Author Archive | Elisabeth Cook

10 French Love Songs for the Lovelorn, Romantic and Dramatic

Love comes in many forms. Requited, unrequited, painful, familiar. Ill-advised, scandalous, messy. There’s even the kind of love that causes you to make impractical and questionable life choices. Songs in French are great for all those moods. The truth is, …

100+ Words for Animals in French with Fun Cultural Tidbits

Cats, cows, chipmunks and crabs. Sheep, squirrels, snakes and spiders.  As far as we know, there are 8.7 million animal species that live alongside us! So, whether you’re a pet owner, an omnivore or just someone who lives on the …

How to Learn French Reading Without Getting Lost

Some people claim to read a book a day. Others insist anyone who says they read that much is lying. And some of us just wish everyone would stop arguing and shut up so we can get back to our …

How to Learn Beginner French in 19 Videos

Think of something you love to do. An activity you enjoy on a daily or weekly basis. Maybe you have a favorite brunch place where you meet friends for waffles, coffee and the latest gossip. Maybe you’re in the …

9 French Christmas Movies You Don’t Want to Miss

Maybe it’s the bracing winter air. Maybe it’s all those colorful decorations. Or maybe you’ve had one too many gingerbread men. Whether you love Christmas or dread it, you have to admit that this time of year just feels …

12 Addictive Sites for Enjoying Easy French Reading Online

Who says advanced French readers should have all the fun? As a beginner to the language, you might think you’re stuck with certain designated reading material. You’ve been dutifully reading books at your level, but you’d like to get …

10 Tips for Total French Immersion Through TV

No plane ticket? No problem! All the cool kids are learning French with video immersion. Watching a variety of French-language videos is a guaranteed way to nourish your brain’s language center and learn French fast.  Want to start …

20 Weird French Words You Won’t Believe Exist!

They say that Innuit have hundreds of words for snow. Other languages have words for concepts we’ve never even thought of. Linguists remain at odds as to whether the language we speak influences how we think or vice versa. However …

How to Learn French Faster with French Audiobooks

Reading and audio are a match made in French language heaven. And audiobooks are their love children.  If you’re like a lot of French learners, you might not think audiobooks have anything to do with you. Your favorite way to …

12 Free French E-books You Can’t Afford to Miss

The best things in life are free. That’s never been more the case for French bookworms. Thanks to the popularity of e-readers and digital conversion projects, there’s a ton of French books in the public domain that you can …

10 Unbelievably Good Books for French Learners

When you start reading in French, it’s good to start easy. But what about after that? It’s possible that many intermediate to advanced French learners fail to become fluent simply due to lack of material. They might glance at …

How to Speak French Now: 25 Essential Phrases for Beginners

Want to start conversing in French right away? French conversation begins with knowing what to listen for and what to say in response. There are plenty of language courses that will teach you how to deal with specific situations, like …