Paf ! the Ultimate Guide to French Onomatopoeias

hens outdoors

What sound does a hen make in France? It depends on who you ask. A French person would say cot cot, but an Anglophone would answer “cluck”.  Both are correct. Onomatopoeias are words that sound like what we hear. Although the actual sounds around us don’t change from country to country or language to language, …

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Everything You Need to Know to Talk About Love in French

pink paper heart signs

Love is one of those great universal things. It’s something that all of us experience in some way, no matter what country or culture we come from, or what language we speak.  Interestingly, though, the way different cultures express their love can vary widely. So, how do the French talk and think about love? Let’s …

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The Ultimate Guide to the French Days of the Week – With Audio

Lundi French for monday

Many of you reading this are probably at least a little familiar with the French days of the week. Maybe you even have them down pat. But what do these days mean to people in France and other Francophone countries? And how do you talk about days of the week in French? Neither answer is …

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Un truc de ouf! All about verlan, syllable-reversing French slang

what is verlan

When you’re learning a language, you get to a certain point where you can go beyond standard vocabulary and work on slang. Most languages have some kind of slang. It’s a natural linguistic development that allows people to share a sort of code, to dissimulate, or in some cases, just to have fun with words …

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How to Say “Doctor” in French – and the Ups and Downs of Going to the Doctor in France

doctor in French

You may have heard that France has universal healthcare, but there are some other things about healthcare in France that might surprise you. One of those is how to say “doctor” in French! Starting with that very important point, let’s talk about doctors and healthcare in France. How do you say “doctor” in French? There …

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How to Say “but” in French (And Vary Your Vocabulary)

but why in French

There are some words that hold entire sentences together but get overlooked. We spend a lot of time learning complicated verb tenses and intriguing vocabulary words in French, but we may not give much thought to those little, essential elements.  And then, one day, you might find yourself wondering about one of them. For instance, …

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