The Beginner’s Guide to the French Alphabet – with Audio

If you want to learn the French alphabet because that’s what many French teachers and courses teach first, stop and ask yourself the following question: What for?   There are many great reasons to learn the French alphabet, as you will see in this article. But there are also lots of great reasons not to …

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Thank You in French: 20 Phrases You Can Use to Sound like a Français(e)

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Imagine that your French friend Marie just picked you up at the airport in Paris and hosted you in her lovely home for 3 days. You are grateful and would like to thank her so you say merci when you leave and give her a box full of delicacies from your hometown. Then you wonder: …

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Do You Know the Basic French Words and Phrases Needed to Survive in France?

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Every time I go abroad, I always try to learn a few basic words and phrases. My pronunciation is often atrocious and I make lots of mistakes but it always makes my trips much nicer because people appreciate the effort and don’t see me as yet another tourist. If you go to Paris and only …

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From Horror to Laughter: The 14 Tv Shows Every French Learner Should Watch

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Do you ever wish you could just sit back, relax and upload the knowledge of French to your brain? I’m sure it’ll be possible one day, but in the meantime why not simply watch a French TV show? You’ll learn a lot about French culture, laugh and maybe cry, but most importantly, you’ll improve your understanding …

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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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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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