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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 #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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]