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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All About “Mettre”, One of the Most Underrated French Verbs

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As French verbs go, mettre isn’t the most exciting. It’s got practical definitions, it isn’t living a double life, and it doesn’t immediately evoke big, thrilling feelings like inspiration.  But mettre might also be one of the most underrated verbs in French. It’s used in so many ways and in so many expressions that it’s …

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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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