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In this post, I’m going to describe an offcois study method you can implement right away to learn the 1000 examples of Québécois French from the OffQc guide called 1000. (Offcois means offqc-ish.) This method is for dedicated and serious learners; it’ll require work of you and sticking to a routine.

Each page of the 1000 guide contains five examples of use. With the method described here, you’ll work on one page per day, for a total of 200 days.

Here’s what to do:

Your day will be divided up into five blocks of time. The five blocks are:

  • dawn to 08:59
  • 09:00 to 12:59
  • 13:00 to 16:59
  • 17:00 to 20:59
  • 21:00 to midnight

At some point during the first block of time, you’ll read the first example sentence on the page and accompanying notes. Understand the example sentence, then repeat it to yourself several times until it sticks in your head. Repeat the sentence silently to yourself or aloud whenever you can for the remainder of the block of time — as you brush your teeth, as you wait for the bus, etc.

In the second block, you’ll learn the second sentence and repeat it silently to yourself or aloud for the remainder of the time in the block. You’ll do the same thing for the rest of the sentences and blocks of time.

  • dawn to 08:59, example sentence #1 on the page
  • 09:00 to 12:59, example sentence #2 on the page
  • 13:00 to 16:59, example sentence #3 on the page
  • 17:00 to 20:59, example sentence #4 on the page
  • 21:00 to midnight, example sentence #5 on the page

It would be best to start at the beginning of each block of time so that you have as much time as possible to let the example sentence stay present in your mind. If you do it just before the block ends, it’ll defeat the purpose, so start as early as possible within the block.

If you miss a block, you’ll need to make up for it as soon as possible. For example, let’s say it’s 10:00 (second block of time) and you still haven’t done the sentence from the first block. In this case, you’ll need to learn sentence #1 and sentence #2 together, and repeat them both to yourself or aloud for the remainder of the second block.

Obviously, the more blocks you miss, the more difficult this exercise will become, so try to keep up. If you’ve missed the entire day and it’s now 21:00, you’ll have to do 5 sentences all at once and repeat them silently to yourself or aloud for the remainder of the block of time.

You must complete the day’s five sentences before midnight. Don’t learn new sentences between midnight and dawn. If you want to study French in that period of time, review older stuff or work on something else.

This routine will give you 200 days of work, which is good, and it will allow you to keep examples of French present in your mind all day long. You can even do this while you’re at work and nobody has to know.

This is the minimum you can do with this method. If you want to do even more because you’re especially motivated and serious, here are things you can do to reinforce what you’re learning:

— After you learn an example sentence, you can listen to several minutes worth of French (or as much as you can manage): radio, TV, real conversation, etc. The more colloquial the language the better. This way you will incorporate listening practice into your routine, which is excellent. You’ll hear the example sentences come up during your listening practice, so this will reinforce things;

— As you repeat the example sentence to yourself, you can add alternate versions to it. For example, you can change the nouns in the sentence to different ones, change the verb tenses, etc. Be sure to repeat the original sentence as a minimum, though. The alternate versions are extra;

— Try to find a way to use the sentence in a live situation during your block of time with someone who speaks French;

— Try to create a dialogue in your head or aloud that uses the example sentence;

— Before you go to bed, reread all the example sentences you learned that day;

— When you wake up in the morning, reread all the example sentences from the day before;

— As you listen to French, if you hear something you’ve come across before in 1000, make a note of the example. You can create a list of these usages and dedicate even more time to learning them because they’re high frequency.

Remember, learning French is a long-term endeavour. This method will give you 200 days of material to work with. If you’re regular and devoted in your efforts and do it over a long enough period of time, you’ll achieve what you set out to do (i.e., become a fluent speaker of French and more specifically of Québécois French).

You can get started with this method today. Even if you’ve read through a lot of 1000 already, you can use this method to go back over older stuff and review.

You can buy 1000 here and start the offcois study method #1 now.

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If you need a way to learn or review a large amount of material in Québécois French, if you have trouble understanding spoken Québécois French but don’t know what you’re supposed to be learning to remedy the problem, and if you still need help making your spoken French sound less bookish, then this new OffQc guide is for you.

1000 is a downloadable PDF that you can buy here.

It’s inspired by the first four years of content on OffQc, or almost 1000 posts. To create this new guide, I’ve taken the most essential language that has appeared on this blog to create 1000 examples of use with notes. I’ve also injected this guide with new vocabulary that has never appeared on OffQc, as well as many new examples of overheard language taken from real conversations in Montréal.

I’ve written this book to accompany you in your independent study of French. It’s for motivated learners who are doing all the right things on their own — listening to French and speaking when possible — but who need a helping hand in getting past that barrier in French. 1000 will raise your confidence in French by helping you to become more proficient with informal vocabulary, expressions and contractions… Québécois style, of course!

How is 1000 arranged?

This book is arranged in a way that makes it as easy as possible for you to learn or review a large amount of material. There are 1000 examples of use (five on each page), all taken from the conversational level of French as used in Québec. Each example is accompanied by notes, which will help you to make sense of the example, and to enable you to incorporate the language into your own use of French or simply understand what the Québécois are saying.

Below are three sample pages of the examples of use. In total, there are 200 of these pages in the book.


At the beginning of the book, there are also notes about frequently used contractions in informal language, how yes-no questions are asked informally with tu, and the sound made by â and the letters d and t in Québécois French. Here are a few sample pages from the beginning of the book:


How to use 1000

You can either read this book from beginning to end, or just dip in and out when you have some spare time. You don’t need to read example of use number 75 before reading example of use number 678. You can start anywhere. I’ve also included certain features of language more than once in this book so that if something doesn’t make sense on the first go, you’ll have more chances to see it elsewhere in the book in a different example.

You can read 1000 before leaving on a trip to Québec, or even on the way here. 🙂

Are there audio files?

This book is text only. The notes are full of tips on pronunciation. But, more importantly, this guide is meant to accompany you in your own independent listening. Read a little of this book, then listen to French on your own (radio, TV, film, etc.), read a little more, then listen a little more on your own again. Listening to authentic French (along with actually speaking it) is the most important thing you can do to improve your command of French. This book will help you to make sense of what you hear while doing all of this important work on your own. When you read something in this book and then hear it for the first time on your own and actually understand it, you’re going to feel pretty excited!

What’s the difference between 1000 and C’est what?

At the time of writing this, there are 3 downloadable PDFs in the OffQc storeC’est what?, 1000 and Say it in French. C’est what? provides an overview of the main features of informal language. It prepares you for the sort of things you’ll be hearing when listening to French spoken by the Québécois. 1000 takes it farther. There are far more examples in 1000, and you’ll learn or review a wider range of vocab and expressions. 1000 will help you to fill in the gaps in your knowledge, and help you to get an even better grip on French. Note that 1000 also contains swear words and vulgar language (C’est what? doesn’t), which are important to learn if we want to understand colloquial French.

After reading 1000, you’ll:

  • be able to identify and use the most frequently used contractions and vocabulary heard in informal language,
  • have filled in many of the gaps in your knowledge of Québécois French and informal language,
  • have a much stronger understanding of what distinguishes informally spoken French from the written standard,
  • feel more confident about speaking French in a way that sounds less bookish and helps you to fit in better,
  • have a much stronger base upon which to build as you continue learning French, and more specifically Québécois French, on your own.

This book is the culmination of four years of material on OffQc, which means you’ll be learning or reviewing a lot of colloquial Québécois French.

About the cover

OK, OffQc is a little (very) biased… The cover is an image of a manhole cover in Montréal. Considering 1000 is based on colloquial (“street”) French, and OffQc is very much inspired by life in Montréal, it seems fitting! But if you’re wondering if you can use 1000 in preparation for your stay in Québec City or Trois-Rivières or wherever else in Québec, the answer is yes. The language in this book is good for anywhere in Québec, no worries.

How to buy 1000

Buy and download 1000 here.

Payment is by credit card or PayPal. After paying, you can download. You’ll also receive an email — keep it. There’s a link in it to download. You’ll automatically get 20 downloads for a one-month period. If you need to download again after that (if you accidentally delete your file, for example), just let me know and I’ll get the book to you again — no problem. This also goes for any other book you’ve bought.

Buy and download 1000 here.

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