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5 Slick Ways to Develop French Listening Comprehension Like a Pro


You’re walking down the street, and suddenly, you start hearing French, spoken quickly and casually, somewhere nearby.

You turn, curious, to see two people having a lively conversation behind you.

You’re excited to hear the language you’ve been

And They Learned Happily Ever After: 5 Cherished Fairy Tales in French That Learners Love


When you think of fairy tales, you might think of Disneyland, Cinderella’s castle or dress-up parties as a child.

But when the French think of contes des fée (fairy tales), they think of Charles Perrault, the creator of …

How to Spell: 5 Useful Tips for Spelling French Words Flawlessly


“I wana liv in a howce in the citi.”

Could you understand that sentence?

If you’re a teacher, have a child or perhaps can recall your own childhood, it was probably easy to decode.

The scribblings of elementary school …

Feeling Disoriented? How to Master Asking for and Giving Directions in French

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Imagine finding yourself at the Seine, across the street from Notre Dame.

You’re wondering how in the world to find the Eiffel Tower.

You’ve mastered the basics—Bonjour and Je m’appelle (My name is)—but now you need to ask the …

7 En Pointe Pointers for Learning How to Read French

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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

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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 …

Learning French for Free Isn’t Hard When You Have a Library Card!

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As an avid reader, writer and language-lover, one of the most valuable resources I have is the public library system.

The New York Public Library extends to all five boroughs, and the sheer extent of the services …