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French Grammar – Sometimes even être needs a vacation Posted by on Mar 13, 2018

Back in décembre (December) I shared a post about how sometimes the famous “House of être” needs to make room for guests. This week we’re going to look at some examples of the opposite… when verbs that usually take the verb être to from the passé composé switch teams and take the verb avoir…

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What would you do? Posted by on Apr 25, 2017

Last summer I asked ‘what I did‘ and ‘what you are going to do‘ (looking at the past and future tenses in song). This week, a look at another French tense – and a new song – to learn about le conditionelle (the conditional).   Le conditionelle is not actually a tense, but a mood…

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Let’s eat! Posted by on Feb 21, 2017

Everyone knows that the French love to eat (and that they know how to set a fancy table!). But do you know all of the different ways to talk about food in French? This week, we’ll review key vocabulary around eating . . . and drinking while we’re at it. Bon appétit!*   On mange…

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Quoi de neuf?* Posted by on Oct 4, 2016

It’s not always easy to keep up with the news, but a number of recent stories out of France and Canada caught my eyes and I thought I’d share some of them with you this week. Up first, some exciting news about one of the world’s great villes francophones (French-speaking cities). Québec has just been…

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MDR* Posted by on Sep 27, 2016

Sometimes all you want to do is laugh. Au bureau la semaine dernière (Last week at work), I was introduced to a very funny video that I thought I’d share with you, chers lecteurs (dear readers). A collègue (coworker) over heard me speaking French with another collègue and thought we’d get a kick out of…

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Oh la barbe! Posted by on Aug 23, 2016

Nous avons reçu la visite de mes beaux-parents et de notre tante récemment. (We recently had a visit from my in-laws and our aunt.)  Ne me demandez pas comment (Don’t ask me how/why) but somehow we ended up talking about beards! French has many great expressions that incorporate the word “barbe” or that incorporate beards/facial…

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Que vas-tu faire? * Posted by on Jun 7, 2016

After last week’s example of the passé composé, I thought this week we’d take a look ahead . . . to the avenir (“the future”). There are two common ways of forming the future in French: the futur proche which like the passé composé is formed using an auxillary verb (recall that the passé composé…

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