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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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frantic and fantastic french vacation

Aerial view of Paris. Paul is a student at BoostMyFrench. He’s currently on vacation in France and he is sharing his adventure! Here is his verbatim testimony. My frantic and fantastic French vacation There is so much to share so far! You’ve really helped me progress with my French and my experience here has been very satisfying. Both my comprehension is better than on my last visit to France and so is my language production. » Read more...

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wine tasting

Bordeaux Wines. You happen to participate to a wine tasting party and you’d like to sound relevant and use the appropriate expressions. First off, you absolutely need to know this word trinquer which means to drink to, to toast to a special occasion. During fun and casual gatherings, you often hear: On trinque à quoi ? What can we toast to? À ton anniversaire ! » Read more...

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greek and latin roots

As you may know English and French share lots of terms and expressions. Despite being a Germanic Language, English has been influenced by many Romance languages which derive from Latin, like French and Italian. Latin and Romance influence in English vocabulary - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latin_influence_in_English Since French has also been influenced by Latin and Greek, this graph tells us that English shares 64% of its roots with French! » Read more...

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charades

Une charade or une devinette is a riddle, a word guessing game that is usually very popular in schools in France. It’s a fun game and a great way to maintain your vocabulary. Working on the different sound combinations is always beneficial for your comprehension. The rule is pretty simple: for each sentence, there is one answer (one specific word). When you combine the different words that actually become syllables, you end up getting one word which is the final answer of your charade 😉 » Read more...

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n'oubliez pas les paroles !

Retro microphone. You’re getting tired of grammar and sometimes you feel like it’s hard to stay concentrated while conversing. Well, there is another way to learn and relax at the same time - through music. I picked for you two different songs that you can practice. You’re then welcome to look up phrases and sentences online and see how much you got right ! French music has a wide variety of genres, you can also pick the ones that you like best on Youtube. » Read more...

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christmas markets

Christmas market in Alsace. During my recent vacation in France, I had the opportunity to visit the most beautiful Christmas markets in France. The largest Christmas market is actually located in Strasbourg and Alsace’s second most visited Christmas is in Colmar (southern Alsace). Colmar This charming little town is well known because of its rich medieval architecture, the little Venice is one of the must-see districts. » Read more...

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