I live in Paris and study International Economic Policy at SciencesPo. My undergraduate degree was in Land Economy, which I studied at Pembroke College, Cambridge. In between my undergrad and master’s, I worked as a project manager in renewable energy projects in the UK.
I’m terrifying… just kidding! I’m super friendly, and, having grown up with three younger brothers, have lots of patience. Most importantly, though, I love to learn! I’m a big old geek, and like nothing better than sitting down chatting French verb endings. Yep, really.
Each session will last 55 minutes, and in that time we can cover whatever you feel you need a bit of help with. Personally, I think learning French is a nightmare until you’ve got a solid grasp of the grammatical foundations, so I’ll insist on getting you confident with those.
There are thousands of different ways to learn a language, so we can use lots of different techniques depending on your learning style. Alongside good old exercises and repetition, we’ll work with games, TV and music resources. We’ll also just spend a good amount of time talking in French!
Oxbridge for Outsiders
I was the first person in my school (and family) to apply to Cambridge, so I know how it feels to apply without much of an Oxbridge background. I’m very happy to help any potential applicants – especially those new to the system – with on personal statements and interviews.
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Please do get in touch with any questions! You can send me an email or book a ‘Meet the Tutor Session’ through the website. The more details you can give me about what you’re struggling with, the better.
Looking forward to meeting you! J'ai hâte de vous rencontrer!
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What does it mean?
It’s one of the four ‘moods’ in French (the others are: indicative, subjunctive and imperative)
Because it’s a mood, it can be used in a number of tenses. Simplest (and the one you'll most likely cover in exams) is ‘conditional present’ tense. Verbs in the conditional present tense basically mean someone ‘would’ do something.
E.g. Si j’avais beaucoup d’argent, j’irais au Japon. If I had lots of money, I would go to Japan.
Nous voudrions deux cafés, s’il vous plait. We would like two coffees, please.
Je regarderais la télé. I would watch TV.
Important! A couple of verbs don’t sound like ‘would’ in the conditional – they have their own meanings. There are two important ones...
1. pouvoir (to be able to). The conditional present of pouvoir means ‘could’. E.g. Je pourrais conduire à Londres. I could drive to London.
2. devoir (to have to). The conditional present of this is 'should' in English. E.g. Elle devrait acheter une voiture. She should buy a car.
How do you form it?
Take the same stem as the future tense (infinitive minus the 'e' at the end of 're' verbs) and add the same endings you use for the imperfect tense:
Parler --> Je parlerais, tu parlerais, elle parlerait, nous parlerions, vous parleriez, ells parleraient
Finir --> je finirais, tu finirais, elle finirait, nous finirions, vous finiriez, elles finiraient
Attendre --> j'attendrais, tu attendrais, elle attendrait, nous attendrions, vous attendriez, elles attendraient
As usual, unfortunately, some of the most important verbs are irregular! The way that they’re irregular is in relation to the stem of the verb. Below is a list of the most important irregular verbs, their stems and conjugated examples.
Aller ir J’irais
Avoir aur Tu aurais
Etre ser On serait
Faire fer Nous ferions
Pouvoir pour Vous pourriez
Devoir devr Ils devraient
Savoir saur Je saurais
Venir viendr Tu viendrais
Voir verr Elle verrait
Vouloir voudr Nous voudrions
Understanding… watch music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRCRV4JwIds
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