French Culture


Switching from vous to tu in French

How To Switch From Vous To Tu in French

Most French students know that French has several forms for you: "tu" and "vous". If knowing which one to use when meeting a French person is not always easy, it's even harder to decide when it's time to switch from "vous" to "tu", and how to do the transition smoothly. Today, I will give you some useful French sentences for switching from "vous" to "tu", plus many cultural tips.

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The French School System Explained

This is always a problem for my students. Understanding the French school system, l'école française, knowing which grades are which is a real nightmare. So here is a post that should make things easier. I wrote the equivalent grades in the US school system, and the age of the students for reference.

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Fun French English Bilingual Activity - Quiz in a Pub!

Depuis plusieurs années, j’organise des quiz bilingues à Jugon. Les quiz ont lieu généralement dans un bar. Nous les faisons un lundi soir, un mois sur deux. Le barman a choisi le lundi parce que c’est un soir calme au bar, et nous pouvons y prendre presque toute la place.

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Bastille Day French Vocabulary - le 14 Juillet, La Fête Nationale

July the 14th is the French national day - it's called "Bastille day" outside of France but never in France! "Le Quatorze Juillet" is a day of celebrating French culture. Numerous public events take place: military parades, city meals, dances, parties and many amazing fireworks. But what are French people really doing on that day?

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What does "Vive la France" mean - Patriotism in French

"Vive la France", "Vive la liberté" are French expressions to show your patriotism. "Vive la France" translates as "hurray for France", or sometimes as "long live France", depending on the context. The French use many symbols and expressions to show their patriotism.

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Do You Know The Hidden Secret Spot to Paris' Fireworks?

So, you decided to go to Paris to see the fabulous Bastille day fireworks - You and about a million Parisians :-) Here are my tips to best enjoy the Paris Bastille Day Fireworks. I may even let you in my secret... But first, let's look at your options:

French Today - French Music

French Music Vocabulary + Fête de la Musique Easy Bilingual Story

National Music Day was June 21st in France: music concerts, festivals and street parties were organized everywhere in France throughout the weekend. In this French music lesson, we'll go over the different French music styles, musical instruments, general music related French vocabulary and how to use the verb "jouer" and "faire" with instruments. Finally, you'll practice your new French music vocabulary with Suzanne's easy bilingual story about the national French music day: la fête de la musique.