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Lesson 21 marks the beginning of Level 2b of Coffee Break French. In this week’s lesson we look at two tiny pronouns which can cause some confusion for French learners: y and en.

Please note that lesson 21 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 61 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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    10 replies to "Season 2 – Lesson 21 – Coffee Break French"

    • Chris Malumphy

      In the exercise notes, for question 12, the answer is “Je vais en emmener.” My original quess was “J’en vais emmener.” Is that an acceptable answer or is it just wrong.

    • Audrey

      Hello, I’m French and “J’en vais emmener” is not correct. Good luck with the rest of your study!

    • Ellie-Community Manager

      Hi everyone

      I’m Ellie, one of Radio Lingua’s Community Managers (along with Katie and Marylou). Do you feel like you need a bit more practice with “y” and “en”? Well, if you head over to Facebook, we’ve got a quiz on the discussions board as well as conversations about different topics, including food, cinema and travel. Click on the link to practise your French or just to come and say “salut!”

      À plus!

    • Ellie-Community Manager

      PS. Click on “Ellie-Community Manager” to go straight to the Coffee Break French Facebook page 🙂

    • Sam

      Very difficult Mark.You have to spell the sentences

      • radiolingua radiolingua

        All the sentences are written in full in our lesson notes 🙂

        • Dave

          Hi Mark,

          When I click on the play button for any of the lessons, it says “File not found”


    • charity murray

      just found you guys think its fantastic thankyou!

    • dale

      Great website.

      Learners are lucky today as when I learned French 15 years ago, we had none of these great teaching sites. i had to do it the horrible way with textbooks only 🙁

      This site is great and I wish it all the best 🙂

    • marc

      are “y” and “en” similar to “hi” and “en” in catalan language?
      I noticed that in most of the examples, these words could be translated into “hi” and “en” in catalan , but not sure if they mean exactly the same.


      english:Are you going to the bank today? No, I’m going(there)tomorrow.
      french: Tu vas à la banque aujourd’hui ? Non, j’y vais demain.
      catalan: Tu vas al banc avui ? No, jo hi vaig dema.

      english: I’d like two books. I’d like two (of them).
      french: Je voudrais deux livres. J’en voudrais deux.
      catalan: Jo voldria dos llibres. Jo en voldria dos.

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