How long does it really take to learn French?

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As a teacher, French culture and language writer, and non-native French speaker, “How long does it take to learn French?” is a question I get a lot. Unfortunately, there isn’t a single, concrete answer. That’s because there are a few questions you have to ask yourself first. Let’s look at five questions that will help …


The 15 Best Websites and Apps for French Conversation Practice

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According to a famous French proverb, C’est en forgeant que l’on devient forgeron (It’s by forging that one becomes a blacksmith). It’s also by speaking French that one becomes a better French speaker. The problem is that you may not know anyone you can speak French with. Luckily, there are lots of opportunities for French speaking …


How to learn French Fast: 15 Proven Tips

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Learning another language isn’t easy. I’ve been a fluent French speaker for a long time, but I’ve never forgotten how challenging it was to get here. Along the way, I learned some lessons and discovered some strategies that helped me with everything from studying, to self-esteem (a crucial part of learning just about anything). If …


The best French translators (and why you can’t trust them)

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French translators are practical. They help you quickly understand what you read and communicate more easily. Can you trust their translations, though? That’s what I wanted to find out, so I decided to ask the most popular free online translation apps to translate a simple dialogue from English, into French. Which free online translation apps …


The Best French Podcasts to Listen to (And the Ones to Avoid)

12 podcasts that'll help you learn French faster

Podcasts are very à la mode these days, which means you can find at least one covering just about any subject imaginable. Luckily, that includes learning French. Let’s look at the pros and cons of some of the best French learning podcasts.  And since English isn’t the only language podcasts come in, we’ll also check …