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Witty French Puns to Take Your French to the Next Level

Witty French Puns

 As Alfred Hitchcock once said, “puns are the highest form of literature”. In French, this witty play on words is called « calembour » and it takes a certain level of expertise in the language to be able to pull it off. Calembours make use of homophony (words that sound the same) to inject humour into […]

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[QUIZ] Can you guess what these goat-related French expressions mean?

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It’s funny how French idiomatic expressions and metaphors resemble a menagerie. Or an animal farm perhaps. There are expressions about dogs, cats, bears, pigs, horses, oxen, foxes, elephants, and just about all your favorite animals. But today we’ll talk about expressions that involve goats and we’ll test just how many of these expressions you know. […]

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15 French Expressions that Feature Dogs

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 Dogs are loyal, sweet, cute, and cuddly—and almost everyone loves them. More so the French! The French are notoriously known for walking around everywhere with their furry friends, and everywhere you turn, you’ll most likely find dogs in every size and shape. Dogs inside restaurants, supermarkets, at the hairdresser, on the streets; small dogs, big […]

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14 Purr-Fect French Idioms About Cats

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Cats are exceedingly popular on the internet these days. Everywhere you look there are cats gracing your screen.  Cats who are grumpy:Via Wikimedia Cats who are stereotypically French:via GIPHY Karate cats, massage cats, working cats who got promoted, and just everything about cats.  Well guess what? This post is also about them little furry felines. So if […]

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12 Reactions that French Learners Can Totally Relate To

12 reactions that french learners can totally relate to

 Learning French can be like a roller coaster of emotions. Sometimes it gets too frustrating to handle, but some days you’re so excited you’d think you’d burst. Here’s a list of 12 scenarios and reactions French learners can totally identify with. Plus a lot of learning tips thrown along the way. Enjoy!  1. When a native French speaker […]

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The Simple Guide to Informal French Grammar

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Are you already speaking French so well but still sound as if you just came out of a French grammar book? Do you feel so formal and out-of-place when speaking with native French speakers? Well, let me let you in on one practical tip: try to speak a little bit informally! Quick Navigation 1.  ‘tu’ and ‘vous’2. Contracted ‘tu’Speak French Like […]

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10 Ways to Speak like a Legit French Speaker

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 So you’ve been studying French for quite a while now, and you’re rather proud of what you’ve accomplished so far – as you should be! But sometimes, you think there’s still something lacking in your French. Like a certain je ne sais quoi  perhaps that you couldn’t put your finger on, and in spite of your good […]

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35 French Gay Slang Words You Need to Know

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 No matter where you go, gay lingo will always be colorful, witty, unabashed, and quite delightful. French gay slang is no different. French gay-speak is generally translated from English/American gay slang, and as with its heterosexual counterpart, it is best to know a thing or two about it, whatever your sexuality. A word of caution though, this […]

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30 Common French Expressions Used in Newspapers

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If, for whatever reason, you happen to read French newspapers, you may sometimes come across words or expressions that might sound weird to you. The vocabulary below will help you to better understand French articles. If you want yet more, I have prepared a nice little bonus for you. You can access an extended version of this […]

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Corrected French Essays: Are You Guilty of These Mistakes?

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Are you making some mistakes when writing in French and want to improve your writing skills? Then this article is for you! Take a close look at  the 3 examples below. I asked some French learners via my newsletter and Facebook to write an essay  and I just corrected it. You will find the original version followed by […]

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How to Express Modal Verbs in French

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 Is it really a problem that French doesn’t have modal verbs?  Here in this article, let’s take a look at how to express English modal verbs in French. Quick Navigation A Quick Background on Modal VerbsHow are English modal verbs expressed in French?1. Can2. Could3.  May/Might4. Must5. Shall/willan advanced level podcast to help you master french […]

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How to Transform French Verbs Into Simple Past (Passé simple)

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Where could you encounter Passé Simple (the historical and formal tense)? You will probably not see it in a friendly chit-chat, maybe not even in this kind of blog article if it is translated into French. You will probably say “so what is the point of knowing it? I am not a native speaker, and I […]

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