French Noun Gender Mastery Course
Whenever I ask my students what they think is the most difficult part about learning French, I always hear these three typical answers:
Argh, the infamous French word genders! Why do we have those rules for words, anyway? Who plays heads or tails with each word and decides that a table (une table) is feminine and a book (un livre) is masculine? Sounds like a bunch of nonsense, right?
Well, I can actually feel your pain and that is why I came up with this course to tackle this issue in two major ways:
1/ Understand the logic behind the gender: because yes, there is a sort of logic/pattern
behind the words)
2/ Try to create an automatic reflex when it comes to choosing the gender: our goal here is to develop a reflex when you say the word in French.
Develop “a melody for a word”
French people do not memorize the gender of words. They just see it , hear it everyday and whenever somebody says the wrong gender of a noun, people will automatically cringe and think “hey it does not seem right; it is not le table but la table”.
Imagine your favorite song---the one where you know the lyrics and melody by heart---but suddenly the singer hits a wrong note. You’ll definitely know something’s not right.
This is the same idea for gender.
You have to learn the “melody of a word” by associating the word with the gender automatically. I want you to develop the same logic by creating a daily routine for 30 days.
Spend 15 minutes per day by associating a word with the right gender. I am not asking you to memorize the word itself.
Why does this course use 600 French words in the drills?
Did you know that the 600 most frequently used nouns in French account for 90% of common texts? If you know all of them, you can claim “yes, I speak 90% French” (sounds good, no?)
I break those words down into a 30-day drill session in order to make it as easy as possible for you.
FAQs: Here are the answers to the Frequently Asked Questions about this course
1. How do I use the progress bar to track my progress?
You will see the progress bar at the upper left of the screen when you access any course. Once you have completed a lesson and mark it complete, the equivalent percentage of the course taken will be reflected in the progress bar.
Take note that the lessons may be taken in any order and your progress will still be tracked. Though it is highly recommended that you follow the sequence provided.
In lessons that contain quizzes, you need to complete all the quizzes first before you will be able to complete each lesson.
2. How can I access my course?
You need to login in this URL:
Once you enter your details, you will have access to your “profile page”. From there you will be able to access the different courses you purchased.
3. Can I download an offline version (e-book) of the course?
Yes, you should be able to see the first module called “offline materials” where you can get the downloadable version of your course. We are about to simplify the system to make it even easier. A print version and an e-book version will be provided as well.
4. Can I give my feedback or ask you a question?
Yes, please. I am eager for a challenge. If you don’t like some parts or you think it needs improvement, criticisms are always welcome.
You can send me an email at email@example.com or, even better and easier, simply leave a comment on the lesson.
5. Can I retake a quiz and get an updated score?
Yes you do have an option to retake the quiz and each time, your new score will be reflected. But for learning purposes, my advice is to take note of your errors and try to do better in the succeeding quizzes.
Note: This list of FAQs will be updated from time to time as I receive new questions. Thank you, merci, and best of luck! Bonne chance !
Founder, Talk in French