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L’on vs. On – What’s the Difference? Posted by on Oct 20, 2016


Bon or bien? An or année? C’est or il est? Tu or vous? As a student of French, you often encounter tricky pairs that don’t have an exact equivalent in your language. They require additional studying with plenty of examples for them to finally click, but eventually they become second nature. We’ve discussed many of…

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Hit The Snooze Button! – Setting Your Alarm In French Posted by on Oct 19, 2016

"The Greatest Button In The World" by Sean McGrath on Flickr. Lincensed under CC BY 2.0.

Being busy looking for a job and finishing my thesis has left me with little time to sleep. Le manqué de sommeil (the lack of sleep) over the past few months has left me constantly searching for le bouton snooze (the snooze button). Tous les soirs (every night) before I go to sleep je règle…

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N’ayez pas peur!* Posted by on Oct 18, 2016

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Next week is Halloween. 25 years ago no one in France had any idea what Halloween was other than an obscure American tradition. Today, Halloween and it’s traditions have been exported around the globe including to France and many people observe it . . . Thanks in no small part to me (or so I…

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French: Regional Variants Posted by on Oct 17, 2016


It’s easy to forget that French is a living language that is in a constant state of flux. We know this to be true, of course, because of new words that are added to the French dictionary each year, or the development of verlan. But sometimes it is easy to forget that language is very much…

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“Divide” and Conquer French Math Vocabulary Posted by on Oct 13, 2016

Image courtesy of Behdad Esfahbod on Flickr.

You may have heard the saying that there are only 2 universal languages: music and math. While this is very debatable (love, anyone?), I thought it touched on something that we on the Transparent French blogs haven’t. We’ve talked plenty about the benefits of music in learning a foreign language, but today I wanted to…

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