Français Intensif - Intensive French Intermediate Level
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Français Intensif - Intensive French Intermediate Level

Dive Deeper into the French language.
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Created by Kamil Pakula
Last updated 4/2020
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  • 28 articles
  • 243 downloadable resources
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What you'll learn
  • use full, grammatically correct sentences
  • use tenses and moods correctly
  • apply the rules of the language to make an infinite number of utterances
  • talk about time and use all sorts of numerals
  • talk / write about the present, the past and the future
  • use compound sentences
  • use conditionals
  • report what others say or think
  • use the passive voice
  • compare people and things
  • modify your language by means of adverbs and other linguistic means
  • much more
Requirements
  • This is an intermediate level course. It is assumed that you have some basic knowledge of the language. You should be acquainted with the following subjects: spelling and pronunciation, definite, indefinite and partitive articles, gender and number of nouns and adjectives, conjugation patterns of regular and irregular verbs in the present tense, possessive adjectives and pronouns, demonstrative pronouns, adverbs, affirmative, interrogative, imperative and negative sentences, reflexive and reciprocal verbs, direct and indirect objects, present and past participles, tonic pronouns, the pronouns en and y, relative and interrogative pronouns, basic prepositions.
Description

Dive deeper into the realms of the French language. Familiarize yourself with more advanced grammatical structures and learn new vocabulary. In this course we’ll explore all the main areas of French grammar.

Discover How Fantastic the French Language Is and How Marvelous It Is To Use It Correctly.

  • French Tenses
  • The Passé Composé Tense
  • Simple Arithmetic
  • Ordinal Numbers, Fractions and Other Numerals
  • Date and Time
  • Deadjectival Adverbs
  • Position of Adjectives
  • Agreement of Adjectives and Nouns
  • Comparison of Adjectives and Adverbs
  • The Imparfait Tense
  • Compound Nouns
  • Nominalization
  • Ways to Express the Future
  • The Futur Simple Tense
  • The Futur Antérieur Tense
  • The Plus-que-Parfait Tense
  • Indefinite Pronouns and Adjectives
  • Conditionals
  • The Subjunctive Mood
  • Coordination and Subordination of Clauses
  • Temporal Clauses
  • Causal Clauses
  • Final Clauses
  • Concessive Clauses
  • Consecutive Clauses
  • Reported Speech
  • Passive Voice
  • ... and more

Become a Highly Skilled User of French – It’s All Well Within Your Reach.

French is definitely one of the most popular languages in the world. There’s a whole bunch of benefits to knowing French. Let me just mention a few. In our global society you can make use of it in business, becoming a more valuable worker, in private life, on vacation, chatting online, reading literature and press or watching satellite TV. In some parts of the world French is either the main language spoken or one of the main ones. And I could go on and on like that...

This is an intensive course, which means it covers quite a lot of stuff. The explanations are concise and clear. You should have no difficulty following and understanding them. A lot of stuff and a lot of practice.

Contents and Overview

This course is pretty comprehensive, but the language I use is simple and should be easily understood by everybody.

This course is divided into 14 sections, each of them covering a broad topic subdivided into lectures. The pace is up to you, you can go through the easier parts faster and then take more time to study the more sophisticated ones.

To help you memorize and practice all the new stuff, there are loads of exercises. Most lectures are accompanied by additional resources. These are downloadable files with exercises (with key). There also files with vocabulary revision and, first of all, the main text file containing the material covered in the lecture video.

After you finish each section, there’s a quiz for you that covers the material discussed in that section.

After you finish this course you will be able to use the French language comfortably and correctly, understanding all the underlying rules and thus able to generate any constructions you want, in both spoken and written language. You will be able to use simple, compound and complex sentences and you will know what word order should be used. You will know how the language works and you will get a good feel of it.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is best suited for students who want to learn French in a systematic way, diving into its grammar and being eager to understand how the language works, how all the inflections, articles, tenses, moods etc. should be used correctly.
  • This is an intermediate level course so it is suitable for students who already have some basic knowledge of French.
  • This course is NOT suitable for students who only want to learn some everyday vocabulary or expressions like how to order food in a restaurant, book a ticket or something like that but don’t care about grammar.
  • This course is NOT suitable for absolute beginners.
Course content
Expand all 107 lectures 06:42:41
+ Introduction to the Course
2 lectures 03:25

In the introductory lecture I’ll tell you something about this course. I will tell you what you will learn in the course and who this course is best suited for.

Preview 01:48

In this lecture I will tell you how to use this course most effectively. We’ll talk about all the different types of activities this course offers.

How to Use This Course Most Effectively
01:37
+ The Passé Composé Tense
9 lectures 36:52

In this section we´ll talk about the Passé Composé Tense. 

Introduction to Section 2
00:38

In this lecture we´ll have an overview of all the French moods, tenses and other verb forms. This is just for reference, there´s no point learning all the forms now because we´ll be discussing them one by one later in the course.

Preview 02:52

In this lecture we´ll see what the Passé Composé Tense looks like and how it is formed. We´ll talk about both regular and irregular verbs. Actually they work the same way, all you have to know is the irregular past participles. First of all we’ll talk about the tense itself: when is it used?

J’ai appris, est-il venu? – The Meaning and Formation of the Passé Composé
12:00

Most verbs use the auxiliary verb avoir in the Passé Composé Tense. So, instead of listing all the cases when we use avoir, we’ll see just to some special cases and then, in the next lecture, we’ll discuss in detail when we use the auxiliary verb être. Then you will know when to use être, so in any other case you will most probably need avoir.

On a parlé - Passé Composé with avoir
02:58

In this lecture we’ll discuss the cases when Passé Composé is used with the auxiliary verb être.

Preview 08:22

In this lecture we’ll have a look at some common adverbs and other time expressions used with the past tenses.

Hier, d’abord, puis – Time Expressions
04:20

In this lecture we’ll talk about direct and indirect object pronouns used in Passé Composé. We’ll see how the participles agree with the object pronouns.

Preview 04:52

There´s hardly been any new vocabulary in this section so this lecture is really short. Just go ahead and have a look.

Section 2 Vocabulary Recap
00:41

In this lecture we’ll summarize what we’ve learned in this section.

Conclusion to Section 2
00:08
+ Numbers and Time
9 lectures 55:16

In this section we´ll be talking about numbers and time. We´ll learn some simple arithmetic, then we´ll talk about various types of numerals, like ordinal numbers or fractions. We´ll also learn to tell the time and date.

Introduction to Section 3
00:38

At the beginning of the course we learned the cardinal numbers. In this lecture will be using them to perform simple arithmetic.

Vingt moins trois – Simple Arithmetic
04:01

In this lecture we´ll talk about ordinal numbers. We´ll see what they look like and how they are used.

Le premier, le deuxième - Ordinal Numbers
10:38

In this lecture we´ll learn how to tell the time. We´ll learn some basic vocabulary related to time as well.

Il est une heure – Telling Time
11:16

In this lecture we´ll learn how to tell the date. We´ll also learn the names of the days of the week, the months and the seasons of the year and lots of time expressions relating to the present, past and future.

Le deux janvier – Dates
17:20

In this lecture we´ll talk about fractions. Just in case you’ve forgotten: In order to make fractions we need two parts: the upper part is called the numerator and the lower part (under the fraction line) is called the denominator.

Preview 04:43

There are just a few more types of numerals. In this lecture we´ll be talking about the two most important groups, the multiple and collective numerals. We´ll also see how to say both in French.

Une vingtaine, double – Other Types of Numerals
05:09

In this lecture we will recap on the vocabulary that we´ve covered in this section but we will not revise all the numerals because they have been the main subject of this section and we would have to repeat almost everything here.

Section 3 Vocabulary Recap
01:24

In this lecture we’ll summarize what we’ve learned in this section.

Conclusion to Section 3
00:06
+ Adjectives and Adverbs
11 lectures 39:42

This section is all about adjectives and adverbs. We´ll see how adverbs are formed from adjectives and which position they occupy in a sentence. We´ll see how to compare adjectives and adverbs. 

Introduction to Section 4
00:48

In English there´s a group of adverbs that are formed from adjectives by means of the ending –ly. There is a similar group in French too, but the ending is naturally different. These adverbs are the subject of this lecture.

Vrai, vraiment – Deadjectival Adverbs
03:45

Adverbs may occupy a whole range of positions in a sentence. They may be at the beginning of a sentence or at the end of the sentence. They may be inside the sentence, before or after the word they modify. As we know, adverbs are used to modify verbs, adjectives and participles, other adverbs and also whole sentences. In this lecture we´ll see where the adverbs in each of the above cases.

Je danse mal – Using Adverbs
04:16

In this lecture we’ll be talking about pairs of positive and negative adverbs, like always and never. We’ll pay special attention to the negative ones because we usually get rid of the pas part of the negation.

Parfois, jamais – Positive and Negative Adverbs
02:43

In French adjectives may either follow or precede the nouns they modify. Most descriptive adjectives follow the noun. On the other hand, some adjectives are used before the noun they modify. In this lecture we’ll talk about the position of adjectives.

Un beau livre – Position of Adjectives
05:31

Normally adjectives agree in gender and number with the noun they modify. But what if there are more nouns and, even worse, some are masculine and others feminine? Should the adjective then be masculine or feminine? Well, let´s find out.

Fleurs et arbres verts – Agreement of Adjectives and Nouns
04:01

In this lecture we´ll see how to compare adjectives. We´ll see how to make comparative and superlative forms. First, we´ll focus on regular ones, we´ll discuss the irregular ones in the next lecture.

Plus chaud, moins froid – Comparison of Adjectives
07:47

In this lecture we´ll see how to compare adverbs. We´ll see how to make comparative and superlative forms. In this lecture we´ll focus on regular ones, we´ll discuss the irregular ones in the next lecture.

Plus souvent, moins souvent - Comparison of Adverbs
03:18

Some adjectives and adverbs have irregular comparative and superlative forms. In this lecture we´ll learn how to use them.

Meilleur, pire – Irregular Comparisons
06:07

In this lecture we´ll recap on the new vocabulary that has been introduced in this section.

Section 4 Vocabulary Recap
01:17

In this lecture we’ll summarize what we’ve learned in this section.

Conclusion to Section 4
00:08
+ The Imparfait Tense
7 lectures 17:37

We already know a tense which can be used to talk about the past, the Passé Composé Tense. In this section we´ll learn another, the Imperfect Tense (Imparfait).

Introduction to Section 5
00:28

The Imperfect Tense is used to talk about continuous, habitual or repeated actions in the past. It’s often used to describe the background actions of other actions expressed in Passé Composé. It’s also used to talk about lasting states in the past. In this lecture we’ll talk about the Imperfect forms of the verb être (to be), which is the only irregular verb in this tense. In the next lectures we’ll cover all the other verbs.

J’étais, il était – Imperfect Tense of the Verb to be
02:23

Imperfect Tense forms are easy to make. They are based on the first person plural and are made by means of personal endings. In this lecture we’ll see how.

Je chantais, nous chantions – The Imperfect Tense Forms
06:43

In this lecture we´ll have a closer look at the most typical situations when the Imperfect Tense is used. We´ll also see how it relates to the Passé Composé Tense.

On parlait – The Meaning of the Imparfait
04:12

In this lecture we’ll be talking about the main differences between the two past tenses we know. We’ll see when to use the Imperfect Tense and when to use Passé Composé.

Je travaillais, j’ai travaillé – Passé Composé vs Imparfait
03:22

In this section there has been hardly any new vocabulary. Let´s recap.

Section 5 Vocabulary Recap
00:19

In this lecture we’ll summarize what we’ve learned in this section.

Conclusion to Section 5
00:10
+ Nouns, nouns, nouns
7 lectures 24:38

In this section we´ll concentrate on nouns. We´ll talk about the main categories associated with nouns like gender and number. We´ll also see how to use compound nouns and how to use other parts of speech as nouns.

Introduction to Section 6
00:28

Although sometimes it’s impossible to say what gender a noun is judging by its form, on other occasions it’s possible to guess, at least with a pretty high degree of probability. In this lecture we´ll have a look at some endings that are typically masculine or feminine.

-age, -eau, -ment - Gender According to Ending
04:07

Some nouns are used in male-female pairs, like for instance man-woman, brother-sister or waiter-waitress. In this lecture we´ll see how to make feminine forms from the masculine ones. We´ll also see some irregular examples.

Un danseur, une danseuse – Feminine Forms
07:50

In French we can combine two words belonging to practically any part of speech into compound nouns. In this lecture we´ll see how to do it, we´ll talk about the characteristics of compound nouns and we´ll learn some examples. One thing that is a bit complicated is making plurals. There are a couple of ways to make the plural forms depending on what parts of speech make the compound noun. So, let’s have a look at the most important combinations.

Porte-monnaie – Compound Nouns
08:19

Nouns constitute the major part of French vocabulary. But not only real nouns can function as nouns. In this lecture we´ll see how verbs, adjectives, numerals and other parts of speech can function as nouns. In this lecture we’ll concentrate on adjectives and verbs functioning as nouns.

Chanter, la petite - What Else Can Be a Noun?
02:29

In this lecture we´ll recapitulate on the new vocabulary that we´ve mastered in this section. This time these are just nouns.

Section 6 Vocabulary Recap
01:17

In this lecture we’ll summarize what we’ve learned in this section.

Conclusion to Section 6
00:07
+ The Past and the Future
7 lectures 32:03

There are a couple more tenses in French we haven’t covered so far. We’ll do it right in this section. First we’ll introduce the Future Simple Tense and then we’ll talk about some slightly more complicated tenses.

Introduction to Section 7
00:28

In this lecture we´ll talk about the Future Tense. Essentially it´s used like the English Future Simple Tense, although there are some differences that we´ll address in one of the next lectures. Anyway, here we´ll talk about regular verbs and in the next lecture about irregular ones.

Je chanterai – The Futur Simple Tense of Regular Verbs
05:07

Most verbs are regular in the future tense. There are also quite a few that are slightly different. They do not differ in their endings. They just have different stems. This group includes some of the most frequently used verbs. In this lecture we´ll have a look at the most important ones one by one.

Je viendrai – The Futur Simple Tense of Irregular Verbs
15:13

In this lecture we’ll be talking about another future tense, the Futur Antérieur Tense, which more or less corresponds to the Future Perfect Tense in English. So, it is used to describe an action which will be completed before a given time in the future. It may be also used to express probability.

J’aurai écrit – The Futur Antérieur Tense
05:42

In this lecture we´ll move from the future all the way down to the deepest past. The topic of this lecture is the Pluperfect Tense or Plus-que-Parfait in French, which is used in much the same way as the Past Perfect Tense in English.

J’avais terminé – The Plus-que-Parfait Tense
05:06

This has been one of the sections with least new vocabulary. Let´s go through it again.

Section 7 Vocabulary Recap
00:21

In this lecture we’ll summarize what we’ve learned in this section.

Conclusion to Section 7
00:06
+ Indefinite Pronouns and Adjectives
9 lectures 31:49

In this section we’re going to dive into the world of indefinite pronouns and adjectives. We’ve been using some of them on a regular basis so far, others may be new to you. 

Introduction to Section 8
00:38

In this lecture we´ll talk about two common indefinite pronouns, quelque chose and rien. They mean something and nothing respectively, they may also mean anything. We´ll see how they are used in affirmative, interrogative and negative sentences.

Quelque chose ou rien – Something or Nothing
05:13

In this lecture we´ll talk about some more indefinite pronouns. This time we´ll see to the pronouns someone and no one. We´ll see how to use them in affirmative, interrogative and negative sentences.

Quelqu’un ou personne – Someone, Anyone or No One
03:59

Quelque / quelques, quelques-uns / quelques-unes and aucun / aucune are very important indefinite adjectives and pronouns, which are used to say some, any or none. In this lecture we´ll see how it all works.

Quelque, aucun – Some, Any, None
05:21

In this lecture we´ll talk about other indefinite pronouns like quiconque, n’importe quoi and n’importe qui. These are used to say that it doesn´t matter which person, animal or object you mean.

Quiconque, n’importe qui, n’importe quoi – Any, Anyone, Whichever, Wherever
02:39

In this lecture we´ll be talking about tout and chacun. They are both used in a couple of forms and function as both adjectives and pronouns.

Tout, chacun – Each, Every, All, Whole
07:07

In this lecture we´ll be talking about the different flavors of the adjective and pronoun autre. We’ll also talk about the pronouns l’un, les uns, etc.

L’un, un autre, l’autre – One, The Other, Another
05:45

As usual, in this last but one lecture in the section we´ll have a look at all the new vocabulary. But no worries, there hasn´t been much.

Section 8 Vocabulary Recap
00:58

In this lecture we’ll summarize what we’ve learned in this section.

Conclusion to Section 8
00:09
+ Subjunctive Mood
9 lectures 35:44

You already know the indicative mood and the imperative mood. In this section we’ll talk about the subjunctive mood. This mood is widely used in French even in relatively simple constructions. 

Introduction to Section 9
00:38

In this lecture we´ll see how the subjunctive forms of regular verbs are made. We´ll also talk about the use of subjunctive mood in French. But in this lecture we’ll only discuss the very basic use of subjunctive mood. We’ll go into much more detail in the following lectures. Any-way, although subjunctive mood is also used in English, in French it’s used on a much larger scale and there are many situations when it must be used. In this lecture we’ll discuss regular verbs, or, to be more precise, verbs whose subjunctive forms are made in a regular way. There are some irregular verbs that make their subjunctives in a regular way and they will be covered here as well.

Que vous écoutiez - Present Subjunctive Forms of Regular Verbs
06:39

There are also some irregular verbs to learn. We can distinguish two groups here. In the first group we have verbs that have two stems in subjunctive mood. In the first and second person plural they take the stem from the nous form. In all other persons they follow the pattern we already know, so they take the stem from the third person plural. In the other group we have completely irregular subjunctive stems. The endings, however,  are in most cases the same.

Que tu le saches - Present Subjunctive Forms of Irregular Verbs
09:15

In this lecture we´ll discuss some of the most typical cases in which the subjunctive mood is used. These are by far not all the possible situations because there are lots of verbs and expressions that are used with subjunctive mood, but you should get the general idea and feeling for subjunctive mood.

Il faut qu’il vienne – When do we use the Present Subjunctive Mood?
04:09

There are some verbs and expressions that are sometimes used with subjunctive mood and sometimes with infinitives. We will be talking about them in this lecture and we´ll see when to use the former and when the latter.

Demander de, demander que - Subjunctive vs Infinitive
04:34

There are some verbs and expressions that are sometimes used with indicative mood and in other circumstances with subjunctive mood. We will be talking about them in this lecture and we´ll see when to use the former and when the latter.

Qu’il fait ou qu’il fasse – Indicative vs Subjunctive
05:11

In this lecture we´ll be talking about the Past Subjunctive. What we need is the Present Subjunctive form of the auxiliary verb avoir or être and the past participle.

Qu’elle ait eu - Past Subjunctive
04:41

Time to recapitulate. This section has not been extremely rich in new vocabulary. Let´s just revise all the new verbs and expressions.

Section 9 Vocabulary Recap
00:31

In this lecture we’ll summarize what we’ve learned in this section.

Conclusion to Section 9
00:06
+ Compound Sentences
10 lectures 39:39

We´ve been using compound sentences for a long time now but we haven´t discussed this subject in great detail. In this section we´ll see how we can join clauses into sentences by means of conjunctions. There are lots of different types of compound clauses, but we´ll try to keep things simple.

Introduction to Section 10
00:43

Coordinating conjunctions, which are the subject of this lecture, are used to join clauses or single words. The most typical ones are and, but, or, nor, because etc.

Et, ou, ni, mais – Coordinating Conjunctions
06:22

In this lecture we´ll be talking about the two most common subordinating conjunctions, that and if/whether. Naturally, there are lots more. We´ll be discussing them one by one in the following lectures.

Il dit que, il ne sait pas si – Subordinating Conjunctions
05:10

In this lecture we´ll learn the most important temporal conjunctions and we´ll see when they should be used with indicative, when with subjunctive and when with infinitive forms.

Avant que je le fasse – Temporal Clauses
09:24

In this lecture we´ll talk about a couple of conjunctions that all mean something like since, because or because of. French is really rich in such conjunctions, here we´ll stick just to the three most used ones.

Parce que je t’aime – Causal Clauses
03:24

In this lecture we´ll be talking about final clauses. These are clauses with conjunctions like in order to, so that. We´ll see how they work in French.

Afin qu’il vienne - Final Clauses
05:03

In this lecture we´ll talk about concessive clauses. These are clauses with conjunctions like although, even if, despite, etc.

Bien qu’il soit venu – Concessive Clauses
03:14

The last group of conjunctions we´re going to discuss in this section includes so, therefore, so that, that´s why, etc. These conjunctions are used in consecutive clauses, which are the subject of this lecture.

De telle sorte que j’arrive – Consecutive Clauses
04:37

In this lecture we´ll have another look at all the new words. These are largely conjunctions, but not only.

Section 10 Vocabulary Recap
01:34

In this lecture we’ll summarize what we’ve learned in this section.

Conclusion to Section 10
00:08