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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 a...Show More

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FYW 204 : Answers to quiz…and winner announcement!

28:07 | Jan 2nd

It’s finally here! The episode where you finally get the answers to the 15 questions I asked you in episode 200 of the podcast! I’m so glad you loved the challenge and the opportunity to brush-up the older episodes. Well done to the participants who ...Show More

FYW 203 : Bonne fêtes!

10:21 | Dec 26th, 2018

“Bonne fêtes!” or ” Joyeuses fêtes!” is what we traditionally say in French at this time of the year to encompass both Christmas and New Year festivities. And do you know what we say (or write on cards) for each of these two occasions? Talking about ...Show More

FYW 202 : My thoughts, comments and experiences about language learning (and how our daughter speaks three languages)

27:33 | Dec 19th, 2018

Note: this episode was supposed to have the answers to the quiz from episode 200 but due to technical issues, the deadline to submit your answers has been postponed to 23rd December and the answers will be featured in episode 204. In episode 100 of F...Show More

FYW 201 : PART 6 – Common false friends (= faux amis) in French and English

17:24 | Dec 12th, 2018

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”...Show More

FYW 200 : Celebrating Episode #200!! Take the quiz and win a French lesson with me!!

9:38 | Dec 5th, 2018

For this special episode, I offer to go back and refresh what you’ve learnt over all the time we’ve spent together, for the last 100 weeks! (if you’ve only started to this podcast recently or if it’s your first time today, don’t worry! Welcome!!) I’v...Show More

FYW 199 : French words and expression related to cooking

10:33 | Nov 28th, 2018

Marie would like help to understand some French words and expressions related to cooking: “I like cooking and as such talk about it quite a lot.  I seem to get confused about the different verbs eg faire cuisiner, cuisiner, faire la cuisine, cuire, f...Show More

FYW 198 : “J’ai été” or “j’étais”? Passé composé or imparfait?

14:54 | Nov 21st, 2018

In today’s episode I’m answering a question from Donovan: “Can you please give some examples of when to use j’étais versus j’ai été and when to use j’avais versus j’ai eu?  In English, we translate so many things as “was” or “had”, that it’s hard to ...Show More

FYW 197 : When and why to use the verb AGIR in French?

11:15 | Nov 14th, 2018

Gillian’s question, When and why to use the verb AGIR in French, is a great opportunity to boost your French vocabulary and reflect on grammar, as this verb is used in different sentence structures. Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mention...Show More

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

31:09 | Nov 7th, 2018

In this somewhat different episode you’ll get to hear a real French lesson that I recorded with Lothar, a student from Germany! As you will hear, Lothar has very good comprehension and speaking skills, so listening to our conversation will be a great...Show More

FYW 195 : How to say “to make someone…” in French?

10:40 | Oct 31st, 2018

Do you know how to translate expressions such as “to make someone happy / proud / apologise / jump” etc. in French? Can you tell that there are actually two different types of structures in the examples just given? Beware of literal translation, as i...Show More

FYW 194 : The episode which is a non-episode!

3:53 | Oct 24th, 2018

Find out why I couldn’t record an episode for you this week and what you can do in the meantime to brush-up your French! Tips about New Zealand welcome: Contact Me Listen to upcoming episode #100 of French Voices Podcast! Thank You for Tuning In! The...Show More

FYW 193 : French dictation: Comments on the previous episode

14:30 | Oct 17th, 2018

In episode 192 you had the opportunity to challenge yourself with a very French and very academic type of exercise: la dictée! (= dictation). In this episode, I’ll come back on the few grammar and spelling rules that you needed to pay attention to in...Show More

FYW 192 : A French exercise: dictation! (2)

15:02 | Oct 10th, 2018

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 the show notes – don’t che...Show More

FYW 191 : French adverbs in “-ment”

13:29 | Oct 3rd, 2018

A few episodes ago (episode 188) I talked about the position of adverbs in French sentences. Well, this inspired me to tell you more about French adverbs and in this episode, I’ll cover how to adverbs ending in -MENT (a very common type of French adv...Show More

FYW 190 : About “puis-je” in French

10:22 | Sep 26th, 2018

Podcast listener Megan wanted to know more about the origin of “puis-je”, a French form related to the verb “pouvoir”. I always love it when students are curious about what they learn, question, investigate the meaning and origin of words. So I’m mor...Show More

FYW 189 : French pronunciation: What’s the difference between a “mute H” and an “aspirate H”?

16:54 | Sep 19th, 2018

This episode is an exclusive peep into one of the lessons from my online French pronunciation and intonation course “How to sound like a native French speaker”. If you yet need to find out the influence of the latter “H” in the French liaison, or sim...Show More

FYW 188 : The position of adverbs in French

11:39 | Sep 12th, 2018

Where are adverbs positioned in a French sentence? Before or after the verb? What about in compound tenses? In negative sentences? Listen to this episode to find out! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Le bébé dort ...Show More

FYW 187 : PART 5 – 5 common false friends (= faux amis) in French and English

11:43 | Sep 5th, 2018

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”...Show More

FYW 186 : “savoir” or “pouvoir”? How to translate “can” into French

10:42 | Aug 29th, 2018

The English modal “can” has a couple of different translations in French depending on its meaning. Let’s clarify how to translate “can” into French. You’ll see, it’s easy! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode “I don’t...Show More

FYW 185 : French dictation: Comments on the previous episode

12:50 | Aug 22nd, 2018

In episode 184 you had the opportunity to challenge yourself with a very French and very academic type of exercise: la dictée! (= dictation). In this episode, I’ll come back on the few grammar and spelling rules that you needed to pay attention to in...Show More

FYW 184 : A French exercise: dictation!

15:55 | Aug 15th, 2018

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!). P...Show More

FYW 183 : Ceci, cela, ça, celui, etc: a guide about using the demonstrative pronouns and adjectives.

16:02 | Aug 8th, 2018

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, c...Show More

FYW 182 : How long does it take to learn French?

20:15 | Aug 1st, 2018

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, w...Show More

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

42:53 | Jul 25th, 2018

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 persona...Show More

FYW 180 : Understanding the preposition DE (3/3): vebs using a preposition

13:23 | Jul 18th, 2018

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 ...Show More

FYW 179 : French regions: new names, purpose, debates (and grammar!)

17:09 | Jul 11th, 2018

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 ...Show More

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

11:33 | Jul 4th, 2018

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 betw...Show More

FYW 177 : French homonyms (4): air, aire (and more!)

14:34 | Jun 27th, 2018

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 (...Show More

FYW 176 : Understanding the preposition DE (1/3): back to the basics with brushing up the articles!

14:03 | Jun 20th, 2018

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 ch...Show More

FYW 175 : Au fait, en fait, en effet (and other expressions) explained

11:19 | Jun 13th, 2018

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 expressio...Show More

FYW 174 : French verbs: agreement of the past participle with reflexive verbs (compound tenses, part 5)

20:53 | Jun 6th, 2018

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 (se...Show More

FYW 173 : French bank holidays, cultural facts… and strikes!

26:26 | May 30th, 2018

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 so...Show More

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

39:25 | May 23rd, 2018

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,...Show More

FYW 171 : French verbs: agreement of the past participle with AVOIR (compound tenses, part 4)

13:42 | May 16th, 2018

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...Show More

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 | May 9th, 2018

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 e...Show More

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

9:01 | May 2nd, 2018

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,...Show More

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

10:56 | Apr 25th, 2018

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 n...Show More

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

14:48 | Apr 18th, 2018

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 agreeme...Show More

FYW 166 : How to write the plurals of French compound nouns?

22:41 | Apr 11th, 2018

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 ...Show More

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

19:17 | Apr 4th, 2018

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 ...Show More

FYW 164 : French verbs: past participles (compound tenses, part 1)

14:57 | Mar 28th, 2018

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 ...Show More

FYW 163 : What’s on the French euro coins and bank notes?

13:59 | Mar 21st, 2018

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 w...Show More

FYW 162 : “Jouer à” vs “jouer de”

8:15 | Mar 14th, 2018

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 t...Show More

FYW 161 : French Homonyms (3) – lait, laid, laie (and more)

11:22 | Mar 7th, 2018

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...Show More

Special Announcement : Looking for participants for my new project!

6:29 | Mar 3rd, 2018

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 spre...Show More

FYW 160 : French Conversation – How to Improve Your Confidence

19:05 | Feb 28th, 2018

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...Show More

FYW 159 : The difference between tout, toute, toutes, tous, toux

8:52 | Feb 21st, 2018

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 n...Show More

FYW 158 : 10 French grammatical mistakes even native speakers make

23:27 | Feb 14th, 2018

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 peop...Show More

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

14:38 | Feb 7th, 2018

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 ...Show More

FYW 156 : When our daughter got sick in France

22:24 | Jan 31st, 2018

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 ...Show More

FYW 155 : French expressions using the verb FAIRE (Part 3)

8:14 | Jan 24th, 2018

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.c...Show More

FYW 154 : French expressions using the verb FAIRE (Part 2)

12:49 | Jan 17th, 2018

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...Show More

FYW 153 : French expressions using the verb FAIRE (Part 1)

17:24 | Jan 10th, 2018

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 irregu...Show More

FYW 152 : Meilleurs voeux pour 2018!

11:19 | Jan 3rd, 2018

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 Spell...Show More

FYW 151 : French homonyms part 2 – mère et père

8:47 | Dec 27th, 2017

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 epi...Show More

FYW 150 : Joyeux Noël from France!

7:46 | Dec 20th, 2017

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 Spe...Show More

FYW 149 : All the meanings of “bien” in French

11:02 | Dec 13th, 2017

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...Show More

FYW 148 : “Inclusive writing”: what is it and how does it work?

26:17 | Dec 6th, 2017

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 soci...Show More

FYW 147 : How to translate the English “DO” in French?

16:01 | Nov 29th, 2017

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...Show More

FYW 146 : False friends (faux amis) – supporter

7:44 | Nov 22nd, 2017

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...Show More

FYW 145 : The French school system

25:57 | Nov 15th, 2017

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 giv...Show More

FYW 144 : (Part 2) The relative pronouns: lequel, laquelle, lesquels, duquel, etc.

14:00 | Nov 8th, 2017

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,...Show More

FYW 143 : (Part 1) The relative pronouns: lequel, laquelle, lesquels, duquel, etc.

14:56 | Nov 1st, 2017

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 e...Show More

FYW 142 : French homonyms (1): vert, ver, vers, vair

13:07 | Oct 25th, 2017

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 ...Show More

FYW 141 : Tips to watch French movies

18:19 | Oct 18th, 2017

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 withou...Show More

FYW 140 : Past historic tense in French: why I don’t (and won’t) teach it

16:51 | Oct 11th, 2017

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 ...Show More

FYW 139 : (PART 2) Back to school: childhood memories

8:22 | Oct 4th, 2017

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 le...Show More

FYW 138 : (PART 1) Back to school: French vocabulary and culture

18:15 | Sep 27th, 2017

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...Show More

FYW 137 : “De la pizza” vs “la pizza”?

13:48 | Sep 20th, 2017

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 ...Show More

FYW 136 : How to increase your French vocabulary? My best tips

24:26 | Sep 13th, 2017

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 th...Show More

FYW 135 : False friends (faux amis): inhabitant

13:24 | Sep 6th, 2017

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 exp...Show More

FYW 134 : The pronoun “dont” in French

12:49 | Aug 30th, 2017

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: fr...Show More

FYW 133 : PART 4 – 10 common false friends (= faux amis) in French and English

13:17 | Aug 23rd, 2017

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”...Show More

FYW 132 : Need help to choose between “c’est” and “est”?

8:03 | Aug 16th, 2017

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 ...Show More

FYW 131 : Baby equipment : over 30 handy French words for travelling parents!

20:54 | Aug 9th, 2017

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 a...Show More

FYW 130 : Do you often confuse ” depuis, pendant, il y a”?

10:04 | Aug 2nd, 2017

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 ...Show More

FYW 129 : Indirect speech (Part 3): changes you must make with time indicators

12:29 | Jul 26th, 2017

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 ...Show More

FYW 128 : Bastille Day in France: French vocabulary, culture, history…

17:55 | Jul 19th, 2017

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 a...Show More

FYW 127 : Vocabulary booster: words derived from “recevoir”

10:12 | Jul 12th, 2017

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!...Show More

FYW 126 : Questions in French (Part 4) – rising or falling intonation?

13:00 | Jul 5th, 2017

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 y...Show More

FYW 125 : Indirect speech (Part 2): The (simple) logic to changing the tenses of the verbs

18:53 | Jun 28th, 2017

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...Show More

FYW 124 : French songs for babies/toddlers

21:44 | Jun 21st, 2017

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 tradition...Show More

FYW 123 : Knock knock! Toc-Toc! French words derived from sounds (onomatopoeia)

10:42 | Jun 14th, 2017

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 Fr...Show More

FYW 122 : Why Learn French?

19:44 | Jun 7th, 2017

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 t...Show More

FYW 121 : Tout droit vs à droite: what’s the connection between these two expressions?

7:35 | May 31st, 2017

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 particularl...Show More

FYW 120 : Questions in French (Part 3): When the verb is made of several words

16:16 | May 24th, 2017

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 con...Show More

FYW 119 : “Là-dessus”, “juste dessus”

9:29 | May 17th, 2017

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 refe...Show More

FYW 118 : PART 3 – 10 Common False Friends (= Faux Amis) in French and English

10:13 | May 10th, 2017

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”...Show More

FYW 117 : Indirect speech (Part 1): put the right words…in the right order

12:29 | May 3rd, 2017

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...Show More

FYW 116 : French words that look like English…but are not (pseudo anglicisms)

12:20 | Apr 26th, 2017

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 re...Show More

FYW 115 : Questions in French (Part 2): The different translations of “what…?”

14:34 | Apr 19th, 2017

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 co...Show More

FYW 114 : Learning French while sleeping?

9:10 | Apr 12th, 2017

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 RESOURCE...Show More

FYW 113 : Some Spelling Rules for French Feminine Words Ending With the /e/ Sound

8:36 | Apr 5th, 2017

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 writt...Show More

FYW 112 : French books for babies / toddlers

31:07 | Mar 29th, 2017

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 b...Show More

FYW 111 : Questions in French (Part 1): The 3 Ways to Ask a Question

15:15 | Mar 22nd, 2017

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...Show More

FYW 110 : Animal Names in French

17:24 | Mar 15th, 2017

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 wou...Show More

FYW 109 : All about the old French Republican Calendar!

15:16 | Mar 8th, 2017

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...Show More

FYW 108 : The difference between “emmener”, “amener”, “emporter” and “apporter”

9:25 | Mar 1st, 2017

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…...Show More

FYW 107 : How to Add French to Your Daily Life

16:32 | Feb 22nd, 2017

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...Show More

FYW 106 : Je me lave, vous vous appelez, etc.: what are reflexive verbs ?

13:51 | Feb 15th, 2017

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 ho...Show More

FYW 105 : A must-see in Paris: le Panthéon

12:36 | Feb 8th, 2017

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 episod...Show More

FYW 104 : Why do you say “à l’est de l’Australie” but “l’Ambassade d’Australie”?

13:59 | Feb 1st, 2017

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 men...Show More

FYW 103 : PART 2 – 10 common false friends (= faux amis) in French and English

9:28 | Jan 25th, 2017

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”...Show More

FYW 102 : Answers to Episode 100 and winner announcement!

23:39 | Jan 18th, 2017

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 broad...Show More

FYW 101 : The different meanings of ON in French

7:19 | Jan 11th, 2017

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 episod...Show More

FYW 100 : Celebrating Episode #100!! Take the quiz and win a French lesson with me!!

12:10 | Jan 4th, 2017

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 t...Show More

FYW 099 : The French Pronoun “EN”

15:09 | Dec 28th, 2016

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 o...Show More

FYW 098 : The different forms of BEAU in French

10:06 | Dec 21st, 2016

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 exam...Show More

FYW 097 : 25+ French expressions with the word “mise / mettre”

19:14 | Dec 14th, 2016

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 alr...Show More

FYW 096 : The French Pronoun “Y”

13:26 | Dec 7th, 2016

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 exa...Show More

FYW 095 : How to prepare for the DELF or any French exam

18:50 | Nov 30th, 2016

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 requireme...Show More

FYW 094 : What is “coucou” in French?

8:41 | Nov 23rd, 2016

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’...Show More

FYW 093 : The different translations for BUSY in French

7:58 | Nov 16th, 2016

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 an...Show More

FYW 092 : The difference between SAVOIR and CONNAITRE

12:37 | Nov 9th, 2016

“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 ep...Show More

FYW 091 : I’m back from France! My comments and travel tips for you

19:12 | Nov 2nd, 2016

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://frenchyour...Show More

FYW 090 : How to say “I miss you” in French?

11:38 | Oct 26th, 2016

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 mis...Show More

FYW 089 : How to Proofread Your French Essay

16:50 | Oct 19th, 2016

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 re...Show More

FYW 088 : Direct and Indirect Objects and Pronouns in French

19:25 | Oct 12th, 2016

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”...Show More

FYW 087 : The origin of the days of the week (in French and more!)

14:42 | Oct 5th, 2016

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...Show More

FYW 086 : Introduction to the subjunctive (Part 3)

11:16 | Sep 21st, 2016

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 ...Show More

FYW 085 : 10 common false friends (= faux amis) in French and English

11:40 | Sep 21st, 2016

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”...Show More

FYW 084 : A few French punctuation rules… and why I’ve been inconsistent! (sorry)

15:40 | Sep 14th, 2016

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 punctuatio...Show More

FYW 083 : Introduction to the Subjunctive (Part 2)

31:28 | Sep 7th, 2016

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 sub...Show More

FYW 082 : The Difference Between Deuxième and Second in French

7:30 | Aug 31st, 2016

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 ? T...Show More

FYW 081 : The History Behind the Names of French Meals… with a Pinch of Grammar!

12:17 | Aug 24th, 2016

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...Show More

FYW 080 : Introduction to the subjunctive (Part 1)

22:08 | Aug 17th, 2016

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 Eng...Show More

FYW 079 : Pronouns (Part 1): How to Choose Between “je” and “moi”

14:06 | Aug 10th, 2016

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...Show More

FYW 078 : How to Use Your French Dictionary Efficiently

15:20 | Aug 3rd, 2016

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, v...Show More

FYW 077 : “Zero confidence when speaking French!”

24:57 | Jul 27th, 2016

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 d...Show More

FYW 076 : What’s the Difference Between Jour and Journée in French?

13:50 | Jul 20th, 2016

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 sub...Show More

FYW 075 : France Travel Tips (PART 3): Driving

15:49 | Jul 13th, 2016

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 u...Show More

FYW 074 : France Travel Tips (PART 2): Taking the Train

17:07 | Jul 6th, 2016

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...Show More

FYW 073 : France Travel Tips (PART 1): General Tips

23:29 | Jun 29th, 2016

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 ...Show More

FYW 072 : Position of Adjectives (PART 2): un homme pauvre, un pauvre homme

13:07 | Jun 22nd, 2016

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 ...Show More

FYW 071 : Position of adjectives (PART 1): “voiture rouge” or “rouge voiture”?

11:37 | Jun 15th, 2016

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 ad...Show More

FYW 070 : Introduction to French Grammar (Part 2): adjectives, adverbs, pronouns

18:16 | Jun 8th, 2016

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 Spelli...Show More

FYW 069 : Introduction to French Grammar (Part 1): articles, nouns and verbs

18:47 | Jun 1st, 2016

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: wha...Show More

FYW 068 : French expressions with body parts (Part 2)

12:48 | May 25th, 2016

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 ...Show More

FYW 067 : Why you shouldn’t say “very delicious” in French

6:58 | May 18th, 2016

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...Show More

FYW 066 : Reading French Books: Where to Start?

20:19 | May 11th, 2016

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 Fr...Show More

FYW 065 : Futur Simple vs Futur Proche

12:31 | May 4th, 2016

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 w...Show More

FYW 064 : French Expressions with Body Parts (Part 1)

19:45 | Apr 27th, 2016

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 w...Show More

FYW 063 : How to improve your French pronunciation: Ask Siri!

9:34 | Apr 20th, 2016

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 ques...Show More

FYW 062 : The prefix “Extra”

10:52 | Apr 13th, 2016

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...Show More

FYW 061 : Challenge – Can I Make You Love French Grammar?

25:49 | Apr 6th, 2016

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...Show More

FYW 060 : French Food Expressions

13:44 | Mar 30th, 2016

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 / avo...Show More

FYW 059 : French “déception” vs English “deception”: same same, or different?

11:18 | Mar 23rd, 2016

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 tho...Show More

FYW 058 : How to Conjugate French Verbs in –IR Without Losing Your Mind

13:24 | Mar 16th, 2016

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...Show More

FYW 057 : C’est or il est?

11:17 | Mar 9th, 2016

“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...Show More

FYW 056 : Tu or Vous ? All you need to know about using the correct form of address in French

21:16 | Mar 2nd, 2016

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 ...Show More

FYW 055 : The in-laws : votre belle-mère est-elle belle ? (Is your mother-in-law beautiful) ?

8:51 | Feb 24th, 2016

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 episod...Show More

FYW 054 : “Attendre” vs “to attend”

10:16 | Feb 17th, 2016

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 w...Show More

FYW 053 : Irregular French Plurals : Masculine Words Ending in “_al”

9:40 | Feb 10th, 2016

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 fe...Show More

FYW 052 : “La Chandeleur”, a popular tradition in France.

10:52 | Feb 3rd, 2016

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...Show More

FYW 051 : French expressions with animals (Part 2)

13:16 | Jan 27th, 2016

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 ...Show More

FYW 050 : 10 Tips to Make the Most of your Private Language Lessons

17:07 | Jan 20th, 2016

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://fr...Show More

FYW 049 : “Minuit moins cinq” or “Zéro heure moins cinq”

14:39 | Jan 13th, 2016

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 y...Show More

FYW 048 : French Expressions with Animals (Part 1)

13:54 | Jan 6th, 2016

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 so...Show More

FYW 047 : Perfect or Imperfect ? (French verbs)

20:29 | Dec 30th, 2015

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...Show More

FYW 046 : Joyeux Noël! French vocabulary and traditions around Christmas.

21:16 | Dec 23rd, 2015

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 ...Show More

FYW 045 : 70, 80 and 90 in French – Why are these numbers so weird?

11:55 | Dec 16th, 2015

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 ...Show More

FYW 044 : Because vs Because Of (and the reason why)

9:40 | Dec 9th, 2015

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...Show More

FYW 043 : French Expressions With Colours

18:20 | Dec 2nd, 2015

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 ...Show More

FYW 042 : How to know when to use bon vs bien in French?

11:38 | Nov 25th, 2015

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 ...Show More

FYW 041 : Paris Attacks

18:50 | Nov 18th, 2015

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 ne...Show More

FYW 040 : “Ecouter” and “entendre”

10:56 | Nov 11th, 2015

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 t...Show More

FYW 039 : Aller, venir, revenir, retourner

5:50 | Nov 4th, 2015

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...Show More

FYW 038 : Next Weekend – This Week or Next Week?

6:54 | Oct 28th, 2015

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 d...Show More

FYW 037 : How to Pronounce the French R

15:27 | Oct 21st, 2015

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...Show More

FYW 036 : Passions and Phobias – Words Ending in phile and phobe in French

26:30 | Oct 14th, 2015

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 exp...Show More

FYW 035 : How to Improve your French Listening skills? My best tips!

33:00 | Oct 7th, 2015

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 peop...Show More

FYW 034 : How to Say Including in French

13:36 | Sep 30th, 2015

“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 o...Show More

FYW 033 : How to Tell if a French Noun is Masculine or Feminine (Part 2)

17:15 | Sep 23rd, 2015

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 ...Show More

FYW 032 : How to Tell if a French Noun is Masculine or Feminine (Part 1)

17:46 | Sep 16th, 2015

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 vocabu...Show More

FYW 031 : The Guide to Movement + Direction in French

9:47 | Sep 9th, 2015

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 mentio...Show More

FYW 030 : How to say Fruit and Fruit Trees in French

7:41 | Sep 2nd, 2015

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 ...Show More

FYW 029 : A New Insight into “Voir” and “Regarder”

11:13 | Aug 26th, 2015

“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 Voi...Show More

FYW 028 : Le Cahier De Vacances – All About Holiday and Homework

9:47 | Aug 19th, 2015

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 trans...Show More

FYW 027 : Learn the different words for “Friend” in French

10:38 | Aug 12th, 2015

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 aroun...Show More

FYW 026 : Aches, Pains and Broken Bones

8:53 | Aug 5th, 2015

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 ...Show More

FYW 025 : All about meetings and rendezvous in French

8:31 | Jul 29th, 2015

There are several words and expressions to say “to meet” in French ; let’s meet them together! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Rencontrer = to meet (for the first time), to encounter J’ai rencontré mon mari à Hon...Show More