French Back-to-School: La Rentrée (de réformes)

Posted on 31. Aug, 2015 by in News

Uh-oh — it’s already la rentrée! As the end of August approaches, students are getting ready to head back to school, people are returning back from vacation, and workers are heading back to work. In French, there’s an important word for all of this: la rentrée. Literally meaning “the return,” la rentrée refers to the […]

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Can You BRING Me to My French Class? No, but I Can TAKE You…

Posted on 27. Aug, 2015 by in Grammar, Vocabulary

Unless you are already on the moon, I’m not going to say this to you! It doesn’t matter how much I want to go there. Logically speaking, ‘bring’ and ‘take’ shouldn’t cause too much confusion, but I hear native speakers make this mistake time and time again (talking about English, by the way). “I’m going to […]

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Help! Attention! Urgence!

Posted on 26. Aug, 2015 by in Vocabulary

Many medical and emergency words are similar in French, but they are also different enough to lead to major confusions. Médicin doesn’t mean medicine and an emergency is urgent, but in French it’s l’urgence that takes the name. That last sentence is confusing because of all the closely related words that are nearly the same, […]

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