Et or Est? How I Helped My Students Solve This Question in Less Than 60 Seconds

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Do the French words [est] and [et] look scary to you? Probably not, right? And yet, you will be amazed to hear from me that these two "innocent-looking" words have led to some of the most baffling (and often most hilarious) errors made by students in their essays. I certainly want you to avoid making [...]

Still Confused About [à] Preposition vs. [a] of Avoir? Here’s One Foolproof Way to Distinguish the two

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Take a good look at this one: [a] - It is just ONE single letter, right? And yet, how is it even possible for this tiny letter [a] to create so many confusions in new French learners? Well, the reason for this is quite simple. There's [a] and [à]. While the first [a] derives from [...]

Mastering Two Useful Expressions with the Verb Venir (to come)

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Bonjour tout le monde!
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In this new – and easy to follow – lesson, I will talk about the verb venir (to come) and how to use it to effectively in various contexts. For example, you can use venir to indicate an origin and you can also use it to talk about actions you have just completed. But before we start digging

Penser (à) vs. Penser (que)

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Penser is a French verb that belongs to the 1st group (ER-verbs). Its literal meaning in English is to think. Penser is very much used in daily conversations, but it can sometimes lead to some confusion for non-native French speakers. je pense nous pensons tu penses vous pensez il/elle/on pense ils/elles pensent One common mistake, [...]

[Update]: Wrapping-up the 12,000 French Verbs Database Project

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For a few years now, I've been trying to make the learning of French verbs an easy task for my students. Back then (that was about 3 years ago), I tried to catalog 500 common French verbs on this very website and also include an audio database of these verbs. The task proved too cumbersome [...]

Using the French Verb Faire to Describe the Weather

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Bonjour tout le monde!!! Another Frenchtastic lesson brought to you by Herman aka professor Frenchtastic! :) Faire is a very important verb in French. Its literal meaning in English is to do or to make, but it can take several other meanings in various contexts. Note: Make sure you download the audio-zip files for the [...]

Playing With Days and Months

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Salut, Now that you know how to say days and months in French, wouldn't be good to see if you can remember some valuable things from it? I would like then to propose you two little exercises for good practice. The first activity is a very simple one (yes, I know, I'm too nice :-)). [...]

Poem – L’Oiseau Sauvage

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L'OISEAU SAUVAGE This poem by female French writer Louisa Paulin [1888-1944] is about an unsuspecting and inexperienced wild little bird who is thirsty for adventures. He pleads with his father for permission to visit the countryside, but his more cautious father begs him in return not to leave the nest because of the many dangers [...]

Introducing the “Animals” Category in “Talking Dictionary”

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Bonjour à tous et à toutes!!! I've always found animals to be very cute creatures...not all of them (woo, I hate snakes!), but at least most of them can be very cute, like squirrels, for example. (Yeah, I like to watch squirrels in parks, and I'm not ashamed to reveal my little secret here, hihi [...]

Poem – Mon Père

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Mon Père Bonjour, This poem by Belgian poet Maurice Carême, [1899-1978] expresses the love and sentiments of gratitude the poet holds for his father. It's a nostalgic reminiscence of his childhood plays with his dear father. I once had to recite this poem from memory in front of all my classmates when I was 7 [...]