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Archive for May, 2015

Spoken French: What Conjugations? Posted by on May 13, 2015

Speaking French is easy! Sure, there’s a ton of conjugaisons, but they don’t always matter when you speak. I’ve touched on des fautes (mistakes) francophones make when writing French and how ces fautes can be useful in learning how to speak like un vrai français (a real French person). This time we’re not going to…

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Le Jardinage Posted by on May 11, 2015

I can’t resist: This week blossoms bloomed where I am in New York as the weather finally began to warm up. So I’m dedicating this post to the lovely flowers I see outside of my window, the dogwoods, tulips, daffodils, magnolias, and pansies that make me want to step outside of my dark office and enjoy…

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Top French Baby Names! Posted by on May 7, 2015

How many typical French names can you list off the top of your head? I’m sure there are some Jean-Pauls, Michels, Brigittes, and, of course, some Pierres in your lists, but I can assure that these names aren’t all that common anymore. Have you ever met a French Kévin? Jessica? I remember the first time I…

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I Invoke The Right of Parley Posted by on May 6, 2015

Do some fautes (mistakes) people make in English annoy you? Mixing up then and than or effect and affect? Des fautes that make no sense grammatically, but still happen all the time.  Ces fautes might be annoying, but they provide a lot of insight into how people really parlent (speak). La semaine dernière (Last week)…

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Prehistoric France Posted by on May 3, 2015

Have you ever seen Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)? If not, rent it now. It’s an incredibly powerful movie that allows those of us who are not archeologists to commune with the past in a meaningful way. While not about French culture per se, Herzog’s documentary focuses on the Chauvet caves in southern France, the…

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