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 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...]

French Music Vocabulary + Easy Bilingual Story

Learn the French music vocabulary: musical instruments, types of music and how to use the verb "jouer" and "faire" with instruments. Practice your new French music vocabulary with Suzanne's easy bilingual story about the national French music day: la fête de la musique. [Read More...]

Walk in a French Forest + Vocabulary

Today, French immersion teacher Eliane is taking us for a walk in the forest. Here, she has a chance encounter... but what is that noise? Is it a lion? Practice your French with this bilingual story and learn the French forest vocabulary. [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...]

French Expressions Used by President Macron

France's President Macron uses very strange words in his speeches. For a relatively young man, his mastery of French is impressive, but somewhat old-fashioned at times. In this French English article, I'll list a couple of expressions used by President Macron, and explain them. [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...]

Horseback Riding in France

Learn about horseback riding French vocabulary and practice it in context with this French English bilingual story featuring our French immersion teacher Pierre's family and their horses. [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...]