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Archive for January, 2009

L’Auberge Espagnole …un film à voir Posted by on Jan 28, 2009

I mentioned in an earlier post that one of my very favorite films of all time is a French film that was released in 2002 and I would recommend it to everyone, especially anyone who has ever studied abroad or even just anyone who wishes to remember their college years.  Nominated for several French César…

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French Vocabulary in Context II Posted by on Jan 27, 2009

Today, I’ll give you another very short vocabulary activity to work on.  French teachers can use this exercise as a quick warm-up activity.  I will provide the answers in a later post (in a few days) so you have plenty of time to get to it. prémonition (noun)   Context: Une nuit avant l’embarquement, la…

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French Language – Prepositions + Countries/Cities Posted by on Jan 26, 2009

Je viens des États-Unis, j’habite en Espagne, mais je vais en France.  (I’m from the United States, I live in Spain but, I’m going to France.)  This is a simple sentence, some part of which is often used when meeting people in international contexts, but which in French can sometimes seem complicated to English speakers because…

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Why Learn French -Top Ten Reasons Posted by on Jan 15, 2009

Sometimes in our language-learning processes with all the ups and downs that go with it, we forget why we wanted to start learning French in the first place or especially why we want to continue studying and improving.  Was it because it was a high school requirement, a college requirement, we wanted to maybe someday…

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French Vocabulary – Family Posted by on Jan 14, 2009

In my effort to provide vocabulary in context, I thought it would be a good idea to begin providing groups of words that belong with each other in some way.  Perhaps it will make vocabulary learning easier for my readers… Let me know what you think! In this article, I’ll provide some vocabulary words and…

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French Language – Let’s Talk About Verbs Again Posted by on Jan 12, 2009

Just as in English (i.e. I gave my mother some flowers)…many verbs in French can be followed by two objects.   The sentence structure in these cases can be a bit complicated and involves some memorization of which verbs go with which structures.  I’ll outline these structures in this article. The most common structure which is…

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