How long does it take to learn French? This question is problematic and I’m talking about why. Language learning isn’t linear. And it doesn’t have an end date.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Next time you’re having a conversation with someone in French and one of these words below comes up, use the shortened form. Here are French words you can shorten.
French words can sometimes sound the same but be sure to know the difference with Provence vs. province. They’re very different!
As a foreigner learning French, I’ve picked a few of these little things along the way and am sharing these tips to make your French sound more natural.
If you’re anything like me, after living in a country where English isn’t the native language, you’ll start to a notice a phenomenon that I like to call “WTF is going on!?” You’ll notice yourself searching for words that were once at the tip of your tongue, second-guessing your spelling and experiencing somewhat frequent brain farts.
After living in France for over four years now, I’ve learned that your accent is only an obstacle if you allow it to become one. Most of the time having an accent in French is a good thing!
Let’s talk pronunciation today. Here’s a quick French pronunciation lesson for words that begin with the letter “c”. The vowel sounds make all the difference!
What did I learn the other day? How not to say your dog is a pervert (after telling someone their dog was, thankfully, not a pervert). Not exactly what I was trying to say. So yeahhh, not my finest moment.
A relaxing, stress-free trip can get very stressful when you’re not able to communicate, so to help you out, I’ve put together some of the most useful French phrases for travel in France — with audio.
**If you’re offended by swearing, this is not the post for you, so please stop reading now!** Today’s topic is…
The French language is far from easy and one of the most difficult aspects for new learners of the language…