3 Minute French - Course 8 | Language lessons for beginners
What you'll learn
- Learn about the formal and informal versions of the French imperative, and a verb you can use as an alternative to it
- Learn how to conjugate the present tense in French for regular and irregular verbs
- Start to look at how to use object pronouns in French
- Learn lots of new and useful verbs to add to your collection
- Have a look at the second structure in French and how you can use it to form questions and sentences quickly, without having to think
- Learn all about French pronunciation rules, looking at vowels and consonants, and also get some tips on how to sound more "French"
- Learn lots of useful phrases that you can use in everyday conversations
- Look at the two different ways to say "leave" in French and how to use them
- Start to learn about how it isn't always possible to translate English phrases directly into French, and how we have to change them first
- Look at how to use the phrase "il y a" in the past
- Make sure that you are familiar with everything learnt in 3 Minute French courses 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7
Welcome to course 8 :-)
This is the eighth installment of the 3 Minute French series, and it consists of lessons 63 to 71. It's one of the longest courses in this series, and we start off by having a very in-depth look at the present tense.
We ended course 7 by looking at forming the present tense for "vous", as well as the imperative. We begin this course by going into more depth with the imperative and then looking at the full present tense, warts and all!
Remember in course 4, we looked at Building Structures, and we were introduced to the first French structure? Well, in this course, we're going to look at the second structure in French.
As well as the present tense and the second French structure, we have lots more to look at in this course. We devote an entire lesson looking at French pronuciation.
Most French courses start off by looking at a ginormous long list of pronunciation rules before giving you even one word to pronounce. In 3 Minute French, I give you new words and show you how to pronounce them as and when we come to them. I've mentioned little pronunciation tips here and there, but nothing too burdensome.
Now that you've amassed quite a large vocabulary, and you know how to pronounce each of those words, we can use them to learn how to pronounce new words. In the pronunciation lesson, we'll be looking at French consonants, vowels and glottal stops, and how we can now start to use pronunciation rules to figure out how to say just about any word we come across.
After the pronunciation lesson, we'll be learning lots of new verbs and verb phrases that will really boost our language skills. We'll begin to look at how to use "ce que" in French and how it differs from the word "que". We'll also delve further into the world of object pronouns, and how their position in a sentence can change if we use the imperative.
As I said, this is the longest course in the series so far, so don't rush through it. Let yourself have time after each lesson to process what you've learnt and to practise forming your own sentences using the different tenses and different words and structures that we've been learning.
I've hardly touched on the full extent of what we're going to be learning in this course, but a few more things we'll be looking at include:
Tips to make you sound more French
Using cet instead of ce
Using the words de and à with certain verbs to mean "to"
Telling somebody to leave you alone in French
Looking at the word dans
As always, I hope you really enjoy this course.
Bon apprentissage | Happy learning
Who this course is for:
- Anybody who enjoys the 3 Minute French method and wants to build more on what has been learnt so far
Hello, bonjour, hola, hallo, ciao and olá!
I’m Kieran and I’m a language tutor based in the UK, and I also create online courses and write books to make language learning accessible to all.
My books and online courses are based on the method I developed for teaching languages, which I've been using in all my classes for many years. The method will get you speaking quickly, without the struggle normally associated with language learning.
I have created three series of language courses available in French, Spanish, German, Italian and Portuguese. They're called: '3 Minute Languages', 'Building Structures' and 'Quick Guides'.
I hope you enjoy, and "Happy Learning" :-)