From Frogs Lovers to American Haters: The Hairy Truth Behind Common French Stereotypes

For most French people, overtly expressing your emotions, smiling all the time, and just generally being warm and fuzzy and exaggerated makes you seem insincere, maybe even stupid

When you study a language and the cultures that go along with it, you’re bound to come across stereotypes. Here are some French stereotypes I regularly hear – and why they’re not true.  Or most of them, anyway…. French people wear berets Quick: Imagine a typical, anonymous French person.  Chances are, the person in your …

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15 French Sayings Locals Use All The Time

French saying ce n'est pas la mer à boire

One of my favorite things about learning a new language is discovering its sayings.  You know, those oft-repeated phrases that usually contain some sort of lesson, like “A penny saved is a penny earned”? There are countless French sayings. Some have been around for centuries. Using these expressions can make you seem more like a …

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The Ultimate Guide to French Numbers (With Audio)

at a certain level, French numbers actually require you to do a little math

Numbers are undeniably important when it comes to interacting with other people, from telling someone how old you are, to finding out how much something in a store costs, to maybe even exchanging numbers with that cute Frenchie you’ve been chatting with. French numbers aren’t quite as straightforward as numbers in English; at a certain …

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12 Polite and Not So Polite Ways to Say “You’re Welcome” in French

you are welcome in French

When it comes to politeness, on a basic level French and English are very similar. Both languages have words and phrases  for “please”, “thank you”, “hello”, “goodbye”, and “you’re welcome.” But as may have discovered already, not all of these words have a single, simple equivalent. This is probably most apparent when it comes to …

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