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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.

The DELF B2 – Reading Section

Welcome to the 3rd part of my series on How to Pass the DELF B2. I recently took and passed the tough French exam through self-study and 1-on-1 Skype lessons to practice the speaking part of the exam. These articles serve to help you prepare yourself based on my own experience. This article focuses on […]

The DELF B2 – Listening Section

Welcome to the 2nd part of my series on How to Pass the DELF B2. I recently took and passed the tough French exam through self-study and 1-on-1 Skype lessons to practice the speaking part of the exam. These articles serve to help you prepare yourself based on my own experience. This article focuses on […]

How To Pass The DELF B2

This is the second in my series of How to Pass the DELF B2 exam. As you may have read in my previous post DELF B2 – a personal triumph I recently took and passed the DELF B2 exam. Here I give you my tips for how to do the same. I found there is a severe lack […]

The DELF B2 – a personal triumph

TLDR; I passed the DELF B2 exam at the first time of asking following 2 months of intense self-study :D. My French-language journey The DELF B2 exam; a good way to challenge myself In late 2015 I decided that the best way to have a tangible goal in my French language journey was to study […]

Feel Good Learning French

To feel good learning French you need to remember a few things. None more so than it’s a marathon and not a sprint. Even if you set a tangible goal of passing an exam or speaking about something you love. You will have ups and downs. Here are a few ways of maximising that feel […]

One Month As An English Language Assistant With Aliore

Language Assistant Programme If you’re looking for a way to immerse yourself in French language and culture then a homestay programme as a language assistant might be for you. This is my review of my month that I spent with a family in Grabels, a village just north of Montpellier. The programme is by Aliore. Reasons […]

When to use “Pour” before a verb in French

French prepositions are confusing One of the most confusing things about learning French (and probably many other languages) are prepositions. Many translate into English as to which doesn’t help us Anglophones who are learning French. Pour can appear to be one of those confusing prepositions. However I’ve found a rule to demystify pour. I recently discovered how to […]

How to “want” something in French

It was recently revealed to me that I use the literal “I want” in French too often. Not that it isn’t used, far from it, it’s used all the time. But I needed to be reminded of how and when to use it. Here are the top 3 ways of clearly expressing your desire for something. Bear in […]

9 Everyday French words and phrases

If you’re learning a language then you want to be able to speak it. Here is a list of everyday French words and phrases that you’ll come across when talking to friends and people on and informal, friendly basis. Quoi de neuf? – What’s new? Easy enough. A friend you haven’t seen for a while might […]

10 Useful French words and phrases

We’re all familiar with the basics: “Bonjour”, “Au revoir”, “Merci”. Here is a list of French words and phrases that I’ve found most common and/or useful since arriving in France 2 months ago. 1. Comment allez-vous? This is the way to ask both someone you don’t know and a group of people “how are you?”. […]

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