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

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…

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

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…

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16 Rules to Always Use the French Definite Articles Correctly.

Are you often confused about when to employ a French definite article [le, la, les or l']  and when you shouldn’t? French definite articles can be tricky at best. If you’re still looking desperately for a better way to remember when to use French definite articles correctly or when to avoid using them, here’s below the…

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

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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

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Penser (à) vs. Penser (que)

Penser (à) vs. Penser (que) 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…

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

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…

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Expressing likes and dislikes in French

Salut chers membres de la communauté Frenchtastic. Welcome to another concise French tutorial! Here, I’m going to show you how to quickly formulate in sentences your interests for various activities in French. The verb you definitely want to learn for this lesson is AIMER. Besides being used quite much in French romantic movies, the French…

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Using the French Verb Faire to Describe the Weather

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 verb…

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Playing With Days and Months

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 :-)).…

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Poem – L’Oiseau Sauvage

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…

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