Why the French really say Oh là là (and how to use it correctly)

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If you ask the average person what they can say in French, there’s a good chance they’ll tell you “Oh là là”. It’s a phrase that’s even more iconic and well-known than Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir ?. Unlike that phrase, though, French people actually do say Oh là là – a lot! It’s …

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FluentU Review: Learn French With Videos

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There are so many ways to learn and practice a foreign language today. One of the easiest is by using an online language learning platform.  Language learning platforms aren’t complete universes unto themselves – each platform has its own way of teaching and its own materials, so you aren’t likely to find, say, written lessons, …

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The Best Short Stories to Improve Your French (And Where to Read Them for Free)

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One of the best French teachers I ever had was a charming criminal. After several years of learning French, I started reading French stories and books on my own. Some were fairly easy, while others required me to look up nearly every word (and in the days before dictionary apps, this meant taking a significant …

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How do you say “beautiful” in French? Here’s the bizarre answer!

19th-century French poet Charles Baudelaire once wrote Le beau est toujours bizarre. (The beautiful is always bizarre). Although he wasn’t talking about the word beau itself, he might as well have been.

19th-century French poet Charles Baudelaire once wrote Le beau est toujours bizarre. (The beautiful is always bizarre). Although he wasn’t talking about the word beau itself, he might as well have been. Beau and its feminine form, belle, mean “beautiful” or, depending on the context, “handsome”.  That seems pretty straightforward. But the more you use …

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Poisson d’avril ! Why the French say “April Fish” instead of “April Fool’s”

Many French children make paper fish and then go to school and tape them to unsuspecting classmates’ backs. This is described as coller un poisson dans le dos de quelqu’un

Here’s some great news for French learners: The Académie Française recently announced that French words will no longer be gendered! …Poisson d’avril ! In case you’ve never heard this term, it means I played a trick on you, in honor of April 1, or, as it’s known to Anglophones, April Fool’s Day. As you may …

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