Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the French verb “vouloir”

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Vouloir means “to want’ in French. That means it can convey a demand or desire – but it’s also used to convey the total opposite: an ultra-polite request. Want to learn more about this two-sided verb? I want nothing more than to help you. How to conjugate vouloir Vouloir is an irregular verb. It’s conjugated …

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The ultimate guide to the French verb aller (to go)

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Aller means “to go” in English. As in English, it’s used in lots of different ways, including as part of a verb tense. Want to learn more about aller? Allons-y! How to conjugate aller Aller is an irregular verb that’s conjugated with être. This means you’ll have to memorize its conjugations and also be sure …

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40 Essential French Christmas Words to Put You in a Festive Mood

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As Christmastime comes near, you may find yourself wondering how to talk about this holiday in French. So, here’s a little gift from us to you: French Christmas vocabulary! French Christmas ambiance and traditions Noël – Christmas Joyeux Noël – Merry Christmas/Happy Christmas le réveillon (de Noël) – Christmas Eve. Note that réveillon means ‘Eve’ …

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How To Say “Merry Christmas” and “Happy New Year” in French

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Ho, ho, ho, Christmas decorations are appearing in the streets of France, people are in a festive mood and Christmas shopping is in full swing. But how do you say “Merry Christmas” in French? And while we’re in the holiday spirit, how do you say “Happy New Year” or “Happy Hanukkah” in French? How about …

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Ça Va: 6 Ways to Use the Incredibly Popular French Phrase

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Even if you’re only at the beginning of your French learning journey, you’ve probably come across the phrase ça va…or you soon will. Depending on the context, ça va can mean anything from “How’s it going/How are you?” to “Is this okay?” to “Are you all right?” Let’s take a look at ça va, one …

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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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