Improve your French with Stories: Fortunate
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Improve your French with Stories: Fortunate

Improve your Fluencey, Comprehension, and Pronunciation with a story of a girl named fortunate, but who may not be so.
3.0 (1 rating)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
8 students enrolled
Created by Jeffrey Rudolph
Last updated 1/2017
English
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Current price: $10 Original price: $105 Discount: 90% off
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Includes:
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 17 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Speak French more fluently and at a higer level than they did before
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Requirements
  • You should be comfortable with basic French Grammar
  • You should be familiar with common French Conjugations and Vocabulary
  • You should want to learn, that's kind of the most important
Description

This course dives into the story of Fortunate, a young girl with what appears to be quite an ironic name. We follow her through her misfortune, woe, and perhaps even triumph. Is there a moral in here somewhere? Probably. However if all you end up getting from this narrative is understanding the beautiful French language a little better, it will have been worth it.

Learning French takes a lot of time and dedication. You need to practice the skills you have, and grow the ones you don't. Once you're ready to move beyond the basics, there is a huge gap between being able to understand a single sentence, and being able to participate in genuine French media like movies, TV shows, articles and books. For those of you who have learned the basics, and want to learn more, striving towards that ultimate goal of fluency, you may be asking yourself the question what now? You've learned all that your previous courses have had to offer, but you still need some help. Where can you go to get this? How do you reach the next level? What can you do? 

Well this is at least a bit of a sales pitch, so you probably know what I'm going to say. You probably know that I believe that this course is your answer. I do believe that this is true, just let me explain myself a little so that you can too. What you need is a story, you need it to be read to you in french so you can practice your listening skills. You'll also need some help, including some translations from time to time, and maybe even some in depth explanations at times, because you know that direct translation doesn't always work. Understanding a foreign language at a high level is hard, so you need to hear things multiple times. I know it is easy to be overwhelmed, so let's not go over too much information at a time.Then finally how are you going to know for sure that you understood everything if you aren't tested on it, and it can be so frustrating to move on before you're ready and be left behind. If you're with me so far, then this course will be a great fit for you. 

This course will do all these things, and at the end you will not only get your standard Udemy Certificate, but a solid sense of accomplishment, because you will have conquered an entire narrative in French, something not a lot of students get to the level of doing. Whether it's your first or your fiftieth, it is still an accomplishment to be proud of.

Who is the target audience?
  • This is for intermediate to advanced students, who want to improve their reading and comphrehension skills
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48 Lectures
03:40:02
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We have to start somewhere, why not the beginning?
2 Lectures 04:36

So what now? The question you may be wondering as well the shining answer. All within this one tiny lecture.

Preview 02:04

You wouldn't want to take a course without knowing what is in it, and once you start a journey, don't you want to know what will be in it? All of this and more will be answered in this lecture.

Preview 02:32
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Il Etait Une Fois...
6 Lectures 23:00
This lecture will cover some vocabulary words that will appear in the story that aren't as common and you may not have learned before. By learning these words now, you won't be as puzzled by them when you see them later in the reading and you can focus more on the story and not individual words.
Preview 04:58

This lecture is the first time you will this section of the story. The french will be spoken a little slower, and you will have the English translation in blue right below in case you need to cheat once in a while.

Preview 02:55

Here we will look at a sentence or two in more depth, explaining exactly what is going on and how the two sentences transition from one language to another. Some of these sentences may have been hard to understand, or use some parts of French you don't use often, or had parts that don't follow the normal rules. Whatever the situation is after this lecture you should be familiar with each sentence and phrase covered and have no problems with them again when you see them in the next reading. 

Preview 04:56

Here we will look at a sentence or two in more depth, explaining exactly what is going on and how the two sentences transition from one language to another. Some of these sentences may have been hard to understand, or use some parts of French you don't use often, or had parts that don't follow the normal rules. Whatever the situation is after this lecture you should be familiar with each sentence and phrase covered and have no problems with them again when you see them in the next reading.

Preview 02:55

Here we will look at a sentence or two in more depth, explaining exactly what is going on and how the two sentences transition from one language to another. Some of these sentences may have been hard to understand, or use some parts of French you don't use often, or had parts that don't follow the normal rules. Whatever the situation is after this lecture you should be familiar with each sentence and phrase covered and have no problems with them again when you see them in the next reading.

Preview 04:51

Here we will review this section of the story again. This time faster and without 'training wheels' so to speak. If you can follow and understand what is being said, then congratulations you have conquered this part of the story, and if there are a few spots giving you trouble, then this would be the perfect place to go over them again until you get it. You don't have to of course, it's up to you to decide how well you want to understand the story.

Preview 02:25

Il Etait un Quiz
5 questions
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La Fontaine et la Reine
5 Lectures 18:02

This lecture will cover some vocabulary words that will appear in the story that aren't as common and you may not have learned before. By learning these words now, you won't be as puzzled by them when you see them later in the reading and you can focus more on the story and not individual words.

Preview 04:49

This lecture is the first time you will this section of the story. The french will be spoken a little slower, and you will have the English translation in blue right below in case you need to cheat once in a while.
Preview 03:57

Here we will look at a sentence or two in more depth, explaining exactly
what is going on and how the two sentences transition from one language
to another. Some of these sentences may have been hard to understand,
or use some parts of French you don't use often, or had parts that don't
follow the normal rules. Whatever the situation is after this lecture
you should be familiar with each sentence and phrase covered and have no
problems with them again when you see them in the next reading.

Preview 02:41

Here we will look at a sentence or two in more depth, explaining exactly
what is going on and how the two sentences transition from one language
to another. Some of these sentences may have been hard to understand,
or use some parts of French you don't use often, or had parts that don't
follow the normal rules. Whatever the situation is after this lecture
you should be familiar with each sentence and phrase covered and have no
problems with them again when you see them in the next reading.


Preview 03:23

Here we will review this section of the story again. This time faster and without 'training wheels' so to speak. If you can follow and understand what is being said, then congratulations you have conquered this part of the story, and if there are a few spots giving you trouble, then this would be the perfect place to go over them again until you get it. You don't have to of course, it's up to you to decide how well you want to understand the story.
Preview 03:12

La Fontaine et le Quiz
5 questions
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...mais ils ont disparu
7 Lectures 21:43
This lecture will cover some vocabulary words that will appear in the story that aren't as common and you may not have learned before. By learning these words now, you won't be as puzzled by them when you see them later in the reading and you can focus more on the story and not individual words.
Interesting Vocabulary
01:48

This lecture is the first time you will this section of the story. The french will be spoken a little slower, and you will have the English translation in blue right below in case you need to cheat once in a while.
First Reading
03:33

Here we will look at a sentence or two in more depth, explaining exactly
what is going on and how the two sentences transition from one language
to another. Some of these sentences may have been hard to understand,
or use some parts of French you don't use often, or had parts that don't
follow the normal rules. Whatever the situation is after this lecture
you should be familiar with each sentence and phrase covered and have no
problems with them again when you see them in the next reading.

Digging Deeper
04:05

Here we will look at a sentence or two in more depth, explaining exactly
what is going on and how the two sentences transition from one language
to another. Some of these sentences may have been hard to understand,
or use some parts of French you don't use often, or had parts that don't
follow the normal rules. Whatever the situation is after this lecture
you should be familiar with each sentence and phrase covered and have no
problems with them again when you see them in the next reading.

and Deeper
03:04

Here we will look at a sentence or two in more depth, explaining exactly
what is going on and how the two sentences transition from one language
to another. Some of these sentences may have been hard to understand,
or use some parts of French you don't use often, or had parts that don't
follow the normal rules. Whatever the situation is after this lecture
you should be familiar with each sentence and phrase covered and have no
problems with them again when you see them in the next reading.

and Even Deeper
04:39

Here we will look at a sentence or two in more depth, explaining exactly
what is going on and how the two sentences transition from one language
to another. Some of these sentences may have been hard to understand,
or use some parts of French you don't use often, or had parts that don't
follow the normal rules. Whatever the situation is after this lecture
you should be familiar with each sentence and phrase covered and have no
problems with them again when you see them in the next reading.

and Just a Little Bit More
01:38

Here we will review this section of the story again. This time faster and without 'training wheels' so to speak. If you can follow and understand what is being said, then congratulations you have conquered this part of the story, and if there are a few spots giving you trouble, then this would be the perfect place to go over them again until you get it. You don't have to of course, it's up to you to decide how well you want to understand the story.
Second Reading
02:56

...mais il y avait un quiz
5 questions
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Vous Voyez que Nous Sommes Tous Afflige
6 Lectures 18:31
This lecture will cover some vocabulary words that will appear in the story that aren't as common and you may not have learned before. By learning these words now, you won't be as puzzled by them when you see them later in the reading and you can focus more on the story and not individual words.
Interesting Vocabulary
03:52

This lecture is the first time you will this section of the story. The french will be spoken a little slower, and you will have the English translation in blue right below in case you need to cheat once in a while.

First Reading
03:25

Here we will look at a sentence or two in more depth, explaining exactly
what is going on and how the two sentences transition from one language
to another. Some of these sentences may have been hard to understand,
or use some parts of French you don't use often, or had parts that don't
follow the normal rules. Whatever the situation is after this lecture
you should be familiar with each sentence and phrase covered and have no
problems with them again when you see them in the next reading.

Digging Deeper
02:21

Here we will look at a sentence or two in more depth, explaining exactly
what is going on and how the two sentences transition from one language
to another. Some of these sentences may have been hard to understand,
or use some parts of French you don't use often, or had parts that don't
follow the normal rules. Whatever the situation is after this lecture
you should be familiar with each sentence and phrase covered and have no
problems with them again when you see them in the next reading.

And Deeper
03:38

Here we will look at a sentence or two in more depth, explaining exactly
what is going on and how the two sentences transition from one language
to another. Some of these sentences may have been hard to understand,
or use some parts of French you don't use often, or had parts that don't
follow the normal rules. Whatever the situation is after this lecture
you should be familiar with each sentence and phrase covered and have no
problems with them again when you see them in the next reading.

And Just a Little More
02:28

Here we will review this section of the story again. This time faster and without 'training wheels' so to speak. If you can follow and understand what is being said, then congratulations you have conquered this part of the story, and if there are a few spots giving you trouble, then this would be the perfect place to go over them again until you get it. You don't have to of course, it's up to you to decide how well you want to understand the story.
Second Reading
02:47

Vous Voyez que c'est encore un Quiz
4 questions
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C'est Trop Pour Moi.
5 Lectures 13:21
This lecture will cover some vocabulary words that will appear in the story that aren't as common and you may not have learned before. By learning these words now, you won't be as puzzled by them when you see them later in the reading and you can focus more on the story and not individual words.
Interesting Vocabulary
01:38

This lecture is the first time you will this section of the story. The french will be spoken a little slower, and you will have the English translation in blue right below in case you need to cheat once in a while.
First Reading
02:48

Here we will look at a sentence or two in more depth, explaining exactly
what is going on and how the two sentences transition from one language
to another. Some of these sentences may have been hard to understand,
or use some parts of French you don't use often, or had parts that don't
follow the normal rules. Whatever the situation is after this lecture
you should be familiar with each sentence and phrase covered and have no
problems with them again when you see them in the next reading.

Digging Deeper
02:34

Here we will look at a sentence or two in more depth, explaining exactly
what is going on and how the two sentences transition from one language
to another. Some of these sentences may have been hard to understand,
or use some parts of French you don't use often, or had parts that don't
follow the normal rules. Whatever the situation is after this lecture
you should be familiar with each sentence and phrase covered and have no
problems with them again when you see them in the next reading.

And Deeper
04:03

Here we will review this section of the story again. This time faster and without 'training wheels' so to speak. If you can follow and understand what is being said, then congratulations you have conquered this part of the story, and if there are a few spots giving you trouble, then this would be the perfect place to go over them again until you get it. You don't have to of course, it's up to you to decide how well you want to understand the story.
Second Reading
02:18

C'est trop des questions pour moi.
5 questions
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Un Prince est Apparu
5 Lectures 13:37
This lecture will cover some vocabulary words that will appear in the story that aren't as common and you may not have learned before. By learning these words now, you won't be as puzzled by them when you see them later in the reading and you can focus more on the story and not individual words.
Interesting Vocabulary
01:49

This lecture is the first time you will this section of the story. The french will be spoken a little slower, and you will have the English translation in blue right below in case you need to cheat once in a while.

First Reading
03:26

Here we will look at a sentence or two in more depth, explaining exactly
what is going on and how the two sentences transition from one language
to another. Some of these sentences may have been hard to understand,
or use some parts of French you don't use often, or had parts that don't
follow the normal rules. Whatever the situation is after this lecture
you should be familiar with each sentence and phrase covered and have no
problems with them again when you see them in the next reading.

Digging Deeper
02:18

Here we will look at a sentence or two in more depth, explaining exactly
what is going on and how the two sentences transition from one language
to another. Some of these sentences may have been hard to understand,
or use some parts of French you don't use often, or had parts that don't
follow the normal rules. Whatever the situation is after this lecture
you should be familiar with each sentence and phrase covered and have no
problems with them again when you see them in the next reading.

And Deeper Still
03:14

Here we will review this section of the story again. This time faster and without 'training wheels' so to speak. If you can follow and understand what is being said, then congratulations you have conquered this part of the story, and if there are a few spots giving you trouble, then this would be the perfect place to go over them again until you get it. You don't have to of course, it's up to you to decide how well you want to understand the story.

Second Reading
02:50

Un Quiz est Apparu
4 questions
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Mais Si, Je Vous Aime!
6 Lectures 18:31
This lecture will cover some vocabulary words that will appear in the story that aren't as common and you may not have learned before. By learning these words now, you won't be as puzzled by them when you see them later in the reading and you can focus more on the story and not individual words.
Interesting Vocabulary
02:48

This lecture is the first time you will this section of the story. The french will be spoken a little slower, and you will have the English translation in blue right below in case you need to cheat once in a while.
First Reading
02:57

Here we will look at a sentence or two in more depth, explaining exactly
what is going on and how the two sentences transition from one language
to another. Some of these sentences may have been hard to understand,
or use some parts of French you don't use often, or had parts that don't
follow the normal rules. Whatever the situation is after this lecture
you should be familiar with each sentence and phrase covered and have no
problems with them again when you see them in the next reading.

Digging Deeper
03:28

Here we will look at a sentence or two in more depth, explaining exactly
what is going on and how the two sentences transition from one language
to another. Some of these sentences may have been hard to understand,
or use some parts of French you don't use often, or had parts that don't
follow the normal rules. Whatever the situation is after this lecture
you should be familiar with each sentence and phrase covered and have no
problems with them again when you see them in the next reading.

and Deeper
03:37

Here we will look at a sentence or two in more depth, explaining exactly
what is going on and how the two sentences transition from one language
to another. Some of these sentences may have been hard to understand,
or use some parts of French you don't use often, or had parts that don't
follow the normal rules. Whatever the situation is after this lecture
you should be familiar with each sentence and phrase covered and have no
problems with them again when you see them in the next reading.

And Deeper Still
03:13

Here we will review this section of the story again. This time faster and without 'training wheels' so to speak. If you can follow and understand what is being said, then congratulations you have conquered this part of the story, and if there are a few spots giving you trouble, then this would be the perfect place to go over them again until you get it. You don't have to of course, it's up to you to decide how well you want to understand the story.

Second Reading
02:28

Mais Si, c'est un Quiz.
3 questions
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La Fin
4 Lectures 07:59

This lecture will cover some vocabulary words that will appear in the story that aren't as common and you may not have learned before. By learning these words now, you won't be as puzzled by them when you see them later in the reading and you can focus more on the story and not individual words.

Interesting Vocabulary
00:54

This lecture is the first time you will this section of the story. The french will be spoken a little slower, and you will have the English translation in blue right below in case you need to cheat once in a while.
First Reading
02:02

Here we will look at a sentence or two in more depth, explaining exactly
what is going on and how the two sentences transition from one language
to another. Some of these sentences may have been hard to understand,
or use some parts of French you don't use often, or had parts that don't
follow the normal rules. Whatever the situation is after this lecture
you should be familiar with each sentence and phrase covered and have no
problems with them again when you see them in the next reading.

Digging Deeper
03:20

Here we will review this section of the story again. This time faster
and without 'training wheels' so to speak. If you can follow and
understand what is being said, then congratulations you have conquered
this part of the story, and if there are a few spots giving you trouble,
then this would be the perfect place to go over them again until you
get it. You don't have to of course, it's up to you to decide how well
you want to understand the story.

Second Reading
01:43

Enfin, il n'y a plus des Questionnaires
5 questions
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Wrap it Up
2 Lectures 20:42

Here we are at the end, I hope you have enjoyed the course as much as I have enjoyed making it for you. If you have questions, ask them. If you can, leaving an honest review would be wonderful. Keep a look out for revisions and additions as well as new courses in the same vein as this one.

Preview 01:21

Here is the whole story, in case you want to revisit it at any time. This is the Second reading, which will let you listen to the story at the faster speed, and without any distractions.

Second Reading - Full
19:21
About the Instructor
Jeffrey Rudolph
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I am an excited Udemy instructor, looking to share with those wanting to learn. I am a blossoming multipotentialite and polyglot. I have had what amounts to almost a decade of formal training in French, up through and including the top tiers of University study and also including a year abroad in beautiful Grenoble, France.