No, we don’t mean “happy” or “sad.”
Moods in French are a little bit more complicated.
You probably already know that they have to do with French grammar…
You might not be sure what they have to do with …
Sometimes it feels like French has more silent letters than pronounced ones.
Remember the first time you tripped over the word etaient (were), only to discover that it has just two syllables?
French is famous for its tricky pronunciation—and …
Time to get to work talking about… work!
While the French may be famous for their 35-hour work week, they do work on occasion.
Actually, a 2015 report even showed that the French were the seventh most productive …
The French love to live for the present.
That must be why they made talking about the past so difficult!
French learners spend months sorting through the differences between the imperfect and composed past… only to face the myriad …
Let’s be honest.
Is there anything sexier than a French accent?
Not only will mastering the French accent get you loads of dates, it’s also an essential part of learning to speak French fluently.
That’s right, we’re not …
Would you say you’re on the bus or in it?
That depends on which language you’re speaking.
Prepositions connect words and describe their relationship in space or time (for instance: in, under, during, etc.). Different languages speak about space and …
Ta oublié de me donner l’adresse de la teuf ce soir !
DSL! Je te l’envoie tt suite
TKT c bon A+
This isn’t some strange military code, but rather standard language for texting in French!
Can you figure out …
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 …
If you’re going to dedicate yourself to learning French, why not do it in style?
The city of Nice truly is nice.
It’s on the Mediterranean coast of France, also known as the Côte d’Azur or the “Blue Coast.”…
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 …
Learning the French days of the week can be trickier than you’d think.
Especially for a beginner.
I mean, it’s difficult for any language learner. Remember how hard of a time Apollonia Corleone had with the English days in …
Poets and non-poets, unite!
Whether you have a poet’s soul or you haven’t written a poem since grade school, exploring the world of French poetry can be an excellent way to improve your French skills.
But today you won’t just …
Have something to say?
When it comes to expressing your thoughts in French, there’s nothing better than the essay.
It is, after all, the favorite form of such famed French thinkers as Montaigne, Chateaubriand, Houellebecq and Simone de Beauvoir.…
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 …
Have you met Dr. and Mrs. Vandertramp yet?
Oh, you simply must.
They’re a little nerdy, sure, but they make such a cute couple.
And they’re about to become your new French best friends (and not the false kind!).…
You gracefully say: “Bonjour, Madame. Où sont les toilettes, s’il vous plaît ?”
The response: “Over there.”
Why is it that, no matter how hard we try, no matter how hard we practice sentence structure, the French can always …
Have you noticed that your writing in French is missing that je ne sais quoi ?
Do you want to move past simple translated English, but are having trouble finding a voice of your own in French?
This isn’t an …
In English, you get on the train. In French, you get in the train.
In English, you’re in bed. In French, you’re at your bed.
It seems no matter what you try to say, when it comes to French prepositions, …
“But a table isn’t a girl!”
It’s easy to get frustrated with gendered nouns when you’re first starting to learn French.
In fact, even for advanced speakers, it can be tough to deduce whether a word is masculine or …
Have everything you need to start speaking French like a pro?
Emphasis on the first word there.
If you’re looking to stock up on the basics, the verb avoir (to have) is, well…a must-have for your French language shopping …
You noticed from your very first French lesson that something weird was up.
“There are two ways to say you?”
“Why is the word for please so long?”
“Do people really call each other monsieur and madame?”
Ever seen a French movie about an American in France?
A bonjour, a bise, and suddenly they’re flying around sunny Paris on a moto-scooter, sharing baguettes and rosé wine.
They make it look much easier than it is.
The truth …
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 …
Looking for something short and sweet to get your French skills up to snuff?
French books of short stories are where it’s at!
Once you can string a few French sentences together, it can be tempting to jump right into …
Plane ticket? Check.
It may seem as though you have everything you need for your French vacation, but you’ve forgotten something.
And it’s not just something you could easily replace, like a forgotten toothbrush.
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 …
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 …
Want to speak casually cool modern French?
Then you’re ready to take your colloquial French up a notch.
You’re already working on mastering French slang.
The next step is to consider pronunciation!
You’ve probably already learned quite a bit …
When you’ve mastered French grammar and are near fluency, what’s next?
Does your French learning come to a halt?
We should say not!
Learning a foreign language amounts to much more than rules.
The cultural aspect is an enormous …
Looking for French learning tools that’ll expand your linguistic horizons?
Eager to learn French online or offline, anytime, anywhere?
The best French learning tools make it easy and convenient to practice the language.
They include everything from innovative, unique …
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.
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 …
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 — …
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 …
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 …
Need a quick French translation?
Want to look up a French word on the go?
Look no further than your pocket! In the age of smartphones, a translation app is your new best friend for quickly learning a new French …
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.…
When you think of French musicians, do you draw a big blank?
Or maybe you’re just imagining accordions and dancing monkeys.
That’s too bad! The French have given the world quite a few lovely lyricists.
The advantage of learning more …
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 …
It’s no coincidence that French kiss has a Gallic adjective!
French is known far and wide as the language of romance, and for good reason.
You can’t fully immerse yourself in French without exploring the romantic elements of French language …
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 …
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 …
When you’re just starting to learn French, you’ve gotta step up and memorize a lot of vocab.
Argot, or slang, can make all that memorizing way more fun.
It gives you a taste of real French, the authentic language …
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 …
Want to become fluent in French?
Consider me your French personal trainer. I’m here to tell you that the key to French fluency lies in your favorite workout plan.
The same routine you use to kick your butt into shape …
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 …
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 …
Learn French with radio, and suddenly you’re surrounded by the real language.
I’m talking French hits that native speakers rock out to.
And chatty talk show hosts that don’t sound anything like your textbook.
It’s an incredibly fun and …
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 …
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 …
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 …