Alix Barnaud, Author at Talk in French
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Emergencies in France: what to do and what to say – A guide for tourists

Imagine yourself lounging in the Tuilerie garden, eating macarons, when disaster strikes… Nobody wants their time in France to be tainted by the memory of a bad situation, but emergencies can happen anywhere at any time.  When you find yourself in a foreign country, it is better to be prepared for the worst-case scenario, no […]

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10 French Filler Words to Help You Sound Like a Native

Spoken French is, as should be expected, quite different from textbook French. The vocabulary French people use in everyday life is more colloquial. They tend to shorten words, their sentences are structured differently, and they also use many French filler words.  Like “uh”, “right”, “like” and so on in English, those words fill silences during speech […]

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How to Form French Sentences: A Guide to French Sentence Construction

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When you learn a new language, you start by accumulating vocabulary, learning how to conjugate verbs and so on. But if you want to use it to communicate with others, you will also need to learn how to structure a sentence.As native speaker, you know how to build a sentence instinctively but as a language […]

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A Guide to Shopping in France: Tips and Vocabulary

There are few places where shopping is more iconic than France. From the charming farmers’ markets in tucked away villages to the glorious glitz of the ultra-luxe flagship stores on the Champs-Elysées, there is something for everyone. Shopping is one of those cultural experiences everybody should experience when traveling in a new country, and even more […]

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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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Bastille day celebration

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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