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La Citrouille vs. Le Potiron: What’s the Difference?

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Got questions about French language and culture? Every week on the Talk in French newsletter, I answer questions sent by readers.  Here I’m sharing one that I answered a while ago, but it’s quite relevant at this time of the year.  Let’s check out the question: « What is the difference between the two different words […]

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French Vocabulary: Autumn and Thanksgiving

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Autumn in France. France in Fall. What could be more glorious? When the thick horde of tourists leave, schools reopen for la rentrée, and the leaves change to stunning colors, it’s officially autumn. Autumn (or fall) can be a perfect time to visit France (see Autumn in France: Where to Go?). But before you pack your […]

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22 Colorful But Fascinating French Insults When You Can’t Help Being Rude

The French belong to an extremely polite society, so there are plenty of ways in which you can unintentionally insult someone. While most of the time everyone goes to great lengths to avoid being offensive, how about those rare instances when you just want to be intentionally rude? Well, there are a lot of French […]

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A Simple, No-Fail Guide to French Contractions

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French words often appear with contractions. But unlike in English where you can choose to say “I am” instead of “I’m” or “you’d” instead of “you would” depending on the formality of your tone, in French you have no choice about it. You see, French contractions are mandatory. If the words call for a contraction, […]

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12 Ways to Say Goodbye in French

Goodbyes are inevitable. Whether you’ll be away for a short time or for the long haul, there are different precise ways to express your goodbye. But how do you say goodbye in French? In this article, we’ll go through the different ways to do that. Quick Navigation How to Say Goodbye in French1. Au revoir. […]

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Des adieux pas comme les autres [A French Short Story]

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Bonjour ! Here’s a very short French story that is great for complete beginners. It’s only 300 words long and uses very simple words, so you can easily follow along. At the end of the story, there’s a glossary of terms and a mini quiz to test your comprehension. Ready? C’est parti ! Quick Navigation French […]

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Quiz: Do You Know How to be Polite in French?

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Different cultures have different sets of etiquette and ways of being polite. But do you know how to be polite when you’re in France or among French people? Take this easy quiz to find out! Before you head over to France, make sure to grab your copy of French Phrasebook to help you travel in […]

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15 French Travel Phrases For Your Holiday in France [with Videos]

Planning to travel to France soon? These French travel phrases will surely come in handy! With just a few phrases, you can turn your holiday in France from good to terrific. A simple “bonjour” or “merci” will make a lot of difference, but with this list of phrases, you can turn it up a notch […]

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77 French Words and Phrases to Learn This Summer

The sun is shining brightly, the sky is blue, and everyone is in high spirits! Ahhh, summer is here! What better time to learn French words and phrases related to summer? Here in this article, let’s learn and review French vocabulary about the summer. The vocabulary list is divided into different parts which you can quickly […]

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10 Popular French Slang To Add to your Vocabulary (With Videos)

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Every language has its own set of slang, and French is no different! To be able to truly blend in among native French speakers (as well as impress your French friends), you need to learn the freshest slang spoken everyday in regular French conversations. Quick Navigation 1. How to say Money in French slang 2. […]

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A Simple Guide to Writing Letters in French

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Letter-writing can be stressful to a lot of people…. and it becomes even more so if you are going to do it in French! Here in this article, we will take a look at some ways to make writing letters in French a lot easier for you with tips on how to write formal (business) […]

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French Cheat Sheet: Basic French Questions and Answers

Need a quick cheat sheet to ask or answer questions in French? This handy list of basic survival French questions and answers is here to help!  From greetings to asking for help, and their possible answers, you’ll never get lost in simple French conversations again!  Feel free to jump to the different sections I. The […]

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