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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! When speaking in your own native language, you most […]

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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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A Handy List of Essential Marketing Words in French

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 I know some of the readers of Talk in French study business in France while some are working or doing business in a French-speaking area. So I am sharing 30 essential marketing words in French, which I am sure you will find useful. If you want to learn even more words, you can also check out one of […]

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Corrected French Essays: Are You Guilty of These Mistakes?

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   Are you making some mistakes at 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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A Quick and Easy Guide to French Conjunctions

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Want to brush up on French conjunctions and looking for an easy way to do it? This little guide will help! Quick Navigation So, what exactly is a conjunction?Coordinating conjunctionSubordinating conjunctionQuick recap So, what exactly is a conjunction?Of course you know social media and you know what its main role is. It is used to […]

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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. Must 5. Shall/will6. Should/ought to7. Would 8. Could have/would […]

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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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French vocabulary: Crime, Law and Justice

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   Let’s talk about law and justice. Whether your exposure to the world of crime is limited to suspense television shows and action books, or you’re the more hands-on, living-on-the-edge type (oh, you little rebel!), law talk always appears every now and then. And of course, big words like this need to be interpreted perfectly, otherwise, […]

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French Vocabulary Not Learned in School: Work and Status

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   Everyone’s gotta work to earn some dough, right? That is, unless you’re the rolling-in-m0ney kind of filthy rich. Good for you then. But for this list of vocabulary, we take a look at the words, phrases, and slang on everything job related. Because hey, earning some moolah will never go passé. Plus, you’re sure to come across […]

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A Q&A About the French Pluperfect: Some of the things you’ve been dying to ask

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   We call it the French Past Perfect. But it’s also called pluperfect or plus que parfait. Yeah, tomato, to-ma-to. Many names but they all mean the same thing: a tense that describes something that had happened or had been true at some point in the past, and an action that had occurred before another […]

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