Author Archive | Michael Cristiano

Être vs. Avoir: A Complete Breakdown of 2 French Superverbs

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It seems like the ultimate showdown.

The ultimate standoff.

A neverending struggle.

An ongoing battle of wills between French verbs être (to be) and avoir (to have).

However, it doesn’t take long to find out that this battle, …

Growing an Active Vocabulary: How Many Words in the French Language Do I Need to Know?

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Dix (ten), cent (one hundred), mille (one thousand), dix milles (ten thousand)?

No, no, no, French learner, I am not teaching you how to count by intervals in French!

Instead, I am asking you: How many words do you

Learn Depuis, Pendant and Il y a in 15 Minutes: The Short n’ Sweet Guide for French Learners

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Since the beginning of time…

…French students have struggled with depuispendant and il y a.

Alright, maybe I’m being a little dramatic.

But when you’re tearing your hair out over a grammar book, trying to figure out …

All About French Articles to Complete Your French-learning Masterpiece

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“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”

Vincent Van Gogh said this, and we know it to be true.

Whether it’s language learning or painting a masterpiece, the small things matter.

Understanding French articles matters.…

Warning: Graphic Novel Content! 5 French Graphic Novels for Learners of All Levels

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WARNING! This post may get a bit graphic!

Oh, but don’t worry—there’s no blood, sex, violence or bad words in it.

I just mean that we’re going to be talking about French graphic novels!

Graphic novels are sort of like …

Silence, Moteur, Action! How to Watch French Movies Online

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Want to become acquainted with France’s vibrant movie scene…

…without leaving your house?

Maybe you’re an aspiring cinephile with a list of top French movies you just can’t miss out on.

Maybe you’re using French-language movies to gain advanced

Like… Huh? 10 French Filler Words to Make You a French Conversation Master​

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So, you consider yourself an expert of sorts, do you? 

Think you can sniff out all the subtle nuances of French conversation?

Think you’ve finally mastered French speaking?

I decided that, too, once a couple years ago when I …