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French Vocabulary – Open Doors Posted by on Jul 7, 2020

Business promotional materials can provide tons of great practice for language learners. They can help us work on telling time, recognizing the names of days and the months, and even learn a little bit about local culture. Like in this week’s video from my favorite French business … La pépinière Les Hortensias du Haut-Bois. Vous…

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French Tongue Twisters Posted by on Jul 3, 2020

Les virelangues, tongue twisters, are an excellent way to practice your language skills. They help with pronunciation, clear and quick speech, as well as your confidence. When practicing the following virelangues, remember they are even hard for French native speakers. Don’t feel dismayed, and keep practicing for fun! Je suis ce que je suis, et si je…

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French Culture – Comfort Food Posted by on Jun 30, 2020

While France (and parts of the US, where I live) are starting to open back up, we can all sometimes still use a little escapism to take us away from the challenges that life can present. Especially with all the complex issues facing the world today, I thought this week we’d spend some time on…

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French Culture – Current Events Posted by on Jun 23, 2020

Just as the world seemed to be maybe, ever so slightly turning the corner towards normalcy, things got decidedly complicated again with the death of George Floyd here in the US. The effects of that event (representative of many sadly similar tragic events) have echoed across the US and the world in the weeks that…

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French Onomatopoeia Posted by on Jun 19, 2020

Bonjour!  Today I want to explore the linguistic phenomenon of onomatopoeia, which is the formation of a word from a sound associated with that word. It originates from the word ὀνοματοποιία in the Greek language which means ‘making or creating names’, and in English we use it to describe the unique words made to imitate sounds. In…

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French Vocabulary – Anatomy Posted by on Jun 16, 2020

Here on the Transparent Language French Blog we’ve covered the parts of the body and (more than once) the parts of the face. One thing we’ve never done (at least as far as I can tell) is gone inside. So this week we turn to … les parties du corps … Inside Edition Les organes…

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French Vocabulary – Jewelry Posted by on Jun 9, 2020

Qui n’aime pas un peu de fantaisie (who doesn’t like a little fantasy) ? In these strange times, a little sparkle, a little distraction is always welcome. So this week, we look at la joaillerie. The French are glad to die for love … But in the infamous words of a classic song, diamonds are a…

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