Category Archives: Reasons to learn French

France welcomes us all!

Yet another reason to love France: French President Emmanuel Macron launched a website urging anyone concerned with climate change to move to France: www.MakeOurPlanetGreatAgain.fr – Exxon Shareholders Approve Climate Resolution: 62% Call for Disclosure in Landmark 

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Fête de Noël à Boston 2016

Voilà notre Fête annuelle de Noël à Back Bay, Boston. Learning French Christmas carols is the icing on the cake of our regular lessons. We sound particularly good because we are enthusiastic, understand all our words, and have 3 trained … Continue reading

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Fête de Noël honors the French spirit

A bunch of devoted and talented francophiles gathered last night for Susan’s annual Fête de Noël. Current and former students, nous avons bavardé en français, grignoté des mets délicieux, et fini par chanter des chansons de Noël en français. En … 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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Adventures of living in France. Can we become bilingual? Part I

Learning – or slowly acquiring – a new language is a miracle. Some of us have been studying it in books and in life, by teaching language as well as studying one, and still don’t know how it “happens.” I … 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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Words of the month, July 3

I love French verbs that have no direct English translations. We can tell what they mean, but they are so concise, we have no one-word equivalents: fragiliser, relativiser, positiver, responsabiliser. A weird one that’s not even in the dictionary: dérembourser! … Continue reading

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