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Archive for August, 2017

Jumping Mushrooms And Sautéing Onions – Sauté In French Posted by on Aug 30, 2017

English words that originally come from French can be surprising to people learning la langue française (the French language). For many learners you have to be careful not to make any mistakes by thinking in English or falling for les faux amis (false friends). L’autre jour (the other day), I was Skyping with ma mère…

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And now vacation is over Posted by on Aug 29, 2017

Back at the begining of August, we welcomed les grandes vacances (the period of French summer vacations) with a fun chanson (song) from Dorothée. Now as we get ready to return to l’école ou le travail (school or work), here’s another one to welcome la rentrée! Finies les vacances, Vacation time is over On s’est…

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Master The French Nasal Vowels in No Time! Posted by on Aug 25, 2017

French pronunciation isn’t the easiest, even for advanced speakers. It requires making new facial expressions to get the perfect sound, awakening barely-used muscles in your vocal tract (French R, anyone?), and rounding your lips more than you thought necessary. It’s a lot of work for learners, but once you have it down, speaking the language…

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Buying Billets Or Taking Tickets? – Confusing Words In French Posted by on Aug 23, 2017

There are some words in French that I have a hard time understanding when to use. These are the kind of words that lead to les fautes (mistakes) from thinking in English. Learning how to use les mots (words) that don’t exist in English is one of the hardest parts about learning le vocabulaire (vocabulary)…

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Food and drink in Brittany Posted by on Aug 22, 2017

I am in Brittany this week getting ready for a very special wedding. As promised last week, this week I’ll share a snap shot of some of the things I’m most looking forward to eating not just here in Bretagne, but also in my few days in Paris. And in a few weeks*, more stories…

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L’Éclipse Solaire Posted by on Aug 22, 2017

For many people living in across a certain path in the United States, today was a historic day. It was the first time a full solar eclipse was viewable from the US since 1919. (The solar eclipse of 1919 was also a particularly historic one, as Einstein’s theory of relativity was shown to be correct…

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En Voiture Posted by on Aug 17, 2017

Summer can mean lots of wonderful things, including spending time at the beach, barbecuing with friends and family, and trips to new and exciting locales. This means traveling, which means…you might be spending a lot more time in your car. In French, the word for car is voiture. The word voiture is feminine, so it is la voiture. The verb “to…

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