Author Archive | Elisabeth Cook

Using French Cases to Understand How French Words Work

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Why would you touch a hot stove?

Why would you sign up for an 8 a.m. class on purpose?

Why, oh, why, would you ask about grammatical cases as a French student?

If you study a language like Russian or …

The Simple Guide to Mastering French Possessive Pronouns

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Think fast.

Do you actually know what a possessive pronoun is?

Be honest. No cheating. And no hitting the back button or closing the window.

Trust me, the world of grammar is no kinder outside of this blog post.

Is …

The Ultimate, Song-filled Guide to Learn French with Music

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It’s hard to talk about the music you love.

How do you even describe that giddy feeling you get when you discover a new favorite artist?

Or the joy you experience when you realize you’re about to play a …

How to Learn French Reading Without Getting Lost

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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

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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

A Spoonful of Advanced French Expressions for Your Vocabulary

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French words are like ingredients for the French language.

But at the advanced level, simply learning more French words isn’t enough.

It’s time to get ambitious with your vocabulary.

Think about it like moving on from the basics of

A Guided Tour to Successful Français: “Why French Is Easy” by Benny Lewis

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Ever gone to a foreign place without knowing anything about it beforehand?

If so, I commend you.

But I don’t envy you.

As cool and intrepid as it might seem to swoop into an unknown town with no knowledge of …