Author Archive | Pat B

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 …

Decades of Dialogue: 15 Classic French Movies to Develop Your Speaking


Do you know the equivalent of “Casablanca” or “The Wizard of Oz” in the French world?

France has impacted world cinema just as much as Hollywood, and their classics are so worth watching.

From the first time the Lumière brothers …

Your Complete Guide to Professions in French: From Common Job Names to Formal Titles and Abbreviations


When you were younger, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?

And how about now? What do you spend your days doing?

Wait—sorry, I’m going to have to stop you there.

Before you go any …

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 …

The Franglais Controversy: The English Words Used in French and When It’s Okay to Use Them


Warning: This is not your parents’ French!

No, what we’re dealing with today is an altogether different, highly-evolved, complex creature.

Maybe your teachers haven’t told you, but recent French borrows lots of English words.

And this notable phenomenon isn’t just …