Author Archive | Michelle Baumgartner

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

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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 …

Let Me Count the Ways: 11 French “I Love You” Phrases for When “Je t’aime” Doesn’t Cut It

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Hallmark cards make it look so easy.

But love is complex. Complicated. It evolves and changes.

A corny card won’t cut it.

Neither will one simple phrase, like Je t’aime (I love you).

If you’ve fallen for a French speaker

Fill Your Wardrobe with 45+ Words for Talking About Clothes in French

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Are you a trendy fashionista?

Do you have an eye for thrift store finds?

Maybe you’re more of an athleisure type.

Whether we like it or not, our clothing is one of our most defining features.

That’s why it’s

Here Are All the English Equivalents to “Quand Même” So You Can Use It Like a Natural

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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)

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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