Miam! The Food Lover’s Guide to French Entrées

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If you’re a native English-speaker, this article may not exactly be what you expect. That’s because the word entrée is one of the most notorious French-English faux-amis. In American English (and in the English spoken in some parts of Canada), an entrée is a main course, and in British English, it’s the dish that’s served …

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The 14 Best Websites and Apps for French Conversation Practice

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According to a famous French proverb, C’est en forgeant que l’on devient forgeron (It’s by forging that one becomes a blacksmith). It’s also by speaking French that one becomes a better French speaker. The problem is that you may not know anyone you can speak French with. Luckily, there are lots of opportunities for French speaking …

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What You Really Need to Know About Writing French Letters and Emails

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When I was learning French in school, writing letters was one of the most intimidating things we covered. There were so many formules de politesse (polite phrases and salutations) and all of them seemed absolutely required to be included in any formal or professional correspondence. Then, I came to France and found that letter (and …

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15 Proven Tips to Help You Learn French Fast

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Learning another language isn’t easy. I’ve been a fluent French speaker for a long time, but I’ve never forgotten how challenging it was to get here. Along the way, I learned some lessons and discovered some strategies that helped me with everything from studying, to self-esteem (a crucial part of learning just about anything). If …

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