Essential French cooking vocabulary

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Whether you’re a budding chef, enthusiastic foodie, or just trying to expand your knowledge of the French language and culture, there are two main kinds of French cooking vocabulary you need to know: cooking words commonly used in French recipes, and French cooking words that have been borrowed into English. Let’s look at the most common …

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All About the Phrase “Bon Voyage” – and the Travel Habits of the French

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French people have been wishing each other Bon voyage (Have a nice trip) for centuries. The saying is so common that it’s one of those French phrases that’s been adopted into other languages, including English. Despite how frequently you might hear it, like any ultimate travel destination, bon voyage offers a lot more to discover …

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The Essential Guide to the French Subjunctive

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Make a wish, demand, statement of uncertainty, or even simply say that something is the best you’ve ever seen or done. If you were speaking French, you probably used the subjunctive. The subjunctive can be a tricky tense for non-native French speakers, for two main reasons: Not all languages have this mood, or use it …

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The 25 Most Beautiful French Words (And How to Pronounce Them)

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Many people consider French to be one of the most beautiful languages in the world. But what are some of the most beautiful French words? It turns out that while the French have a lot of opinions about many different topics, favorite words doesn’t seem to be among the most popular. Of course, this is …

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32 Magazines to Help You Learn French – and Where to Find Them

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Although they’re not as much a part of the French popular culture landscape as newspapers, French magazines can be a worthwhile way to expand your vocabulary and cultural knowledge, not to mention pass the time. There’s a wide range of magazines in France. Here are some of the most popular among French readers. We’ll also …

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Faire Conjugation: How to Use the Common French Verb

When it comes to French verbs, faire is one of the most important to learn. The fourth most frequently used verb by the French

When it comes to French verbs, faire is one of the most important to learn. The fourth most frequently used verb by the French, it essentially means “to do” or “to make”. It’s also present in a number of important phrasal verbs and common expressions. In addition to being a big, important verb, faire is …

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