Français Intensif - Intensive French Intermediate Level
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- 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
- 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.
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
- Ways to Express the Future
- The Futur Simple Tense
- The Futur Antérieur Tense
- The Plus-que-Parfait Tense
- Indefinite Pronouns and Adjectives
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
In this lecture we’ll discuss the cases when Passé Composé is used with the auxiliary verb être.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.