Author Archive | Rachel Larsen

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


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


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 …

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.…