Building Structures in French - Structure 1

Kieran Ball, Learn to speak to the world

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28 Videos (1h 35m)
    • French Structure 1 Introduction

    • French Structure 1 Chapter 1

    • French Structure 1 Chapter 2a

    • French Structure 1 Chapter 2b

    • French Structure 1 Chapter 3a

    • French Structure 1 Chapter 3b

    • French Structure 1 Chapter 4a

    • French Structure 1 Chapter 4b

    • French Structure 1 Chapter 4c

    • French Structure 1 Chapter 5a

    • French Structure 1 Chapter 5b

    • French Structure 1 Chapter 5c

    • French Structure 1 Chapter 5d

    • French Structure 1 Chapter 5e

    • French Structure 1 Chapter 5f

    • French Structure 1 Chapter 6a

    • French Structure 1 Chapter 6b

    • French Structure 1 Chapter 7a

    • French Structure 1 Chapter 7b

    • French Structure 1 Chapter 7c

    • French Structure 1 Chapter 7d

    • French Structure 1 Chapter 7e

    • French Structure 1 Chapter 7f

    • French Structure 1 Chapter 8a

    • French Structure 1 Chapter 8b

    • French Structure 1 Chapter 8c

    • French Structure 1 Chapter 9a

    • French Structure 1 Chapter 9b


About This Class

The whole of the French language can be broken down into several different structures. If you take any sentence from any French book or any utterance, you will see that it fits into one of these structures.

I remember one weekend, I was writing some lessons for the week ahead, when I suddenly realised this. I noticed that there are a certain number of structures in French, and that every sentence follows one of these structures. I spent the rest of the weekend working out all the structures, and I wrote them all down.

Every structure you learn gives you the ability to say a huge amount. Some structures are used more than others, but all the structures together make up the whole French language. Once you’ve learnt how a structure works, all you have to do is insert different words into the slots and you have a sentence.

This course introduces you to structure 1. I’ve limited each course to one structure so as not to overburden you. By looking at just one structure at a time, you can really get to grips with it and understand its usage. It will help to clarify the French language and make it more like a reflex rather than something you have to think about as is it were a maths equation.

Each structure can also help to propel you to fluency; if you can manipulate the structures at high speed, you can start to say anything you want without having to thing about how to say it.

This course contains plenty of practice opportunities for you to revise what you’ve learnt and it also contains some hints and tips on how best to learn and memorise the structures and the vocabulary that goes with them. You’ll learn how to make questions out of structure 1, how to make statements and how to turn positive statements negative.

The Building Structures in French series is set out using the same learning techniques as the 3 Minute French courses. You can work through the course in three minute chunks, enabling anybody to learn French, no matter how little time you have.





Kieran Ball

Learn to speak to the world

Hola, bonjour, olá, hallo and ciao!

I’m Kieran and I’m a language tutor based in the UK, and I also create online courses and write books to make language learning accessible to all.

My books and online courses are based on the methodology I developed for teaching languages, which I've been using in all my classes for many years. The methodology will get you speaking quickly, without the struggle normally associated with language learning.

I’ll not bore you with my life story or intricate details of the history of the methodology; I know you probably just want to start learning now, so I’ll let you get on with it.

Actually, I’ve changed my mind, I will bore you a little before we start. It’s my biography! I’ll keep it as brief as I can though.

I’ve been tutoring people for over ten years on a one-to-one basis in a range of subjects. I love languages, I love learning and I love teaching. I also love chocolate, but this isn’t really the place to discuss my chocoholism. I’m very lucky that I get to teach people every day. However, I can’t fit everybody who asks me into my schedule so, regrettably, I end up turning a lot of people away. I wish I could teach the whole world but I’m yet to figure out a way of duplicating myself!

The next best thing is to teach through the medium of an online course. So, that’s what I’ve decided to do. If you've enrolled onto one of my courses, then I will soon be teaching you the glorious splendour of whichever language you've chosen, be it French, Spanish, German, Italian or Portuguese.

Anyway, I'll stop blathering on in a minute and we'll get started with learning. But, firstly, let me just say this...


No, I'm joking, of course, let me say this instead...

We are all human beings, which means we all possess the attributes that make us human beings. There's a wonderful quote by a man called Terence:

“I am human, and nothing that is human is alien to me”

What it means is that if one person is capable of something, then we are all capable of it, because we’re all humans too. There's nothing in the world that I cannot understand if somebody before me has succeeded in understanding it. Therefore, it’s only logical that since there are millions of people in the world who have managed to learn to speak a second language, then you can learn it too!  And I'll show you how...