Five Common False Cognates in French

There are a lot of false cognates in French that are easy for English speakers to mistake. These are French words that look very much like English words, but actually…

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Les couleurs de l’automne (The Colors of Fall)

Fall is here, so let’s look at some vocabulary that will come in handy for talking about the colors of fall in French, les couleurs de l’automne (m.) Les couleurs…

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Celebrate La Toussaint with les Niflettes

La Toussaint is an important French holiday when you can observe religious practices, spend time with family, or simply take advantage of a few days off. You can enjoy La…

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French Vocabulary for Halloween!

Halloween is around the corner, and in France, it’s been a trend for the past few years, especially in big cities. So to help get you in the mood for des…

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French Social Media Vocabulary

Want to be come familiar with French social media vocabulary? Do you use social media? Do you text or use FaceTime? As you can imagine there’s a whole set of…

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Sentir, Se Sentir, Ressentir, and Se Ressentir: Feeling (and Smelling) in French

Expressing feelings and sensations in French can seem quite tricky to people learning the language. The verb sentir means feel, but it also means smell. There’s also the reflexive se…

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Know Your French Cheeses – Part I

Les fromages (cheeses) are part of the holy trinity of French food: wine, bread, and cheese. French cheeses are the incontournables (must-know/see; lit. uncircumventable) of French gastronomy. There’s a whole…

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Gimme Some of That: Using du, de la, de l’, and des in French

The Shapeshifter de When you study French, you learn very early a few things about the preposition de. It’s usually translated as of: le livre de Jeanne (the book of…

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I Like The Cheese: Using Le, La, and Les in French

Not sure when to use le/la/les in French? You’re not alone! One of the difficult things students of French have to learn is how and when to use the articles…

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8 Little Words That Make Your French Sound More Natural

French has its own fillers that, um, er, uh, like, you know… make speech sound more natural. These little words add emotional flavor, they soften or reinforce an arguments, or…

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The Different Shades of Love: The French Verb ‘Aimer’

  Je t’aime or Je vous aime (I love you) is one of the best known phrases in French. But, contrary to many languages that have verbs like ‘like’ and…

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Knowing your French Wines: The Loire Valley

(Château de Montsoreau, near Saumur)   2018 was a rare and historic millésime (vintage) for Loire wines. So any wine lover should know about the outstanding vignobles (vineyards) of this…

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5 Ways Live Language Instruction Gets You Speaking

The internet is full of ways to learn a language that are not live instruction with another human being. There are videos, apps, games, podcasts, and more, a lot of…

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Active Reading: A Way to Improve Your Language Skills

As soon as you’re able to understand sentences, you can substantially increase your learning experience by being actively engaged in the reading process. That just means using a pen, colors…

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Sev – French Teacher at The Language Garage

I was born in New York City, and at age 2, was transplanted to the Loire Valley in France. My mother – a Parisian – studied at the Sorbonne and…

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Crêpes! A French Classic Recipe

Crêpes! A French must – and such a simple recipe! In France we distinguish la crêpe de froment (click links for audio) from la galette de sarrasin: la crêpe de…

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How a Little Writing Can Boost Your Language Learning

Many of us teachers strongly recommend that our students write. Why? Because writing will help you ‘visualize’ your thoughts. And your learning will accelerate drastically. Writing gives structure to the…

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