Quebecois French Phrases

How To Speak French Canadian

Since I started offering online French lessons in 2014 a lot of students have asked me if there’s a big difference between French Canadian French (le français québecois) and French from France. Indeed there is a big difference. The main differences are in accent as well as lots of vocabulary words, phrases and slang expressions.

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Learn French On YouTube

Top 10 YouTube Channels For Learning French

Bonjour! My name is David! I’ve been offering French lessons via Skype since the beginning of 2014. Over the past few years I’ve been observing and monitoring the best YouTube channels for learning French. Here I’ve put together a list of my favorite channels and made some comments. In order to get included on my list the channel had to have good and original videos. Other criteria were that the channels’ teachers be good at what they do and continue to post on a regular basis to YouTube.

I put myself in the role of the student and asked myself if the channel would actually be helpful in learning French. One channel on my list, French In Action, was a TV series for learning French produced in the late 1980s. I believe that it’s dateless content and remains a fantastic resource for students today. Any other channels I missed? Please let me know in the comments box!

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French Reading Tip – How To Say The AY Sound

One of the most baffling aspects to learning French is figuring out which letters to pronounce and which ones to not pronounce. In this lesson I’ll show you a simple reading tip that covers one single sound with multiple letter combinations. This simple reading rule will help you to pronounce thousands of French words correctly!

The rule is as follows: All words ending in these letter combinations end in the sound “ay” as in “play”. These letter combinations may also be found in the middle of words.

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Most Important French Reading Rule

One of the secrets to learning French is mastering the reading rules. Once you have these down it’s much easier to learn the language. During my private French lessons via Skype I put a strong emphasis on explaining these reading rules from the very start.

One of the most important reading rules is as follows: NEVER pronounce the last consonant on a word that ends in two consonants. In this short lesson I’ll go through two lists of words ending with two consonants.

The first list of words ends with the letters -RT and the second ends with the letters -RD. Listen and repeat. The rule for the -RT rules is that you pronounce the R and ignore the T. The rule for the -RD words is that you pronounce the R and ignore the D.

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Common Mistakes With Weather

Over the past few years I’ve been teaching private French lessons via Skype and have heard students make a common mistake about the weather countless times. Normally when talking about the weather you say: “Il fait + ADJECTIVE”. For example, to say it’s cold out you say, “Il fait froid” or to say it’s hot out you say, “Il fait chaud”.

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How To Say ING In French

 

Over the past three years I’ve been teaching French online and have heard students make this mistake many times. The mistake is to add the word “suis” when trying to say “I am” doing something. For example, to say “I am speaking” I will often hear students say, “Je suis parle”. This is totally wrong. In French “Je parle” means both “I speak” and “I am speaking”.

There is absolutely no need for the word “suis” for am because the “am” is actually embedded in the verb. So, “Je mange” means both “I eat” and “I am eating” and “Je suis mange” would be totally wrong if you’re trying to say “I am eating”. In the audio lesson below I’ll walk you through lots of examples. Please comment and share.

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Penser vs Reflechir

 

There are two verbs in French that can often cause a bit of confusion and are worth contracting: Penser and Réfléchir. Both verbs mean to think but their meanings are totally different. Réfléchir translates to “think over”, “ponder” or “mull”. Another translation is to “reflect”.

Penser, however, is to think on a much more superficial level. Usually penser applies to thinking of something in a yes/no manor. If want to ask somebody what they think you don’t use réfléchir. You use penser. In the audio podcast below I’ll go through a list of example sentences using both penser and réfléchir and discuss their usages. If you have the time please do listen to the audio as I offer a lot of explanations.

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New Years Resolutions

On this page you’ll find 50 New Years Resolutions in French (les bonnes résolutions du nouvel an). It’s that time of the year again and it’s time to start thinking about the things I want to start and stop doing. Am I going to do everything on this list? No way! But, I can try. Are there any resolutions that I left off? Please let me know in the comments section below.

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