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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? - La tradition de la Chandeleur - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Patricia continues her series on the feast of Candlemas, which in France is centered around the crêpe. Due to its round shape and golden color, the crêpe was a symbol of the sun in pagan times.

Michel Sardou - Comme d'habitude

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

France

Michel Sardou sings one of his hit songs, "Comme d'habitude" (As Usual). If it sounds familiar to to you, it may be because Frank Sinatra used the melody for his own hit song, "My Way."

Claire et Philippe - Mon morceau de piano View Series

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France

Philippe composed a short piano melody for Claire. After playing it for her, he teaches her some basic chords.

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!

Marie & Jeremy - Et si on se rencontrait ? View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

France

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"Marion" and "Samuel" (aka Marie and Jeremy) meet for the first time in person after chatting online. While Samuel is smitten with Marion, Marion isn't nearly as impressed with him, to say the least.

Le saviez-vous? - La tradition de la Chandeleur - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

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France

Patricia delves into the festival of la Chandeleur, or Candlemas, which takes place on the second of February. In France, la Chandeleur is traditionally celebrated by eating crêpes.

Le saviez-vous? - Le quartier du Vieux Nice View Series View This Episode

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France

Come visit the neighborhood of Vieux Nice (Old Nice), with its charming village atmosphere and interesting architecture. You will notice a definite Italian influence in this French city near the Italian border.

Marie & Jeremy - Le bijou View Series

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France

Jeremy promises Marie a jewel of her choice for her birthday, but then manipulates her using a multitude of excuses and a thick layer of flattery. Marie might not get what she's promised, but you'll get some shiny new vocabulary to use during your next shopping trip in France!

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

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

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.

Marie & Jeremy - Candice et son coach

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

France

Candice and her coach are going for a run, but first they must warm up! And you will exercise your brain by learning some basic body-related vocabulary.

Le saviez-vous? - La tradition de la galette des rois - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

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France

Patricia explains in detail the tradition of the galette des rois (kings' cake), which predates Christianity. The tradition is linked to a Roman pagan celebration called Saturnalia, during which a lucky slave was crowned "king" for the day.

Zaz - Demain c’est toi View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Zaz sings "Demain c'est toi" (Tomorrow It's You) from her new album "Effet miroir" (Mirror Effect). She gives us a hint of things to come in her personal life. Who might she bring into the world?

Le saviez-vous? - La tradition de la galette des rois - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Patricia discusses the galette des rois (kings' cake), a classic holiday delicacy associated with the festival of Epiphany. A small figurine is placed inside the cake, and whoever finds it in his or her slice is crowned "king" or "queen" for the day.

Le saviez-vous? - Le E muet - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

France

Knowing when to pronounce and when not to pronounce the letter E is key to speaking French like a native. Among other places, E usually isn't pronounced when it's between two consonants (and doesn't have an accent mark).

Le saviez-vous? - Le E muet - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

France

E is a tricky vowel in French: sometimes it's pronounced, sometimes it's not. As Patricia explains, it's usually silent at the end of a word, and often silent in the middle of a word.

Lionel - En studio d'enregistrement - Part 2 View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Lionel tries out his friend's recording studio by singing Joe Dassin's "Dans les yeux d'Émilie" (In Émilie's Eyes), a love song set in the harsh winter of Quebec.

Le saviez-vous? - "Jamais", forme négative de "déjà" View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Patricia explains the difference between ne pas encore (not yet) and jamais (never), the two negative forms of déjà (already, ever). Ne pas encore applies to actions that are limited in time, while jamais applies to actions that aren't.

Le saviez-vous? - "Ne pas encore", forme négative de "déjà" View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Patricia explains the use of déjà and ne pas encore in French. Déjà means "yet" or "already," depending on context. In the negative, déjà becomes ne pas encore (not yet).

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