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Fête de Noël 2014

Fête de Noël chez Susan We had our annual Fête de Noël last week. Present, former, and potential students and friends gathered together to chat in French, eat, drink, and sing French carols.  The rich, beautiful voices of our two … 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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Middle-agers: Study a Language !

You must read the July 15, 2014 Opinion by William Alexander in the New York Times: “The benefits of failing at French” ” Last year researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Northwestern University in Illinois hypothesized that … Continue reading

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Perils of Mixing up “Tu” with “Vous”

Carolyn V. sent the following wink at the perils of confusing Tu and Vous: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-og-bastile-vous-tu-20140711-htmlstory.html The dangers are serious! Already at 21, I made a peer feel that I was presumptuous when I said “tu” to a good friend of … Continue reading

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What are the subtleties of KIFFER ?

Could a kind and well-informed French-speaking person explain the subtleties of the verb “kiffer” ?  I’ve heard it a lot and gathered it meant ‘to like,’ ‘to love’ or ‘to appreciate.’ But then I read in the daily Libération that … Continue reading

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Synonyms for basics and for sex terms

That would be a good study: comparing the number of synonyms in various languages. Which synonyms were you thinking of? I would imagine that most synonyms would be express basic phenomena like “I’m hungry,” “I want…,” “I need,” and “I … Continue reading

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New French Words Reflect Society Influences

French words now reflect changes in its society. When I started spending time there, rules were strict. Words used were those found in dictionaries. As time went on, usage seemed to relax. I don’t even know when it happened. Before … Continue reading

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