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Language Learning

Easy to follow tips on learning to speak French as well as posts on every day experiences in France.

Normalement – The Word That Packs A Punch

Normalement As English speakers it’s an obvious choice for the translation of normally and in most circumstances you can say normalement to mean exactly that. Such as in these examples: Normally/Usually/Properly/Ordinarily/Traditionally “Voilà il respire normalement” – “There we go, he’s breathing normally” “Est-ce qu’on peut se parler normalement?” – “Can we talk to each other normally?” And to mean usually: “Normalement, […]

Language Challenge #5 – Thoughts

Salut ! Welcome back to the end of another fun week of a language challenge. This week’s challenge was quite a straightforward one so instead of reeling off 15 new terms to do with film & TV I wanted to share with you 3 things I found out from the challenge. When you’re learning a […]

Having “La Flemme” Is Not What You Think

Avoir La Flemme, Ça Veut Dire Quoi ? No you haven’t stumbled on to a post about colds, flus and other illnesses. It’s Friday and that means it’s time for your weekly dose of French picked up from living in France. Avoir la flemme is a widely used oral expression meaning to feel lazy, to not be […]

Language Challenge #5 – Describing Film & TV in French

Talking Film & TV in French A day late this week so I’m going to have to work double time! Due to the great success of the first language challenge, I’ve decided to do another which is basically a remember-as-many-new-words-as-possible-in-a-week-challenge. This time around, rather than new verbs, I want to be able to better talk about […]

Language Challenge #4 – Toujours Confused?

At the beginning of the week I had the objective of looking further into the uses of toujours and encore. Two French words that can mean 10 different things in English. Confusing, huh? Read the first post on these theme here. Primarily I wanted to become more comfortable with encore because since being in France I’ve been afraid to […]

The 3 Forms of Penser – So many ways “To Think”

Hi everyone, I hope you’ve had a great week and are looking forward to the weekend! This week I want to talk about the French verb penser and the 3 ways in which it can be used. To the untrained eye they can be appear quite similar but it’s important to choose the right one to […]

Language Challenge #4 – Toujours vs Encore

Toujours vs Encore – An investigation! This one has frustrated me for a long time: toujours vs encore. Upon my arrival in France 18 months ago, a very nervous speaker of French, I was ready to use encore to mean still and found that for most of the occasions where I’d need to say still I […]

Language Challenge #3 – y Pronoun Findings

The y pronoun So another week has flown by and that means another week of focused French learning! This week I was working specifically on the French adverbial y pronoun; tiny but powerful. If you haven’t already, go ahead and watch this week’s video at the top of the page. What I knew already I already knew […]

Tellement… que…

One common word in France that I hear a lot is tellement. It can mean a few things but basically it emphasises something, be it a noun, adjective, or act as an adverb. Here’s an example: It’s so hot today that I need an ice cream. Il fait tellement chaud aujourd’hui que j’ai besoin d’une glace. […]

Language Challenge #3 – The y Pronoun

Y Pronoun This week I want to go back to French grammar and focus on an area defined by just one letter: y. When learning French I was introduced to both the en and y pronouns at the same time. I feel pretty confident with en now, but apart from using the y pronoun to refer to a place […]

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