Comme une Française: Know “Y” vs “En”

French pronouns can be weird, you know? The French pronouns “Y” and “En” almost mean the same thing — but you can’t actually use them synonymously! So, what’s the difference between y and en in French? How do they work? How do you know which one to use? Why do we say both “Je m’en vais” and “J’y vais”? Let’s find out, in today’s lesson!
Take care and stay safe. 😘 from Grenoble, France. Géraldine

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Comme une Française: Missing letters

One of the hardest parts about understanding spoken French? We EAT letters! (Especially vowels). For example…

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It probably goes without saying, but everyday spoken French is really hard to understand. Pronunciation doesn’t flow logically from the spelling — and then there’s the fact that French people eat letters from their words!

Today, let’s practice your understanding of real spoken French, specifically by looking at when and why we “eat” letters. We’ll use a clip from the movie L’Auberge Espagnole (= “The Spanish hostel,” 2002) as an example, for our practice.

Take care and stay safe.
😘 from Grenoble, France.

Géraldine

Comme une Française: Fast Spoken French

You can learn all the French vocabulary in the world and watch all the French movies ever created… but you won’t be able to improve your comprehension of real, everyday spoken French unless you practice! And that’s what we’ll do today.

In today’s lesson, we’re going to use a clip from English comedian Paul Taylor, which you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZcxT…​. In it, Paul speaks excellent everyday French. Can you understand what he’s saying? Have a listen, and let’s practice together.

Take care and stay safe. 😘 from Grenoble, France.

Géraldine

Comme une Française: “Venir De” – Two meanings of this very useful French verb

You may already know the French verb Venir, which means “to come”. But, have you encountered its trickier neighbour, “Venir de”? We’ll explore its different meanings in today’s lesson, and I’ll show you how to use it in everyday French conversation. Take care and stay safe.

😘 from Grenoble, France.

Géraldine

Comme une Française: Practice Your French with the Netflix Series “Lupin”

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Have you heard about this one? Lupin is a brand new French series that’s been streaming on Netflix since January 8th. I really enjoyed it — so much that I binge-watched it in just three sittings! In today’s video, we’ll learn more about this well-known French character, Lupin, how he influenced the Netflix series, and why this is such a great option if you’re interested in practicing and improving your French oral comprehension. (There are MANY different dialects in this show!) Let’s dive in.

Take care and stay safe. 😘 from Grenoble, France.

Géraldine

Comme une française: How to pronounce the “euil” sound

How do you pronounce fauteuil in French? How about écureuil, or accueil? Each of these words use the weird French sound “euil”

It’s no secret that many French words have weird pronunciation. And one sound that always makes French learners pause is the “euil” sound. You’ll see it in words like un fauteuil (an armchair), un écureuil (a squirrel), and un accueil (welcome / hospitality / an entrance lobby). In today’s lesson, I’ll show you some tricks for getting around this weird French pronunciation, so you can get better at speaking real, everyday French! Let’s go!

Take care and stay safe. 😘 from Grenoble, France. Géraldine