Author Archive | Rachel Larsen

No Way! How to Turn Down, Negate and Deny in French


“Hey, do you want to work late tonight?”

“Could you help me move?”

“Would you like to continue struggling with French gender rules?”

Uhhhhh… no.

Sometimes you have to say no. And it’s OK to say no.…

Stand Tall! The Guide to Confidence with French Word Order


Is your French still in pieces?

Learning French can be like drawing up plans for a new building.

And what would a building be like without structure?

It probably would not be very safe.

It probably would not serve its …

7 Online Grammar Exercise Sites for Strong, Beautiful French


I get it.

No one wants to be called a “grammar nazi.”

You know, that annoying friend or acquaintance who spots every “who” that should be “whom.”

That one guy who insists on correcting you when you say “less” instead …

From Tutorials to Real-world Learning: 21 French Video Tools


What’s France’s greatest contribution to society?

Is it their exquisite art?

Their world-famous cuisine?

While there are many possible answers, there’s no question that one of the most influential French creations has been film.

Several of the …

The Easiest Way to Learn French Noun Genders: Common Patterns for Masculine and Feminine Words


I remember when I tried to explain the concept of French noun gender to my mom.

I’d just started learning French in the eighth grade. I was enamored with the language, soaking up every new word and already dreaming of …

Feeling Special? How to Use the French Restrictive Phrases “Seulement” and “Ne…Que”


The one, the only.

Unique. Special.

A diamond in the rough.


A once in a lifetime opportunity.


We like feeling special. We like being unique.

Whether applying for college, a job or simply meeting someone new, we are …

What Happened? How to Use the Imparfait vs. Passé Composé for Perfect Past Tense French


You just can’t escape the past.

Don’t worry, we’re not accusing you of some deep, dark secret.

We don’t know what you did last summer.

But we do know that you use the past tense all the time.

It could …