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Le saviez-vous? - D'où vient le nom de la France?

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

This video is all about the people of France, from the ancient Franks and Gauls to the present-day population, which currently numbers over sixty-six million inhabitants.

Le saviez-vous? - Le romantisme français

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

It's been said that Paris is the most romantic city in the world. In this video, you will discover the origin of the word "romantic" and learn about the romanticism movement, which originated not from France as one might expect, but from England and Germany and later took hold in France.

Le saviez-vous? - La conjugaison au présent, au passé et au futur

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

This video will give you an introduction to one of the most important aspects of French grammar: conjugating verbs in the present, past, and future tenses. It's full of fun and practical examples that will help you master conjugation!

Le saviez-vous? - L'art culinaire français

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

This episode of "Le saviez-vous?" (Did You Know?) is about French gastronomy. You will learn a lot of useful vocabulary relating to food, and you can look forward to sampling delicious dishes.

Le saviez-vous? - Mener une vie de bâton de chaise

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

This video takes an in-depth look at the curious French idiom mener une vie de bâton de chaise (to lead a chair-pole life). Though the life of a chair pole might not seem very interesting, the history behind the idiom certainly is!

Le saviez-vous? - Histoire du drapeau français

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In this video, you will learn the history of the French flag. Once it was completely white, the color of the French royalty, and now it's blue, white, and red. The French flag has recently been tainted with controversy by nationalist groups who have appropriated it as a symbol of their own causes.

Le saviez-vous? - Le carnaval en France

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

The Carnival of Nice is famous around the world for its colorful parade of floats covered in flowers. You can even participate in a "battle" of flowers that are grown in abundance in the region.

Le saviez-vous? - "On est pas sorti de l'auberge!"

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Where does the expression on n'est pas sorti de l'auberge (we aren't out of the inn) come from? Find out its meaning in this video.

Le saviez-vous? - La Marseillaise - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Patricia discusses the history of the the French national anthem, "La Marseillaise," explaining how the song traveled from the Rhine region to Marseille, where it earned its final name.
She even sings a few lines of the song for us!

Le saviez-vous? - La Marseillaise - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Part two of this video on "La Marseillaise" explains how it evolved from a song of war and freedom to its current status as the French national anthem. The fact remains that it still stirs up controversy for its violent content, which some find offensive.

Le saviez-vous? - La poésie française: Baudelaire - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Patricia introduces one of France's most renowned poets, Charles Baudelaire. His major work, Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil), is still the most studied poetry collection in French schools and was as much a source of controversy as admiration in his day. Baudelaire's love affair with his muse, actress Jeanne Duval, was a main source of inspiration for Les Fleurs du Mal.

Le saviez-vous? - La poésie française: Baudelaire - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

Patricia brings to life Baudelaire's famous poem "L'horloge" (The Clock). The poet laments the passage of time and life's inevitable conclusion: death. Aside from the gloomy message, this poem is also an invitation to seize the day and enjoy all that life has to offer, including this poem!

Le saviez-vous? - Les homonymes

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In this lesson, you will learn the difference between homonyms, homophones, and homographs illustrated with amusing examples. Challenge yourself by repeating the words that sound the same and see if you can spell them correctly. Good luck!

Le saviez-vous? - Les synonymes

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In this video you will learn about synonyms, words that share the same general meaning but convey different degrees of intensity, illustrated by various examples of feelings. Armed with this new vocabulary, you should never be at a loss for words, whether you're overjoyed or wild with anger!

Le saviez-vous? - Les expressions à ne pas prendre au pied de la lettre - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Some expressions are not be taken literally, as they would not make a lot of sense. For example, vider son sac—literally, "to empty one's bag"—actually means something entirely different. Find out the real meaning of vider son sac and its origin in this video!

Le saviez-vous? - Les expressions à ne pas prendre au pied de la lettre - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In the second installment on French expressions not to be taken literally, Patricia discusses the phrase se faire l'avocat du diable (to play devil's advocate).

Le saviez-vous? - Paris, capitale de France

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In this episode you will learn how Paris officially became the capital in the sixth century under the reign of Clovis. Paris was not built in a day, and in many respects, Paris is still being built today as many significant events, past and present, are still defining the history of the city.

Le saviez-vous? - Nice pleure

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

A terrible tragedy struck Nice on what should have been a celebration of Bastille Day, France's national holiday. A driver crashed his truck into a crowd of people who came to watch the fireworks on the famous Promenade des Anglais. The city is in mourning, but the people of Nice are determined not to be defeated by this tragedy.

Le saviez-vous? - Nice rit

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In the wake of the recent tragedy on the Promenade des Anglais, Nice remains a beautiful and diverse city. In this video, Patricia talks about what makes the city such a great place to live and visit.

Le saviez-vous? - Jean de La Fontaine - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Jean de La Fontaine's fables are all-time classics that have been in the French school curriculum for many years, at all levels. It's safe to say that every French person knows at least one of his fables.

Le saviez-vous? - Jean de La Fontaine - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In this video you will hear a fable by Jean de La Fontaine, the most famous fable writer in French literature. "Le Chêne et le Roseau" (The Oak and the Reed) is a lesson in humility. The humble reed belies an inner strength that the oak does not possess. The oak's unbending nature proves to be its downfall.

Le saviez-vous? - Les adjectifs possessifs - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

France

In her introduction to possessive adjectives, Patricia will teach you how to say "my," "your," and "his/her" in French using some simple props.

Le saviez-vous? - Les adjectifs possessifs - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

France

In the second part of Patricia's video on possessive adjectives, you will learn the plural adjectives and what to do when a noun starts with a vowel.

Le saviez-vous? - Les adjectifs et les pronoms possessifs en exemple

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

France

Patricia demonstrates how to use possessive adjectives and pronouns... using bananas!

Le saviez-vous? - Les pronoms possessifs - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

France

In this video, Patricia introduces possessive pronouns (mine, yours, his/hers, etc.). Be sure to check out her previous videos on possessive adjectives to gain a better understanding.

Le saviez-vous? - Les pronoms possessifs - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

France

Make this final lesson on possessive pronouns yours! Listen and watch carefully to master all the nuances in sounds and spelling.

Le saviez-vous? - Comment voyager?

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Do you know how to travel in France? If not, Patricia will give you some travel tips and vocabulary. Follow her all the way to Antibes!

Le saviez-vous? - Conversation entre étrangers

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

In this video, Patricia plays two strangers in a dentist office waiting room. Her characters use the formal vous form for most of the video, but when they realize they aren't strangers after all, they switch to the informal tu.

Le saviez-vous? - Conversation entre amis

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

In this video, you'll hear an informal conversation between two friends who share a strong resemblance....

Le saviez-vous? - La couleur blanche et ses expressions - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Patricia tells us a fun story peppered with expressions involving the word blanc/blanche (white). You might recognize some of them from English, such as hisser le drapeau blanc (to raise the white flag), but others are a bit more difficult to decipher.

Le saviez-vous? - La couleur blanche et ses expressions - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Patricia takes us on a "white journey in the French language" by explaining some common French expressions using the word blanc/blanche (white).

Le saviez-vous? - La couleur noire et ses expressions

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Patricia is in a dark mood.... Learn some expressions using the word noir (dark, black) and express your dark feelings in French!

Le saviez-vous? - Les verbes du 1er groupe

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

France

What are first-group verbs? In this video, Patricia will introduce you to the nearly 3000 verbs belonging to this category. Don't be daunted by that number—these verbs are the simplest to use!

Le saviez-vous? - Les verbes du 1er groupe les plus utilisés - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

France

Patricia goes over some of the most commonly used verbs of the first group (ending in -er). Once you learn them, try creating a story out of them!

Le saviez-vous? - Les verbes du 1er groupe les plus utilisés - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

France

Patricia introduces some more first-group verbs, which all end in -er, by creating little stories featuring them. Try creating some of your own!

Le saviez-vous? - Conjugaison des verbes du 1er groupe au présent

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

France

Learn how to recognize first-group verbs (ending in "er") and learn their ending patterns so you can conjugate them.

Le saviez-vous? - Le mode indicatif, c'est quoi?

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Patricia introduces the indicative mood, which includes the most common tenses: past, present, and future.

Le saviez-vous? - Les 8 temps du mode de l'indicatif - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

In this video, Patricia introduces the eight tenses of the indicative mood. She compares the four simple tenses of the indicative, which require only one verb, with the four compound tenses, which are made up of two verbs.

Le saviez-vous? - Les 8 temps du mode de l'indicatif - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

In this video, Patricia introduces the four compound tenses of the indicative with a few examples.

Le saviez-vous? - Le mode du conditionnel

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Patricia explains the conditional mood in the past and present tense.

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