tools to learn french

I always come across this question while teaching students: should I use flashcards to memorize vocabulary or conjugations? Well, it all depends on how comfortable you feel with this method. We all have used in our life different ways to learn and memorize for exams. I have myself used very often flashcards in high school and college. Back then, no apps were available and making your own flashcards was a real burden! » Read more...

50 verbs and expressions to keep the conversation flowing

Verbs 1. Rencontrer quelqu’un to meet someone 2. Travailler to work 3. Inviter quelqu’un à dîner to invite someone fo dinner 4. Dîner to have dinner 5. Faire une promenade to go for a walk 6. Présenter Anne à Paul to introduce Anne to Paul 7. Serrer la main à quelqu’un to shake hands 8. » Read more...

spring in france

Spring in Paris Spring is a wonderful season to visit France, temperatures are warmer in most parts of the country. Although it can be wetter from other seasons especially in the western part. The good thing is that it is also less crowded than in summer. There are many events that occur during spring such as: Bourges Music festival in April Cannes Film Festival in May French Open in Paris in late May - early June… If you’re heading south, there is also the Monaco Grand prix in May that is worth the visit. » Read more...

homonyms

Homonyms are words that have the same pronunciation but different meanings. In spoken French it can be challenging to distinguish one word from another. First step is to memorize a few and remember in what context you can use them. Then try to re-use them as much as you can, it will get easier to identify them. If you want to test your knowledge about French homonyms, here are a few examples. » Read more...

la galette des rois

Galette des Rois. On January 6th and until the end of the month it is the tradition of the French King Cake or La Galette des Rois in France. Friends, families, colleagues celebrate Epiphany, the arrival of the Wise Men (Magi) by sharing a whole galette all together. The most important and best-loved tradition among children is la distribution des parts. The group’s youngest usually hides under the table and calls the name of the guest who will get the next slice. » Read more...

how much time does it take to learn foreign languages?

According to Open Culture, French is a category 1 language. A native English speaker would need about 600 hours to master it. It is indeed a fair amount of time to me and that is realistic. So how about learning French as a new resolution in 2018? Source: Open Culture - A Map Showing How Much Time It Takes to Learn Foreign Languages: From Easiest to Hardest » Read more...

Museum of Modern Art

Paris Museum of Modern Art. For those who are fan of modern art, I just learned that the MoMA and the Fondation Louis Vuitton are partnering for a major exhibition in Paris from October, 2017 to March, 2018. More than 200 works from New York’s Museum of Modern Art will be brought to the exhibition. Works from French artists like Paul Cézanne, Paul Signac will be part of the collection as well. » Read more...

n'oubliez pas les paroles ! (2)

Ready to sing? French learners usually find challenging listening to real life conversations. Native French speakers talk really fast and don’t always articulate well. If you don’t have the occasion to practice your French on a regular basis, music can help tremendously. Not only listening to lyrics can help you memorize new vocabulary and improve your comprehension, it is also a real guidance to get the right pronunciation. » Read more...

bastille day

Fireworks at the Eiffel Tower. July the 14th is the French national day, it’s called “Bastille day” outside of France but we call it “Le Quatorze Juillet” or “La Fête Nationale”. It’s a celebration that brings people together and many public events are offered. Concerts, city meals, dances and fireworks are displayed in every town of France. In Paris, there is the traditional military Parade on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and fireworks are shot off over the Eiffel tower. » Read more...