way to improve and increase your French vocabulary? If you’ve tried to read in French with the intent of diligently writing down all the new words you see, if you felt slowed down and discouraged by this, you’re not alone! I tried this myself when I started reading in English. Here are… Read More →

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Sep 13, 2017
FYW 135 : False friends (faux amis): inhabitant
13:24

In today’s episode I wanted to go over words derived from “habiter”; I have been confused myself because some are actually false friends in English and in French! Increase your French vocabulary, learn about the origin of words and even become an expert in French real estate terminology! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words… Read More →

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Sep 06, 2017
FYW 134 : The pronoun “dont” in French
12:49

How and when to use the relative pronoun DONT in French? In this episode, I’ll explain it all, and of course I will give you many examples! Also listen to my explanation about the following pronouns: FYW 019 – Easy Tips on when to use Qui and Que: frenchyourway.com.au/podcast19 FYW 096 – The French Pronoun… Read More →

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Aug 30, 2017
FYW 133 : PART 4 – 10 common false friends (= faux amis) in French and English
13:17

Many words in French and English are similar or look similar. That’s lucky because it helps with learning vocabulary faster. However, these words sometimes means something very different in the two languages! In this case, they are called “faux amis”, false friends, or false cognates. Here’s a list of 10 common false friends so you… Read More →

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Aug 23, 2017
FYW 132 : Need help to choose between “c’est” and “est”?
8:03

Listener Kate emailed me with the following question: “There is something thing I’ve never really had explained to me and which I still get confused about. When in French you use “c’est” instead of “est,” as we would in English?  Any tips on when to use “est” and when to use “c’est” is much appreciated. … Read More →

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Aug 16, 2017
FYW 131 : Baby equipment : over 30 handy French words for travelling parents!
20:54

If you’re travelling to a French-speaking country with your baby or toddler, you may need to find baby equipment on arrival. Do you know the French words for ” pram”, “high chair”, “bib”, etc? Listen to this episode to save yourself a lot of hassle and be able to clearly communicate what you need for… Read More →

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Aug 09, 2017
FYW 130 : Do you often confuse ” depuis, pendant, il y a”?
10:04

The difference between “depuis, pendant” and “il y a” is often confusing for students of French. In this episode, I’ll clarify how to use these words properly and will give you examples J Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Il y a 3 jours = 3 days ago J’apprends le… Read More →

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Aug 02, 2017
FYW 129 : Indirect speech (Part 3): changes you must make with time indicators
12:29

In the third episode of this series about the indirect speech (or reported speech), we’ll have a look at changes other than verb forms that happen when the introductory verb is in the past tense. It’s not as complicated as it may sound! You actually do the same thing in English (maybe without even being… Read More →

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Jul 26, 2017
FYW 128 : Bastille Day in France: French vocabulary, culture, history…
17:55

What do French people do on Bastille Day? What do you wish French people on Bastille Day? As France celebrated its national holiday just a few days ago, learn what historical events are behind it and increase your French vocabulary! This episode is also packed with personal memories related to Bastille Day 😉 Vocabulary and… Read More →

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Jul 19, 2017
FYW 127 : Vocabulary booster: words derived from “recevoir”
10:12

In this episode, brush-up or increase your French vocabulary with these words derived from the verb “recevoir”. By the way, do you know how to conjugate the verb “recevoir” in French? Test yourself and then listen to the episode to check your answer! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Recevoir:… Read More →

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Jul 12, 2017
FYW 126 : Questions in French (Part 4) – rising or falling intonation?
13:00

This episode is the fourth and last part of a series about asking questions in French. If you ever travel to France and engage in any interaction with a native French speaker, you’ll definitely need to ask them questions in French! In order to give you the confidence to do so, this episode will focus… Read More →

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Jul 05, 2017
FYW 125 : Indirect speech (Part 2): The (simple) logic to changing the tenses of the verbs
18:53

In this second episode about the indirect speech, I’ll explain what’s called the “concordance des temps” (or “sequence of tenses”). The name may scare you but it’s all actually logical and working the same as in English. So, let’s take a look at some examples and you’ll see what I mean! Note: listen to Part… Read More →

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Jun 28, 2017
FYW 124 : French songs for babies/toddlers
21:44

In this episode I’ll give you a few French words in baby talk and suggestions on how to find cute French songs for babies and toddlers! You’ll also hear my delightful daughter making animal sounds. And I’ll give you my thoughts about French traditional songs… Note: Also listen to episode 112 for my favourite French… Read More →

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Jun 21, 2017
FYW 123 : Knock knock! Toc-Toc! French words derived from sounds (onomatopoeia)
10:42

In this episode, you’ll discover or re-discover words as you never saw them before. Pay attention and you’ll notice that these are all French words derived from sounds! The result? It’s fun, it’s memorable and will make you think about which other French words derived from sounds you may know 😉 Vocabulary and Spelling of… Read More →

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Jun 14, 2017
FYW 122 : Why Learn French?
19:44

This episode is to help boost your motivation and give yourself a sense of purpose about learning French! Some time ago, I received an email from Max who is learning French because he dreams of living in Canada some day. Max told me that apart from this very specific reason, he can’t think about any… Read More →

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Jun 07, 2017
FYW 121 : Tout droit vs à droite: what’s the connection between these two expressions?
7:35

David from Sydney asked me :”If gauche is left, and droite is right, what is the connection between droite and tout droit for straight ahead ?” These can be confusing indeed because the two expressions look and sound very much alike. What particularly interested me in David’s question is, not surprisingly, whether there was a… Read More →

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May 31, 2017
FYW 120 : Questions in French (Part 3): When the verb is made of several words
16:16

This episode is the third part of a series about asking questions in French. If you ever travel to France and engage in any interaction with a native French speaker, you’ll definitely need to ask them questions in French! In order to give you the confidence to do so, this episode will focus on getting… Read More →

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May 24, 2017
FYW 119 : “Là-dessus”, “juste dessus”
9:29

Ann would like me to explain how to use adverbs such as “là-dessus”, “là-devant”, etc. She also asked me about expressions like “juste devant”. This is a great opportunity for me to clarify the difference between prepositions and adverbs when we refer to a location and to help you with the structure of your sentence… Read More →

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May 17, 2017
FYW 118 : PART 3 – 10 Common False Friends (= Faux Amis) in French and English
10:13

Many words in French and English are similar or look similar. That’s lucky because it helps with learning vocabulary faster. However, these words sometimes means something very different in the two languages! In this case, they are called “faux amis”, false friends, or false cognates. Here’s a list of 10 common false friends so you… Read More →

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May 10, 2017
FYW 117 : Indirect speech (Part 1): put the right words…in the right order
12:29

Here’s a great question from Robert, a Chinese-speaking listener of French Your Way Podcast about “sentences like ” I don’t know what he will say to me” or ” He didn’t tell me when he would arrive.” While I know that in French we use “ce que” for the “what clauses”, I am not sure if… Read More →

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May 03, 2017
FYW 116 : French words that look like English…but are not (pseudo anglicisms)
12:20

A pseudo anglicism is a real English word  meaning something completely different from its original meaning. Pseudo-anglicisms are related to false friends so if you want to avoid misunderstandings in a conversation with a native French speaker, I recommend you listen to this episode and find out what we, French people, actually mean when we say “un smoking”,… Read More →

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Apr 26, 2017
FYW 115 : Questions in French (Part 2): The different translations of “what…?”
14:34

This episode is the second part of a series about asking questions in French. If you ever travel to France and engage in any interaction with a native French speaker, you’ll definitely need to ask them questions in French! In order to give you the confidence to do so, this episode will focus on the… Read More →

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Apr 19, 2017
FYW 114 : Learning French while sleeping?
9:10

One of my listeners was curious to get my opinion about the methods claiming to teach you French while sleeping. I will therefore share my point of view in this short episode! And you, have you tried to learn French while sleeping? LINKS and RESOURCES My article “How long does it take to learn French?“… Read More →

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Apr 12, 2017
FYW 113 : Some Spelling Rules for French Feminine Words Ending With the /e/ Sound
8:36

Here are a few tips on how to write French feminine words ending with the /e/ sound: some French feminine words are spelled with “_ée” while others simply end with “é”. Learn the spelling rules to get it right every time and improve your French written skills! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned… Read More →

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Apr 05, 2017
FYW 112 : French books for babies / toddlers
31:07

You may want to speak to your little one in French, either because you’re are in a mixed relationship with a French-speaking partner, or simply because you love French language and you want your child to be exposed to it! Here are some great French books for babies that I love reading with my daughter.… Read More →

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Mar 29, 2017
FYW 111 : Questions in French (Part 1): The 3 Ways to Ask a Question
15:15

This episode is the first part of a series about how to ask questions in French. If you ever travel to France and engage in any interaction with a native French speaker, you’ll definitely need to ask them questions in French! In order to give you the confidence to do so, this episode will focus… Read More →

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Mar 22, 2017
FYW 110 : Animal Names in French
17:24

Here’s an interesting question I got from a student of French: “I understand that animal names in French are generally masculine and feminine (eg. une girafe) but if I am talking about a male girafe, can I say ‘un girafe’? Now, dear listener, how would you answer this question? Listen to this episode to find… Read More →

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Mar 15, 2017
FYW 109 : All about the old French Republican Calendar!
15:16

Did you know that France used a different calendar for a few years, after the French Revolution? This was called the French Republican Calendar and time had a whole different way of being divided (which is probably why it didn’t last!). Find out more about the ideas behind the creation of the French Republican Calendar…and… Read More →

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Mar 08, 2017
FYW 108 : The difference between “emmener”, “amener”, “emporter” and “apporter”
9:25

What’s the difference between “emmener”, “amener”, “emporter” and “apporter” in French? I find students are often confused with these four verbs so I’ll explain them in this episode. Actually, many French people will also use these verbs incorrectly… So, take your French to the next level and master the use of these four verbs better… Read More →

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Mar 01, 2017
FYW 107 : How to Add French to Your Daily Life
16:32

It is generally agreed that if you want to practice a foreign language, the best thing you can do is to travel to a country where this language is spoken. But, what about the rest of the time? How do you stay motivated and how to practice when you’re not travelling? Here are simple tips… Read More →

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Feb 22, 2017
FYW 106 : Je me lave, vous vous appelez, etc.: what are reflexive verbs ?
13:51

Why are there two “vous” in “Comment vous vous appelez”? What does “se promener” mean exactly and how to conjugate it properly ? This episode is a good introduction or brush up about reflexive verbs and pronouns. You’ll finally understand when and how to conjugate them – I bet you’ll even find that you know… Read More →

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Feb 15, 2017
FYW 105 : A must-see in Paris: le Panthéon
12:36

If you haven’t already done so, I strongly suggest you go check out the Panthéon on your next visit in Paris! Listen to why I loved it…and learn a few words and facts along the way! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Un mausolée = a mausoleum Aux Grands Hommes… Read More →

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Feb 08, 2017
FYW 104 : Why do you say “à l’est de l’Australie” but “l’Ambassade d’Australie”?
13:59

It can be hard to tell when to use the preposition DE by itself (as in: “l’Ambassade d’Australie”) and when to use it with an article (à l’est de l’Australie). I’m will help you with it in this episode! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode De l’eau –> un verre… Read More →

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Feb 01, 2017
FYW 103 : PART 2 – 10 common false friends (= faux amis) in French and English
9:28

Many words in French and English are similar or look similar. That’s lucky because it helps with learning vocabulary faster. However, these words sometimes means something very different in the two languages! In this case, they are called “faux amis”, false friends, or false cognates. Here’s a list of 10 common false friends so you… Read More →

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Jan 25, 2017
FYW 102 : Answers to Episode 100 and winner announcement!
23:39

Here are the answers to the 15 questions of the quiz I designed to celebrate episode 100 of French Your Way Podcast. How did you go with them?I’ll also announce the winner of a French lesson with me….rum drolls…. Let’s go! This episode was also broadcast live on Facebook, if you haven’t already like French… Read More →

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Jan 18, 2017
FYW 101 : The different meanings of ON in French
7:19

On in French has several meanings, which can be somewhat confusing for French learners. In this episode, I’ll go through the different uses of this pronoun, with examples of course! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Nous allons au cinéma = on va au cinéma = we’re going to the… Read More →

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Jan 11, 2017
FYW 100 : Celebrating Episode #100!! Take the quiz and win a French lesson with me!!
12:10

For this special episode, I offer to go back and refresh what you’ve learnt over all the time we’ve spent together! (if you’ve only started to listen to this podcast recently, don’t worry!) I’ve prepared a quiz of 15 questions which you can find in the shownotes below and that includes the number of the… Read More →

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Jan 04, 2017
FYW 099 : The French Pronoun “EN”
15:09

How and when to use the French pronoun “en”? In this episode, I’ll cover aspects that you may not be aware of. Also, I’ll explain where to position this French pronoun in a sentence and of course will give you many examples! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Il boit… Read More →

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Dec 28, 2016
FYW 098 : The different forms of BEAU in French
10:06

What’s the feminine of beau in French? What’s the masculine of belle? From this seemingly simple question, you’ll get a chance to brush up your French grammar – or learn something new. My signature digressions will also take you to other similar examples…and will give you the opportunity to discover a couple of French expressions!… Read More →

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Dec 21, 2016
FYW 097 : 25+ French expressions with the word “mise / mettre”
19:14

Lovers of French expressions, this episode is for you! Following the suggestion of a podcast listener,I came up with over 25 French expressions / idioms using the word “mise” (or its verbal form “mettre”). Listen in and check how many of them you already knew. Happy learning! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned… Read More →

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Dec 14, 2016
FYW 096 : The French Pronoun “Y”
13:26

How and when to use the French pronoun “Y”? In this episode, I’ll cover aspects that you may not be aware of : “y” isn’t only a place pronoun! Also, I’ll explain where to position this French pronoun in a sentence and of course will give you many examples! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French… Read More →

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Dec 07, 2016
FYW 095 : How to prepare for the DELF or any French exam
18:50

Whether you plan to sit for the DELF, DALF, TCF, VCE or any other French exam or French certification, there are a few things you need to know to help optimise your score on the day. My tips include how to get familiar with your French exam requirements, how to shape your answers to meet… Read More →

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Nov 30, 2016
FYW 094 : What is “coucou” in French?
8:41

French Your Way Podcast listener Ej emailed me to ask what I meant exactly after he heard me say “coucou” at the beginning of an episode. So, just for the pleasure of travelling from word to word, here are the meanings of the French word “coucou”! I’ll also talk about my fears of misspelling or… Read More →

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Nov 23, 2016
FYW 093 : The different translations for BUSY in French
7:58

How to translate the English word “busy” in French? I hope you’re not too busy to listen to this episode because students of French often use the wrong word for it! I’ll help you choose the relevant translation according to the context. Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Occupé,e =… Read More →

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Nov 16, 2016
FYW 092 : The difference between SAVOIR and CONNAITRE
12:37

“Savoir” and “connaitre” are a typical source of confusion among learners of French. Did you know that the difference between savoir and connaître has nothing to do with the meaning? I’ll give you my best tips to get this right from now on 😉 This episode includes a practice worksheet, a tongue-twister to drive you… Read More →

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Nov 09, 2016
FYW 091 : I’m back from France! My comments and travel tips for you
19:12

In this episode, I’ll share my memories and comments after spending 3 months of family time in France. You’ll get another insight into French culture and habits. LINKS and RESOURCES Episode 75 : France Travel Tips (PART 3): Driving: http://frenchyourway.com.au/podcast75 Episode 77 : “Zero confidence when speaking French!”: http://frenchyourway.com.au/podcast77 Thank You for Tuning In! There… Read More →

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Nov 02, 2016
FYW 090 : How to say “I miss you” in French?
11:38

Do you know to use the expression “I miss you” in French? Students often find it quite tricky – the construction of the sentence is very different from English. After my explanation, you should be able to even say much more: “He misses me”, “They miss her”, etc! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words… Read More →

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Oct 26, 2016
FYW 089 : How to Proofread Your French Essay
16:50

To help you with thorough proofreading of your French essays, I have created a proofreading checklist so you can correct most of your mistakes yourself. If you prepare for a French exam (DELF, DALF) or for any written French assignment, I strongly recommend you get into the habit of using the following proofreading checklist so that… Read More →

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Oct 19, 2016
FYW 088 : Direct and Indirect Objects and Pronouns in French
19:25

A grammar lesson with my usual teaching style and examples to understand the difference between intransitive and transitive, direct and indirect objects. This is important because it will help you choose between the pronouns “le”, “la”, “leur”, “lui”, etc. and make correct sentences in French! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this… Read More →

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Oct 12, 2016
FYW 087 : The origin of the days of the week (in French and more!)
14:42

Have you ever wondered where the names of the days of the week come from? I bet you’ll learn a lot from this episode! I’ve also included some spelling and grammar comments…and I even sing then speak Chinese for you!  😉 Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode lundi =Monday mardi… Read More →

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Oct 05, 2016
FYW 086 : Introduction to the subjunctive (Part 3)
11:16

In the 3rd and last part of this series to introduce the French subjunctive, I’ll explain how some verbs are sometimes used in the indicative mood and sometimes in the subjunctive mood (and what’s the difference in meaning!). Lastly, l’ll give you a list of more expressions that always trigger the subjunctive in a free… Read More →

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Sep 21, 2016
FYW 085 : 10 common false friends (= faux amis) in French and English
11:40

Many words in French and English are similar or look similar. That’s lucky because it helps with learning vocabulary faster. However, these words sometimes means something very different in the two languages! In this case, they are called “faux amis”, false friends, or false cognates. Here’s a list of the 10 common false friends that… Read More →

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Sep 21, 2016
FYW 084 : A few French punctuation rules… and why I’ve been inconsistent! (sorry)
15:40

Have you ever noticed that there is a space in French before the question mark sign? One of my listeners did and asked about it so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to go over a few major differences between the French and English punctuation rules. Also, if you’ve read some of my articles… Read More →

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Sep 14, 2016
FYW 083 : Introduction to the Subjunctive (Part 2)
31:28

In this episode I’ll give you more expressions that trigger the use of the subjunctive. They all express a subjective thought – which is what I’d like you to feel and get familiar with! Note:  So many students of French are afraid of learning the subjunctive; it’s now time to remove the fear around it!… Read More →

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Sep 07, 2016
FYW 082 : The Difference Between Deuxième and Second in French
7:30

As I caught myself thinking about World War II (yes, I really have the most relaxing thoughts during my breaks sometimes…), a doubt suddenly crept in: do we actually call it “la deuxième guerre mondiale”, or “la seconde guerre mondiale” in French ? The more I was thinking, the less I could remember! So, after… Read More →

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Aug 31, 2016
FYW 081 : The History Behind the Names of French Meals… with a Pinch of Grammar!
12:17

Find out what “déjeuner” means in French and why we say “petit-déjeuner”. You’ll also understand why these meals are taken at different times of the day in some places, which can be a bit confusing! I’ll also draw your attention to a couple of common mistakes often made by students: how to translate “to have… Read More →

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Aug 24, 2016
FYW 080 : Introduction to the subjunctive (Part 1)
22:08

So many students of French are afraid of learning the subjunctive; it’s now time to remove the fear around it! No, the French subjunctive is not hard ; you just need to understand how and when to use it because it doesn’t translate the same as in English (that is the main difficulty). In this… Read More →

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Aug 17, 2016
FYW 079 : Pronouns (Part 1): How to Choose Between “je” and “moi”
14:06

French pronouns are a common source of confusion for students so I’ll go over them – stay tuned! In this episode, I’ll explain the difference between the subject pronouns and the stress pronouns, which can be put more simply as the difference between using “je” and “moi”. If you’re not sure how to choose between… Read More →

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Aug 10, 2016
FYW 078 : How to Use Your French Dictionary Efficiently
15:20

A dictionary is an indispensable tool that everyone should have on a shelf…on in their pockets. But you need to use it well: you wouldn’t believe how many times I’ve seen students say (or write) things that were not understandable – or worse: very, very embarrassing !- because of an improper choice of word! Understand… Read More →

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Aug 03, 2016
FYW 077 : “Zero confidence when speaking French!”
24:57

How to improve your confidence to speak French with others ? One listener of French Your Way Podcast wrote to me: “I get so caught up on the grammar mistakes that I’m making and worry a lot about what the other person is thinking of me (i.e. “She’s dumb”, “She’s wasting my time”…” If this… Read More →

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Jul 27, 2016
FYW 076 : What’s the Difference Between Jour and Journée in French?
13:50

Find out the rules behind when to use jour and journée in French, as well as the difference between soir and soirée, an and année, matin and matinée.  This is especially important as they are translated with one same word in English, so learn the subtleties of French language. As usual you’ll also get to… Read More →

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Jul 20, 2016
FYW 075 : France Travel Tips (PART 3): Driving
15:49

Travelling around France by car is by far the best option to get to see the most beautiful villages, secret gorges and most picturesque sceneries my country has to offer. Plus, you stop when you want for a break, a coffee or to take photos and make unplanned detours, decide to change your itinerary or… Read More →

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Jul 13, 2016
FYW 074 : France Travel Tips (PART 2): Taking the Train
17:07

Are you travelling through France by train this summer? Lucky you! Taking the TGV (“Train à Grande Vitesse”, i.e fast train) in France is simple but here are my 10 tips on how to take the train in France to make your trip even easier. In this episode, you’ll find out where to get your… Read More →

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Jul 06, 2016
FYW 073 : France Travel Tips (PART 1): General Tips
23:29

To celebrate summer I’ve prepared for you a series of 3 episodes with my best travel tips for your stay in France! In this episode I’ll cover: how to plan your itinerary and avoid being stuck in traffic, how many “bises” (kisses) you should smack on French people’s cheeks, and much more. Learn false friend… Read More →

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Jun 29, 2016
FYW 072 : Position of Adjectives (PART 2): un homme pauvre, un pauvre homme
13:07

This is the second and last part of my tips to help you with the order/position of adjectives in a sentence. Remember that French language is full of exceptions and subtleties, which is what makes it so fascinating! In this episode I’ll show you how some adjectives can change meaning depending on whether they’re placed… Read More →

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Jun 22, 2016
FYW 071 : Position of adjectives (PART 1): “voiture rouge” or “rouge voiture”?
11:37

In this episode I’ll be answering John’s question regarding the position of adjectives in a sentence: In “J’ai une voiture rouge.”, the adjective (rouge/red) is after the object (voiture/car). But in a sentence like ” C’est une grande fille.”, the adjective  (grande/tall ) is before the object ( fille/girl ).” Is there a simple rule… Read More →

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Jun 15, 2016
FYW 070 : Introduction to French Grammar (Part 2): adjectives, adverbs, pronouns
18:16

This second episode about French grammar will explain what adjectives, adverbs and pronouns are in order to make learning French easier for you …and you may find that you’re starting to reflect on how English language works too! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Check out http://frenchyourway.com.au/introduction-french-grammar-type-word LINKS and RESOURCES… Read More →

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Jun 08, 2016
FYW 069 : Introduction to French Grammar (Part 1): articles, nouns and verbs
18:47

This episode about French grammar will be divided into 2 parts. It’s an audio version of an article I wrote and published on my website (www.frenchyourway.com.au ) which has helped many students cover the basics of French grammar, that is to say: what’s an article, a noun, a verb. (some of you haven’t learnt it… Read More →

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Jun 01, 2016
FYW 068 : French expressions with body parts (Part 2)
12:48

Discover more popular French expressions with body parts words. Can you guess for instance what “having ants in one’s legs” mean? Enrich your vocabulary and get a fun insight into French culture as well 🙂 Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode avoir un cœur de pierre avoir le cœur sur… Read More →

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May 25, 2016
FYW 067 : Why you shouldn’t say “very delicious” in French
6:58

What’s wrong with saying “Yum, this is very delicious!” or “Wow, this is very beautiful!” Nothing…in English. However, a literal translation of these expressions -along with a few others- doesn’t work in French. Here’s why. Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Délicieux Super / génial / formidable / merveilleux /… Read More →

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May 18, 2016
FYW 066 : Reading French Books: Where to Start?
20:19

Have you ever read a book in French? Why (or why not)? Once you’ve got some bases in French, I recommend you start trying reading French books and magazines. Why read French books? What basic requirements should you meet before starting to read in French? Where to start with reading in French? I’m sharing my… Read More →

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May 11, 2016
FYW 065 : Futur Simple vs Futur Proche
12:31

Discover some popular French expressions with body parts words. Can you guess what “having a hair on one’s tongue” mean? Or “not having one’s tongue in one’s pocket”? Find out now! Enrich your vocabulary and get a fun insight into French culture as well 🙂 Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this… Read More →

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May 04, 2016
FYW 064 : French Expressions with Body Parts (Part 1)
19:45

Discover some popular French expressions with body parts words. Can you guess what “having a hair on one’s tongue” mean? Or “not having one’s tongue in one’s pocket”? Find out now! Enrich your vocabulary and get a fun insight into French culture as well 🙂 Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this… Read More →

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Apr 27, 2016
FYW 063 : How to improve your French pronunciation: Ask Siri!
9:34

Here’s a great idea to help you work on your French pronunciation! This activity will also make you work on how to ask questions in French and on the pace of your speech: if you pause for  too long, Siri will think that you were done asking your question and you will have to start again!… Read More →

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Apr 20, 2016
FYW 062 : The prefix “Extra”
10:52

In this short episode, find out how it is possible to understand the meaning of a word you may not know thanks to clues such as the prefix, or other related words. As a simple illustration of this concept, I’ve chosen to use in my examples the prefix “extra” –what’s more the words covered will… Read More →

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Apr 13, 2016
FYW 061 : Challenge – Can I Make You Love French Grammar?
25:49

Urging all grammar-phobic students to give me a chance to explain why you should love French grammar… and even grammar in general! Many new students start lessons with me by saying: “I want to learn French but I don’t want to learn French grammar”. I find this most interesting as it raises many questions; not… Read More →

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Apr 06, 2016
FYW 060 : French Food Expressions
13:44

Discover some popular French expressions with food. What does “to have the heart of an artichoke” mean? Or, “to fall in the apples”? Listen to find out! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode être cœur d’artichaut / avoir un cœur d’artichaut = to fall in ove easily avoir la banane… Read More →

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Mar 30, 2016
FYW 059 : French “déception” vs English “deception”: same same, or different?
11:18

While my original goal in making this episode was to point out and therefore help you memorise better the difference between “deception” in French and “deception” in English, I was surprised to find out that the two words were more related than I thought! Insights into the origins of words is so fascinating! Come on… Read More →

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Mar 23, 2016
FYW 058 : How to Conjugate French Verbs in –IR Without Losing Your Mind
13:24

French verbs are often the nightmare of students of French! Listen to these simple tips on How to Conjugate French Verbs in –IR such as “partir”, “finir”, “dormir”. We’ll cover all you need to know about them, the present and past participle forms. I’m sure these tips will help make French conjugation much easier (and… Read More →

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Mar 16, 2016
FYW 057 : C’est or il est?
11:17

“C’est” vs “il est”: that’s another typical struggle among French students. Thanks a lot Angela for your question and here are my explanations for you all to enjoy and make the difference between c’est/il est! I’ve also published a written version of this episode on my website and included a free downloadable worksheet for you!… Read More →

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Mar 09, 2016
FYW 056 : Tu or Vous ? All you need to know about using the correct form of address in French
21:16

How to choose between tu or vous in French? And then, when can we switch from using vous to using tu with a French person? If these very questions are not always clear for a native French, I can only imagine how much more confusing they can be for a foreigner! The good news is:… Read More →

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Mar 02, 2016
FYW 055 : The in-laws : votre belle-mère est-elle belle ? (Is your mother-in-law beautiful) ?
8:51

In today’s episode, we’ll have a look at how to talk about your in law family. Learn or review French vocabulary, the importance of punctuation to avoid confusion, and brush up the grammar rule of agreements. You’ll probably get more from this episode that you would have suspected! 😉 Vocabulary and Spelling of the French… Read More →

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Feb 24, 2016
FYW 054 : “Attendre” vs “to attend”
10:16

What are the different meanings of “attendre” in French? Don’t confuse “attendre” and the English “to attend”, they are totally different! How to talk about where you attended school? I’ll explain what you need to know about these seemingly similar words, and teach you some French expressions with “attendre” along the way! Vocabulary and Spelling… Read More →

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Feb 17, 2016
FYW 053 : Irregular French Plurals : Masculine Words Ending in “_al”
9:40

Learn or brush-up the rule for the irregular French plurals of masculine words ending in “_al”, then test yourself! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode un journal (= a newspaper) un cheval (= a horse) un animal un festival un carnaval un bal (= ball, dance) un chacal (= jackal,… Read More →

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Feb 10, 2016
FYW 052 : “La Chandeleur”, a popular tradition in France.
10:52

For « la Chandeleur » (Candlemas), many French homes are making crepes. Learn about the origins of this tradition. How many of these 16 facts about “la Chandeleur” / Crepes Day did you know? Test your knowledge and learn a bit of French along the way! I’ll also share with you my grandmother’s recipe for… Read More →

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Feb 03, 2016
FYW 051 : French expressions with animals (Part 2)
13:16

Learn more common French expressions with animal names! (check www.frenchyourway.com.au/podcast48 for Part 1 of expressions with animals). You’ll impress if you can fit these in a French conversation with native speakers 😉 How many of the following French expressions with animals did you know? Can you share some expressions with animals existing in your own… Read More →

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Jan 27, 2016
FYW 050 : 10 Tips to Make the Most of your Private Language Lessons
17:07

Here are some tips to help you get the most of your private lessons with a teacher or a tutor. This is not limited to French private lessons but applies to language learning in general. Do you have other tips to share? Feel free to comment (http://frenchyourway.com.au/10-tips-for-private-language-lessons). You could be helping other students! And of… Read More →

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Jan 20, 2016
FYW 049 : “Minuit moins cinq” or “Zéro heure moins cinq”
14:39

Today I’m answering a question from Omar (Huston, Texas): Bonjour Jessica, I just found your podcasts and really am enjoying them!  My quick question is if I can use “moins” when referring to midnight.  As in « Il est minuit moins cinq »?  Or would you say « il est zéro heure moins cinq »? Also, about “quart” and… Read More →

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Jan 13, 2016
FYW 048 : French Expressions with Animals (Part 1)
13:54

In this episode, discover some popular French expressions with animal names! You’ll impress if you can fit these in a French conversation with native speakers 😉 How many of the following French expressions with animals did you know? Can you share some expressions with animals existing in your own language? Do you know their equivalent… Read More →

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Jan 06, 2016
FYW 047 : Perfect or Imperfect ? (French verbs)
20:29

I received this question from one of my podcast listeners. Sinead gets confused between when to use the perfect or imperfect tenses in French (imparfait or passé composé). This is actually a headache for many students of French, so I’ve tried to make my explanations as simple as possible, with lots of examples. I also… Read More →

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Dec 30, 2015
FYW 046 : Joyeux Noël! French vocabulary and traditions around Christmas.
21:16

Learn some Christmas French vocabulary and French Christmas traditions in this episode. Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Un arbre de Noël, un sapin de Noël: a Christmas tree Un sapin = a fir tree, a pine tree Une boule = a bauble Une guirlande = a tinsel Une étoile… Read More →

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Dec 23, 2015
FYW 045 : 70, 80 and 90 in French – Why are these numbers so weird?
11:55

As if French language didn’t have enough grammar rules with exceptions, French conjugation tenses and irregular verbs, when it comes to numbers it also seem to go all wrong between 70 and 99. Why is that? How can you remember once and for all how to say 70, 80 and 90 in French and count… Read More →

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Dec 16, 2015
FYW 044 : Because vs Because Of (and the reason why)
9:40

Students of French often mistranslate “because of” in French. This is because of two reasons: translating literally without thinking in advance of the structure of the sentence, and not taking into account the positive or negative connotation implied in the sentence. So let’s explain the difference between “because” (“parce que” and “because of” (“à cause… Read More →

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Dec 09, 2015
FYW 043 : French Expressions With Colours
18:20

Follow me through a rainbow of colours with this selection of common French expressions using colours! While some expressions have an obvious origin (usually a comparison to something that is of the same colour), I will help you understand some less obvious origins of expressions, which will also give you a cultural insight! Do you… Read More →

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Dec 02, 2015
FYW 042 : How to know when to use bon vs bien in French?
11:38

What is “The difference between bien and bon(ne). I’m never quite sure. In English we would say ‘very good’ for a good piece of work, but in French you would say ‘très bien’ (I think), which would directly translate to ‘very well’. Bien seems to pop up quite a lot in other places too. For… Read More →

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Nov 25, 2015
FYW 041 : Paris Attacks
18:50

I didn’t feel like recording a “normal” episode this week – just wanted to express my sorrow after the Paris attacks in the night of November 13th. I will give you some French vocabulary related to the attacks that you would have heard/read in the news (so be warned, they are sad words!) In the show… Read More →

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Nov 18, 2015
FYW 040 : “Ecouter” and “entendre”
10:56

Students of French often mix “écouter” and “entendre”, so let’s clarify these! You will also learn a bunch of common expressions with “écouter” and “entendre” to boost your French vocabulary! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Entendre = to hear (as in, to not be deaf) écouter = to listen… Read More →

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Nov 11, 2015
FYW 039 : Aller, venir, revenir, retourner
5:50

I’m going to talk about the differences between aller/venir (so far so good, in general), but also revenir and retourner (. as I esp notice many misuses of the word retourner) – so I wanted to clarify it all, and I hope this helps! Note: this episode is a little bit different as I wanted… Read More →

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Nov 04, 2015
FYW 038 : Next Weekend – This Week or Next Week?
6:54

Imagine it’s Wednesday today (if you listen to this episode on the day it’s realeased, it actually IS Wednesday today!).  If your friend tells you: “Let’s go camping next week-end!”, when do you understand that you’ll go camping? In 3 days or in 10 days? Discover ways you can avoid ambiguities in French! Vocabulary and… Read More →

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Oct 28, 2015
FYW 037 : How to Pronounce the French R
15:27

Many students struggle with the pronunciation of the French R, so in this episode I will give you some practice exercises and phonetic tips on how to pronounce the French R so that you can sound more French. Unleash the tigeRRR in you! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Practice… Read More →

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Oct 21, 2015
FYW 036 : Passions and Phobias – Words Ending in phile and phobe in French
26:30

I love comparing language learning  to an investigation game, where you use clues to understand the meaning of words! In this episode, I will start by giving a few examples of these clues that can make your French comprehension easier. Then we’ll expand our French vocabulary with words containing the Greek suffixes “phile” and “phobe”.… Read More →

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Oct 14, 2015
FYW 035 : How to Improve your French Listening skills? My best tips!
33:00

I’ve compiled my best tips about how to improve your French listening skills after receiving this question from many of you. If you find it a struggle to hold a conversation in French because you can’t understand the replies, if you think French people speak too fast or if you find that your ear hasn’t… Read More →

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Oct 07, 2015
FYW 034 : How to Say Including in French
13:36

“How to say including in French?” (question was submitted by Souvira from Canberra) For example, how do we say “I did a lot of things today including gardening”. Are there other expressions we can use apart from “y compris”? Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Verbs: Inclure = to include… Read More →

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Sep 30, 2015
FYW 033 : How to Tell if a French Noun is Masculine or Feminine (Part 2)
17:15

This is the second part about how you can tell whether a noun is masculine or feminine in French!  (For the first part, listen to French Your Way Podcast, episode 32). In last week’s episode, I’ve ran you through groups of words/categories which are generally masculine or feminine (eg: numbers, names of colours, trees, metals,… Read More →

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Sep 23, 2015
FYW 032 : How to Tell if a French Noun is Masculine or Feminine (Part 1)
17:46

New learners of French are often unsettled or scared when they find out that every French noun has a gender: it is either masculine or feminine. How to know whether a word is masculine or feminine in French? You need to learn it as part as the vocabulary and therefore create good learning habits from… Read More →

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Sep 16, 2015
FYW 031 : The Guide to Movement + Direction in French
9:47

How to say “to run up”, “to run down”, “to swim past”, “to crawl through”, etc. in French?  Learn to think differently so you won’t get stuck anymore, because literal translation is not working here! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode To run up = monter en courant To run… Read More →

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Sep 09, 2015
FYW 030 : How to say Fruit and Fruit Trees in French
7:41

This short episode is a 2 in 1 episode: By adding extra words to your vocabulary, you will also (and mostly) brush up or add to your existing knowledge of some basic vocab : names of fruits. Just as in English where you need the word “apple” to make the word “apple tree” or “cherry” to… Read More →

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Sep 02, 2015
FYW 029 : A New Insight into “Voir” and “Regarder”
11:13

“Voir” or “regarder”? I’ll explain the difference, because it seems to be a source of confusion for many students of French. Learn vocabulary and expressions along the way too! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Voir = to see (passive) Déjà vu = already seen La vue = the view,… Read More →

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Aug 26, 2015
FYW 028 : Le Cahier De Vacances – All About Holiday and Homework
9:47

In the Northern hemisphere, summer is coming to an end, holiday time is over. Children and students are going back to school soon (la rentrée) and you may now be listening to me on your commute rather than on the beach. Don’t worry! To help you transition smoothly, I’ll start the episode talking about holidays… Read More →

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Aug 19, 2015
FYW 027 : Learn the different words for “Friend” in French
10:38

We’re going to talk about the people who are very important in our lives: friends – the different words to say “friend” in French, their differences in meaning and the history behind the words. I’ll also give you some songs and books references around the theme of friendship. Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words… Read More →

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Aug 12, 2015
FYW 026 : Aches, Pains and Broken Bones
8:53

Talking about broken bones and how to say where you’re sore! More than just expressions, you will also reinforce some grammar notions that many students of French often get wrong. Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Avoir mal à + le/la/les + body part = have pain at (to have… Read More →

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Aug 05, 2015