Le Passé Composé & l'Imparfait

pc %2F imp.png
pc %2F imp.png

Le Passé Composé & l'Imparfait


This program will give you... An elevated and more intuitive understanding of the true meaning behind each of these essential tenses beyond the often over-simplified explanation of 'ongoing vs. finished action'.

Perfectly Imperfect: A LOVE STORY.

Perfectly Imperfect is a self-study audio course for anyone whose tongue ties up when faced with relaying information in French in the past tense. This program provides a more intuitive, native understanding of l’imparfait and le passé composé beyond the often over-simplified explanation of 'ongoing vs. finished action'. It was created for Intermediate élèves who struggle with knowing how to choose between these two most common past tenses in French. Your guide to their uses and nuances, Perfectly Imperfect is intended to be enjoyed at your own pace, but can be completed in as little as two hours. Carrie Anne’s unique method for explaining the dance, the love story, between these two tenses will have you sounding more French (and feeling more confident in French conversation) immediately.

Topics include:

Typical traps that Anglophones fall into when translating the imperfect into English (and how they create misuse of this tense in French), an explanation of when and why the imperfect or le passé composé are preferred over the another to change the atmosphere surrounding communication (not just what is being communicated) and a list of the rare occasions when a verb actually changes meaning from one tense to another (and Carrie Anne’s tricks for how to avoid being misunderstood). This program provides a more intuitive, native understanding of l’imparfait and le passé composé beyond the often over-simplified explanation of 'ongoing vs. finished action'.

Course includes:

This course is divided into two parts, each with their corresponding audio recording and a third pronunciation practice & listening comprehension audio, containing pronunciation demonstrations, grammar rules and tips for mastering fluid use of le passé composé and l’imparfait that you won’t find in any other course. Your Course Workbook outlines each audio’s lesson notes and transcript, including Carrie Anne’s unique tricks.


90 minutes of audio instruction

25 page Course Workbook (in PDF form)

Who is it for?

This self-study audio program is for everyone looking to improve their French conversation and written skills through mastery of l’imparfait and le passé composé.

Who is it not for?

This digital audio self-study program is not for anyone looking for an online community with personalized feedback - check out Université or private coaching with Carrie Anne if that is what you are looking for.

Enjoy the following excerpt from the Course Workbook :

‘And here is the most helpful tip of this course:

In French, you will use l’imparfait much more than you do in English.

Ever notice how French people have a habit of saying:

‘I was -ing…’ in all the wrong places when speaking English?

That’s why.

Let that sink in. Every time that you practice speaking French from now forward, consider l’imparfait as an option first UNLESS you are giving a one-sentence recount of your night out last night (or a concise list of what you did last weekend, par exemple).

Make sense? Feel like a relief? Excellent.’

Want a taste of Carrie Anne’s audios and coaching style for free? Check out the 400+ mini audio lessons on our SoundCloud channel.

The course’s workbook contains the audio transcripts & notes for the following lessons:


The Translation Trap

The Overlooked Importance of l’imparfait

Which Verbs Change Meaning Between the Two Tenses

A Conversation Exercise

+ lesson’s audio recording and accompanying transcript


Pronunciation & Listening Comprehension: The Building Blocks

How to Practice Pronouncing the Most Common Verbs in Each Tense

Memorizing the Expressions that Introduce Each

+ lesson’s audio recording and accompanying transcript

+ pronunciation practice & listening comprehension audio


Access: Lifetime

Duration: Divided into 2 sections with 90 minutes of accompanying audio recordings, it is designed to be used at your own pace.

Teaching style: Self-study

Content delivery: The Course Workbook and 3 accompanying audios will be delivered together 2 business days following your purchase.

Commitment time: 2 hours minimum recommended

Level: Intermediate

Maximum students per class: No limit

Audio: 90 minutes of audio instruction containing pronunciation & listening comprehension practice, as well as each lesson’s notes.

Course Workbook: 25 pages containing your audio recordings’ transcripts, lesson notes, pronunciation & listening comprehension exercises and Carrie Anne’s best tips for mastering l’imparfait and le passé composé.


As a fluent non-native speaker who spent years in the classroom learning French grammar and later studying French literature at U.C. Berkeley and La Sorbonne, as well as classical piano at L'École Normale de la Musique in Paris before obtaining real-world fluency, she knows precisely which aspects of the French language are perceived to be the most difficult. Carrie Anne focuses on those aspects in order to coach you to feeling fluent and expressing your full personality in French as quickly as possible.


- How long does the course run? Divided into 2 sections (including 3 accompanying audio recordings), with 90 minutes of audio instruction and interactive practice exercises, it is designed to be used at your own pace.

- How much time do I need to set aside for the course? We suggest setting aside at least 2 hours to enjoy the course and revisiting it for extra pronunciation & listening comprehension practice (the more you practice, the better your results will be).

- Is there homework? Oui, there are interactive pronunciation practice exercises in the course's audio tracks.

- Will I be graded? Non. We suggest recording yourself as you practice with the interactive audio exercises with Carrie Anne to witness your progress. You will be amazed by your progress as you begin telling stories with ease in the past tense in French.

- Will I receive personalized feedback on my work and progress? No. For personalized pronunciation feedback, please consider a private coaching session with Carrie Anne.

- Do I need to be online at certain times in order to participate? No. The beauty of this self-study course is that you can take it with you to be enjoyed anytime, anywhere that you have an internet connection, as the majority of its content is audio recordings that can be listened to with your mobile phone or at your laptop.

- Will I have access to all of the course's content at once? Yes.

- Do I need to already know French to participate? If so, how much? Oui. As this course is created for Intermediate élèves, we suggest having already studied le passé composé and l’imparfait. The information in this course will be a valuable add-on to the typically inefficient way in which these tenses are taught in most classes. If you would also like to learn the basics (or review them as a first step towards getting back into your French), then kindly have a look at our Basics for Beginners program.

- When will I speak French fluently? Très bonne question. Speaking French fluently requires extensive study, and repeated exposure to la langue française, accompanied by daily practice. Mastering the use of l’imparfait and le passé composé will greatly quicken your path to fluency by helping you to speak with ease and sound like a native French speaker.

- What if I don't love it? As this course is delivered in-full 2 business days after your purchase, and completely digitally, returns and/or refunds are not available. We encourage you to enjoy all of the available free content on this site, including our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud accounts for more free content, to determine if Carrie Anne’s method and coaching style are right for you before making your purchase. The Université 1 & 2 programs come with a first lesson trial offer.

Add To Cart