The Essential Guide to the Letter “E” in French

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When you’re studying a language, it’s important to learn about words and culture, but what about individual letters?  The French language has an interesting relationship to some of them. French vowels, as you’ve probably noticed, are sometimes topped by accents. These can serve an important purpose, but sometimes…not so much. And while many French people …

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All About “La Bise” – the Traditional French Greeting Kiss

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“French kiss” is one of those terms that transcends languages, countries and cultures. Even in Canadian French, a deep kiss can be called un french. But if you had to pick a real “French kiss”, that would probably be la bise. La bise is an exchange of kisses on the cheek and the traditional greeting …

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Bonjour and beyond: How to say hello in French

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Ask just about anyone how to say “Hello” in French, and they’ll know. Bonjour is one of the most famous greetings in the world. Regardless of what language you watch it in, the untranslated word is even used to set the scene in the iconic opening song of Disney’s animated “Beauty and the Beast”!  But …

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Nsfw: What Does Putain Mean? and Why You May Not Want to Use It

Meaning of Putain, the French's favorite curse word

Have you ever had  a moment when you felt like you really, truly had become French? One of mine was the time I was having a bad day and then dropped something on my toe and hollered “PUTAIN!” That’s not a joke. As an English-speaker, I tend to utter pain- and frustration -induced obscenities in …

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What does “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?” mean – and do the French actually say it?

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Before you started learning French, there’s a phrase you might have already been familiar with: Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir? A quick online search will show you you’re not alone. You’ll easily find dozens of stories of tourists or French students spouting out this question, sometimes without even knowing what it means, and always …

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