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Tips and tricks to improve your listening skills in French Dec 05, 2022

How can you train yourself to understand normal French conversations so you aren’t always lagging behind? 

And how can you invite your French friends for apéro, for a meal, or even just feel good about stopping to talk to other dog owners for example, without the confidence of...

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How to make pomegranate juice, in French: Test your comprehension french culture Nov 28, 2022

Fancy seeing what I discovered to do with my pomegranates in the garden this year? 

Hint: Anyone can do it and it’s really worth it! 

The goal of this fun mini-lesson is not only to share with you a healthy recipe but also to expose you to a lot of new French words.

You’ll...

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PIGER: the familiar way to say understand. french vocabulary Nov 21, 2022

Imagine you could say “J’ai compris” in a more familiar, A more 'French' way. 

We all want to say how well we’ve understood things in our conversation. But somehow, “I understood” feels a little, well, let’s say, ‘translated’ at...

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The meaning of “flipper” in French french vocabulary Nov 14, 2022

Tu as récemment flippé ?  Huh? Take a peek at the way to say you ‘freaked out’ in French.

‘Flipper’ is a common word in French, especially in certain films at the moment. Traditionally, Flipper is like the English - to flip something over. So...

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This TIME, you'll get it right! Fois vs temps, briefly explained. french vocabulary Nov 07, 2022

Struggling to choose between FOIS & TEMPS ? Let’s untangle it with some nifty examples to help you with your instant recall. 

The confusion comes from the fact that for both words in English, it’s the same word: “time”. However, in French we have two different...

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Are you going around in circles on a plateau with your learning? Nov 01, 2022

Do you get ‘brain freeze’ when you’re trying to have conversations in French. 

Now, don’t worry -  It’s understandably hard to work out how to get off a learning plateau, so today, we’ll dive into a closer look at how some decent feedback can shift...

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Marcher, promener or se promener. do trip up over these three ways to walk? french vocabulary Oct 24, 2022

Marcher, promener or se promener. do trip up over these three ways to walk? What are the difference and nuances between them?

In this mini-lesson, not only will you understand the meaning of each verb but you will also see other versions and idiomatic expressions associated with them.

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Developing your conversational flow: Why cramming will not help you speak more easily! speak french Oct 17, 2022

Does your conversational flow feel choppy because you keep forgetting words you thought you had learnt ?

Today, you are going to understand better:

  • Why cramming words and overstudying will not help you speak better. 
  • Why visualising and observing will make a massive difference to your...
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The French etiquette about pouring wine french culture Oct 10, 2022

Do you … or don’t you? 

Have you ever gone to reach for another glass of wine as a guest at a French table and wondered why you're being 'looked at' . . . 

Today, you discover a little snippet of French etiquette about pouring wine:

  • The important table...
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VENIR DE: to have just (done something) in French grammar Oct 03, 2022

Ever wondered how to say you’ve just done something - in French - and got all wrapped up in working out the verb formation?

Thankfully, for once, the French is much easier than the English. So long as you master the conjugation of the French verb “venir”, the rest is...

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Mine de rien and its meaning french expressions Sep 26, 2022

If your French is more advanced, if you are surrounded by native French people or watching some French movies, you may encounter some expressions that you will understand only if they explain them to you.

Why?

Because if you try to translate word by word, it won’t work. These expressions...

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BONJOUR or BONNE JOURNÉE: What’s the difference? french vocabulary Sep 19, 2022

This is one of the first words you learn in French. Still, many students doubt when using “bonjour” or “bonne journée”, “bonsoir” and “bonne soirée” and even “bonne nuit”.

Therefore my aim for you today is to bring clarity...

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