When Should You (And Shouldn’t) You Use Enchanté ?

nice to meet you in French

The first time I met my wife’s colleagues, I made a fool of myself. I greeted them, told them my name and they answered: “nice to meet you”. “Yes”, I answered. I didn’t want to answer “yes” of course. What a terrible answer! I just didn’t know the proper way to answer in German (I …

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Paf ! the Ultimate Guide to French Onomatopoeias

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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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Good Luck in French and the Curse of the Upside-Down Baguette

good luck in French

As a whole, the French aren’t the most superstitious of people. Whenever I warn my son not to open an umbrella in the house, or sprinkle some salt over my shoulder, my French husband rolls his eyes and blames it on my Italian origins. Nevertheless, luck –good and bad – is very much a part …

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101 French Words You Regularly Use in English

over 10,000 English words come from French. Many others come from Latin, the language from which French originated

Even if you’re just starting to study French, believe it or not, you’ve already got a pretty extensive vocabulary!  The reason for this is over 10,000 English words come from French. Many others come from Latin, the language from which French originated. This means that a significant number of English words have either exact French …

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Swear like a Parisian: 61 French Swear Words Your Teacher Doesn’t Want You to Know

French swear words

However you may feel about them, swear words are a part of most languages, so at least being able to recognize them is an important stop on the road to fluency. Swear words (gros mots) in French are especially important, since in general, the French tend to be pretty open about them. For example, many …

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Everything You Need to Know to Talk About Love in French

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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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