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The colors in French seem like an easy thing to learn. After all, it’s just vocabulary to memorize, right? Pas tout à fait (Not exactly). Colors aren’t just a practical way to describe things. They can also add shade and nuance to your knowledge of a culture, and shed some light on a number of […]

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Whether you’ve been to Paris, are planning to go, or are just an armchair traveler, you know the Seine. It’s the river that cuts through Paris, giving us the Rive Gauche (Left Bank) and Rive Droite (Right Bank) as designations for the two main divisions of the city. For centuries, the river itself, as well […]

The post The Seine in Paris and Beyond appeared first on French Together.

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If you ask the average person what they can say in French, there’s a good chance they’ll tell you “Oh là là”. It’s a phrase that’s even more iconic and well-known than Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir ?. Unlike that phrase, though, French people actually do say Oh là là – a lot! It’s […]

The post Why the French really say Oh là là (and how to use it correctly) appeared first on French Together.

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There are so many ways to learn and practice a foreign language today. One of the easiest is by using an online language learning platform.  Language learning platforms aren’t complete universes unto themselves – each platform has its own way of teaching and its own materials, so you aren’t likely to find, say, written lessons, […]

The post FluentU French Review: Learn French With Videos appeared first on French Together.

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One of the best French teachers I ever had was a charming criminal. After several years of learning French, I started reading French stories and books on my own. Some were fairly easy, while others required me to look up nearly every word (and in the days before dictionary apps, this meant taking a significant […]

The post The best short stories to improve your French (and where to read them for free) appeared first on French Together.

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19th-century French poet Charles Baudelaire once wrote Le beau est toujours bizarre. (The beautiful is always bizarre). Although he wasn’t talking about the word beau itself, he might as well have been. Beau and its feminine form, belle, mean “beautiful” or, depending on the context, “handsome”.  That seems pretty straightforward. But the more you use […]

The post How do you say “beautiful” in French? Here’s the bizarre answer! appeared first on French Together.

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Here’s some great news for French learners: The Académie Française recently announced that French words will no longer be gendered! …Poisson d’avril ! In case you’ve never heard this term, it means I played a trick on you, in honor of April 1, or, as it’s known to Anglophones, April Fool’s Day. As you may […]

The post Poisson d’avril ! Why the French say “April Fish” instead of “April Fool’s” appeared first on French Together.

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Whether you’ve stayed in France for a long vacation, as part of a study abroad program, internship, or short-term job, or whether you’re making your life here, there are some parts of the culture that end up becoming a part of you. Some of these, like appreciating five weeks of paid vacation a year (plus […]

The post 10 Strange Habits You Might Learn Living in France appeared first on French Together.

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Travel to a foreign land. Seduce the girl. Business expansion. Though there are countless reasons as to why people decide to learn a foreign language, these falling amidst the most popular, here is a word that isn’t often tagged alongside motivations for language learning: depression My struggles with depression At 33 (or as I like […]

The post How Language Learning Helped Me Fight Depression appeared first on French Together.

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Before you started learning French, there’s a phrase you might have already been familiar with: Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir? A quick online search will show you you’re not alone. You’ll easily find dozens of stories of tourists or French students spouting out this question, sometimes without even knowing what it means, and always […]

The post What does “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?” mean – and do the French actually say it? appeared first on French Together.

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