20 years ago, I certainly didn’t expect the Internet to come along, and today, I remain surprised by how often I find myself looking for a video to teach me something. If what I need to learn is French, YouTube turns out to have a lot to offer. The most reliable source of French instructional materials that I’ve found on YouTube is the Learn French with Pascal channel. Some of the things that I like about this channel’s materials are that:
- It covers a wide range of topics, from very basic ones to quite advanced ones
- The explanations are quite clear, with good examples
- Pascal covers pronunciation well, and doesn’t focus entirely on the written language
This last point is huge–I’ve learnt quite a bit about pronunciation that I never would have guessed of without these videos.
Who is Pascal? I have no clue. His web site, FrenchSpanishOnline, covers both French and Spanish instruction. One of his first French videos on YouTube, from 6 years ago, has 136,180 views. His Twitter account, @frenchspanish, has 4,347 followers. I watch his videos all the time–looking back, I can see that over the course of the just over a year that I’ve kept this blog, I’ve linked to his videos (pronunciation of plus) and to his web site (verbs of returning). Whoever he is, he’s very good at explaining French! Pascal, if you happen to read this, please feel free to introduce yourself in the comments.