How to Easily Type and Pronounce the 5 French Accents

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French accents are sneaky creatures. They wait in the dark, looking for an innocent letter to jump onto and transform. But what do they want exactly? I mean, sure, they look stylish with their cute little shapes, but are they really necessary? Can’t you just, you know, forget about them? That’s what you’re about to …

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Stuck at Home? Here’s How to Learn and Practice French for Free

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The world is a pretty scary and stressful place right now. One of the ways to get through a tough time is to escape a little. Learning a language can be an excellent way to distract yourself, pass the time, and keep your mind busy. And there are so many rewards along the way, from …

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Why French People Switch to English – and How to Stop Them

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Have you ever started talking to someone in French and then they switched to English?  Maybe it happened immediately, or maybe it was after you’d uttered a sentence or two.  It probably made you feel bad or ashamed; after all, if a French person replies to you in English, it clearly means that you were …

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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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French Immersion: Why You Should Avoid Paris (And Choose a Small City Instead)

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So, you’re feeling ready to immerse yourself in French life to take your French to the next level. C’est génial! Now it’s time to decide where to go. While many people start with the idea of living in a large city, the smaller towns of France offer advantages as well when it comes to French …

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The Best Short Stories to Improve Your French (And Where to Read Them for Free)

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One of the best French teachers I ever had was a charming criminal. After several years of learning French, I started reading French stories and books on my own. Some were fairly easy, while others required me to look up nearly every word (and in the days before dictionary apps, this meant taking a significant …

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