Comme une Française: Spoken French Essentials in 40 Minutes

“Aprem,” “Pub”, “Bon ap” : French people often cut the end of their words in informal conversation. That’s part of how they speak so fast! And why you can’t understand informal spoken French… until now at least. Today, I’m going to show you some common words and expressions that French people cut – so you won’t be surprised when you hear them in a French conversation group or from a Parisian waiter. Practice your pronunciation with me, and see how you can use these shortcuts yourself!

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

Comme une Française: The Real Meaning of Quand Même for English Speakers

Quand même is a very common expression in spoken French, but it’s very hard to translate. It’s literal English translation doesn’t make much sense, which often makes it difficult for native English speakers to learn. How can you use the expression quand même in spoken French? How can you understand what it means in spoken French conversation — especially whether it’s being used positively or negatively? We’ll explore all of that and more in today’s lesson. Let’s dive in!

Take care and stay safe.

😘 from Grenoble, France. Géraldine

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