Le saviez-vous?
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Patricia has a wealth of knowledge about French grammar, vocabulary, literature, culture, history, and more, which she shares with us in her series Le saviez-vous? (Did You Know?)

Showing 81-96 of 96 Totaling 5 hours 48 minutes

Le saviez-vous? - La prononciation des voyelles et groupes de voyelles - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

France

In this lesson, Patricia will show you how to pronounce the six French vowels and the vowel combinations ai, an, au, ain, and aim.

Le saviez-vous? - La prononciation des voyelles et groupes de voyelles - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

France

In this video, you will learn how to pronounce some vowel combinations with the letter E (ei, eu, eau) as well as the differences between é, è, and ê.

Le saviez-vous? - La prononciation des voyelles et groupes de voyelles - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Newbie Newbie

France

Patricia concludes her series on vowels and vowel groups with a discussion of the vowels O and U. She also mentions a French word that contains all five vowels, but none of them are individually pronounced. Can you guess what it is?

Le saviez-vous? - Le quartier du Vieux Nice

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

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.

Le saviez-vous? - Karine Rougier présente son art - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Advanced Advanced

France

The Espace à Vendre (Space for Sale) gallery in Nice recently presented Karine Rougier's exhibition "Les sables mouvants" (Quicksand). Rougier is an artist who works with various media, including ancient engravings, postcards, and even rocks.

Le saviez-vous? - Karine Rougier présente son art - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Advanced Advanced

France

Karine explains her creative process and her techniques. She works with wood, rocks, old postcards, stamps, and much else. The result is a mix of surreal creations that will intrigue the eye and puzzle the mind.

Le saviez-vous? - Karine Rougier présente son art - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Advanced Advanced

France

Karine Rougier invited several artists to participate in her exhibition revolving around the poem "Heart Piece" by Heiner Müller. All the paintings and sculptures are linked together by a common theme, as she explains in this video.

Le saviez-vous? - Karine Rougier présente son art - Part 4

Difficulty: difficulty - Advanced Advanced

France

Karine Rougier describes the many influences she draws on in her art practice—sixteen millimeter films, poetry, Flemish painting, tribal masks, the ocean, and more.

Le saviez-vous? - Gérard raconte l'histoire d'Antibes

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Gérard will introduce you to Antibes, a beautiful city founded by the Phocaeans in the 400s BC. The Phocaeans were replaced by the Romans, who were replaced by the Christians. Nowadays Antibes has grown to become the third-largest city in the Alpes-Maritimes department.

Le saviez-vous? - Gérard raconte les Phocéens à Antibes

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Gérard tells us about the history of Antibes, which goes back to the Phocaeans. Those ancient people always consulted an oracle before undertaking a voyage into the unknown to conquer new territories.

Le saviez-vous? - L'histoire de la dictée - Part 1

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!

Le saviez-vous? - L'histoire de la dictée - Part 2

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? - Les bénéfices de la dictée

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? - La tradition de la Chandeleur - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

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? - La tradition de la Chandeleur - Part 2

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.

Le saviez-vous? - Comment faire des crêpes

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

Patricia shares her family recipe for crêpes. All you'll need is some flour, eggs, milk, orange blossom, salt, and butter to make this classic French staple. Happy cooking!

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