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Pack These French Train Tips and Vocabulary from a Veteran Traveler


The French countryside is world-class splendorous, but I have a short attention span.

So for me, nothing is better than hopping onto one of the world’s fastest trains and watching all those quaint cows and immaculately provincial French towns …

11 Basic French Colors… and Beyond: The Multicolored Expressions You Probably Never Learned


Want to talk about the chromatic wonders that you see around you—in French?

I’ll do you one better: Learning French colors and the words used to describe them will allow you to convey a number of other feelings and experiences, …

10 French Pick-up Lines That Are So Bad, They’re Good


The silly futility of pick-up lines exists in French just as much as in English.

Pick-up lines are jokes, really—expressions of one-way desire that are so likely to meet with refusal and frustration that the whole thing might as

Do You Know the Difference Between “Quand” and “Lorsque”?


If you look up the word “horse” in French, you will pretty much always get cheval.

But unless you’re often at the races, out in the countryside or in Paris’s finer restaurants, you’re not going to need that …

How to Order Coffee and Croissants in French—or Some Anglo Breakfast Barbarism If You Must


On Parisian Sunday mornings my friends and I would often sit on the terrace of a café near the Marché d’Aligre watching pedestrians and cyclists collapse.

There is a certain spot smack in the middle of the street that would …

I Want to Learn French! How to Create a French Learning Plan That Captures Your Passion


Yes, you can learn French.

I’m talking to toi, cher internaute ! (you, dear Internet user!)

I don’t care if you failed high school French or you couldn’t quite get your mouth around bonjour (hello) on your last trip

The Results Are In! The 3 Best Online French Grammar Checkers


You’ve put a lot of sweat and tears into your French…

…but maybe you still flub your grammar sometimes.

Hey, that’s okay.

We all make mistakes.

The good news is, French grammar checkers can rescue you from at least some …