The 14 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 …

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15 Proven Tips to Help You Learn French Fast

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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 …

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What I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Started Learning French

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When you start to learn a language, you may feel intimidated or overwhelmed. There’s so much you don’t know, so much to study and so much knowledge to acquire. Or maybe you only feel overwhelmed when you come upon the first challenging thing. I had my first French class when I was in sixth grade …

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The Best French Translation Apps (And Why You Can’t Trust Them)

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French translation apps 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 …

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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 …

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8 French Dictionary Apps You Should Use in 2020

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I often look at the massive Harper Collins Robert Fifth Edition unabridged French-English/English-French Dictionary that sits on my bookshelves. Not just in it, but at it. The dictionary represents another time for me, when I was traveling back and forth between the US and France, first as a student, then an assistant English teacher, and, …

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