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How and When to Use the French Gerund, Explained

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Gerund. Auxiliary verb. Infinitive. Past participle. Superlative

What a terrifying list of grammatical jargon.

What happened to the beautifully simple “nouns,” verbs” and “adjectives” that we all know and love?

As it turns out, there’s a

No More Excuses! How to Break Away from Excuses and Learn French Every Day

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Carpe diem!

Seize the day!

Take the world by storm.

Shout out to the heavens, “Good morning, world! It’s me, [insert your name here], and today is going to be awesome!”

Feeling pumped up yet? Excited to take on …

5 French Pronunciation Apps That’ll Have You Speaking and Singing in Perfect French

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French is a hard language to pronounce.

A word like haut (high/tall) has four letters, but it’s pronounced as a single vowel.

The words avait, avaient and avais (conjugations of the verb avoir, which means “to have”) …

InstaFrench: How to Learn French with Instagram Every Single Day

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The addictive pull of social media is growing stronger.

You can’t stop scrolling through your Facebook Newsfeed.

The latest Instagram stories.

Your friends’ oh-so-entertaining (or oh-so-pointless) Snapstories.

Meanwhile, you’ve got a paper to finish, a deadline coming up at work, …

19 Common French Questions You’ll Need to Ask and Answer

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“How are you?”

“Where’s the restroom?”

“How much does this cost?”

Questions are important. We ask ’em, answer ’em and ponder ’em.

They make up a not-so-insignificant percentage of everything we say out loud (and also everything we think …

Got Savoir-faire? How to Master French Compound Nouns

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Ah, those infamous compound nouns.

They’re like linguistic high-fives—two words slapped together to make something awesome.

You might recognize them as the culprits behind German’s unbelievably long, hard-to-pronounce words.

Well, what if I told you German isn’t the …

Wake Up in French: How to Use Your Morning Routine to Start Thinking in French

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Brrrrrrriiiiing! Brrrrrrriiiiing!

Time to wake up!

No, no, don’t even think of hitting that snooze button.

We’ve got a lot to do, and lucky for us, the morning is the perfect time to do it!

Consider this your French …