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French Music – Christophe Willem Posted by on Jun 18, 2019

Christophe Willem exploded onto the French pop scene in 2006 when he won the French singing competition Nouvelle Star (the French version of American Idol / Pop Idol). Since then he’s become one of my favorite singers, though his songs (and particularly his videos) aren’t always well suited for a blog. I recently came across…

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How’s It Waxing? – Silly French Slang Posted by on Jun 13, 2019

Words can unintentional sound funny when switching between le français et l’anglais (French and English). Les faux amis (false friends) like raisin juice are fun on their own, but when a perfectly normal word in one language sounds like a more cheeky word in  the other, the effect is greatly amplified. I recently learned un…

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What’s new in Old Quebec Posted by on Jun 11, 2019

As I’ve shared before, I’m a big fan of la ville de Québec. Most of my experiences though have revolved around the Old City. And while I still adore (adore … it’s a cognate!) the Chateau Frontenac, le Petit Champlain, and la Place Royale, on a recent trip to the city for a family event…

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Singing Along To A Familiar Song – Beyoncé’s Halo In French Posted by on Jun 6, 2019

La musique (music) is always a great way to keep studying when you’re tired of looking at les conjugaisons (conjugations) and le vocabulaire (vocabulary). Finding a fun chanson (song) that you sing along to outside of the classroom turns boring practice into a new hobby. Les chanteurs français (French singers) are incredibly famous with songs…

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French vocabulary – Food shopping Posted by on Jun 4, 2019

While it is true that there are more and more épiceries (grocery stores) in France and that more people font leurs emplettes dans des grands-surfaces (do their shopping in big stores) or in des supermarchés (super markets), most Français (French people) still do a fair amount of their food shopping in small, often-family-owned shops that…

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French Lessons Hiding In Un Café – Coffee Order Mistakes Posted by on May 29, 2019

Le café (coffee) hides a lot of surprising lessons for anyone learning la langue de Molière (the Language of Molière, French expression for the French language). From the size of the cup to the establishment itself, there’s a lot to learn from le café français (French coffee). My daily routine has become amazingly regular over…

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French Colors and Commercials Posted by on May 28, 2019

We’ve talked about colors in the past. And we’ve looked at a pub (French TV commercial) for Haribo as well. But these two that I came across recently do such a good job of combining the two, that I just had to share them. They also provide a nice illustration of the useful French verb préférer. Je…

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