Author Archive | Michelle Baumgartner

21 French Consonants: Clearing Up Confusion, From B to Z

French consonants are like chameleons. Sometimes, they’re silent. Other times, they speak up. In some cases, they’re pronounced “soft”; in other cases, they’re pronounced “hard.” The good news is, there are some rules to help you understand how French consonants …

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 …

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’ …

12 French Synonyms for Aussi to Avoid Repetition

Do you ever feel like you’re repeating yourself? Day in, day out. Same old, same old. Wash, rinse, repeat: Aussi, tout aussi, aussi que, d’aussi, et aussi, aussi bon, aussi bien… Are you sensing a pattern here? …Sure, aussi is …

Sing it! Learn French with 7 Sublime Songs

Your kindergarten teacher used one to teach you the alphabet. Fräulein Maria used one to teach the von Trapp children musical notes. Schoolhouse Rock used one to show kids how a bill becomes a law. Chemistry students …

Start Your Keyboards: 5 Resources for French Typing Practice

Welcome to the Typosaur Zoo at the FluentU Institute of Modern Communications! We’re proud to feature one of the most extensive keyboard collections in the world. One of you had a question?—Yes, you read the sign correctly: Please Do Touch …

70 French Spring Words for a Vibrant Vocabulary

Boing… boing… boing…  Spring is right around the corner and I’m bouncing with excitement! The days are getting longer. The temperatures are inching up. Soon, Old Man Winter will be retreating to his ice cave to take a long summer’s …

18 Free Interactive French Exercises for Beginners

Remember when you were in elementary school and your teacher gave you that Styrofoam cup with the potting soil mix in it? “It’s going to be a plant,” she told you confidently. “You just need to water it, and wait.”…

Sneak Tactics: 5 Stealthy Ways to Improve Your French

Your plus-que-parfait (pluperfect) is more than perfect. You know what a reflexive pronoun is, and you’re not afraid to use it. You mastered all your French classes. And you can talk circles around Pepé Le Pew. Yet you …

A Diverse Dozen: 12 Bilingual French-English Books to Try Now

In “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” earthling Arthur Dent is able to instantaneously understand alien languages with the aid of the Babel Fish in his ear. Imagine reading a classic work of French literature cover to cover—and not stumbling …

70 Everyday French Phrases for Sounding Truly French

As a French learner, which would you rather hear? “Your French is so good!” Or… “You sound so French!” If you’re like most people, we’re guessing that it’s the latter. To achieve that level of French, you’ll need to know …