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How to Order Coffee in France

Written by on June 18, 2015 in Learn French
How to Order Coffee in France

So, you go to France and of course you want to sit on the terrace of a café in Paris, or Lille or a lovely little town. You find the perfect little brasserie or cafe with seats spilling out onto the pavement. It’s a place to people watch and while away the time in the […]

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Flirting with French by William Alexandra

Flirting with French by William Alexandra

William Alexandra  is a man with a mission – he wants to learn French, to understand what is is to be French, in fact to be French. American born Mr Alexander doesn’t just want to speak it like a student after a couple of years study; he wants to parler proper French, like a native. […]

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Seven tips for ‘older’ French learners

Written by on March 15, 2015 in Learn French
Seven tips for ‘older’ French learners

  In recent years, science has pretty well nailed the evidence that learning a second language is good for our brains as we get older – helping avoid the onset of dementia and improving overall brain processing. Yet the idea you should have started as a child to be successful has achieved almost mythical status. […]

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Fascinating French language facts

Written by on May 27, 2014 in Learn French, Words And Phrases
Fascinating French language facts

Read our top ten fascinating facts about the French language! You may be surprised at how au fait you are with French or aghast at the most difficult words and phrases for non-French speakers… 1. At the time of the French Revolution in 1793, 75% of French citizens did not speak French as a mother […]

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Talking French in France

Written by on April 15, 2014 in Learn French, My French Life
Talking French in France

Expats in any country have a tendency to get together. It’s not tribal, it’s not about wanting to hang on to your roots or rejecting everything that’s different about your adopted country. I sort of think that if that’s what you want – you probably won’t be leaving home any time soon to live in […]

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Improve Your French Language Skills by travelling solo

Written by on March 10, 2014 in Learn French
Improve Your French Language Skills by travelling solo

One of the best ways to improve your French language skills is to immerse yourself through travel. Adrienne Erin from the US studied French in Paris and offers her top tips for learning French… By spending time in France, you will be able to hear, speak, read and write the language constantly which gives you […]

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The Five-Minute Guide to Paris – Insider Passport to Paris!

Written by on March 5, 2014 in Courses, Funky, Learn French, Paris
The Five-Minute Guide to Paris – Insider Passport to Paris!

You can never do too much research while planning a trip to Paris. However sometimes, the amount of information you ingest seems heavier than the weight of all your guidebooks combined. Don’t get me wrong – Lonely Planet, Frommer’s and Fodor’s have helped many Francophiles locate the best crepe stands, navigate through the Louvre and […]

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French Language Faux Pas

Written by on January 22, 2014 in Learn French, My French Life
French Language Faux Pas

I have something to confess – I am still learning to speak real French! I do speak French, a very proper sort of French. Some people tell me I sound a bit Parisian. I take this as a compliment since I spent some time in Paris in my youth. I do though know that the […]

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Common French Christmas Phrases

Written by on November 20, 2013 in Courses, Learn French, Words And Phrases
Common French Christmas Phrases

Top tips for “French phrases for Christmas”… These are typical French phrases you’ll hear at Christmas time in France, but if you want to use them during your next visit in Paris (not at Christmas), feel free to use the idioms and adapt them to your needs. Parisians will be impressed by your local knowledge! Wish […]

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5 Unconventional Ways to Perfect Your French

Written by on November 18, 2013 in Courses, Learn French
5 Unconventional  Ways to Perfect Your French

Practice makes perfect when studying French; however, sometimes textbooks, reading passages and redundant grammar exercises get tiring. You still want to put your skills to practice, you just need to find new, entertaining ways to perfect your French. We’ve listed five unconventional ways below that will keep you entertained and allow you to progress further […]

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