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Archive for June, 2015

How to Guess the Gender of French Nouns Posted by on Jun 29, 2015

One of the hardest things about French is memorizing the genders of nouns. In the beginning, it’s based on pure memorization. However, after a while, many non-native French speakers will tell you that they just have a feeling about a word, even if its one they’ve never heard before. But, as the band Boston puts…

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French Adverb Spelling Tips! Posted by on Jun 25, 2015

Adverbs are a fun little part of a language – they’re used to modify adjectives, prepositions, verbs, and even other adverbs. La bonne nouvelle (the good news)? They’re invariable! No need to worry about all those tricky agreement rules. La mauvaise nouvelle (the bad news)? They sometimes follow pretty specific placement rules. Ok, the rules…

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Let Them Eat Du Gâteau – French Cakes Posted by on Jun 24, 2015

I recently celebrated mon anniversaire (my birthday). I had a nice time with un gateau (a cake) and des cadeaux (presents). However, The first time I celebrated mon anniversaire in France, I was surprised by quelque chose (something) that was a little different. When I tried to find a birthday cake, all I could find…

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Reader Request: French Expressions Using “Tomber” Posted by on Jun 22, 2015

One of our readers wrote in and mentioned hearing the following phrase:  son embauche était tombée à pic. Many French learners might find this expression confusing without more context. If son embauche refers to someone’s job, would using the verb “to fall” (tomber) necessarily mean something bad happened at that person’s place of employment? Idioms can be tricky in general…

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Cat Got Your Tongue? Cat-Related Expressions in French! Posted by on Jun 18, 2015

Ah, June.  The latin name is Junius. Roman déesse (goddess) Juno, the protector of and special counselor of the state, says the month was named after her. It’s also the month that starts summer. Warm temperatures and White Nights in the northern countries. At the beginning of the month, the sun rises in la constellation…

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Joyeux Anniversaire To You – French Birthdays Posted by on Jun 17, 2015

Many people in ma famille celebrate their anniversaire (birthday) in juin (June), including me! Aujourd’hui (today) we’re going to take a look at how to wish someone a Happy Birthday. There are a two ways to say Happy Birthday in French: Joyeux anniversaire ! Bon anniversaire ! Très souvent (very often) a short phrase is…

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Chez le caviste Posted by on Jun 15, 2015

My French husband sells wine for a living. Whenever we talk about moving to his hometown of Paris, he reminds me that he would have to find a new job or move to a city like Bordeaux. This is because wine sales work very differently in France as opposed to the United States, where fine…

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