Author Archive | Rachel Larsen

Stand Tall! The Guide to Confidence with French Word Order

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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

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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 …

Learn French with Videos: It’s Free and Fast! 21 Top YouTube Channels and Sites for French Lessons Online

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When you learn French with videos, you’re diving into one of France’s greatest cultural contributions.

And that’s saying something!

The French are well-known for their exquisite art and world-famous cuisine.

But did you know that the first video cameras …

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

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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”

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The one, the only.

Unique. Special.

A diamond in the rough.

Exclusive.

A once in a lifetime opportunity.

Matchless.

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

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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 …

Conjugation Without Memorization: 7 Patterns You Can Apply to Tons of French Irregular Verbs

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“What do you want first,” my French teacher asked, “the good news or the bad news?”

Ugh… what complicated, arduous, burdensome grammatical concept will we have to surmount this time?

She starts with the good news.

“The vast majority of …