Gender-Neutral Pronouns

French gender neutral pronouns
Gender-neutral pronouns, aka inclusive pronouns, are used to avoid sorting individuals into the binary world of male vs female. Gender-neutral language is evolving and not considered standard, but it is becoming more common, especially on the internet, so it's important to be able to recognize the most common terms.

   

Idées pour vivre ensemble

Idées pour vivre ensemble
Ideas collected from kids on how to live well with each other. The grammar and vocab are fairly simple, but the young narrator speaks quickly, so it's great listening practice.

   

Imperfect Subjunctive

French imperfect subjunctiveThe imperfect subjunctive is a literary verb form, meaning that it's reserved for formal, written French - mainly literature, but also history and journalism.

   

Informal Pronouns

French informal pronounsPronoun usage and pronunciation varies greatly between formal and informal French. Much of what you learn at school is formal and doesn't reflect how French is actually spoken. If you want to sound more French in informal situations—not to mention understand what you hear—you need to be aware of these pronoun differences.

   

Inversion with je

French inversionInversion with the first person singular je is a little trickier than with other subject pronouns. It's also very formal and therefore rare, so one of those grammar concepts you need to recognize but not necessarily use.

   

   

   

Lawless French Immersion

Lawless French ImmersionFrench videoLove watching French videos but have trouble understanding them? Lawless French Immersion is perfect for independent students who need a bit of help when listening to French.

   

Le ski, de Têtes à Claques

Skiing
Put your French to work with this funny claymation video about a skier calling emergency services, for himself. Fast-paced and featuring typical Québécois pronunciation and expressions.

   

Les Misérables

Les Misérables
Read the first chapter of Victor Hugo's classic French novel Les Misérables, in French and English.