Author Archive | Rachel Larsen

#Tchatter: Where to Find French Group Chats Online for Language Practice

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Some clichés are true.

Take the old classic, “practice makes perfect.”

Any French learner knows that you won’t get perfectly fluent without hours of practice, practice, practice.

The only question is how to get effective French practice.

Especially when …

The Top 4 Sites to Find Endless French Synonyms

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Is your French vocabulary putting you to sleep?

Don’t worry.

A lot of French learners get stuck using the same basic words over and over.

You’ve probably noticed that native speakers don’t have this issue. They can choose just the

How to Say “Sorry” in French: 6 Sincere Apologies for All Types of Faux Pas

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I’m sorry, over-achievers.

My apologies, perfectionists.

When it comes to learning a language, making mistakes is inevitable.

Sometimes those mistakes will be embarrassing. Sometimes, they might even be offensive.

That certainly doesn’t mean that you should stop trying out …

Just Press Play! 7 Fresh Sites to Learn French with Subtitles

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I get it.

Not everyone likes subtitles.

Take my mom. She finds them distracting from what she’s watching. She generally avoids foreign films unless an English audio track is available.

But if she were a French learner like you, I’d …

How to Use “Il y a” in French: The Basics, Negation and Questions

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They’re just three little words.

How could they be so important!?

I really didn’t appreciate il y a at first. In fact, when I first read about this phrase my French 1 textbook, I found il y a downright peculiar

Fine Tune Your French Reading: Top 6 Sites for French Reading Comprehension Exercises

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Ever see one of those annoying bumper stickers?

“If you’re reading this, you’re too close.”

Do not worry, I am not nearly that obnoxious a driver.

But… if you are reading this, you will probably agree that reading is …

Que-stions, Anyone? When to Use Qui vs. Que in French

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Word-for-word translation does not work.

J’ai dû aller au supermarché pour acheter du beurre et des fraises, mais comme j’ai trouvé les fraises si chers, je ne les ai achetées pas. 

I had to go to the grocery store for …