Author Archive | Pat B

Let’s Put Pen to Paper and Master Written French

You’re sitting in a cafe in Paris, pencil in hand. You came to France to write the next great French novel. The paper’s there facing you, waiting to record your masterpiece. Now is the time and the place …

Say What? The Ultimate Guide to French Questions

Imagine the scenario: You’re in French class. And you need help. What do you do? You ask a question, of course! But wait—learning French should be immersive. In other words, it should be done in French. So …

The Intensive Guide to Mastering French Nouns

Beyoncé. Paris. Adorable, furry kittens. What do all of these have in common? They are all nouns! You know what nouns are! You might remember from English class that a noun is a person, place, thing or idea.…

The Ins and Outs of French Verb Conjugation

When you started learning French, perhaps you imagined your future self chatting with a waiter at a chic Parisian bistro. Or maybe you dreamed of traveling through Marrakech, making local friends over cups of mint tea. Or, of finally …

Use This Template to Structure and Write a Formal French Letter

Not everything is for minimalists. Sparse Ikea room décor? Sure. Formal French letter writing? Not so much. These letters are all about turning your flowery French writing skills up to 11. You’ll need the right letter structure and polite expressions…

French TV Live Streaming Online: Everything You Need to Know

There’s an immense well of French video content that’s often overlooked. Not your standard funny internet videos—luckily, just about everyone knows about those. Not music videos—while these are great, they’re not on the agenda today. Not even your …

Like, Quoi? How to Learn French Through English

Can you understand this sentence? Then you’ve got a secret weapon for learning French. English. These two languages have been intertwined for centuries, creating lots of overlap that language learners can use to their advantage. But they’re not …

Supercharge Your French with 6 Stellar Online Exercise Sites

You’ve heard all the old sayings. Practice makes perfect… You play the way you practice… How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice… Well, that’s all fine and good if you’re learning to pitch strikes on the ball …

How to Start Learning French from Scratch! 11 Tips for Beginners

Greetings, future Francophone! If you’re ready to start learning French, you’ve taken one small—but important!—step on your exciting journey through the universe of French learning. It’s like you’re about to be beamed up into an alien spacecraft and begin …

Practice Your French with These 8 Outstanding Vloggers

We all know French movies are a great way to learn French. But sometimes, they’re hard to find, or maybe you just don’t have time to watch a two-hour movie. Don’t get me wrong, movies are great for practicing …

6 Free Online Games for Addictive French Learning

We can all agree that games are a fun way to learn something, right? But you don’t have to be a video game lover to enjoy and benefit from online games. That’s because there are small online games geared specifically …

So, What’s the Deal with French? Is it Easy to Learn?

The floor is open for inquiries. Today, we’re taking questions from prospective French learners. Regardless of how they ask, new language learners always want to know one thing: Is this going to be hard? There are as many answers to …

10 French Video Games for Active, Authentic Language Learning

Feeling restless when it comes to learning French? Having trouble concentrating on that page in your textbook? You’re not the only one. Hey, we’re living in a digital, tech-savvy age, and you don’t want to learn French like your parents.…

The AP French Language and Culture Exam in a Nutshell

Just say “AP” and you’re likely to send shivers down a high school student’s spine. Next to college admissions, it’s the most important academic challenge for teens in the United States. Thinking about taking the AP French Exam? Not …

Core Correspondence: How to Write the Right Email in French

Email is a fact of life. It’s almost an understatement to say that it has replaced handwritten letters. In fact, email itself has morphed from a cyber version of formal letters into SMS-speak, attachments, memos and basically anything that was …

Boo! Very Scary Vocabulary for a Happening French Halloween

So, you’re planning a Halloween bash. Decorations are strung, candy corn fills several bowls. Yet something’s missing. How can you make your celebration more…original? Then it hits you: You’re learning French! There must be some French Halloween vocab you …

8 Painless Ways to Get a Daily French Refresher

Thirsty for some satisfying French refreshment? Took French classes several years ago? Ending classes now and looking to maintain your new skills? Read on to find out why it’s important to keep practicing and to get some useful tips for …