You can understand French when someone speaks at 0.01 mph, which is approximately...no one in France. You've studied French, so when you're in Paris, your friends expect you to understand even the most muffled metro announcement (and you can't). If someone asks you to order at a restaurant, your voice still gets soft and shy so the server knows you've studied French enough to be respectful but not long enough to come at you speaking like zjsuzjsüzjszhjzsé after all you said was, "Je prends un verre de vin, s'il vous plaît."
9 Hours of 60 Instructional Videos
150+ Pages of Study Notes
10 Homework PDFs, 10 Quizzes, & Extra Credit
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What you'll learn
- School is in session (3:22)
- 10 Commandments of this Course
- Resources that are worth your time (3:46)
- This French Course 101
- The real intro to the French language (5:30)
- How English and French are set up (5:41)
- Your accent: That's your badge of honor boo (4:19)
- Ok, so how do you speak your native language?
- The French you need to know now
- French Survival Guide (4:23)
- Words for when you're stuck and don't know what to say (3:34)
- Emphasis: Don't hit those French syllables like you do in English (2:58)
- Sounds to make you sound fluent (0:45)
- Affiliate Program
- Study Notes
- The past perfect: I had had (8:39)
- The conditional perfect: I would have (6:58)
- The future perfect: I will have (3:10)
- The past perfect: être (4:15)
- The conditional perfect: être (3:13)
- The future perfect: être (2:54)
- Joey Tribbiani: to have given, received, shared, and loved (8:16)
- Les Devoirs (7:18)
- Study Notes
- WTF is the subjunctive? (6:21)
- Getting all emotional (6:49)
- I want you to do this for me (3:06)
- Power move #1: Il faut que tu saches, Margot (8:07)
- Power move #2: Pour que tu m'aimes encore (7:46)
- I don't know what's real anymore (2:29)
- La conjugaison: basically ER verbs with a twist (8:54)
- Les Devoirs (14:13)
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I bought both courses in order to really get down to the basics again. It was so much more fun to learn on your own, when you have a professor like you with a personal touch - the homework, songs, your stories etc made it a lot more enjoyable and i’ve never learned French this way. It’s really a good combo and made me so motivated to learn more. I was looking forward every time! I am taking a french test this summer in order to study in Paris so this was much needed. Merci, Damon.
Never thought learning French can be this fun! Definitely got more than what I've paid for from the full bundle course, learning not just French but also how to use it in real life situations, without losing your personality. Just go for it, vous ne regretterez pas!
I bought the Intermediate - Advanced course and I can't say enough about how great it is. I've been learning French on and off for YEARS! 6 to be exact. I just had trouble taking my French to the next level and learning to develop my personality in another language. Damon helps with this so easily. At first, I was nervous that the course might've been too advanced, but I stuck it out and my ear was able to naturally adapt to finally understanding everything without subtitles. His teaching style through the videos, the homework assignments, and even the extra credit all helped me finally feel confident in my French!
Oui j’ai fini le cours ! It was so much fun and easy to pick up! I’m actually retaking the lessons again :)
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.