Author Archive | Michelle Baumgartner

Oh Là Là: How to Use This Quintessential Phrase Like the French

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Are you looking to add a little more glamor to your French conversations?

Want to express yourself in three emotion-packed syllables?

Need a Jacques-of-all-trades interjection that can give voice to your highest highs and lowest lows?

Welcome to Oh Là

Satiate Your Thirst! Water in French and Its Many Quenching Forms

water in french

France is famous for its water.

Évian. Perrier. Volvic.

Trendy. Bubbly.

The stuff of life.

But there’s more to water in French than the vogue of bottled water.

Consider La Côte d’Azur (French Riviera).

The Loire. …

150+ French House Vocabulary Words Because There’s No Place Like Home!

french house vocabulary

I’m inviting you to a French house party!

It’s going to be a blast.

We’ll munch on some snacks.

We’ll rock out to some happenin’ tunes.

We’ll get our chitchat on.

Best of all, we’ll get a

French Lessons for Beginners: 5 Fantastic Ways to Start Studying French

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Starting French lessons as a beginner can be a lot like dishing out that first slice of pie.

You want it to be picture-perfect.

You slice precisely. You carefully lift your pâtisserie (baking) masterpiece from the pie dish.

…and then, …

What Languages Are Spoken in Belgium? 3 Official Tongues and Lots of Linguistic Diversity

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The mountainous cathedrals and low, gray skies of Jacques Brel’s beloved plat pays (flat country).

The lure of artisan pralines belges (Belgian chocolates).

The artistic treasures of René Magritte, Peter Paul Rubens and Ambrosius Bosschaert.

Those tantalizing, twice-fried frites (fried …

Vegetables in French: Eat Your Veggies and Practice Your Vocab

vegetables in french

Were you one of those kids who fought with your parents about eating you vegetables?

Some nights, you waged war over the Battle of the Brussels Sprouts.

Asparagus was met with asperity.

And the dinner table knew no peace when …

The Intensive Guide to French Alphabet Sounds You Didn’t Know You Needed

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Got your lab coat?

We’ll be doing a little chemistry experiment with the French alphabet today.

Because when you get down to it, letters are like elements in the periodic table.

Each of them has certain properties. Some of …