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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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French School System Part 6: The future (le futur) Podcast #49

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 Here is the 49th session of  Talk in French Podcast! You can download the podcast to your computer or listen to it here via iTunes. In this episode:French School System Part 6: The future (le futur)How to prepare the oral part for the DELF B2.Some French Words and expressions.Download the Podcast nowRight click here and save-as to […]

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Talk in French Podcast #8 – What Really Makes the French Depressed? / French Future Tense

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  Here is the 8th session of  Talk in French Podcast! You can download the podcast to your computer or listen to it here on the blog via  SoundCloud. There is a button where you can download the Podcast. In this episode: – Some information about French Culture. What Really Makes the French Depressed? – Some French Words with an English […]

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French Present Participle: The Complete Guide

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 Before we go any further with this, let’s try to address this question that I’m pretty sure is in your mind right now.Why we should learn the French present participle?The French participe présent does not form any tense itself, that’s why it is far less common than its English counterpart, and even less common than […]

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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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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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The Savvy Learner’s Guide to French Future Perfect Tense

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 Oh hello there. There’s something I want to tell you: by the time you finish reading this article, you will have familiarized yourself with the futur antérieur. See what I did there? In case you noticed (you quick-eyed, clever little you), I just gave you a little dose of the future perfect tense. …and you will have noticed it […]

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French Direct and Indirect Speech: 5 Things You Should Know

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 Are you ready to learn about French direct and indirect speech? Here in this lesson, we’ve simplified the rules to make learning about French direct and indirect speech a breeze for you.  Quick Navigation 1. Direct speech is a piece of cake.2. Indirect speech is made up of a main clause, followed by a subordinate clause […]

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French Reflexive Verbs: 6 Things You Should Know

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   I can sense your reaction. It goes like this: French reflexive verbs? Say whaat? But fear not, we will change all that with a quick read. Before you know it, you’ll be quite knowledgeable about the topic (or not)—it all really depends on how interested you are. But anyway, let’s start. 

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French Grammar Lesson: The Imperfect Tense

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  In case you’re racking your brain trying to recall your lessons in imperfect tense in English, chances are, you won’t remember it. Why? Because the imperfect tense is only common in the romance languages such as Latin, French, Italian, Romanian, Spanish, and Portuguese. In English, we use the past progressive to denote continuous action while the […]

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French Past Tense: Everything You Need to Know

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The Complete and Simple Guide to French Past Tense  French Past Tense could be a mind-numbing learning task. But when approached with an open mind and willingness to learn, you should be able to grasp it quite easily. It helps a lot though if you have brushed up on your English grammar. Knowing the tenses […]

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French Tenses Made Easy: Express Past, Present and Future Without Using the Actual Tenses

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 Most grammar books will tell you that the way to learn tenses in French is to go through all the motions, the full “process” and the boring nitty-gritty.But as most native French speakers would agree, there is an express path or a quick shortcut in expressing French tenses, and this is to use some verbs […]

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