Author Archive | Rachel Larsen

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


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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 …

Always, Sometimes, Never: The Demystifying Guide to French Adverbs of Frequency


Ever taken a survey?

Maybe it was one of those annoying phone surveys.

Maybe a business lured you into doing one online with promises of being entered into a raffle for $500. Or maybe you filled one out to help …

The Role and Controversy of the Académie Française: A French Learner’s Primer


“I would like to thank the Academy for giving me this award.”

Some people dream of strutting down the red carpet and winning “Best Actress.”

But others have a different dream:

Receiving a Grand Prix de Littérature (Grand Prize for …

Merci and Beyond: 8 Ways to Say Thank You, French Style!


What’s the most generous thing someone’s ever done for you?

Maybe someone hosted you in their home while you were apartment hunting.

Or maybe someone got you the most thoughtful gift for your last birthday.

Or maybe you’re simply thinking

40+ Descriptive Words to Take Your French Beyond Basic Statements


Have you ever tried eating a dish without any seasoning?

No spices. No salt. No sauce. Just the main ingredient.

Imagine trying to eat even something as simple as rice and beans like that. It wouldn’t be very enjoyable, would …

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 …