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How and When to Use the French Gerund, Explained


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


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


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


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


“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


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


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 …