French Grammar

OH LA LA, FRENCH GRAMMAR!

Fun French Grammatical Lessons

Learning French grammar may not be the most exciting part of learning French however, it has to be done… This page gathers various types of material, hopefully fun enough, to teach you how to speak French with impeccable grammatical structures. Enjoy the learning process!


DIRECT OBJECT PRONOUNS

French direct object pronouns

In this video lesson, learn about direct object pronouns in French. Those pronouns are: me, te, le, la, l’, nous, vous, les. They replace both animate and inanimate complements. Learn how to use them and where to place them in affirmative and negative sentences and in different tenses.


SPEAK LIKE THE FRENCH

Proper French and spoken French: learn 7 key differences and improve both your listening comprehension skills and your French pronunciation!

Learn how to adapt the French that you’ve learned at school so that you can sound more authentic when speaking.

 


FRENCH LIAISON

French pronunciation: Learn the French liaison

How do you make the liaison in French? And how can you improve your pronunciation skills?

Do you want to sound more authentic when you speak French? Maybe even sound like the French? Learn how to make liaisons and improve your pronunciation drastically! Practice exercises available for free.

Learn to speak like the French online!


FRENCH EXCLAMATIONS

Learn French Exclamations

OH LÀ LÀ, PUTAIN, QUOI !

Salut ! Yeah, the mood is set ! In this video we’re focusing on feelings and more feelings ! Because that’s what exclamations allow you to express : a strong emotional reaction to something or someone. They’re obviously very important in letting the steam out ! So, let’s master them and observe their structures when needed – so that you reproduce the pattern of course !


FRENCH POSSESSIVE PRONOUNS

French book possessive pronouns
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Let me start this lesson by reminding you what a pronoun is : it’s a little word that replaces the noun and thus allows us to avoid the repetition of a word.

Next, let me remind you what an adjective is : it is a word that modifies a noun. It is always used with the noun it modifies.

Do you already know FRENCH POSSESSIVE ADJECTIVES ? If not, check out the lesson now and come back to this page after. Just to refresh your memory, here are a few examples of possessive adjectives : MON, SA, LEUR etc.

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THE PASSIVE FORM

Learn how to form the passive in french

Hello everybody ! Do you know what the passive form is? Basically I’d say most sentences are in the active form : the subject does the action. 

VOUS APPRENEZ LE FRANÇAIS. (You are learning French) – You are doing the action of learning French. You’re in charge, so to speak. But if I say…

LE FRANÇAIS EST APPRIS DANS LE MONDE ENTIER. (French is learned throughout the world.) – …Is the French language doing anything ? Absolutely not. It is passively being learned by you guys, without having to do anything.

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FRENCH PRONOUN “Y”

Learn French Pronoun Y

SALUT ! Welcome to « Oh la la, I Speak French ! ». Let’s learn how to use French pronoun « y ». You probably know the expression : IL Y A = there is/there are

And if you’ve been to France, you may have heard it in everyday expressions such as : J’Y VAIS – I’m off / ON Y VA – We’re off / VOUS Y ALLEZ ? – Are you off ? / NON, RESTEZ AVEC MOI, C’EST PAS FINI !

 


FRENCH ADJECTIVES & ADVERBS

French Learning Video Blog, June 24, on French adverbs

French adverbs are used to indicate how an action is done. We can form adverbs in French using the adjectives they relate to. Watch this video to learn how to form French adverbs!

SALUT! The other day we laughed a lot, today let’s get down to business and be serious for a minute or 2. No more than 2, don’t worry. We’re gonna look at prepositions of time in French, since they seem to be pretty tricky for foreigners. I’ll focus on correcting one very common mistake you guys tend to make. Some heavy lifting today, yes guys! ON Y VA!  …more


FRENCH PREPOSITIONS OF TIME (PENDANT, DEPUIS, POUR)

French Learning Video Blog, June 10, on Prepositions of Time

SALUT!

The other day we laughed a lot, today let’s get down to business and be serious for a minute or 2. No more than 2, don’t worry. We’re gonna look at prepositions of time in French, since they seem to be pretty tricky for foreigners. I’ll focus on correcting one very common mistake you guys tend to make. Some heavy lifting today, yes guys! ON Y VA!

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FRENCH “SI” CLAUSES

Soraya Garre's French learning video blog

BONJOUR À TOUS! Today we’re going to have a look at French clauses starting with the little word SI, meaning “if”. French learners often get confused with the tenses needed in those clauses, but it really is pretty simple and similar in structure with the English language. So let’s look at the various options and tenses we’ll have in those SI clauses. 

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“IL FAUT” + INFINITIVE

Learn French structure "Il faut + infinitive"

As you may know it already, the French are pretty good are staying slim and slender. I mean, with our modern lifestyle, obviously we’re all getting fatter, Europeans and Americans. However, we, Frenchies, do have some good habits you may wanna look into and that may help you stay thin and happy. I’ll take this opportunity to teach you the grammatical structure that translates ONE MUST… do this or that… To express a general obligation in French we use: IL FAUT + the INFINITIVE of the verb.

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LEARN FRENCH PARTITIVES

Learn French: partitive articles.

Partitive articles – also more simply referred to as partitives – are very useful language tools. So let’s get familiar with them right now! What are they?

They can often be translated by “some” or “any” in English, and are used whenever we’re talking about quantities, portions. They’re particularly widely used when talking about food, as you may already know it.

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FRENCH GRAMMATICAL MISTAKES TO AVOID!

French common grammar mistakes

 

Learning to speak French perfectly well is obviously a serious challenge. The language has many traps ready for foreigners to fall into. That’s why I’ve put together a list of some very common mistakes I’ve heard French learners make. Why don’t we get rid of those right now?!

1. C’EST instead of IL EST (or vice versa)

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LEARN FRENCH DEFINITE/INDEFINITE ARTICLES

Learn French definite & indefinite articles

Articles are little words that are placed before nouns. There are definite articles, and indefinite articles. In English, they are respectively “THE”, and “A” or “AN”. And that’s it! Guess what… the French language is that much more complicated since each article is going to agree in gender and number with the noun it refers to. Let’s have a closer look at those little troublemakers!

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HOW TO USE FRENCH PRONOUNS “NOUS” & “ON”

Difference between ON & NOUS

You may not learn it at school, but the French pronoun NOUS is not often used when we speak French. Instead, we tend to use ON. Have a look at this video to learn about about personal pronouns NOUS & ON and when to use them.

“Nous” is actually used only in very formal situations or in writing.

This is a fun lesson to learn how to sound more authentic when speaking French!


FRENCH POSSESSIVE ADJECTIVES

French possessive adjectives

This fun video will teach you French possessive adjectives.

In French the gender and number of possessive adjectives are determined by the nouns that follow. It is a bit confusing at first, but this French video lesson will teach you how to use these adjectives properly.


FRENCH DEMONSTRATIVE ADJECTIVES

French demonstrative adjectives

This video will teach you all there is to know about French demonstrative adjectives.

Learn how to translate “this/that/these/those” in French. This lesson will help you use demonstrative adjectives “ce, cet, cette, ces” properly.

This is a fun grammar lesson to learn French online.


HOW TO USE PASSÉ COMPOSÉ & IMPARFAIT

French grammar: passé compose and imparfait

 

For those of you just starting to learn French, “Passé Composé” and “Imparfait” may still sound like pretty names of birds or of cute little pets. For others who’ve been studying French for a while, the nightmare has already been unveiled… Learn how to use these two past tenses in French.

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HOW TO ASK SIMPLE QUESTIONS IN FRENCH

how to ask French Questions

In this video, learn how to ask simple questions in French.

Learn how to ask questions starting with “est-ce que” or just with the structure: subject + verb + complement. Asking questions in French will become easy to you. Plus, you will acquire a great skill to start conversations and improve your spoken French!


LEARN PLURAL OF FRENCH WORDS ENDING IN -AL / -AIL

Plural of french words ending with -al and -ail like carnival

Do you guys know any words ending with –al? I’m sure you’ve heard of “le festival” or “le carnaval” or maybe even “le journal”.You’ve also learned that, to form the plural of nouns in French, just like in English actually, you add an –s at the end. …more

 

 


LEARN PLURAL OF FRENCH WORDS ENDING IN -OU

Bisous

In general, the plural of words ending with -ou is very simple: you just add an -s. Example: un bisou – des bisous (a kiss – kisses) BUT… of course there’s a but, otherwise you wouldn’t be learning French! …more

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