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Upstream Traffic Towards Paris – Confusing Directions In French Posted by on Aug 23, 2019

Learning le français is all about making mistakes and being at a loss for words when there’s something important to say. That can lead to some embarrassing moments, but a few uncomfortable seconds is the price to pay for free French lessons. Being a non-native francophone (French speaker), I often hear a new word before…

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French Culture – Fort Boyard Posted by on Aug 20, 2019

One of my favorite TV shows when I lived in France was Fort Boyard. Part Survivor and part Fear Factor (but better!), Fort Boyard is a French reality program / game show that features a team of contestants (since the early ’90’s mostly made up of famous people from sports, pop culture, etc.) competing to…

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L’Histoire De La Vie – Learning French With The Lion King Posted by on Aug 17, 2019

The best way to study French is to do the same things you enjoy in English, just in la langue de Molière (the language of Moliere). Playing games and watching movies are great ways to make memorizing le vocabulaire et les conjugaisons (vocabulary and conjugations) not only fun, but something to look forward to! The…

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French Music – Michel Delpech Posted by on Aug 13, 2019

We’ve just had our first few cool nights here in the Northeastern United States and while still weeks away, it got me thinking about a fall state of mind.  En France, la fin de l’été et le début de l’automne signale l’ouverture de la chasse (In France, the end of summer and the beginning of…

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Finding The Right Hot Drink – Tea In French Posted by on Aug 9, 2019

Making mistakes and not knowing the right mot (word) is a big part of learning le français. Improving in a language often depends more on not being afraid of the embarrassment that comes from being wrong than memorizing every conjugaison. Sometimes there are multiple words en français for something that only has one word in…

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French Architecture – The Louvre Pyramid Posted by on Aug 6, 2019

In previous posts, I’ve alluded to the fact that not everyone was originally happy about plans to build a giant glass-and-steel pyramid in the heart of one of Paris’s most treasured buildings. This week we look at a historical document that illustrates the different opinions of the time. Des Racines et des Ailes / Of roots…

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Walking On French Eggs – Expression For Difficult Subjects Posted by on Aug 2, 2019

Talking about difficult subjects in a new language is something like a taboo. Not just because the topic may be awkward or inappropriate, but because of all the mistakes that are waiting in le vocabulaire (the vocabulary)! Learning les expressions (expressions, idioms) is a fun exercise in flexing your imagination. Understanding how a morning can…

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