French Your Way Podcast: Learn French with Jessica | French Grammar | French Vocabulary | French Expressions

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I’m Jessica, a native French teacher from the Champagne region here to help you learn French and discover the French language. You may know me from the French Voices Podcast (a series of interviews in French for the more advanced learners).
If you are curious about the French language, this podcast is for you. Expand your French vocabulary and improve your French grammar in a way that is both easy and memorable. How? By connecting bridges between French and English languages to make learning more efficient! Discover the origins of some French words and French expressions, examples of related words and get a new understanding of common mistakes made by students.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re at a beginner, intermediate or advanced level in French. I have no doubt that you will learn from these mini French lessons. So, get on board and learn French with me! Join the community at http://frenchyourway.com.au. Submit your own questions to podcast@frenchyourway.com.au

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Learn French: Discover the French Language with Jessica
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13.02.2019 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 210 : “Si” clauses in French: structures and examples

Many students of French worry about not getting the tenses of their verbs right when they use “si” clauses in French. As a result, I decided to make the structures of the sentences very explicit in this episode, with lots of examples in order to allevi...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
6.02.2019 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 209 : The origin of words: boosting your French vocabulary

If you’ve been following me for some time, you know that I’m always curious and passionate about where the words come from. This is also extremely helpful to find out as words then make more sense and become more memorable. In my everyday life, I do po...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
30.01.2019 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 208 : How to say “What happened?” and more: “arriver” vs “se passer” in French

Listener and student Yaniv asked me to clarify the meaning and use of the French verbs “arriver” and “se passer”. In this episode, you’ll see that, although both verbs have a similar meaning, the structure of the sentence is quite different! Vocabulary...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
23.01.2019 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 207 : Saying you’re doing something again: the prefixes “re” and “ré”

The prefixes “re” and “ré” are very useful to build up new vocabulary very quickly and say that you’re doing something again. Let’s see practical examples. I’ll also explain when to use “re” and when to use “ré”. Vocabulary and Spelling of the French W...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
16.01.2019 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 206 : French dictation: Comments on the previous episode

In episode 205 you had the opportunity to challenge yourself with a very French and very academic type of exercise: la dictée! (= dictation). In this episode, I’ll come back on the few grammar and spelling rules that you needed to pay attention to in o...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
9.01.2019 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 205 : A French exercise: dictation! (3)

The “dictée” (dictation) is the French exercise by excellence. It is very academic and has been the nightmare of generations of students. (I did like them, though!). Put yourself to the test! The text of the dictation is in the show notes – don’t cheat...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
2.01.2019 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 204 : Answers to quiz…and winner announcement!

It’s finally here! The episode where you finally get the answers to the 15 questions I asked you in episode 200 of the podcast! I’m so glad you loved the challenge and the opportunity to brush-up the older episodes. Well done to the participants who se...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
26.12.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 203 : Bonne fêtes!

“Bonne fêtes!” or ” Joyeuses fêtes!” is what we traditionally say in French at this time of the year to encompass both Christmas and New Year festivities. And do you know what we say (or write on cards) for each of these two occasions? Talking about re...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
19.12.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 202 : My thoughts, comments and experiences about language learning (and how our daughter speaks three languages)

Note: this episode was supposed to have the answers to the quiz from episode 200 but due to technical issues, the deadline to submit your answers has been postponed to 23rd December and the answers will be featured in episode 204. In episode 100 of Fre...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
12.12.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 201 : PART 6 – Common false friends (= faux amis) in French and English

Many words in French and English are similar or look similar. That’s lucky because it helps with learning vocabulary faster. However, these words sometimes means something very different in the two languages! In this case, they are called “faux amis”, ...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
5.12.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 200 : Celebrating Episode #200!! Take the quiz and win a French lesson with me!!

For this special episode, I offer to go back and refresh what you’ve learnt over all the time we’ve spent together, for the last 100 weeks! (if you’ve only started to this podcast recently or if it’s your first time today, don’t worry! Welcome!!) I’ve ...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
28.11.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 199 : French words and expression related to cooking

Marie would like help to understand some French words and expressions related to cooking: “I like cooking and as such talk about it quite a lot.  I seem to get confused about the different verbs eg faire cuisiner, cuisiner, faire la cuisine, cuire, fai...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
21.11.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 198 : “J’ai été” or “j’étais”? Passé composé or imparfait?

In today’s episode I’m answering a question from Donovan: “Can you please give some examples of when to use j’étais versus j’ai été and when to use j’avais versus j’ai eu?  In English, we translate so many things as “was” or “had”, that it’s hard to un...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
14.11.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 197 : When and why to use the verb AGIR in French?

Gillian’s question, When and why to use the verb AGIR in French, is a great opportunity to boost your French vocabulary and reflect on grammar, as this verb is used in different sentence structures. Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
7.11.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 196 : Listen to a real French lesson! (French session #3)

In this somewhat different episode you’ll get to hear a real French lesson that I recorded with Lothar, a student from Germany! As you will hear, Lothar has very good comprehension and speaking skills, so listening to our conversation will be a great e...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
31.10.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 195 : How to say “to make someone…” in French?

Do you know how to translate expressions such as “to make someone happy / proud / apologise / jump” etc. in French? Can you tell that there are actually two different types of structures in the examples just given? Beware of literal translation, as it ...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
24.10.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 194 : The episode which is a non-episode!

Find out why I couldn’t record an episode for you this week and what you can do in the meantime to brush-up your French! Tips about New Zealand welcome: Contact Me Listen to upcoming episode #100 of French Voices Podcast! Thank You for Tuning In! There...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
17.10.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 193 : French dictation: Comments on the previous episode

In episode 192 you had the opportunity to challenge yourself with a very French and very academic type of exercise: la dictée! (= dictation). In this episode, I’ll come back on the few grammar and spelling rules that you needed to pay attention to in o...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
10.10.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 192 : A French exercise: dictation! (2)

The “dictée” (dictation) is the French exercise by excellence. It is very academic and has been the nightmare of generations of students. (I did like them, though!). Put yourself to the test! The text of the dictation is in the show notes – don’t cheat...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
3.10.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 191 : French adverbs in “-ment”

A few episodes ago (episode 188) I talked about the position of adverbs in French sentences. Well, this inspired me to tell you more about French adverbs and in this episode, I’ll cover how to adverbs ending in -MENT (a very common type of French adver...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
26.09.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 190 : About “puis-je” in French

Podcast listener Megan wanted to know more about the origin of “puis-je”, a French form related to the verb “pouvoir”. I always love it when students are curious about what they learn, question, investigate the meaning and origin of words. So I’m more ...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
19.09.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 189 : French pronunciation: What’s the difference between a “mute H” and an “aspirate H”?

This episode is an exclusive peep into one of the lessons from my online French pronunciation and intonation course “How to sound like a native French speaker”. If you yet need to find out the influence of the latter “H” in the French liaison, or simpl...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
12.09.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 188 : The position of adverbs in French

Where are adverbs positioned in a French sentence? Before or after the verb? What about in compound tenses? In negative sentences? Listen to this episode to find out! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Le bébé dort bi...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
5.09.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 187 : PART 5 – 5 common false friends (= faux amis) in French and English

Many words in French and English are similar or look similar. That’s lucky because it helps with learning vocabulary faster. However, these words sometimes means something very different in the two languages! In this case, they are called “faux amis”, ...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
29.08.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 186 : “savoir” or “pouvoir”? How to translate “can” into French

The English modal “can” has a couple of different translations in French depending on its meaning. Let’s clarify how to translate “can” into French. You’ll see, it’s easy! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode “I don’t h...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
22.08.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 185 : French dictation: Comments on the previous episode

In episode 184 you had the opportunity to challenge yourself with a very French and very academic type of exercise: la dictée! (= dictation). In this episode, I’ll come back on the few grammar and spelling rules that you needed to pay attention to in o...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
15.08.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 184 : A French exercise: dictation!

I’ve been wanting to offer you this type of exercise for a while…today is the day! The “dictée” (dictation) is the French exercise by excellence. It is very academic and has been the nightmare of generations of students. (I did like them, though!). Put...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
8.08.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 183 : Ceci, cela, ça, celui, etc: a guide about using the demonstrative pronouns and adjectives.

In this episode I’ll explain the difference between the demonstrative adjectives and demonstrative pronouns and will help you choose wisely among all these little words! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode Ce soir, cet...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
1.08.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 182 : How long does it take to learn French?

I’m sometimes asked the million dollar question: “How long does it take to learn French ?” (or any other language, for that matter.) Another variation to this question is: “How long does it take to become fluent in French?” Before I go any further, wha...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
25.07.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 181 : Listen to a real French lesson! (French session #2)

Listen to a real French lesson that I recorded This is a new concept to give you the opportunity to have a casual French session on Skype with me, since I can’t commit to recurring lessons anymore. For you, it is a great opportunity to get my personal ...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
18.07.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 180 : Understanding the preposition DE (3/3): vebs using a preposition

Is there a logic to know whether a French verb works with the preposition DE, the preposition A, another preposition…or no preposition at all? This is a major struggle from students of French. Here’s the answer, along with my tips about how to learn th...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
11.07.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 179 : French regions: new names, purpose, debates (and grammar!)

In 2016, the map of France changed and now has 13 administrative regions instead of the former 22. What are they now called (and how do you say the name of your region/state/province/county in French?) Also listen to episode 157: Rules around French co...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
4.07.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 178 : Understanding the preposition DE (2/3): “une tarte AUX pommes” vs “une salade DE carottes”

In the second part of this series to help you understand and use the French preposition DE correctly, we’ll see how it is used when talking about food. I’ll also explain why the preposition A is also used when describing dishes and how to choose betwee...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
27.06.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 177 : French homonyms (4): air, aire (and more!)

When two words have a different meaning even though they sound alike or have the same spelling, they are called homonyms. In today’s episode, find out the different meanings of the words pronounced [ɛr] Also listen to: Episode 142: “French homonyms (1)...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
20.06.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 176 : Understanding the preposition DE (1/3): back to the basics with brushing up the articles!

Understanding the preposition DE (1/3): back to the basics with brushing up the articles! Lately I’ve received a lot of questions from listeners about the use of the preposition DE (and also the preposition A). These prepositions constitute such a chal...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
13.06.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 175 : Au fait, en fait, en effet (and other expressions) explained

Au fait, en fait, en effet (and other expressions) explained Do you know the difference between “au fait”, “en fait”, and “en effet” in French? Do you know how to use them in a sentence? AND do you know how to pronounce them? (some of these expressions...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
6.06.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 174 : French verbs: agreement of the past participle with reflexive verbs (compound tenses, part 5)

In the last episode of this series, I’ll clarify the rules of agreement of the past participle with reflexive verbs in French. This rule is a little bit more advanced and requires some notions of grammar: you need to know how reflexive verbs work (see ...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
30.05.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 173 : French bank holidays, cultural facts… and strikes!

How many of the 11 French bank holidays do you know? Which one is the only holiday when it is actually not allowed to work? (except of course, if you work at a hospital for instance). This episode will walk you through the French bank holidays and some...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
23.05.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 172 : Listen to a real French lesson! (French session #1)

In this somewhat different episode you’ll get to hear a real French lesson that I recorded with Stephen, a student from Sydney! A few months ago, I introduced a new concept to give you the opportunity to have a casual French session on Skype with me, s...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
16.05.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 171 : French verbs: agreement of the past participle with AVOIR (compound tenses, part 4)

In this episode, I’ll clarify the rules of agreement of the past participle with AVOIR. This rule is a little bit more advanced and requires basic notions of grammar: you need to know what subjects, direct objects and direct object pronouns are. Some n...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
9.05.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 170 : French pronunciation (3) – How to sound like a native French speaker? Everything you need to know about French pronunciation, intonation and rhythm.

If you’re putting in a lot of time, effort and money to learn French, chances are that you also want to be able to SOUND it properly. If your pronunciation is poor, French people will struggle to understand you. Worse, they may understand something els...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
2.05.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 169 : French pronunciation (2) – How to pronounce the letter “E” when it has an accent over it?

This is the second episode to help you with your French reading and French pronunciation and celebrate the upcoming launch of my online course, “How to sound like a native French speaker”, coming out next week!  Stay tuned as there will be a special, l...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
25.04.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 168 : French pronunciation (1) – How to know when the letter “S” is pronounced [s] or [z]

I’m really excited to start a short series of episodes dedicated to French pronunciation to mark the achievement of over 2 years of creating, testing and refining the online course that I’ve been working really hard on for you! “How to sound like a nat...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
18.04.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 167 : French verbs – agreement of the past participle with ETRE (compound tenses, part 3)

Did you know that the past participles may need to take an extra “E” and/or “S” in some cases? That is when they are being used as adjectives, but also in some specific situations in compound tenses. In this episode, I’ll clarify the rules of agreement...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
11.04.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 166 : How to write the plurals of French compound nouns?

Spelling the plurals of French compound nouns is the perfect blend of logic and grammar notions. It can seem tricky or daunting at first but actually isn’t that hard! And, again: it’s logical. So, take your French writing skills to the next level by li...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
4.04.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 165 : French Verbs – How to choose between ETRE and AVOIR (compound tenses, part 2)

how to choose between ETRE and AVOIR auxiliaries when you want to conjugate a French verb in the passé composé…or any other compound tense! There’s an easy way to know and get it right every time you conjugate those dreaded French verbs! In the next pa...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
28.03.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 164 : French verbs: past participles (compound tenses, part 1)

Find out why it is important to know the past participles of your French verbs. I’ll also, of course, give you tips to help remember past participles form more easily. In the next part dedicated to this series about compound tenses, we’ll see how to ch...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
21.03.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 163 : What’s on the French euro coins and bank notes?

This episode is a great opportunity for you to learn some French vocabulary and facts about French euro coins and bank notes, whether you live in the Euro zone yourself or not. Have you ever held French euro coins in your hand? Are you able to tell wha...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
14.03.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 162 : “Jouer à” vs “jouer de”

Do you know for sure when to use the preposition “à” and when to use the preposition “de” in French, after the verb JOUER? If not, you won’t hesitate anymore after listening to this episode ! Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in thi...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author
7.03.2018 http://www.frenchyourway.com.au/img/FYW_Podcast.jpg

FYW 161 : French Homonyms (3) – lait, laid, laie (and more)

When two words have a different meaning even though they sound alike or have the same spelling, they are called homonyms. In today’s episode, find out the different meanings of the words pronounced [lɛ] Also listen to Episode 142: “French homonyms (1):...
Jessica: Native French teacher, founder of French Your Way author