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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.

Language Challenge #2 – Thoughts

So this week’s language challenge was a little bit different. I really want to improve my listening as it’s still my weakest of the 4 skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. It’s the most frustrating because much of your improvement is down to time. It will come but it’s less in your control than the […]

How to say “makes sense” in French

This week on French Friday I want to tell you all something very useful and something you’ll want to say very often when speaking French. Are you ready? It’s “that makes sense” and “does that make sense?”. Even after 18 months I’m still using this one regularly. It’s one of those where you can’t just use […]

Language Challenge #2 – Analysis of A French Song

Language Challenge #2 With plenty to be happy about after my first Language Challenge I want to try something different for Language Challenge #2 this week. I foresee it helping me in 3 main ways: Listening skills. Make me finally commit to regularly listening to French content. Introduce me or reintroduce me to common expressions. This week’s goal […]

Language Challenge #1 – Thoughts

So it’s the end of week 1 and the first Language Challenge. Hopefully you know why you’re here but if not here’s a link to last week’s goal-setting post. As promised there’s a video of me. Just look at the top of this post. What have I learned? 15 new verbs. There’s no 2 ways about […]

Connaître vs Savoir – French verbs To Know and… To Know?!

Connaître v Savoir – Battle of the French verbs So language learning can be pretty straight forward when you feel like you’ve got into your groove and you know enough vocabulary to get by. But sometimes (often) there just isn’t a direct translation. I remember in the early days, getting the difference between the French […]

Language Challenge #1 – Movement Verbs

Language Challenge #1 So it’s time for my very first public language challenge. If you don’t know what I’m on about, take a look at yesterday’s post on regular language challenges first. My first language challenge is to learn more verbs to do with physical movement and activity. I’ve needed to talk about these things recently and […]

Introducing Language Challenges

Language Challenges Publicly declaring your goals is an idea that I’ve spoken about before. Therefore I’ve decided to set myself language challenges to improve various but specific areas of knowledge of my foreign languages. For those of you who don’t know what SMART goals are here’s a quick run down: SMART stands for: S: Specific. A specific, […]

“You’re welcome” in French

Saying You’re Welcome in French Depending on the situation, just like in English, you can say “you’re welcome” in response to a “merci” or any of it’s derivatives (merci beaucoup, merci bien, cimer in Verlan) in a number of ways. Here’s a summary: De rien Literally: Of nothing. Translation: You’re welcome. Think nothing of it. It’s […]

Different ways to say “I don’t care” in French

Sometimes you want to show that you’re fine with whatever options are on the table, sometimes you want to say you couldn’t give a toss. In English “I don’t mind” or “I don’t care” can be used in different contexts. In French it’s no different. You just need to be careful that what you’re saying […]

3 Ways to Say “A lot of” in French – Quantity Phrases in French

Today I want tell you three ways of expressing that there are “a lot of…” something in French. To do this we use certain unknown quantity phrases in French because “a lot of” is an unspecified quantity. Note: The following 3 quantity phrases in French preposition “de”. This is never contracted with a definite article to form a […]

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