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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 […]

Bastille Day: Liberté, égalité, fraternité

This blog entry was written by the talented Morgan Sutherland – meet her on Twitter @MorganDaisies
Liberté, égalité, fraternité
Liberty, equality, fraternity

These are the words fought for by the French people; words by which the French Republic stands. Bastille Day, celebrated on the 14th of July (le quatorze juillet), is the French national holiday and commemorates […]

Famous Frogs: Paul Cézanne

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

Paul Cézanne
19th January 1839 – 22nd October 1906
Artist

Paul Cézanne was a French artist who painted in the post-impressionist style, along with Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin.

He was born in Aix-en-Provence in 1839, and died there in 1906. While […]

Famous Frogs: Coco Chanel

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

Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, better known as Coco Chanel19th August 1883 – 10th January 1971Fashion Designer, Founder of Chanel

Coco Chanel is perhaps one of the most famous names in the fashion world. After all, who hasn’t at least heard of […]

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 […]

Famous Frogs: Marion Cotillard

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

Marion Cotillard
Born 30th September, 1975
Actress and Singer/Songwriter

Welcome to our first entry for ‘Famous Frogs’, where famous (and in some cases, infamous) French people are metaphorically dissected for your reading pleasure. Today’s frog is Marion Cotillard, an award winning actress […]

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 […]