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Season 4 – Lesson 18 – Coffee Break French

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It’s time for a new episode of Coffee Break French. This week Sylvie is responding to her mother’s latest email as they’re both looking forward to spending a family weekend in Épinal. As usual Mark and Pierre-Benoît are on hand to discuss the idiomatic expressions and grammar points contained in the text, including the expressions se dépêcher de faire quelque chose, se faire des idées, and the very useful word sacré. Please note that lesson 18 of Season 4 was originally known as lesson 418 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

A definitive guide to tu and vous

Tu or Vous

For learners of French, and indeed many other languages, it’s often difficult to know how to address people, since there are two different forms of the word for “you”: tu and vous. Back in Coffee Break French lesson 3 we introduced this concept, and in our mini soap opera in lessons 71-80 we discussed it too in lesson 76.

We’ve come across a wonderful flow chart on how to use correctly the tu and vous form in French which has been doing the rounds on social media in the past few days. Created by the author William Alexander whose forthcoming book “Flirting with French: How a Language Charmed Me, Seduced Me, and Almost Broke My Heart” (which we can’t wait to read!), the flow chart explains exactly when you should opt for tu and when you should stick with vous. Although the author’s tongue was obviously firmly in cheek, it’s very accurate! Please have a look at the original which you can find on the LA Times site and let us know what you think in the comments below, and if you’re interested in pre-ordering the book, here are the Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk links!

 

Season 4 – Lesson 17 – Coffee Break French

In this episode of Coffee Break French Season 4, we consider Monique’s latest email as she looks forward to Sylvie’s visit this coming weekend. Mark and Pierre-Benoît are on hand to discuss the idiomatic expressions and grammar points contained in the text, including the expression tous les quatre matins, ce n’est pas la porte à côté, l’essentiel c’est que + subjunctive and lots more. Please note that lesson 17 of Season 4 was originally known as lesson 417 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.