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La Poésie (French Poetry) Posted by on Sep 26, 2016

"Fountaine Place de la Concorde" courtesy of Jean-François PARIS.

It can be very difficult for non-native French speakers to read, comprehend, and even enjoy poetry in French. This is because the language can be more florid than in prose, there may me multiple layers of meaning not easily deduced by the non-native reader, and it may depend on cultural references. But, alas, not all is…

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Defending My Thesis In French Posted by on Sep 21, 2016


Last week j’ai passé ma soutenance de mémoire (I defended my thesis). After working hard on mon mémoire, everything came down to un exposé (a presentation) in front of mes professeurs (my professors). La soutenance is the last step in completing un master (a master’s). Finding a concise way to present all la recherche et…

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Des livres au cinema* Posted by on Sep 20, 2016

Le chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte

J’adore lire. (I love to read.) Et pour entretenir mon français, je lis beaucoup en français. (And to maintain my French, I read a lot in French.) I especially love classic novels about the royal era of French history. Unfortunately, I don’t always have the time to read as much as I would like. BREAKING…

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The French Causative Posted by on Sep 19, 2016


The causative construction in French is somewhat self-explanatory. This kind of grammatical construction occurs when the subject causes something to happen rather than doing the action themselves. So, for example, a causative construction would be needed if you are describing that someone else will do the action of the sentence besides the subject of the sentence.…

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Never Ever be Confused by This French Word Again! Posted by on Sep 15, 2016

Image courtesy of Leading and Loving It

Bonjour, tout le monde ! As a French student, you already know that the language is beautiful, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a little tricky. When you learn a second language, you start to notice a few things about your native tongue that you may have never considered before. Why is our grammar…

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