Author Archive | Michelle Baumgartner

What Is “Quand Même” in English? 7 Ways to Use This Essential French Phrase


Quand même is like the chameleon of the French language.

It fits in just about anywhere.

Politely declining something? Yep.

Total sarcasm? Yep, that too.

And that’s just the start of it. Some uses of quand même even carry …

The Step-by-step Guide to Shadowing French (With the Most Useful Audio to Use)


Native-sounding French doesn’t just magically happen.

It takes lots of practice listening to and imitating real French speech.

And there’s no reason you have to wait!

With a language learning method called shadowing, you’ll be practicing authentic sounding French

Get Your Daily Dose of French! 6 Sites That Send You a French Word of the Day

french word of the day

“Here you are, Monsieur.”

You look up as the waiter approaches your table. Instead of the bowl of soup you were expecting, he hands you a slip of paper. There’s a French word on one side, an English one …

How to Find the Best French Audiobooks on Spotify: Search Secrets and Recommended Titles


Who doesn’t like a two-for-one?

If you have a Spotify account, you’ve got one of the coolest French learning two-for-one deals there is.

Of course you can stream tons of incredible, authentic French music on Spotify.

But did you know …

Bank on It: How to Talk About Money in French


Let’s be franc.

Times have changed. French money ain’t what it used to be.

Maybe you’re old enough to remember when the Euro replaced the franc way back in 2002.

The language around money has changed too, since there …

6 Catchy French Dictionaries That Kids Will Actually Enjoy Browsing


Did you know French picture books go back 17 millennia?

In the Paleolithic age, early man painted his story on the stone of some now-famous caves in Lascaux.

A mere millennium before our time, seamstresses in Bayeux embroidered a

Pastime Parlance! Talking About Your Hobbies in French


Have you read any good books lately?

Are you a knit-wit with purls of wisdom?

Have you bowled a spare in your spare time, then despaired that it wasn’t a strike?

Do you prefer pickin’ and grinnin’ to hummin’ …