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Archive for October, 2009

How to Pronounce French Vowels Posted by on Oct 24, 2009

Perhaps most if not all of our readers will agree that one of the hardest things about learning and dominating the French language is pronunciation!!  So, today, I’m going to try to help you out a little bit on this one with some technique talk.  This is what you should do to correctly pronounce the…

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French Music – Vanessa Paradis Posted by on Oct 18, 2009

Possibly most famous in the US as Johnny Depp’s long-time love and mother of his two children, Vanessa Paradis was born on December 22, 1972 in a town near Paris where she took piano and dance lessons.  Now a successful singer, actress and Chanel model, she became a child star in 1987 at just 14…

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French Grammar – Adverbs Posted by on Oct 12, 2009

C’est quoi un adverbe? Well, according to my Robert Micro (my all-time favorite dictionary…although not completely sure why), c’est un mot invariable ajoutant une détermination à un verbe (ex : marcher lentement), un adjectif (ex : très agréable), un adverbe (ex : trop rapidement), ou à une phrase entière (ex : évidemment, il ne se presse pas). In English…

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French Slang – Argôt Français Contemporain Posted by on Oct 9, 2009

One of our readers asked if I would write an article on slang that young people use.  Although I’m not going to say I’m any kind of expert as my teenage days are long over,  this article is an attempt to find something for him. Some young people, especially those in urban neighborhoods speak what…

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Let’s Talk About Verbs – Venir Posted by on Oct 6, 2009

Je viens de mettre mes filles au lit. I have just put my girls in bed. Venir de conjugated in the present tense and followed by the infinitive is the equivalent of to have just + past participle. Elle vient d’arriver. (She has just arrived.) Ils viennent de faire leurs devoirs. (They have just done…

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