French Traditions for “Black Friday” + Video

What does "Black Friday" mean and is it popular in France? This article in the form of an easy French English bilingual story takes a closer look at the vocabulary and French traditions for the huge American after Thanksgiving sale called "Black Friday" and the one held on the next Monday called "Cyber Monday". [Read More...]

Thank You in French

Saying 'thank you' in French is easy: one word: "merci" (mair see). But it's not the only way. What about saying "you're welcome?" or expressing your gratitude in French? [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...]

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...]