Alix Barnaud, Author at Talk in French
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French Silent Letters: A Quick Guide

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Have you ever looked at a word in French after pronouncing it and thought: “that’s a lot of letters for such a short word”? You are not alone. That’s why we need to discuss French silent letters! All French school children must suffer through a dreaded exercise: la dictée as they learn to spell their language […]

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All About Bastille Day: History, Traditions, and Vocabulary

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As you may already know, the 14th of July is France’s national holiday. However, the French may be very surprised if you wish them a happy Bastille Day as it is locally known as “La Fête Nationale” or more simply, “le quatorze juillet” (the fourteenth of July).  It is a bank holiday, and as it […]

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10 Best French Documentary Films of All Time

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Documentary films have long been popular in France. Since the first movies shot by the Lumière brothers, like Sortie de l’usine Lumière à Lyon (1895), there has been a steady stream of high-quality French documentaries.  If you are ready to deepen your knowledge of the French language and your favorite subject, we gathered a list of […]

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French Weddings: Everything You Need to Know About Wedding Celebrations in France

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A wedding is always a joyful occasion. However, it can also be intimidating if you are not very familiar with the culture. After all, you don’t want to commit a faux-pas in front of all of your friends and their family! Although French weddings may seem familiar in some respect, some of the customs may […]

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How to Ace a Job Interview in French

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No matter how many you have gone through before, a job interview is always intimidating. It is even more so when you must conduct that interview in a language different than your mother tongue—like a job interview in French, for instance. Have no fear! These tips will help you get ready for your meeting and put […]

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Birthday Traditions in France: How do the French Celebrate Birthdays?

If you grew up in a western country like Europe or North America, you will be pleasantly surprised to know that French birthday traditions are not very different from the ones you are familiar with. A good French birthday celebration involves a party, some cake, blowing candles and presents. However, here are some small differences […]

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The Ultimate Guide to French Regional Accents

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If you have ever traveled in France outside of Paris or watched a movie set in province, you might have noticed that a lot of French speakers do not quite sound like what you are used to. France is home to dozens of different regional accents, each linked to the culture and history of the area […]

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