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French Breakfast of Champions: How to Do It à La Française

french breakfast

Once when staying in a Parisian hostel, a Korean friend made a telling statement.

We’d both been there for several weeks, well acquainted at that point with the traditional French breakfast foods on offer.

He walked over to the …

What’s the Word? How to Say What in French


As children, most of us remember learning the Five Ws—who, what, when, where and why.

Easy, right?

Well, easy is debatable, especially when it comes to “what” in French.

Despite the fact that it’s one of …

34 Essential Words for Family in French to Talk About the Ones You Love the Most


“We are family! I got all my sisters with me!”

Say hello to “beginner me!” Although here I wasn’t boogying on the dance floor and singing along to Sister Sledge’s hit song. I was singing and dancing …

Beyond France and Fields of Lavender: 5 French-speaking Countries That Add Their Own Twists to the Language


The French language.”


What’s the first thing that comes to mind? Perhaps it’s the Académie française, lavender season in Provence or the Eiffel Tower glittering on the hour, every hour just like you remembered.

In other …

Master Partitive Articles in French Right Here and Now


Eggs, flour, sugar… they may not seem like much on their own, but combined they can make everything from delectable cakes to delicious macarons.

Often in life, it’s the sum of the small parts that count the most.

Language learning …