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French Grammar – Tell me why Posted by on Jan 28, 2020

Recently we looked les pronoms démonstratifs. You remember, those words that help answer the question “Which ______?” This week we’ll look at how to respond to the question “Pourquoi?” using a few useful conjunctions. Parce que Anyone with little children is used to hearing them ask “Pourquoi?” (“Why?”). It’s a question that follows us throughout our lives…

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French Commercial – Online Shopping Posted by on Jan 21, 2020

The internet has made just about everyone’s lives easier … even those of these joueurs (players) from the Stade Français équipe de rugby (French rugby team) as they work to save a team dinner! DARTY présente …Le Click & Collect DARTY presents … the Click & Collect Joueur 1: Oh non la plancha ne marche plus !…

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French Language – Demonstrative Pronouns Posted by on Jan 14, 2020

Pronouns are handy – they can save us from repeating the same nouns over and over again – and important – as you get deeper into language learning, knowing your pronouns will help you understand more … and sound more like a native! But pronouns can also be tricky. An especially tricky category of pronouns is…

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French Language – Time and Temperature Posted by on Jan 7, 2020

What better time than the beginning of a new year (and the beginning of l’hiver / winter) to talk about the time and the weather. My colleagues here at Transparent Language have covered some of this before, so think of this week as a review … with some helpful tips and new vocabulary. C’est l’heure…

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French Culture – Oh what a year! Posted by on Dec 31, 2019

It is once again New Year’s Eve, and around the world people are greeting un nouvel an even as they look back at the year (et toute une décennie ! / and a whole decade) that is coming to an end. And what a year it was! Les Français dans les rues As far back as La Révolution…

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French Music – A Christmas Song Posted by on Dec 24, 2019

Today is le réveillon de Noël (Christmas eve) … et demain c’est Noël (tomorrow is Christmas). And while it is a time of joy and celebrations for many, it is also a time to remember those who cannot fully enjoy the saison des fêtes (holiday season) for whatever reason. In 2015, the French singer Michel Polnareff released…

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French Language – Pom, pom, pom Posted by on Dec 17, 2019

I’ve heard it said that if you don’t encounter a language before a certain age, there are sounds in that language that will not only be difficult (if not impossible) for you to pronounce properly, but even hard for you to hear! I say it’s never too late as long as you apply yourself. This…

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