Spoken vs Written French: The 5 Differences You Need to Know

People often say that spoken French and written French are 2 different languages. The problem is that most French learners realize this after spending months (or even years) learning the language. They take a flight to Paris, walk around the city and quickly realize that the French they hear sounds nothing like the French their …

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How to Conjugate the Verb pouvoir (can)

“Pouvoir” is a powerful verb. Once you know it, you can easily ask people to do something, and express what you can do. Here is how to conjugate and use “pouvoir”. Conjugation of pouvoir (can) I voluntarily chose not to include tenses like “passé simple”, because unless you are interested in French literature, you won’t need …

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How to ask someone to speak slowly in French

You just arrived in Paris, the weather is beautiful and you feel like going to the lovely Jardin des Tuileries (a garden near the famous Louvre museum). You decide to ask for directions. A nice Parisian (yes, they exist) answers you, and proud, you pretend you understood everything he said. There is one problem though, he …

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5 common French expressions with fruits and vegetables

Lots of French expressions and idioms contain names of fruits and vegetables. Here is a selection of the most common ones. As usual on French Together, these are real daily-life expressions that you can use to sound more natural. Tomber dans les pommes Je me sens mal, j’espère que je ne vais pas tomber dans les pommes. …

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10 useful expressions with the verb “tomber” (to fall)

Tomber (to fall) is one of the most common French verb. As such, it’s used in many French expressions to talk about a sudden and often unexpected event. Here are 10 useful French idioms with the verb “tomber”. Audio is available for each expression. Tomber amoureux/tomber amoureuse (to fall in love) This one won’t surprise you as …

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