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7 En Pointe Pointers for Learning How to Read French

Are you ready to learn how to read? Of course, you know how to read English, but how do you attempt learning how to read all over again—in a different language? With English under your belt, you’ve already …

5 Favorite French TV Talk Shows to Keep You in the Know

Americans treasure Oprah and Jimmy Fallon, and the British can’t get enough of Graham Norton. Who are the beloved talk show hosts for native French speakers? From late-night talk shows that host the hottest new celebrities to morning shows that …

5 Funny Sayings for Cooking Up a Lively French Conversation

“Well, you know how he is, he doesn’t chain the dog with sausages.” “There’s a cat in my throat.” The French regularly insert creative, bizarre and hilarious sayings into their everyday conversation. When I first moved to France, …

Get Total French Immersion at Home with These 10 Great Resources

These days, we’re overwhelmed with information. Search for something on Google and your screen is flooded with possible options. When you’re looking for resources and advice for total French immersion, the situation’s no different. From websites and apps to …

How to Easily Use French Poetry as a Powerful Learning Tool

The French pride themselves on their world-renowned poésie (poetry). It can be mysterious and full of complicated terminology and romantic pictures. French poets are known for being in tune to their emotions, expertly expressing themselves, and adopting other styles and …

The Best Games and Puzzles for Learning French

It’s game time. And may the odds be ever in your favor. Here’s a riddle to get you started: If a word skips, hops and jumps to the other side of the street, it’s a crossword. So what do you …

The Top 5 Types of Magazines to Learn French Best

You’ve just finished a great French novel, and you’re ready to try something new. Maybe you want to read some short stories or catch up on some features about those sports players you keep reading about in the newspaper…

5 Swift Ways to Climb to Intermediate French Conversation

You’re at the movies, and you’ve just seen a French film that you have to talk about. You jump out of the theater, excited to share your thoughts and discuss the plot. But you feel nervous—you’ve never moved past beginner …

How to Keep Up with the Newest French Songs and Lyrics

You’re in a restaurant with some friends and a French song comes on. It completely fits your music style, and you find yourself tapping your foot along to the beat. You start to wonder: What is this song? How do …

5 Popular French Comic Books to Beat Boredom and Boost Learning

Holy French language learning, Batman! Comic books captured our imaginations as children. Who would have guessed that, as grown-ups, we’d use them for super-powered French language learning? When we were kids, comic books (bande dessinée) brought some of our …

The Essential Guide to the French Future Tense

Let’s talk about the future. No, that doesn’t mean I’m going to grill you on where you’ll settle down, who you’ll marry, what your career path holds, if/when you’ll start a family or how to spend your retirement years. So …