There’s no denying it: learning a new language can be tough sometimes.
The beginning is usually fun. You just learn ready-made sentences and soon enough, you’re able to talk about your family, describe your weekend etc. You’re progressing quickly so your motivation is high!
However once you reach the intermediate level, things get messy.
You know how to build basic sentences, but whenever you try to say something slightly more complex, you find yourself trapped in a minefield of errors.
You see those “en“, “dont” and “y” everywhere, but you don’t know how to use them.
There are so many tenses that you start to believe French people live in a different time dimension.
But the worst part is that you have no idea what you should learn next.
For seven years, I’ve been helping intermediate French learners become confident French speakers.
I started my career at the French Institute in Warsaw, Poland, and decided to learn Polish to better understand my students.
But just like them, I ended up getting stuck at the intermediate plateau. I knew all the grammar rules and enough vocabulary, yet I couldn’t use the language to have meaningful conversations.
Everything changed when I discovered a Polish podcaster named Piotr. Instead of teaching grammar, Piotr was simply talking about interesting topics in an easy way so that listeners could learn the language naturally.
After listening to him for just a few months, I realized I was finally able to understand Polish people and talk to them with confidence.
That experience was so eye-opening that I decided to create my own podcast to teach French through topics that matter.
Today the innerFrench podcast has over 10 million downloads and it has helped tens of thousands of French learners.
After some time, listeners told me they enjoyed the podcast but they had questions about grammar and vocabulary that I wasn’t able to address, both because the podcast wasn’t the right format and I didn’t have enough time to reply to all of them.
It took me months to figure out a way to teach grammar without giving up on what made innerFrench different in the first place.
I finally found the right formula: a mix of interesting topics, grammar in context and fun exercises to practice. And, most importantly, a clear roadmap to go from intermediate to advanced.
The Build a Strong Core course was born!
“I loved this course and looked forward to it everyday! It gave me the structure I needed to improve my French listening as well as overcome those common, nagging grammar mistakes. Not only did I learn about the French language but also French history and culture. And Hugo’s kindness and encouragement shone through each lesson!“
Build a Strong Core is designed to help you make learning French a habit.
But you don’t have to complete a lesson everyday. The course is self-paced so you can take as much time as you need to finish it.
“After studying French for a few years, I was finding it difficult to make progress as an intermediate student. And then I started this program – and thought “this is exactly what I needed!”.
It clarified a lot of grammatical topics that I always struggled to understand fully; it had a good mixture of lectures and exercises; and (maybe most importantly) it taught me how to get into the habit of learning French everyday. Because each lesson was so interesting and fun, it was easy to keep my motivation to go through it till the end!”
In every lesson, you will find different activities to develop the skills you need to move to the advanced level:
• A story about the French-speaking world to learn some interesting facts and new vocabulary in context.
• A grammar section to address the most common mistakes made by intermediate learners and how to fix them.
• A phonetics section to understand the pronunciation differences between formal and informal French.
• Interactive exercises to test yourself and make sure that you understood everything.
“The program was very well-structured and easy-to-follow. It contained various nuanced points on grammar that other courses/books usually disregard, but that commonly cause mistakes among not only beginner but also intermediate level learners.
I especially appreciated the little shortcuts for remembering some tricky little grammar points easily (e.g. genders, prepositions, pronouns, etc.). The downloadable cheat sheets were super helpful as well.“
• Why French people speak so fast, and what strategies you can implement to better understand them.
• How to overcome your fear of speaking French and improve your pronunciation.
• The most efficient ways to study grammar and memorize vocabulary.
• Three paradoxes about the French that they’re not even aware of.
• Why they were ranked as the most pessimistic people in the world.
• How to use que, qui, dont, où to stop sounding like a robot.
When to pronounce the “s” in “plus“.
• Why some French regions want to become independent.
• Why Paris could look like an urban jungle in 2050.
• Why some French suburbs are seen as powder kegs.
• How to finally nail “en” and “y” .
• Why Africa is becoming the epicenter of the French-speaking world.
• Why l’Académie française sees the feminization of the names of professions as a mortal danger.
• How to master the dreaded subjunctive.
• When to use “à” or “de” after a verb.
“Since retiring I have been trying to resurrect the French I knew at school. I have found lots of resources online and elsewhere, but InnerFrench has been quite different.
The materials were varied and interesting, Hugo’s video lessons were clearly spoken, and the explanations of grammar and common errors cleared up several things I was confused about.
Hugo also explained the reasons for some of my frustrations and how to deal with them, such as why ‘normal’ spoken French is still so hard to follow in spite of all I have learned.”
“The lessons cover a number of topics that I needed to learn to improve my French. Thanks to this course, I’ve already seen a significant improvement in my ability to understand and communicate in French. It’s the perfect combination of challenge and encouragement.“
“I’m glad I bought this course and I think the price is very reasonable! Not only did I learn the grammar rules and vocabulary, but I also found ways to continue my learning.
I know that I still make grammatical mistakes, but at least I have already written 22 journal entries thanks to this program and I have been speaking French regularly for six months. I was dreaming of such progress!“
If you’re not 100% satisfied with the course, let us know within 30 days and you’ll get your payment back, no questions asked.
I’ve been teaching French since 2015, first at the Institut français in Warsaw, Poland, then online by creating the innerFrench Podcast and YouTube channel.
I completed my Master’s Degree with a double specialization in French didactics and literature, then taught in several language schools before joining the innerFrench team in 2020.
“Prior to joining the course, I had been studying French for 1.5 years, just dragging myself and finding it hard to continue. However, joining this course was one of my best decisions in my language journey. It offered me a one-stop portal to stick to over the last 4 to 6 weeks for learning French grammar, vocab and culture in context. The discussion topics covered were of varied interests and engaging.”
The Build a Strong Core program doesn’t promise to make you fluent in 3 months. Instead, it will help you make a bit of progress every day and feel more confident as you practice your French.
It is also designed to help you make learning French a daily habit and build your own routine—a routine that you will stick with long after you complete the course. Because at the end of the day, this new habit will be the key to helping you reach fluency.
Contrary to most online courses, this program is built around the content, not the grammar.
Instead of reading dialogues about Jean-Pierre’s thrilling adventure at the bakery, we will cover interesting topics related to French people, their society, and the rest of the French-speaking world. If you like what I talk about on the innerFrench Podcast, then you’re going to love these lessons.
“This is a wonderful program with fun, engaging content and a very effective design that’s really helped me make progress in French. The lessons are full of helpful learning strategies and interesting explorations of French life and culture, and Hugo is great at making complex grammar easy to understand and calling attention to important nuances in the way people actually speak.“
Since you probably understand me pretty well at this stage, it’s important to get used to different accents.
That’s why we’ll also work with videos made for native speakers. But don’t panic: I’ll be there to help you along the way.
Thanks to these exercises, not only will you get a better grasp of spoken French but you will also discover some fascinating speakers.
“This is exactly the course I was looking for! I had been frozen in place in my French learning for years — but Hugo managed to light the match! His challenging and stimulating lessons have filled in the crucial gaps in my learning, and he’s boosted my confidence to put what I know into practice!”
My courses go a lot more in depth than my free content. They are designed to get one big step closer to the advanced level so the lessons are organized with a clear progression, targeted grammar sections and plenty of activities to practice.
The program is designed for lower-intermediate students (between upper A2 and B1 on the CEFR scale). As a rule of thumb, if the first 40 episodes of the innerFrench Podcast are at the right level for you, then this program will be the right level, too. To get a better idea of the difficulty, you can watch an excerpt from a lesson here.
You’ll get access to your first lesson as soon as you sign up. Then you can go through the lessons at your own pace and take as long as you need to complete the program.
Unfortunately no as it would mess up the onboarding process. But you can try the course for 30 days and ask for a full refund if you don’t like it.
The program is entirely in French, just like my podcast and videos. Translations are provided in the transcriptions for tricky words and expressions, but the lessons and the grammar explanations are in French. I break things down into digestible pieces to make sure you get everything.
As a teacher, my goal is to see my students make actual progress. So if you don’t get results after joining the program, I offer a 30-day money back guarantee.
You can access the course on your laptop, smartphone or tablet, as long as you have an internet connection.
If you have a question related to this program, feel free to write to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Merci!
No, it doesn’t. The lessons are recorded. But Anna and I will be available to answer all your questions during the course.
“Being a language teacher myself, I know how important it is to improve as many skills as possible (which I did have a chance to do).
What I appreciate most about this course, though, is a certain attitude: being passionate about what you do. I strongly agree that discovering the pleasure of learning and curiosity are the main keys to successful learning. With Hugo’s material and attitude, it’s a piece of cake!”
But it’s also a long journey that can feel overwhelming sometimes.
This course will be your roadmap to move past the intermediate plateau and feel more confident in French.