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    Five reasons why people fail to learn French before they travel… and why YOU will succeed

Five reasons why people fail to learn French before they travel… and why YOU will succeed

As a language teacher, I have taught hundreds of students –like you – to learn French to help get travel ready and here’s what I’ve learned.

Most English-speakers learning French know that English is widely spoken in Paris, but less so as you leave the capital.

You are culturally sensitive and want to make an effort […]

Introducing Le Passé Composé

This blog entry was written by the talented Morgan Sutherland – meet her on Twitter @MorganDaisies

Confused about using the past tense? Pas de problème! These are some handy hints when trying to say something like, “I have done my homework!” (For your reference, j’ai fait mes devoirs!)

The passé composé is the first tense (after […]

How can a French stamp cause so much controversy?

The new French stamp unveiled by the president Francois Hollande as part of Bastille Day celebrations has caused quite a stir in France this week…

Each French president gets to choose an illustration of ‘La Marianne’ for the stamp decorations and this tradition goes back nearly 50 years. Marianne was not a real person but […]

Bastille Day: French national day and anthem

Bastille Day, the French national holiday, commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which took place on 14 July 1789 and marked the beginning of the French Revolution. The Bastille was a prison and a symbol of the absolute and arbitrary power of Louis the 16th’s Ancient Regime. By capturing this symbol, the people signaled […]

Video Talk about shopping in French

Hey French Speak-ers,

Here is another short interactive video filled with practical sentences to help with the all-important shopping, you will learn how to:

–          Ask for items and quantities of food at the market

–          Ask for help to find things in the supermarket

–          Talk about shopping habits and preferences

–          Practise listening for and understanding prices

Watch […]

Montreal travel review from a student

I was in Montréal for a few days at the beginning of August to attend a music festival, called Osheaga, and also to surprise a friend that moved over.

I loved my short time in Montréal. It is such a beautiful city and I really enjoyed visiting the historic precinct which was only a short […]

French movie review: Monsieur Lazhar

The newly acclaimed film MONSIEUR LAZHAR did not disappoint when a group of French Speak students went to the movies. This profoundly moving story – set in Montréal – was one of the best movies of the year and highly recommend it to anyone who is happy to watch a movie with subtitles.

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Video: Talk about your work

Video 3 Talk about your work
Hey French Speak-ers,

Here is a short interactive video filled with practical sentences to help with talking about ‘le travail’ (work), you learn how to:

–          Tell people what you do and since when

–          Talk about your working hours using the 24 hour clock

–          Explain whether you like it or not

–          […]

Video: French Names and How to spell them

Video 2 Names and How to spell them!
Hey French Speak-ers,

Here is a short interactive video filled with practical sentences to help with saying new words and spelling them:

–          Recognise some common French acronyms

–          Say the alphabet

–          Spell your name (vital skill- if only to ask for your hotel room)

–          Learn how to explain what […]

Video: How not to get lost in France

VIDEO 1: Don’t get lost in France
Hey French Speak-ers,

Below is a short interactive 7 minutes video filled with practical sentences to ensure you won’t get lost on your next trip to France.  It provides:

Get some help pronouncing place names
Understanding basic directions
Learn about the area of Lyon.

Watch the video and enjoy!

Finding your way around
Below are […]