Fun French Course 2
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Fun French Course 2

Giving you the tools to speak conversational French with confidence
4.7 (23 ratings)
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176 students enrolled
Last updated 6/2019
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This course includes
  • 6.5 hours on-demand video
  • 41 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You will build up your confidence to speak in French.
  • You will learn to use the most commonly used verbs in the French language which happen to be irregular ones.
  • You will learn practical, everyday French rather than textbook French.
  • You will learn fun techniques to help you remember vocabulary and genders.
  • You will learn that it's okay to make mistakes and to keep going even when the going gets tough.
  • You will experience enjoying learning something tricky and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone - rejuvenating your brain.
Requirements
  • It's helpful if you have done French before (even if it's years ago) or if you have completed Course 1 - the Present Perfect with regular verbs
Description

This course follows on from Course 1 (using regular verbs in the present perfect). Here we are going to go in-depth with the most commonly used French verbs which are irregular in one of the past tenses called the present perfect (passé composé.) The present perfect is used to say what you 'have' done, what you 'did' and for actions that have been completed in the past. It's really rather handy.

Because learning a foreign language can be tricky we start by looking into the mindset that helps to make the process more pleasant and dare I say fun. As adults many of us find it difficult to not be able to express ourselves as well as we do in our native language(s) and we may not have the confidence to try out the language with native speakers. By holding back we are holding back progress. Learning a language is like learning tennis. You wouldn't expect to hit every ball perfectly and certainly wouldn't expect to make progress without actually playing. So accept that you will hit the ball into the net, out of the court and sometimes you may completely miss it. Don't expect to be playing at Wimbledon after a few lessons - concentrate on enjoying the process and communicating in any way you can - grunting, pointing and a bit of comedy French will get you further than a big silence. 

The course builds up sentences using the most important French verbs with plenty of practice. I have written summary sheets all the way through the course so that you can concentrate on speaking (but take notes if that helps you - maybe when you go through it a second time). There are plenty of homework sentences with answers provided so that you can see what has stuck and what you need to work on. There are revision games to put the information into your longterm memory in a fun way. The lyrics and translations of French songs are included when they are relevant to the lessons. Songs are extremely powerful aids to the memory and a wonderfully pleasant way to learn. Music, song and rhythm help people who struggle with their native language - so even if you think you are tone deaf don't shy away from these.

I use an informal approach because I'm not keen on stilted formal lessons using traditional textbooks. I feel learning is facilitated by having fun and relaxing. It's more difficult to learn if you are anxious and trying to be perfect. Laughing at mistakes and asking yourself, 'What's the worse thing that can happen if I speak French even though I will probably make mistakes?' can be very liberating. 

Take the French bull by the horns, embrace the difficulty and most importantly enjoy the French learning journey. 

CécileBB

Who this course is for:
  • This course if for you if you are either a bit rusty and hoping to brush up on your grammar and bring your French up-to-date or if you are a keen beginner.
Course content
Expand all 72 lectures 06:35:33
+ Introduction
3 lectures 12:06

How to use this course with fun suggestions on how to remember French words.

Preview 04:46

Using your powerful imagination to retain the tricky business of the genders of French nouns. 

Preview 03:28

How to put information into your long-term memory and how to use songs to embed French.

Preview 03:52
+ Using Avoir in the Present Perfect - Eu
3 lectures 24:34

Practise saying things like 'Je n'ai pas eu le temps de....' 'I haven't had the time to....' and many more sentences.

How to say you've not had the time/an idea/a difficult time etc.
08:55

Practise 'Avoir tort de...' & 'Avoir raison de...' in present perfect.

Using some common expressions that use 'to have' in French instead of 'to be'.
08:05

Practise the expressions 'Avoir peur de...', 'Avoir du mal à...', 'Avoir le plaisir de...' & 'Avoir l'occasion de...'.

More common French expressions using 'to have'.
07:34
+ Irregular French Past Participles - Short and sweet ones ending in 'u'
3 lectures 20:05

Practise different sentences with Boire in the present perfect using the past participle bu.

Use the French verb 'to drink' in the present perfect
07:58

Practise different sentences with Devoir in the present perfect using the past participle dû.

Use the French verb 'to have to (must)' in the present perfect
05:00

Practise different sentences with Lire in the present perfect using the past participle lu.

Use the French verb 'to read' in the present perfect
07:07
+ More Irregular French Past Participles - Short and sweet ones ending in 'u'
4 lectures 24:25

Practise different sentences with Pouvoir in the present perfect using the past participle pu.

Use the French verb 'to be able to (can)' in the present perfect
06:56

Practise different sentences with Savoir in the present perfect using the past participle su.

Use the French verb 'to know' in the present perfect
06:15

Practise different sentences Voir in the present perfect using the past participle vu.

Use the French verb 'to see' in the present perfect
10:00

Quick recap on the irregular verbs - their infinitives and past participles

Recap on all the Irregular Past participles (2-letter ones ending in 'u') so far
01:14
+ Irregular past participles still ending with 'u' but longer ones
9 lectures 39:21

Practise different sentences with Connaître in the present perfect using the past participle connu.

Use the French verb 'to believe' in the present perfect
05:28

Practise more sentences with Connaître in the present perfect using the past participle connu.

More on 'to believe' using the present perfect
06:12

Practise different sentences Connaître & Reconnaître in the present perfect using the past participle connu & reconnu respectively.

'To know (a person/a place)' & 'To recognise' in present perfect
04:17

Practise different sentences with Recevoir in the present perfect using the past participle reçu.

Use the French verb 'to receive/get' in the present perfect
04:03

Practise different sentences with Vivre in the present perfect using the past participle vécu

Use the French verb 'to live' in the present perfect
05:48

More practise with Vivre in present perfect using past participle vécu

More on 'to live' in the present perfect
04:12

Practise different sentences with Plaire & Pleuvoir in present perfect both of which have the past participle plu!

Use the French verbs 'to please/be pleasing' & 'to rain' in present perfect
03:19

Practise different sentences with Falloir (past participle fallu) and Vouloir (past participle voulu) in present perfect

Use the French verb 'to be necessary' & 'to want' in present perfect
04:37

Revision of verbs Vivre, Plaire, Pleuvoir, Falloir & Vouloir

Recap of French verbs to live, to please, to rain, to be necessary & to want
01:25
+ Sneaky Snaky irregular verbs with Past Participles ending in 's'
5 lectures 28:32

Practise sentences with Prendre in present perfect wtih past participle pris

Use the very common French verb 'to take' in present perfect
07:21

Practise some more sentences using Prendre in present perfect with sneaky snaky past participle pris

More with popular French verb 'to take'
06:00

Practise sentences with Apprendre in present perfect using the sneaky snaky past participle appris

Use French verb 'to learn' in present perfect
03:09

Practise sentences with Comprendre in present perfect using past participle compris

Use French verb 'to understand' in present perfect
06:50

Practise sentences with Mettre in present perfect using past participle mis & quick recap of common irregular verbs with past participles ending in sneaky snaky 's' 

Use common French verb 'to put/set' in present perfect & Recap on snaky verbs
05:12
+ Irregular French Verbs in Present Perfect with Past Participles ending in 't'
5 lectures 27:02

Practise sentences with the very useful and common verb Dire using past participle dit

Use the French verb 'to say/tell' in the present perfect
04:22

Practise more sentences with the popular Dire in present perfect which has a past participle ending in a titillating 't' dit

More with 'to say/tell' in present perfect
06:38

Practise sentences with Faire in present perfect using the past participle that ends with a titillating 't' fait 

Use the very common French verb 'to do/make' in present perfect
06:04

Practise sentences with irregular verbs Écrire (past participle: écrit) & Conduire (past participle: conduit) in present perfect with past participles ending in a titillating 't'

Use the French verbs 'to write' & 'to drive/lead' in present perfect
06:07

Practise sentences with irregular verb Ouvrir in present perfect using past participle ouvert & recap on irregular verbs in present perfect with past participles ending in a titillating 't'

Use irregular French verb 'to open' in present perfect & recap
03:51
+ Irregular French Verbs in Present Perfect with past participles ending in 'i'
5 lectures 30:56

Practise sentences with the irregular verb Rire in present perfect using the squeaky past participle ri

Use French verb 'to laugh' in Present Perfect
07:17

More on using rire in present perfect with the squeaky past participle ri

More practice with French verb 'to laugh' in Present Perfect
04:33

Learn how to use sourire in present perfect with the squeaky past participle souri

Use the French verb 'to smile' in the present perfect
04:56

Learn how to use Suivre in Present Perfect with the squeaky past participle suivi.

Use the French verb 'to follow' in Present Perfect
06:01

Learn how to say this or that thing and these or those things in French and more squeaky suivi practice. 

Demonstrative adjectives in French
08:09
+ To be or not to be - That is the BIG question. Using être in the past tenses
5 lectures 34:47

Practise using être in the present perfect and alongside adjectives - learn how to make adjectives feminine and plural depending on the nouns they're describing

An introduction to using être in present perfect and with adjectives
09:05

Choosing between whether to use the present perfect or the imperfect versions of être can be a little tricky - here you will learn how to use both versions depending on the context. 

The differences between the uses of Être in the present perfect and imperfect
07:33

Getting down to the nitty gritty of how to use Être in the present perfect and imperfect.

Comparing the Present Perfect and Imperfect uses of Être
07:48

Putting into practice when to use Être in present perfect and imperfect

Practice sentences for using Être in Present Perfect and Imperfect
04:40

This section summarises the different uses of Être in the present perfect and imperfect side by side.

Big summary of how to use Être in Present Perfect and Imperfect
05:41
+ Revision of Present Perfect
2 lectures 12:11

Revison of the French verbs that follow a regular pattern in the present perfect.

Recap on using the regular French verbs in Present Perfect
06:36

Revision of all the Irregular French Verbs used in the present perfect.

Recap on Common Irregular French Verbs in Present Perfect
05:35