Author Archive | Rachel Larsen

6 Easy French Short Stories You’ll Want to Read Again and Again


Ready for story time?

Some of my fondest memories from elementary school were the weekly trips to the library for story time.

During each visit, we would sit on the carpet while the librarian read us a story, modulating her …

French Listening Practice That Works: Top Exercises and Tips to Improve Comprehension


You’re picking up a few items at a grocery store in France.

You were able to find your way around, read ingredient labels and even mentally keep track of how euros compare to dollars.

But then it’s time to …

Enchanté! Introduce Yourself to 8 Brand New Words in French


I just finished reading a ginormous book.

Last week I ate a ginormous sundae.

The Eiffel Tower is ginormous!

Merriam-Webster started including “ginormous,” a combination of “gigantic” and “enormous,” in their dictionaries in 2007. It’s just one example of how …

Don’t Be so Literal! 6 Online Tools That Translate English-to-French with Context in Mind


Who doesn’t love a hilarious translation fail?

Never seen one? Take a scroll through this hysterical slideshow of English-French translation attempts.

If you look closely, you’ll see that there’s something many of them have in common.

The translators tried …

The Simplest Guide to French Determiners (Organized by Type)


You are determined to learn French.

You know why it is a highly beneficial language to learn.

You have been dazzled by its beautiful words and sounds.

And you realize that there are a lot of things …

Goodbye Google! 5 French Search Engines for Knowledge-hungry Language Learners


Sure, you know that French is one of the top languages on the internet.

You know there are countless online French resources to explore.

But how do you get there?

How do you explore le Web like a native …

3 French Dialogue Scripts for Essential, Everyday Conversations


Sometimes it would be nice if French conversations followed a script.

No idioms flying over your head.

No second-guessing your sentence structure.

No desperately scouring your brain for the right word.

Unfortunately, life’s not a movie.

But following a script …