Author Archive | Michelle Baumgartner

Build Their French Vocab Early! 6 Fantastic French Dictionaries for Kids


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’ …

I Should, I Might, I Can: Understanding French Modal Verbs


A few weeks ago, Aunt Polly called me up and invited me along on her annual trip to Paris.

Can you come?” she asked, her voice filled with enthusiasm.

“Oh, Aunt Polly, I couldn’tcould I?”

“My …

“Cheers” in French: How to Give a Sparkling Toast (and Avoid Taboos) While Drinking


Better call Julie.

When my Parisian friends asked me to be a guest at their wedding, I thought I’d better brush up on some of the unfamiliar customs.

I needed to get the inside scoop on French culture, which …

The Ultimate Guide to Gracefully Gliding Through French Semi-vowels


When two or more French vowels go walking, which one does the talking?

And when they do the talking, what do these vowels say?

If they’re semi-vowels, they’ll say something that sounds suspiciously like a consonant.

In fact, some …

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

Beat Test Fright: Pass Your French Oral Exam with These 5 Fundamental Skills


You stare at the class syllabus in shock.

Sweat beads on your forehead. Your palms become moist. You start to shake.

You feel seasick, even though you’re on dry land.

You frantically flip through the weekly calendar on your smartphone’s …