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Develop The Skills To Take Your French
To The Next Level

The Intermediate Plateau

There’s no denying it: learning a new language can be tough sometimes.

The beginning is usually fun—everything is new, the basics are easy to grasp, you can learn enough words to talk about your weekend, and you’re making quick progress.

But 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 have no idea what to learn next. It becomes harder and harder to find the right resources. You want to ditch the French learning books and apps, but when you hear the language spoken at full speed, you feel like a complete beginner again.

Sound familiar?

I had the same problem myself when I was learning English, Spanish, and Polish. Yes, it took me a long time to figure out that the problem didn’t come from the language itself, but from the method I was using. 

That “aha!” moment came when I discovered a Polish Podcaster named Piotr and a famous American linguist, Stephen Krashen. They completely changed my approach to language learning. After listening to the Real Polish podcast for a few months,  I realized I was now able to understand the news and Polish people on the street. Then reading Krashen’s theories on second language acquisition gave me the pedagogical tools to build my own method.

You probably already know the rest of the story.

Around the same time, I started teaching at the French Institute in Warsaw, Poland, and I used this opportunity to test this new method with my students. Their feedback was so positive that I decided to create a podcast and a YouTube channel to help more people learn French.

However the ‘Build a Strong Core’ course is something different.



Have a Plan to Finally Overcome the Intermediate Plateau


Discover Fascinating Stories About the French-Speaking World


Learn the Differences Between Formal and Informal French

How does the program work?

Instead of wasting hours wondering what you should do next to improve your French, Build a Strong Core will give you a detailed roadmap with daily lessons. 

Build a Strong Core’ is designed to help you make learning French a habit. However, 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.

In every lesson, you’ll find different activities to develop the skills you need to move forward:

• 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.

“Since retiring I have been trying to resurrect the French I knew at school.”


Christina, Australia

“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.

Having completed the 4-week course, I know I have much to gain by going through the materials a second and third time.”

A glimpse of what
you're going to learn

• 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.

• The biggest paradox about French people.

• Why they were ranked as the most pessimistic people in the world. 

• How to use que, qui, dont, to make better sentences.

When to pronounce the “s” in “plus”.

• Why some French regions want to become independent.

• What Paris could look like 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.

• Where to practice your French in Europe if you don’t want to go to France.

• How to master the dreaded subjunctive.

•  When to use à” or “de” after a verb.

... and a lot more !

“Like a magician, Hugo read my mind
and created the course I was looking for!”
Nicole Hagg

Nicole, United States

“I’ve been studying French for a number of years: in high school, in adult classes or with some independent programs… During these years, I always had questions!

I wanted to find a course that could answer my very specific questions. I would like to say that I know enough French, but apparently not enough.

Like a magician, Hugo read my mind and created the course I was looking for!”

Who this program is for

Build a Strong Core was created with the intermediate French student in mind.

If you’ve been studying French for some time but now you feel stuck and you need guidance to move on to the next level, then this is the course for you.

Otherwise, as a rule of thumb, if the first 40 episodes of the innerFrench podcast are the right level for you (not too easy and not too hard), then this program will be the right level, too.

And if you are familiar with the CEFR scale, consider this course as upper A2 – B1.

Who this program is NOT for

If you are at an advanced level (B2 or above on the CEFR scale) or you find the innerFrench podcast too easy/slow, then this program may not be the best fit for you.

Enroll now
one-time payment of 149,00

Train your ear

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 a wonderful program with fun, engaging content and a very effective design that’s really helped me make progress in French.”


Jon, United States

“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.

The course is designed so that all of these elements fit together and reinforce one another, within each lesson and as you progress.

As on the podcast, Hugo’s tone is warm, personable, and encouraging, which makes doing the lessons a genuine pleasure. I’ve really enjoyed the program and learned a lot!”

A Supportive Community

I regularly take some online courses myself so I know it can feel lonely.

But not with this one!

By joining Build a Strong Core, you’ll get access to a private group made exclusively for the students – the perfect place to have a quick chat in French and get some extra motivation!

But of course, you don’t have to join the group if you prefer to be a lone wolf!

Enrollment closes in


one-time payment of 149,00


Most frequent questions & answers

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.

Enrollment typically re-opens every 4 months.

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: Merci!

No, it doesn’t. The lessons are recorded. But Anna and I will be available to answer all your questions during the course.

“I liked absolutely everything about the course!”


Neringa, Lithuania

“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).

It has always been a pleasure to listen to Hugo and watch every lesson. This way a student can bond with the teacher and I’m sure it makes him or her inspired and motivated (at least that’s what has motivated and inspired me during the 3 months of ‘the French journey’ 🙂

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!

Why this program is different from other online courses

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 finish this program. Because at the end of the day, that 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 and her thrilling adventures at the bakery, we will cover illuminating topics related to French people, their society, and the French-speaking world in general. If you like what I talk about on the innerFrench Podcast, then you’re going to love these lessons.

Lifetime Access

Use the course for ever + get all the future updates for free

30 Lessons

Fascinating stories with a sprinkle of grammar

7 Hours of Video

+ downloadable MP3 files and transcriptions

Over 120 exercises

To put what you learn into practice

“The program also focuses on
learning to understand real French”

Jakob, Austria

“When I had a busy day I invested 30 minutes in the program, sometimes I could spend more time. The advice, instructions, exercises and the vocabulary taught in this program helped me to rise to a higher level in French.

The program also focuses on learning to understand “real” French, even when people don’t have a clear accent like the one you find in Hugo’s podcast. Suddenly, I was able to understand also more complicated videos in French and speak more fluently without thinking about it.

Although I’ve attended great courses, nothing can be compared to this program, not only for learning French but also for discovering methods to learn a language while having fun.”

Your Teachers

Gravatar 2020


I’ve been teaching French since 2015, first at the Institut français in Warsaw, Poland, then online with the innerFrench Podcast and YouTube channel.

But I didn’t stop there! I’ve also created two courses to help French learners develop their skills: Build a Strong Core and Raconte ton histoire.

By working with thousands of students from all over the world, I’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t. I’ve been constantly updating my courses to offer engaging and effective lessons.

Anna 2020


Born in Cracow, Poland, I fell in love with French at a young age. I completed my Master’s Degree with a double specialization in French didactics and literature.

Since graduating, I’ve been teaching French in several language schools at all levels. I’ve also collaborated with a travel agency to create tours for French tourists.

I joined innerFrench in 2020 to help students in the Build a Strong Core course. I know how challenging learning French can be, so if you decide to join the course, you can count on me to keep you motivated!

“The program also focuses on
learning to understand real French”
Piers Vaughan

Piers, United States

“I found the innerFrench podcast in January. I got hooked, listening to an episode almost every day. Then I discovered this course.

I really enjoyed the mix of facts and grammar, and the use of multiple media. Thanks to Hugo, I have regained my confidence, I’ve found a nice teacher from the north of France on iTalki, and next month, I’m going to take the B1 exam!

I’m 64 years old, so another advantage is avoiding Alzheimer’s disease (haha!). Finally, I’ve gotten over my fear of speaking and have also started attending conversation groups.

I can say without hesitation that all this is thanks to Hugo!”

Course syllabus

Contenu Cours

Tout Afficher
Bienvenue !
Semaine 1 – Apprendre à apprendre
Semaine 2 – La société française
Semaine 3 – La France et ses régions
Semaine 4 – Le monde francophone

Learning French is a Fantastic Adventure

But it’s also a long journey that can feel overwhelming sometimes.

This course will give you the structure to move past the intermediate plateau and help you feel more confident in French.

one-time payment of 149,00


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