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Summer in Paris: 20 Things to Do

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As crowds flock to Paris in summer, the city transforms into a bustling haven for tourists. Some would say that it is by this time that Paris becomes very un-Parisian, with the city slowing down its pace to welcome in sunny days, longer nights, and lots of fun festivals and special events. But summer in […]

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French for Chocolate Lovers: Useful Words and Tips

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Are you a chocolate fanatic who may or may not have a plan to explore France’s chocolate scene soon? Whether you simply want to learn everything about chocolates or you’re planning to trudge to French-speaking parts to sample some delicious chocolat, here is a list of chocolate-related vocabulary to help you out. Also, don’t leave […]

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Paris for Choco Lovers: 15 Must-Visit Chocolate Shops

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Paris is known for many things—one of which is a chocolate lover’s paradise. With a wide selection of expert chocolatiers and excellent artisan boutiques scattered all around the city, Paris is truly a chocoholic’s haven. Today, let’s take a look at 15 of the most exciting and must-visit chocolate shops in Paris. Ready to take a bite […]

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10 French Films that Men Would Love

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Who says French cinema only has romantic chick flicks and weepy dramas to offer? That’s definitely not the case. In fact, there are so many top notch French films that dudes of all kinds would surely enjoy. From hilarious comedies, gritty gangster films, crime thrillers, kickass action, and prison-set dramas—take your pick! Your newest favorite […]

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20 Places to Go for the Best Views in Paris

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Tourists troop to Paris each year to get an eyeful of the most famous sights. A common complaint, however, is the huge crowd. On this list, I try to come up with a good mix of popular and not-so-popular places. So whether you like quiet parks, lively rooftop bars, trendy restaurants, famous landmarks, museums, or […]

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The French Cuisine and When to Pronounce the s in “plus”

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Salut, ça va? If you have already subscribed to the weekly Talk in French newsletter, you’ll know that in every issue that comes out on Sundays, I feature a Question of the Week. These questions are sent by different subscribers and covers everything from French language, culture, and even random questions. (If you’re not yet […]

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5 Lovely French Poems with English Translations

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 The French language is beautiful, but when strung together to paint lovely pictures and create lyrical melodies in French poems, it becomes even more so.  This is why the French have always been immensely proud of its poésie (poetry), and the enduring works of great masters such as Victor Hugo, Pierre de Ronsard, Alphonse de Lamartine, […]

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The Quick Guide to Making Small Talk in French

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  Small talk is the polite (sometimes dreadfully awkward) conversation usually shared between people who are strangers or mere acquaintances. Though it may sound simple enough, it’s not as easy to pull off as one would think, with some people claiming that there is a special “art” to it. But whether you’re fond of it […]

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French for Parents 101: Baby Talk, Vocabulary Lists (+ Tips!)

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Are you planning to raise a bilingual child? Are you moving to a French-speaking area and want to be able to talk to your kids in French? Or maybe you aren’t really a parent yourself but you spend a lot of time with french children or their parents? No matter what your reasons may be, […]

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7 Ways to Survive as a Vegan or Vegetarian in France

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Let’s face it, France is not exactly known as a haven for vegans and vegetarians. What with all the hearty and meaty classics like steak au poivre, boeuf bourguignon, coq au vin, and foie gras. Add to that the restaurant culture that has not yet fully embraced ordering food the exact way you want it […]

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20 Famous French Attractions and How to Pronounce Them

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Let’s face it. French monuments and tourist spots are about as hard to say as they are beautiful. They invite enough faux pas to make Lady Marianne cringe or the nearest hipster Parisian to laugh quietly behind his beard. I normally don’t share pronunciations in social media because I would rather have French learners get […]

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A Playlist of 31 French Love Songs to Listen for Free

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It’s almost Valentine’s Day, that special time of the year when everyone seems to be looking through rose-colored glasses and the world becomes a hundred times more romantic than it ordinarily is. But whether you’re in the mood to be extra-romantic to your sweetheart or you’re currently broken-hearted or jaded, it’s always great to have […]

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