Author Archive | Emily Monaco

Get Ready to Laugh! 7 Funny French Videos on YouTube

Already spending most of your spare time trolling YouTube? We feel you. So use your downtime to give your French funny bone a workout! They say the best way to understand another culture is to understand its humor—and these …

How to Learn the Freshest French with the Latest News

Get yourself a croissant or tartine for breakfast, and don’t skip the café au lait. We’re going to wake you up with a dose of French news. The news is an important part of French society and culture, and one …

The Versatile Verb Sortir: A Great French Multi-tool

On sort ? (Want to go out?) J’ai sorti les poubelles. (I took out the trash.) Sors ! (Get out!) L’école a préparé une sortie pour les élèves. (The school prepared an outing for the students.) Yep, all of these …

Guess Who? 5 Keys for Describing Absolutely Anyone in French

You remember Franck? He’s tall…dark-haired…really into making model airplanes? How often do we describe people in our lives? You need to describe that guy whose name you can’t remember, that funny street performer from yesterday, that hot girl you met …

The 10 Best Websites to Learn French at Any Level

Ah, the old vicious Internet cycle. Too many of us end up trapped here. Heck, you might even be trapped right now. How many times have you been caught in the endless cycle of clicking from email to Facebook and …

How 5 Famous French Paintings Can Help You Learn Advanced Vocabulary

We’ve got a French two-for-one special going on today. We’re combining French language and art for a fantastic, in-context learning experience. Isn’t it so much easier to learn a foreign language when you’re also learning about something else? Learning French …

The Complete Guide to Mastering Business French

Le chat est sur la branche – The cat is on the branch. Où est la bibliothèque ? – Where is the library? You might have mastered these classic sentences from your French textbook. But when you get a …

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 Improve Your French with French Dubbed Movies

Ever seen a French movie that just seems to last for hours? Wish you could watch your favorite American film classics but still be improving your French? Francophone filmophiles, this post is for you! Award-winning French cinema is a …

Beyond Seduction: 3 Cool Benefits of Learning French

Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ? If you’ve tried that famed French phrase before, you’ve likely been slapped! Christina Aguilera, soul sister, steered you wrong on this one. But it’s no coincidence that one of the most famous French phrases — …

5 Smart Steps for Learning to Read in French

Ever tried to read a French book and come up feeling like you understood less than when you started? Ready to move past Astérix and Obélix? This is your chance! Reading in French, like reading in any language, requires …

Top 5 French Christmas Songs to Get into the Spirit of Noël

Looking for ways to keep your French learning jolly? Want some French Christmas song earworms to keep you learning even as you celebrate? We’ve got the solution! This list of French Christmas songs is positively perfect for French learners. Listening …

Get Intimate with French Sentence Structure

Want to know the secret to speaking perfect French? Start with building blocks! Once you have learned French sentence structure, the rest will follow easily. We like structure so much that we have divided French sentences into four basic structures.…

13 French Travel Phrases You Need To Know For Your Trip

Do you really need to learn French travel phrases before your trip? You’ve probably heard the stereotype that French people are super rude. Why bother trying to communicate with them, then? Well, you’ve likely never heard their side of the …

10 French Tongue Twisters to Perfect Your French Accent

Want to stump your friends? We all remember challenging ourselves with crazy tongue twisters growing up. Aside from being a fun camp activity, tongue twisters can also be a great way to learn a foreign language. You’ve heard native speakers …

5 Most Common Questions About the French Simple Past Tense

French language learning is a winding path of complex conjugations, tenses, and moods. After your French skills have advanced significantly, you will stumble upon the simple past tense: the passé simple. As many French language learners know, the passé …

How to Create an At-home Oasis for Instant French Immersion

Ready to go from French student to French speaker? The answer is simple: French immersion. After burning yourself out every day with work, studies, social commitments and other life responsibilities, this probably seems beyond impossible. How could you possibly …

The Ultimate Guide to Watching French TV Online

Cowabunga! Are you ready to channel surf à la française ? Channel surfing, aka le zapping, is a French pastime that can be enjoyed from your sofa. But if you want to watch your favorite shows in French, you …

Learn French with Native Podcasts: 5 Favorites You’ll Love

Pining for the music, voices, and sounds heard in the streets of Paris? Look no further than your very own smartphone! Thanks to today’s technology, you can have a native French speaker in your ear within moments. Native French podcasts …

5 Fun Ways to Learn French That Actually Work

Studying nonstop can make you yearn for the carefree days of childhood. It’s no secret: learning a foreign language is a lot of work. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun too! Imagine a preschool class learning the nut …

Kitchen French: 7 French Food Idioms

It’s no secret that the French love their cuisine. The hexagon boasts some of the best chefs, restaurants and ingredients in the world. So it’s not all that surprising that this love has made its way into the very …

5 Easy-to-read French Books for French Learners

Are the simple reading passages in your French textbook boring you? Have you tried reading the news in French, but found that you crave an actual story? Well then you’re in the right place! Pulling any old French book …