Everything You Need to Know About être, the Most Common French Verb

Être doesn’t just mean “to be"

Être (to be) is the most common verb in the French language. But that probably doesn’t surprise you. From the time you start learning French, you see, hear, and learn to use and conjugate it.  Of course, like most frequently-used verbs, être comes with a  lot of exceptional rules and even unexpected  uses. Some of …

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Slt Tlm!: The Essential Guide to French Internet and Texting Slang

Beautiful young woman travelling in a train of Parisian underground and using her mobile phone. Eiffel tower is behind the window

Cc c Alysa, sa va? Don’t worry if you didn’t understand this message. As you’ve probably guessed, it’s not in standard French, but a sub-language: French internet and text messaging slang. Love it or hate it, this particular slang is pretty common online or if you’re communicating with a French person by text message. That …

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The Beginner’s Guide to the French Alphabet – with Audio

If you want to learn the French alphabet because that’s what many French teachers and courses teach first, stop and ask yourself the following question: What for?   There are many great reasons to learn the French alphabet, as you will see in this article. But there are also lots of great reasons not to …

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Thank You in French: 20 Phrases You Can Use to Sound like a Français(e)

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Imagine that your French friend Marie just picked you up at the airport in Paris and hosted you in her lovely home for 3 days. You are grateful and would like to thank her so you say merci when you leave and give her a box full of delicacies from your hometown. Then you wonder: …

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What Is a Typical French Breakfast like – and Why?

why is French breakfast so light? Essentially, it comes down to this: lunch is the most important meal of the day for the French.

“French breakfast”: The phrase might conjure up an Instagram-worthy image of a croissant on a pristine white plate, an espresso in an equally pristine mug beside it.  Instagram isn’t reality, but this image actually isn’t too far from the truth.  A typical French breakfast is light, sweet, and fairly simple. Let’s find out why, and …

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Do You Know the Basic French Words and Phrases Needed to Survive in France?

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Every time I go abroad, I always try to learn a few basic words and phrases. My pronunciation is often atrocious and I make lots of mistakes but it always makes my trips much nicer because people appreciate the effort and don’t see me as yet another tourist. If you go to Paris and only …

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