Every now and then, the French language tickles me when I come across a fun-to-pronounce word or a word that’s just delightful to my ear. The other day, Tom and I were watching a news problem when les aoûtiens flashed across the screen. Not knowing what the word meant but having an idea from the context, my ears perked up.
Language learning is a process. This post is the one where I tell all about the 5 things that still give me major trouble in French.
I used to consider myself an on-top-of-things kind of person. I was pretty confident with myself and my place in…
French language learners usually learn to say only in French with the word seulement. But that’s not the only way. Let me teach you the other way in today’s Quick French Lesson.
For those of us in relationships with someone from another country, meeting the family can be quite an experience. That goes double when your partner’s native language differs from your own. Here are some tips for when the foreign in-laws meet. Take a deep breath.
Learning a language is hard. What do you do when you aren’t sure about a clear path forward? Private lessons can be expensive and books can be ineffective and boring. How can a language learner boost their foreign language skills? Here’s why you should consider learning French with Lingoda.
When you’re in France and need to converse face-to-face with French people, all your classroom learning gets very real. Here’s how to use context when speaking French.
As 2016 comes to a close, I’d like to take you on a walk down memory lane. Maybe you missed…
A question people ask me quite often about speaking French is, “Do you translate French into English in your head before speaking?”
No matter how compassionate or empathetic you are, sometimes the only way to truly understand something is to experience it for yourself. I never really considered what life might be like for someone with a foreign accent… until I experienced it as an American living in France.
But the real marker of progress is when native French speakers stop complimenting you on your French. That’s when you know you’ve majorly improved. Yes, really. Why is this the case?
Are you tired of ineffective French grammar and language learning books? I’m reviewing Pardon My French by Stephen Hare and telling you why it’s a book you’ll want to read no matter where you are on your French learning journey.
If you invite someone out to eat in French, this little word inviter has some built-in rules. On the surface, it means to invite. But it’s telling the person a bit more.
So let’s throw it back to 2009 when I shared some observations and what my first day of teaching in France was like…
I’m currently in the east of France with Tom, Dagny and my in-laws, so please enjoy Catherine of Taste of France’s post on accents below in my absence and show her some love in the comments
When you have an accent in your second language, which most of us do if we started learning it as an adult, people sometimes react to you differently. Sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s not. Here’s my list of 19 things that are true when you have a foreign accent.
Here’s why you need to get over your fear of speaking in a foreign language. It’s holding you back.
if you’re visiting France and want to get the name of the wine right, this post is for you… Tom’s joining me today and together we’re cluing you in on how to pronounce French wines.
Even if you consider yourself fluent in French or pretty close to it, certain situations will still send shivers down your spine (or maybe it’s just me). Situations like what, you ask? Here’s when the French language makes you want to run and hide.
Learning another language to the point of being self-sufficient in a country where that language is spoken can be one of the most rewarding — yet frustrating — challenges of life abroad. Here are some frustrations of living in another language.