My name is William Briant, and I am a French and Russian Student at the University of Edinburgh. I am passionate about languages, cultures and literature, and I hope I can pass on some of that passion to you!
Outside of languages I am a passionate chef and last year I fulfilled a dream by working in a French restaurant and vineyard. I also play the organ, piano and drums too, and play the organ at St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh.
The sessions will take a varied format depending on what you want to do! A French session, for example, can be all about grammar, we can just speak in French or even read some literature together to improve your sense of language.
As I mentioned above, I love studying different cultures, so we can use recipes, music or even art as tools for learning. With one of my students, we translated the lyrics of her favourite French song, which gave her some great vocabulary!
I hope to provide you with some key information, great grammar worksheets/rule sheets, and some confidence in your language!
If you want help writing a personal statement, I can help! If you want me to help you through a piano piece, I can help! If you want me to help rescue a burnt sauce, I can help!
Thank you for reading this, and please send me a 'WebMail' or book a 'Meet the Tutor Session' through this website. Remember to tell me your exam board and what you're struggling with.
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|French||A Level||£20 /hr|
|Russian||A Level||£20 /hr|
|French||13 Plus||£18 /hr|
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Unidirectional vs multidirectional verbs.
Unidirectional verbs (eg. идти) describe movement in one direction, and mostly just a one time movement or a single occasion.
Multidirectional verbs (eg. ходить) describe repeated movements, general movement, movement in different directions and a return journey that happened in the past.
Here are a few examples with English translations:
1. Каждый день, Борис ходит в бассейн.
1. Every day (repeated movement), Boris goes to the swimming pool.
2. Куда ты идёшь?
2. Where are you going? (Movement in one direction, one time movement)
3. Мы часто ходим в университет.
3. We often go to university.
The subjunctive is one of the hardest grammar points that you need to tackle in French A level. Any signs that you understand it and can use it confidently will impress the examiner hugely.
The subjunctive is a mood, in other words it's not a tense like the passé composé but it can be in the passé composé.
Here's a handy list of times you need to use the subjunctive.
1. After certain prepositions, such as:
2. After verbal constructions, such as:
avoir peur que...
avoir désir que...
3. After a superlative, such as:
c'est la plus jolie fille que j'aie vue.
4. Impersonal expressions, such as:
il faut que...
5. After a change of subject, expressing wish/want:
il était content que je l'aie fait.
6: In short, you use the subjunctive in expressions of...
Will, orders, advice
Doubt, possibility, opinion
Finally, the best way to learn when to use the subjunctive is fimiliarity with written French. I would recommend reading articles on Euronews, as you can translate them into English if you are stuck as to why there is a subjunctive.see more