“How does your throat feel?”
Wait a second… what does that have to do with French?
It’s not a typical question to ask unless someone has a cold, but when it comes to learning French, you might find you’ve wound …
What are the ingredients for a good base in French proficiency?
Start with some high-quality online French lessons and then mix in some grammar fundamentals.
But what about seasoning?
Well, that’s the vocabulary you’re going to acquire, and you …
You know what’s le fun (the cool thing) about the French language?
For starters, there are many varieties of French to choose from.
What increases le fun?
Each variety of French has its own slang for you to learn …
I need your opinion.
What’s the most important first step when learning French?
Is it mastering essential daily French phrases? Is it memorizing travel vocabulary?
And what did you say your name was again?
What do …
What’s the fastest way to learn French?
Should you invest in an expensive French course?
Splurge on high-end French wine and cheese?
Consult the nearest psychic?
What if I told you that you needed none of those things?!
The English word “immersion” comes from the 16th-century Latin verb immergere meaning “to plunge into” or “to dip into.”
It’s only fitting, then, that those wishing to learn French—a language that developed from Latin in the 9th century—would want …
Have you ever sat down at a restaurant feeling incredibly hungry, and everything on the menu seemed great?
Then the waiter came by and told you all the specials, and those sounded amazing, too.
Finally, it was time to give …
“And now presenting… you!”
Welcome to your French Debutante Ball.
You and the other French learners stand in a line on stage. It’s time to introduce yourselves to the world—in fluent French, I might add.
“I’ve taken a French …
I hear you’ve been wearing some haute couture (high fashion) and eating some haute cuisine (fancy meals)…
But are your French learning tools of haute qualité (high quality)?
We all know that learning French effectively requires total dedication. However, you …
What does a French life look like?
Take a moment. Close your eyes. Imagine yourself living la vie française (the French life). Are you walking cobblestone streets in the wine country of Côte-d’Or in Bourgogne? Are you eating Bouillabaisse in …
Learning French online is a luxury that previous generations could only dream about.
In fact, our ancestors might say that all these new technological advances in French learning are practically otherworldly.
Especially when you consider a program like Frantastique …
Isn’t YouTube a destination for mindless distractions?
YouTube is a French learner’s paradise.
On YouTube, French learners can find hundreds of free channels and videos to—you guessed it—learn French.
So when it’s time to learn …
Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves.
This quote by the French thinker Ernest Dimnet makes a great argument for French immersion camps.
It’s important to give kids structure and focused lessons…
In the dream, I’m driving to a university exam.
I feel frantic and upset.
I’m not wearing any pants, I can’t find a parking space and when I arrive to the exam, I don’t recognize the professor.
What’s worse, when …
Put down that cheesy motivational calendar.
You don’t need it.
Motivation to learn French won’t come simply from reading inspirational quotes.
Instead, you have to cultivate your own language learning motivation.
You have to find a way to keep …
Subjunctive mood got you in a bad mood?
We’re here to bring back your smile.
If you’ve been studying the subjunctive—one of the most notorious French grammatical moods—you might not be feeling that sunny.
Especially if you’ve run into …
In French, you can’t even get out of bed without reflexive verbs.
Think about your morning routine.
Je me lève (I get up), je me lave (I wash myself), je m’habille (I get dressed), je me brosse les dents…
Mom! Dad! When is dinner going to be ready?
It’s one of the phrases that parents dread the most.
But what if your child wasn’t hungry for mac and cheese or hotdogs and instead was craving some appetizing …
“Au secours! Au secours!”
Do you ever find yourself mentally screaming this phrase (“help!”) while you’re attempting to complete your French homework?
Ever get overwhelmed with your assignments and wish that someone—anyone!—would just step in and make the French murkiness …
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, …
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 …
Since the beginning of time…
…French students have struggled with depuis, pendant 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 …
It’s time to fall in love all over again.
If you’re at odds with French due to verbs, I’m here to help.
Let’s add some spark and playfulness back into the romance!
But first, let’s talk about why the relationship …
“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! 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Ever come across an artsy French movie and thought, “geez, I wish I could speak French and watch this beauty in its original language?”
Or how about those French vloggers that you love watching? Wouldn’t it be great …
There are billions of views on YouTube videos every day.
That’s astonishing, isn’t it?
Video has completely changed the way we live, let alone learn foreign languages like French.
If you haven’t checked out the best YouTube channels for learning …
How’s your French learning tool belt?
Let’s take a look.
I’m seeing some dictionaries, some translator apps, some conjugation guides…
That’s all awesome, but with the technology available today, you’ve got to get some fun digital tools in …
What’s even better than learning French?
Putting your French knowledge to the test!
Even if you haven’t been learning French for very long, an assessment of your skills can be very beneficial.
It can help you understand where …
You know the old saying, right?
Friends don’t let friends slack when it comes to improving their French.
Okay, maybe I misheard it…
But either way, I’m here to help you, friend!
Today I’d like to introduce you …
Looking for French videos for beginners?
No need to search far and wide.
I’ve done the browsing for you.
I’ve found a unique variety of sites and YouTube channels to learn French with videos—even if you’re still at the very …
“I can’t study French. I’m way too busy.”
Does that sound familiar?
Does it sound like something you’ve heard a colleague, friend or family member tell you?
Even worse, does it sound like something you’ve told yourself?
Looking for the perfect French online course?
Well, prepare yourself for some serious options.
You can have the support structure of a class and the freedom of independent study.
You can have textbook-like organization and the benefits of technology…
Come to the sunny side.
Trust me, you’re going to like it over here.
Oh yes, not only do us lucky French learners get to bask in the light of Zaz’s deep jazzy vocals and enjoy freshly baked croissants, …
Have you come across something untranslatable between French and English yet?
I bet you have!
Luckily, these can be some of the most curious, creative and cool things to learn.
While learning any new language, there comes a time …
Do you solemnly swear that you’ll be completely present?
You’d wanted to gleefully come on this little adventure with me, right?
You know, to dramatically yet gracefully make your French very descriptive and colorful.
By safely venturing down this track …
Try creating a complete, coherent sentence in any language without using a verb.
App-arently not the easiest thing to do, eh?
In French, as with any language, learning verbs and their tenses is very important since they are the “nucleus” …
You’re finally doing it.
You’re committing yourself, for better or worse.
You’ve decided to start learning French. Good for you!
The journey is long, but boy, will it be worthwhile.
Deciding is half the battle, but how do you …
Beep, beep! Pull over, French learner. Random spot check.
Have you started learning the most commonly used French verbs?
Oh, you have. Great!
How about adjectives? You getting a healthy mix of adjectives in your French diet? Excellent.…
What is sexier than the sound of the French language?
Flawless French grammar.
But even the most seasoned French learners and native French speakers are not flawless all the time. We all make mistakes!
The good news is, French grammar …
Learning French from scratch can be an exhilarating experience.
Exhilarating, but also daunting.
It can be both exciting and terrifying to master your ABCs in a totally different language and to practice the weird French u sound.
Surprise French learning check-in!
How’s it going?
Have you managed to get the gist of formal French?
Mastered pronouncing the tricky u and ou sounds?
Got a system for memorizing new words?
Well, look at you, French …
Is it useful to learn French with audio?
A bold statement, right?
But also very true.
If you want to understand French when you hear native speakers using it, you need to start listening to the language …
A big part of learning any language is asking questions.
“What exactly is the whole deal with tu and vous?”
“Where can I find some good, reliable French lessons online?”
“What’s my CEFR level, and why does it …
Silence the mind.
That’s it, French learner, step away from Facebook.
Become one with the French language.
Push aside your thoughts of the future and let go of the past.
Today we’re remaining in …
Fact: Learning French is fun.
I mean, what’s better than traveling to a destination that speaks French natively and being able to understand and be understood?
What a rush of adrenaline and satisfaction!
Not to mention those strange yet …
How well do you and the French language know each other?
If you’ve been studying French for a while now, you’ve probably noticed a few things about it that aren’t obvious to outsiders.
For example, slang phrases and words can …
What do combs, muscles and castles all have in common?
Each of those words has silent letters in English!
Luckily, silent letters don’t pose much of a problem for native English speakers who are well beyond their elementary …
The French love their food.
They take special pride in it.
They think it’s fantastic. (Though, let’s be real, who doesn’t?)
As such, the French love for cooking and cuisine means a lot of French cultural wisdom is tied to …
Want to have a smooth conversation in French—without misunderstandings?
Wish you could enjoy French radio and talk shows, rather than struggling to understand what’s going on?
Want to rock out to French hits, and know what the …
Ready to make a bold statement?
Like to add some swagger and conviction to your French?
Want the power to compare and declare?
Well, good. Time to break out the comparative and superlative!
These two grammatical aspects of the …
Phenomenal intermediate French resources are sitting right under your nose.
These resources offer unique, high-quality learning material perfect for an intermediate level of French.
They also offer many visual, audio and written features that compete with those of formal language …
Fierce storms with dangerous wind speeds are quickly approaching—stay indoors!
Now that’s a message you’d want to understand clearly, am I right?
To best understand the news in French on TV reports, newspapers and social media, there …
Got French pronouns buzzing around your brain?
Well, you can run, but you can’t hide.
Every French learner discovers pretty early on that mastering pronouns is one of the most challenging parts of learning sentence structure, which is …
Is there anything cooler than time traveling “Back to the Future” style?
No. No, there isn’t.
And how are you going to time travel to the past in French if you can’t speak about it?
What’s Special About the Past?…
Hey, you awkward teen of french language learner, you.
You’re too advanced for “Le Petit Prince” and its reading level companions.
Yet picking up anything remotely close to Victor Hugo is still nightmare.
You’ve tried a few …
Mobile apps are great learning tools! But which French language learning apps should you start with?
No worries—we’ve put together a list of the 19 best apps for learning French in 2022.
19 Best Apps for Learning French Like …
Not sure how to learn French grammar (without going crazy)?
Or just looking for tips to accelerate your French grammar learning?
You’ve come to the right place.
Today I’ll present six tips I wish I’d heard when I first …