The essential guide to French abbreviations

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Whether it’s to save space, avoid repeating long terms, or even simply to sound cool, French speakers often abbreviate (shorten) words. Let’s look at some of the most common French abbreviations, as well as some of the general rules for how they’re formed. What is an abbreviation? An abbreviation is a shortened word. In French, …

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19 French Tv Channels You Can Watch Online Even If You Live Abroad

19 French Tv Channels You Can Watch Online

Watching French TV is one of the best ways to learn vocabulary and improve your understanding of the French language and culture. The only problem is that finding French TV channels you can watch online  can be challenging, most of all if you don’t live in France. That’s why I’ve done all of the hard work for you and …

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The essential guide to the French verb “prendre”

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Prendre means “to take” in French. It’s usually used just as “take” would be in English, including in more abstract ways, like “take a photo” or “take a bath”. That might make you take prendre for an easy verb to use, but beware: in some cases, its meaning can change dramatically. Let’s take a look …

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The essential guide to conjugating and using the French verb “servir”

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Servir: to serve. Such a helpful French verb…well, not exactly. Because service goes both ways. Not only might you be served by someone or use something to help you accomplish a task; you may also be doing the serving or even be used (manipulated) by someone! This dichotomy is also a way to remember that …

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Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the French verb “vouloir”

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Vouloir means “to want’ in French. That means it can convey a demand or desire – but it’s also used to convey the total opposite: an ultra-polite request. Want to learn more about this two-sided verb? I want nothing more than to help you. How to conjugate vouloir Vouloir is an irregular verb. It’s conjugated …

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