How did this French course develop?
I've argued with Parisian servers when they tell me "c'est pas possible" to substitute broccoli for french fries - when they're both on the menu. I've flirted with "straight" guys in raves in the Parisian suburbs near Charles de Gaulle airport. I've even bought all the dusty grammar books you've probably considered buying and spent all the hours searching for one, just one that was down-to-earth, witty, and funny, and that called French out where it was doin' the most.
Like - how can I get my point across on the phone with the building repairman, ask the French postal service where the hell my package is, and communicate with the uninterested metro staff about my ticket that doesn't work - but still sound like me?
That's the course I wanted - and here it is.
How is this course set up?
Upon purchase, you'll have access to a video database. Each chapter contains Study Notes, guided videos, funny examples from my life in Paris, interesting homework prompts to put the language in your words, explanations of famous French cultural staples, quizzes that you put in real-life scenarios, and extra credit links. You will also get access to my list of the best books, sites, novels, films, and podcasts to learn even more French, as well as my own French Spotify playlist.
So yes - you'll get the academic side, where I walk you through all the strategies and shortcuts my English-speaking brain took to memorize and navigate its way through the French language.
And you'll also get the fun side, where I'll walk you through the real messages I got last week on Tinder but also the lyrics to hit French songs that make even the most boring French person run to the dancefloor yelling OUAISSS.
Who are you?
I'm not a native French speaker. I'm like you (and that's the point). My French was non-existent for the first 19 years of my life and I had all the same "dumb" questions and confusing "seriously-French-what-the-fuck" moments you'll experience.
You'll be like, why do we have to decide between Tu and Vous - why can't we just use one word for you? And I'll explain how that's great and all but English used to be set up this way too with thou. A French native might not get why you keep messing up on J'attends pour le bus (I'm waiting *for the bus), when it's J'attends le bus (I'm waiting the bus) - but I gotchu cuz I know you're directly translating from English. Basically, I know the questions you'll have before you'll probably even have them.
After my study abroad year in Paris, my 6 years with my French ex, 2 years teaching French at a language school in Brooklyn, 5+ years making YouTube videos in French and about the French culture, and all these years living in Paris, I now speak fluent French and have a tight grasp on the French culture. Long story short: I get you, and I get French.
We can't escape our native language - so let's use it to our advantage.
When does the course start and finish?
Upon purchasing, you will have immediate access to the database of videos. This course goes in a specific order, and I refer back to previous videos - but you can skip around if you really want to. Upon finishing the course, you can revisit the videos as often (or as little) as you'd like. The videos do not expire.
Do you have an Affiliate Program?
Yes. You must have at least 10,000 followers (on any social media platform), or if you are a reporter, writer, etc. please also get in touch at [email protected]
If you are a teacher or school and would like to recommend or license the content, please also get in touch and we can work something out.
All affiliates will have to fill out a US tax form, as Teachable handles the cuts and payments.
How did you come up with a price?
Let's put it this way: A semester-long French class at an American university is 3 credits, with one credit ranging from $300 - $2000. I know y'all can do that math.
A private tutor can cost up to $50 per hour.
One week at a language school ranges from $300 - $600.
And while I've done all of those and still recommend them, I personally think it's smart to save yourself the time, money, confusion, and headaches by getting straight to the source...in Paris...with someone like you.
What is the refund policy?
If you are unhappy, you can get a refund up to 30 days after purchase.
Do you have free video examples?
I've made many free French videos on my YouTube channel - the comments from which prompted me to make this very course.