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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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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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The French Verb Être: All You Need to Know

One of the most important French verbs you could learn is the verb être. This highly used irregular verb which means “to be” can be found everywhere–in simple daily conversations, idiomatic expressions, written language, and elsewhere–making it a must-learn for anyone who is starting to learn French. Here in this article, you’ll learn everything you need […]

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The Ultimate Guide For Intermediate Level French Learners

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Have you just made the jump to intermediate French? Or are you stuck on the intermediate level for quite some time with no immediate signs of moving on to the next?Regardless of which one you are, read up because this guide is especially created for you. Quick Navigation I. What is expected of you when […]

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French Verb Conjugation Quiz: How Many Can You Answer Correctly?

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French Verb Conjugations Quiz

You’ve probably spent hours trying to conjugate French verbs (great work!). Now let’s see if you can ace this short French verbs conjugation quiz. Don’t worry, it’s for the most common French verbs only.  Don’t forget to share your results afterwards!  

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Tips on using the correct tense in French? (Q&A)

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Bonjour ! If you are subscribed to the Talk in French newsletter, you probably know that I answer a lot of questions sent to me by subscribers. The questions range from language, travel, culture, and basically anything related to France that the readers can think of. Here, I’m sharing with you some of the questions […]

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When to Use Tu vs. Vous in French: The Ultimate Guide

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In a perfect world, using tu and vous when speaking French is a simple walk in the park. But no, we’re not as lucky as that. The sad reality is, the rules can be complicated and French learners who find themselves interacting socially with French people often struggle on which “you” to use. But wait—tu is for […]

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Basic French Greetings (Complete Lesson with MP3!)

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One of the very first things you need to know when learning a new language is the basic greetings. How do you say hello and introduce yourself in French? In this article which originally appeared as the first lesson in the new book My French Routine Volume 1, we will learn all about the basic […]

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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 […]

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Talk in French Podcast #21 Discover a new area of France: Bretagne / Another common mistake explained

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Here is the 21st session of Talk in French Podcast! You can download the podcast to your computer or listen to it here via iTunes. There is a button where you can download the Podcast. In this episode: – Some information about French culture. Discover a new area of France that you might not have […]

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Common mistakes at writing in French by English Speakers – 3 new essays corrected

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Are you making some silly mistakes at writing in French? Then you should definitely check out this article! After the awesome reaction from the first blog post (you can check it out here) and you still want to improve your writing in French, take a look of these 3 NEW examples below. I asked some French learners via […]

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Talk in French Podcast #16 – Bastille Day- 10 French Blunders made by English Speakers

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Here is the 16th session of  Talk in French Podcast! You can download the podcast to your computer or listen to it here via iTunes. There is a button where you can download the Podcast. In this episode: – Some information about French Culture. I explain about Bastille Day and why it is not what you […]

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