Author Archive | Michael Cristiano

The Guide to Depuis, Pendant and Il y a (That Even Grammarphobes Can Handle)


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


“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


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


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​


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 …

Own Any Conversation: 7 Sites for Endless French Dialogue Examples


“Hey! How’s it going?”

“Not bad. It’s just…”

“What’s wrong?”

“Well, I’ve been studying French online because I have dreams of going abroad, but I’m still not advancing as quickly as I want to. I’ve been using the most

Authentic French, Captioned: 10 French YouTube Videos with Subtitles for Language Learners





You’ll have to excuse me today, I think I’ve caught something.

No, it’s not exactly that French audio-itis that’s going around—I think I caught that last year.

At first, I thought I might’ve come down with Netflix