Author Archive | Emily Monaco

How to Write an Essay in French Without Giving Yourself Away as a Foreigner


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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.…

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 …

DILF, DELF or DALF: Which Test Is Right for You (and How to Pass It)


Once you get to a certain level in French, you might want to prove your worth.

But which test should you take to show everyone just how well you can parler?

The DILF, DELF and DALF may sound more …

“Avoir” or “Être” for the Helping Verb? Ask Dr. and Mrs. Vandertramp


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!).…

The Quickest French Pronunciation Guide: 4 Surprising Things You’d Never Think Affect Fluency


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 …

How to Tone Your Writing in French: 3 Elements for Advanced Learners

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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 …

The Ultimate Guide to Staying on Top of French Prepositions

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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, …