This site is a companion reference for a book that I shall be publishing later in 2018.
Entitled French at 60, it is aimed primarily at people who have always wanted to speak French but perhaps feel that they are now too old.
It is part a personal story and part a guide to the wealth of resources that are now available for people who find themselves in this position.
Bonjour, and welcome to what I hope is an eclectic mix of French content that reflects my day to day encounters with news, commentary and learning materials, mainly from a variety of francophone sources that I follow on social media.
Le secret pour améliorer sa prononciation
I have been following Johan at Français Authentique for many years, during which time his material has consistently been of high quality. Here he gives some very good advice concerning pronunciation, something that can be critical in determining whether you are understood or not when in conversation with a native French speaker. Presented in French at an intermediate level..
Expand
Mais où doit-on placer l'adverbe ?
In English we can be quite flexible when placing adverbs. No doubt there are grammar rules, but we don't seem to be too bothered if these are flexed.

In French, however, we have to be more precise.

In this video Patricia at Parlez-Vous Français takes us through the basics.
Expand
Learning a second language
I posted a video a short while ago from Comme une Française that dealt with the importance of understanding French culture when learning to speak French. In this longer video Géraldine considers the difference between learning a second language and learning to speak your native language as a child.
Expand
Lequel, auquel et duquel
Français Authentique is another resource that I recommend.
Johan was one of the first online tutors I followed, and although I now spread my time across numerous resources, I shall always be grateful to him for his clear and interesting podcasts.

In this video he describes the use of the relative pronoun lequel and its derivatives. These are pronouns that you may find confusing but Johan's explanation is both brief and clear.

Expand
Advice for learning French
Comme une française is one of the web sites that I recommend. I have followed Géraldine for a number of years and her weekly videos are both instructive and interesting. In this video she explains that learning French isn't just about the language. In fact she attributes only 20% to language. She goes on to suggest that interpersonal communication is 30% of what learning French is all about.

And the other 50%?

Expand
 Page 1  >>
This website doesn't make extensive use of cookies but a small number are required for the correct functioning of the site and to provide me with anonymous analytical information.
Read more
I use a cookie to stop this information panel reappearing once it has been accepted.

There are also cookies for Google Analytics.

Embedded content can also introduce cookies from third party sites, such YouTube.