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Le saviez-vous? - D'où vient le poisson d'avril? View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Patricia explores the origin of the poisson d'avril (April Fools') tradition. There are numerous theories about this, some of them contradictory.

Le saviez-vous? - La tradition du poisson d'avril View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

The first of April is the day of hoaxes, pranks, and jokes. In France, the tradition is to hang paper fish on people's backs and shout, "Poisson d'avril!" (April Fish!).

Le saviez-vous? - Les expressions du poulailler View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Why do we get "hen flesh" (chair de poule) when it's "duck cold" (froid de canard)? Learn more about these and other poultry-related expressions in this video.

Le saviez-vous? - Les expressions inspirées de la musique - Part 4 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

To conclude her series on musical expressions, Patricia will sing your praises for having learned and practiced everything she taught you.

Le saviez-vous? - Les expressions inspirées de la musique - Part 3 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Patricia breaks down some more musical expressions, such as c'est la même musique, c'est du pipeau, violon d'Ingres, and si ça te chante.

Le saviez-vous? - Les expressions inspirées de la musique - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

En avant la musique! (Let's get on with it!) Patricia continues her lesson on various musical expressions used in everyday language.

Le saviez-vous? - Les expressions inspirées de la musique - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Tune in to Patricia's lesson on musical expressions and idioms in French. You'll hear plenty of interesting phrases that are worth noting.

Le saviez-vous? - Le rouge et ses expressions - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Red alert! There are even more French expressions using the word rouge. Patricia explains several of them in this video.

Le saviez-vous? - Le rouge et ses expressions - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

There are many expressions in French linked to the color red, several of which have direct equivalents in English. Discover a few of them with Patricia.

Le saviez-vous? - Utilisation de "encore" et "toujours" - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Patricia lists a few more usages of encore (still, again) and gives an overview of toujours (still, always). To learn more about these words, check out our written lesson on them.

Le saviez-vous? - Utilisation de "encore" et "toujours" - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

In this video, you will learn the various meanings of encore, which Patricia will illustrate with several examples.

Le saviez-vous? - "Ne plus", forme négative de "encore" et "toujours" View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

In this video you will learn how to use the adverbs encore and toujours and how their meanings overlap. Encore and toujours can both mean "still," and share a common negative form: ne plus (no longer).

Marie & Jeremy - Lettre d'amour - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

France

Marie needs help writing a love letter. Like many French learners and even native speakers, she has trouble with plural endings. You might be surprised to find out who the lucky recipient of this love letter is...

Marie & Jeremy - Lettre d'amour - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

France

Marie is writing a love letter and she's having trouble with plural endings. Luckily, Jeremy is there to help.

Le saviez-vous? - Comment dire qu'on n'aime pas? View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Patricia will teach you how to say that you don't like something in tactful ways and in more direct ways. There are many interesting expressions to convey dislike, even disgust, but you might want to save some of them for private conversations.

Le saviez-vous? - Comment dire qu'on aime? View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Using her favorite fruits as examples, Patricia demonstrates some different ways of saying you "like" or "love" something in French.

Amal et Caroline - Les couleurs View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Amal and Caroline don't always see life through rose-tinted glasses (voir la vie en rose). Sometimes they have the blues (broyer du noir). This video gives you the opportunity to explore some interesting idiomatic expressions using colors.

Le saviez-vous? - La poésie de Victor Hugo View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Victor Hugo is best known for his novels The Hunchback of Notre-Dame and Les Misérables, but he also wrote numerous poems. In this video, Patricia reads an excerpt from his poem "À l'Arc de Triomphe," in which he pays tribute to the city of Paris.

Le saviez-vous? - Les bénéfices de la dictée View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Patricia explains the multiple benefits of dictation exercises. Having fallen out of favor in recent years, dictation is making a comeback after the French Ministry of Education realized that language skills were deteriorating. Why not take full advantage of Yabla's Scribe game to improve those skills?

Le saviez-vous? - L'histoire de la dictée - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Patricia explains the importance of dictation exercises for learning French. Now an essential teaching tool in the classroom, dictation was originally a pastime for French nobility. The author Prosper Mérimée created a dictation exercise for Empress Eugénie that stumped even the brightest intellectuals. Think you can beat them? Try it yourself here.

Le saviez-vous? - L'histoire de la dictée - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

It took two hundred years to standardize French spelling before it could be taught in schools using a method called la dictée (dictation), in which a student writes out the words he or she hears. As a matter of fact, this is the exact same principle behind Yabla's Scribe game!

Sophie et Patrice - Chiffres et nombres - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Sometimes numbers like cent (hundred) and quatre-vingts (eighty) take an S at the end, but other times they don't. Others, like mille (thousand), never take one. Sophie and Patrice explain these and other rules of writing numbers in French in this video.

Sophie et Patrice - Chiffres et nombres - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

France

Sophie and Patrice introduce the basics of counting in French. They make it up to one sextillion (un trilliard), but if you're new to French, you can just focus on learning zéro to neuf.

Sophie et Patrice - Le français tel qu'il est parlé à Paris View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

France

Patrice and Sophie have a conversation about the French language. They agree that French people speak too fast for the average learner, and abbreviations and contractions make it even more difficult to understand. Patrice has a few theories as to why Parisians in particular speak so fast.

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