Category Archives: French versus English

Ouf = Whew !

Ouf, whew, the Good Guy won and the French Trump equivalent lost, thank goodness! Reasonable people in France can finally breathe with relief. Now there is a new challenge: they have to win the legislative elections in about a month, … Continue reading

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Political blackout so 3 Franglais freebies

A campaign blackout covers France today – no news of tomorrow’s elections in the media. I could write my friends info from here but that wouldn’t be kosher (catholique en français).  Plus, I hope CNN and the web are still … Continue reading

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July 14 terror in Nice, France

This post has 3 items, all relating to the horrific attack on Nice, France, yesterday. 1) your basic French vocabulary about terrorism 2) graphic showing love for France 3) my response to the horror of yesterday’s attack Basic French vocabulary about terrorism: … Continue reading

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Spelling Changes – Helping or Harming?

The French are arguing again, 26 years later, over recommended spelling changes to their language. I remember agonizing over them when I was working on French textbooks at a publishing company back then. We ended up not changing our spelling, … Continue reading

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Beautiful or untranslate-able words

Our friend, Stéphanie, thought of our blog when she saw this article on French words that resonate with learners. I see why! Her favorite is ‘ronronner,’ which is very onomatopoetic. You can just hear the cat purring. Still, I would … Continue reading

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Puzzling out Quebecois from TV5

TV5 is such a fun way to learn French! A complete novice can get the melody from listening to the language in the background. Intermediate students can follow talk-shows, cartoons, films, soap operas and cultural shows with or without subtitles. … Continue reading

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Has Wrong become Right?

This is the Teachers’ Dilemma that’s been bothering me for years now: which form do I teach my students? Our grammar books give the definitions of to remember as: se rappeler and se souvenir de.  Current language has merged the … Continue reading

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