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French Culture – Quarantine Distractions Posted by on Mar 31, 2020

Well, not much has changed since last week. Les français sont tous encore confinés chez eux (The French are still confined to their homes) and around the world more and more of us are joining them as nous luttons ensemble pour empêcher la propagation du Covid-19 (we battle together to prevent the spread of Covid-19). …

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French Language – Demonstrative Pronouns bis Posted by on Feb 25, 2020

A few weeks ago we reviewed demonstrative pronouns in French. As we discussed, les pronoms démonstratifs generally agree in gender and number with the nouns they replace … with one exception that we’ll look at this week. Le cas exceptionnel de ce Ce (or c’ when it comes before a vowel) is a demonstrative pronoun…

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French Grammar – Tell me why Posted by on Jan 28, 2020

Recently we looked les pronoms démonstratifs. You remember, those words that help answer the question “Which ______?” This week we’ll look at how to respond to the question “Pourquoi?” using a few useful conjunctions. Parce que Anyone with little children is used to hearing them ask “Pourquoi?” (“Why?”). It’s a question that follows us throughout our lives…

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French Language – Demonstrative Pronouns Posted by on Jan 14, 2020

Pronouns are handy – they can save us from repeating the same nouns over and over again – and important – as you get deeper into language learning, knowing your pronouns will help you understand more … and sound more like a native! But pronouns can also be tricky. An especially tricky category of pronouns is…

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French Culture – Retro Pubs 2 Posted by on Jul 16, 2019

This week we enjoy another vintage commercial from the 1980’s. This one features (amazingly) the chanteur français (French singer) Patrick Bruel (même un très jeune Patrick Bruel / and a very young Patric Bruel, at that). Français English Moi j’ai le plan pour les vacances* I’ve got the plan for vacation Je prends le train…

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French Colors and Commercials Posted by on May 28, 2019

We’ve talked about colors in the past. And we’ve looked at a pub (French TV commercial) for Haribo as well. But these two that I came across recently do such a good job of combining the two, that I just had to share them. They also provide a nice illustration of the useful French verb préférer. Je…

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French language and culture – remembering New Year’s Posted by on Jan 1, 2019

Bonne Année 2019! Happy New Year! Le jour de l’an (New Year’s Day)* is a time for looking ahead and for looking back. And looking back over the last year got me thinking about the related vocabulary of memories. Like English, French has multiple words for remembering. For the most part, they mean the same…

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