How and When Should You Use the French Imparfait?

the beginner's guide to the French imparfait

So, you’ve mastered the ins and outs of speaking in the present tense and you’re an old pro at the passé composé—what could possibly be missing from your repertoire of French language skills at this point? If your answer to that question is the imperfect tense, bienvenue au club.  For one reason or another, the …

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The Best Way to Say “I Love You” in French (And Talk About Love)

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Love is one of those great universal things. It’s something that all of us experience in some way, no matter what country or culture we come from, or what language we speak.  Interestingly, though, the way different cultures express their love can vary widely. So, how do the French talk and think about love? Let’s …

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De in French: The Ultimate Guide to the Essential French Word

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De is one of the most frequently used words in French, but it’s also one of the trickiest. You’ll see it almost everywhere. It can be both an indefinite article and a preposition. It can represent a group of something, or its absence. It can be used in positive and negative statements. It can be …

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The Ultimate Guide to the French Days of the Week – With Audio

Lundi French for monday

Many of you reading this are probably at least a little familiar with the French days of the week. Maybe you even have them down pat. But what do these days mean to people in France and other Francophone countries? And how do you talk about days of the week in French? Neither answer is …

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16 Ways to Say Congratulations in French (And Sound like a Local)

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During my year studying abroad in Paris, I had a course on French films that was a real challenge. When I got back my final essay, the professor looked at me with a smile.  Chapeau, he said. My face must have looked blank. Why had he said “Hat” to me?  I wracked my brain – …

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