Le saviez-vous? - "Il n'y a pas d'amour heureux" de Louis Aragon View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Patricia recites Louis Aragon's heartbreaking poem "Il n'y a pas d'amour heureux" (There Is No Happy Love), which has been set to music by a number of famous singers. You can listen to Françoise Hardy's version here.

Le saviez-vous? - Louis Aragon View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In this video, you will learn about the famous poet, novelist, and journalist Louis Aragon, who lived in the twentieth century. Many of his poems were set to music by famous French singers such as Georges Brassens, Léo Férré, and Jean Ferrat.

Le saviez-vous? - La couleur blanche et ses expressions - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

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 blanche et ses expressions - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

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.

France 24 - Quels sont les pouvoirs du président de la République ? View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In this educational video, you will learn about the powers of the French president, which were redefined at the behest of Charles de Gaulle in 1958.

Le saviez-vous? - La couleur noire et ses expressions View Series View This Episode

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 expressions à ne pas prendre au pied de la lettre - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

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? - Les expressions à ne pas prendre au pied de la lettre - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

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 homonymes View Series View This Episode

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!

Manon et Clémentine - Virelangues View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Our friends Manon and Clémentine teach us some French tongue-twisters involving birds, turtles, armadillos, and mosquitoes. Try learning them all!

Margaux et Manon - Magasin de chaussures View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Margaux and Manon are playing shop. Margaux is the lucky customer buying shoes and Manon settles for second best, playing the shopkeeper. Now you're all set to go shoe shopping on your next trip to France!

Margaux et Manon - Le corbeau et le renard View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Margaux and Manon recite "The Crow and the Fox," a famous fable by the French poet Jean de La Fontaine, and explain some of the more difficult lines for us. It's a good poem to memorize to improve your French!

Margaux et Manon - Emplois du verbe faire View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Faire (to make or to do) is one of the most basic verbs in the French language, and it is used in a large number of expressions and idioms. Margaux and Manon give us some colorful examples of the uses of faire in this video.

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