How to Improve Your French with French Movies

Lots of students seem to believe that watching French movies is a great way to improve their French. It can be, but only if you have the appropriate level of French. You should be ready to "work" with the movie, not just casually watch it with the English subtitles on. [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...]

The Ultimate French Tennis Vocabulary List

To celebrate the French Open starting this week (or "Roland Garros" as we call it in French), I wanted to put together the most comprehensive list French tennis terms I could think of. I'm a big fan of tennis myself and also play about 3 to 4 times a week so I hear these terms all the time (although the ones about me leading in the score not as often as I wished!). [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...]

Top 10 Easy to Understand French Movies

Many beginner and intermediate French students are looking for French movies easy enough to understand. It's quite a challenge, so I asked my students and ex-students to help me put together a list of French films they found easier to understand, and these were the most popular results. [Read More...]

10 Tips to Ride the Paris Subway Like a Parisian

Not your typical Paris métro tips: untold Paris subway politeness rules, safety tips & Parisian know how... A Parisian native share her tips on how to best ride the Paris métro & avoid common traps and scams: the shorter route on the map may not be the fastest, don't keep your ticket close to coins (they will demagnetise)...  [Read More...]

How to Speak Modern French

I'll explain in details the differences between today’s modern spoken French pronunciation, vocabulary, sentence structure... and traditional textbook French and point you to a medium way of speaking which should greatly improve both your understanding and pronunciation of the contemporary French language. [Read More...]

French Beach Vocabulary + Bilingual Story

La France est entourée de quatre mers : en commençant depuis le haut à droite, à côté de la Belgique, on trouve la mer du Nord. Puis la Manche borde toute la côte normande et le nord de la côte bretonne. Enfin, vient l’océan Atlantique pour toute la côte ouest française. Et puis finalement, de l’autre côté, en bas à droite, la chaude mer Méditerranée. Et tout cela sans compter les territoires outre-mer, ni la Corse ! [Read More...]