Easy French Video – Oyster Fest in Paimpol

Practice your French with this video I shot during the oyster fest "la fête de l'huître" in my hometown of Paimpol, Brittany, France. We'll meet an oyster fisherman, see a cool recipe to cook warm oysters on the BBQ, and learn the French pronunciation of oyster "huître" in French. [Read More...]

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/UK school system, and the age of the students for reference. [Read More...]

French Present Participle

The French present participle is difficult to explain to an English speaker. Well, this French tense construction is actually easy to explain, since it's fairly regular. However, we don't use the present participle in French nearly as much as you use it in English. [Read More...]

French Bread Vocabulary

You can't go to France and not enjoy a French baguette. In this article, we'll study all the French vocabulary related to bread, the different French bread types and other useful info for when you go to "la boulangerie" [Read More...]

How Should English Speakers Learn French

The French and English languages share the same alphabet. However, many other things differ between the two languages, and more often than not, French teaching methods teach French as if the rules were absolutely logical and obvious, not realizing how surprising and even disturbing French can be to an English speaker. [Read More...]

How to Learn French As a Senior

Is it possible for senior adults to learn French? How can you learn French when you have memory problems? Today, I'll share my experience teaching French to students with memory troubles, and tell you what my approach was, and the French method I used. [Read More...]

7 Easy Steps To Learning Your French Verbs

When learning French, you're going to have to memorize your French verb conjugations. Many students study the French verb forms so they can spell them. That's OK if your goal is to pass a written test. However, to use your French verbs correctly in conversation, it's the pronunciation that matters! Here are 7 steps to learn your French verbs efficiently. [Read More...]

Long May Weekends in France

Traveling to France in May can be a bit complicated. We have many holidays, and many extended weekends since the French "font le pont" - they will take an extra day off when there is only one day separating a holiday from a weekend, and therefore have a "long weekend". And there are many holidays in May in France. [Read More...]

French Strike Vocabulary

France is infamous for its numerous strikes. But what is the French strike vocabulary? Here you'll find a list of French English strike vocabulary, as well as useful informations about strikes in France + a bilingual French English story to learn the French strike vocabulary in context. [Read More...]

Les Traditions de Pâques – Easter’s Traditions in France

"Pâques" is an important holiday in France: a religious one of course, but also a traditional gathering for families, religious or not. Kids go egg hunting (you can see our daughter Leyla in action), but our egg providers are a bit different: magic bells!! And we traditionally cook a large meal with a leg of lamb, and set a lively table to honor the coming of Spring time. [Read More...]