3 Minute French – Course 8 | Language lessons for beginners

Build on from the knowledge you learnt in Courses 1-7, and learn how to communicate in even more situations.

Welcome to course 8 🙂

What you’ll learn

  • Learn about the formal and informal versions of the French imperative, and a verb you can use as an alternative to it.
  • Learn how to conjugate the present tense in French for regular and irregular verbs.
  • Start to look at how to use object pronouns in French.
  • Learn lots of new and useful verbs to add to your collection.
  • Have a look at the second structure in French and how you can use it to form questions and sentences quickly, without having to think.
  • Learn all about French pronunciation rules, looking at vowels and consonants, and also get some tips on how to sound more “French”.
  • Learn lots of useful phrases that you can use in everyday conversations.
  • Look at the two different ways to say “leave” in French and how to use them.
  • Start to learn about how it isn’t always possible to translate English phrases directly into French, and how we have to change them first.
  • Look at how to use the phrase “il y a” in the past.

Course Content

  • Introduction –> 1 lecture • 1min.
  • Lesson 63 –> 17 lectures • 1hr 5min.
  • Lesson 64 –> 17 lectures • 56min.
  • Lesson 65 –> 29 lectures • 1hr 47min.
  • Lesson 66 –> 19 lectures • 1hr 4min.
  • Lesson 67 –> 8 lectures • 34min.
  • Lesson 68 –> 20 lectures • 1hr 6min.
  • Lesson 69 –> 32 lectures • 1hr 54min.
  • Lesson 70 –> 19 lectures • 1hr 3min.
  • Lesson 71 –> 22 lectures • 1hr 14min.
  • Bonus lecture –> 2 lectures • 3min.

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Welcome to course 8 🙂

This is the eighth installment of the 3 Minute French series, and it consists of lessons 63 to 71. It’s one of the longest courses in this series, and we start off by having a very in-depth look at the present tense.

We ended course 7 by looking at forming the present tense for “vous“, as well as the imperative. We begin this course by going into more depth with the imperative and then looking at the full present tense, warts and all!

Remember in course 4, we looked at Building Structures, and we were introduced to the first French structure? Well, in this course, we’re going to look at the second structure in French.

As well as the present tense and the second French structure, we have lots more to look at in this course. We devote an entire lesson looking at French pronuciation.

French Pronunciation

Most French courses start off by looking at a ginormous long list of pronunciation rules before giving you even one word to pronounce. In 3 Minute French, I give you new words and show you how to pronounce them as and when we come to them. I’ve mentioned little pronunciation tips here and there, but nothing too burdensome.

Now that you’ve amassed quite a large vocabulary, and you know how to pronounce each of those words, we can use them to learn how to pronounce new words. In the pronunciation lesson, we’ll be looking at French consonants, vowels and glottal stops, and how we can now start to use pronunciation rules to figure out how to say just about any word we come across.

After the pronunciation lesson, we’ll be learning lots of new verbs and verb phrases that will really boost our language skills. We’ll begin to look at how to use “ce que” in French and how it differs from the word “que“. We’ll also delve further into the world of object pronouns, and how their position in a sentence can change if we use the imperative.

As I said, this is the longest course in the series so far, so don’t rush through it. Let yourself have time after each lesson to process what you’ve learnt and to practise forming your own sentences using the different tenses and different words and structures that we’ve been learning.

I’ve hardly touched on the full extent of what we’re going to be learning in this course, but a few more things we’ll be looking at include:

  • Tips to make you sound more French
  • Using cet instead of ce
  • Using the words de and à with certain verbs to mean “to”
  • Telling somebody to leave you alone in French
  • Looking at the word dans

As always, I hope you really enjoy this course.

Bon apprentissage | Happy learning

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