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.
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.
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.”
“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.”
• 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, où 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.
“The structure and content of this course is the most interesting and enjoyable I have ever come across for an intermediate learner.”
“It has really helped me in my understanding of French (and French culture) and inspired me to continue to work to improve it. Hugo’s program has demonstrated ‘how’ to learn a language and provided me with ideas and innumerable resources to ensure that learning can continue seamlessly from where it left off.”
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.
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.
one-time payment of 149€
“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.
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!”
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.
“I really felt I was immersing myself in all things French!”
“I was taught French via mainly grammar exercises and never made much progress, so this program is a breath of fresh air!
The wide variety of materials and resources meant I was never bored and Hugo’s engaging manner and choice of topics kept me motivated and I quickly fell into the habit of doing some French every day.
I especially enjoyed the way in which the episodes were built around some aspect of French language, and culture, so I really felt I was immersing myself in all things French!
Given that Build a Strong Core is based on the latest theories of language learning, it is well thought out and great value.
I would highly recommend it, especially for Intermediate students wanting to boost their confidence and advance to the next level.”
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!
one-time payment of 149€
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.
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: email@example.com. Merci!
No, it doesn’t. The lessons are recorded. But I’ll answer any questions you might have by email.
“What sets this program apart is that the discussions go far deeper than a superficial (and often romantic but stereotypical) introduction of the French culture”
“What I enjoy the most from Hugo’s program is the discussions on the French culture and the society. Being French learners, I believe many of us have a strong interest in these topics ourselves and learning the language through these topics gives us a big motivation.
However, what sets this program apart is that the discussions go far deeper than a superficial (and often romantic but stereotypical) introduction of the French culture, and offers instead a thorough and honest look into a society that is full of fascinating paradoxes. Personally, I appreciate greatly this documentary and analytical approach, from which I have benefited both linguistically and culturally.”
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 Camille 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.
“This program is incredible!”
“The pace is just right for moving from an Intermediate level towards Advanced. The subject matter is always interesting and informative and Hugo explains very clearly the grammar rules providing lots of good examples. I am so happy to have found this and I know with Hugo’s help that I will achieve my goal, which is to speak French fluently.”
“The program also focuses on learning to understand real French”
“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.”
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€
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