2014-05-31T15:00:20ZAre you or your students ready to try reading in French? Here is a selection of French readers for beginning to intermediate students, including short stories, novel exerpts, non-fiction, and poems chosen or written especially with beginning students in mind.
2014-05-30T18:00:11Z(image) Learn a new French word every weekday! Today's word is smicard.
2014-05-30T12:23:27ZNo need to make a big stink over it - just click to learn about the idiomatic French expression en faire tout un fromage.
2014-05-29T18:00:00ZIndefinite relative pronouns link relative clauses to main clauses but have no antecedent. Ce qui, ce que, ce dont, and quoi are the French indefinite relative pronouns, and there's no one-to-one equivalent for these words - depending on context, the English translation may be "what" or "which."
2014-05-29T15:00:57Z(image) Learn simple verb conjugations, see similarly conjugated verbs, and learn more with links to related lessons for the French verb tutoyer.
2014-05-29T12:00:22Z(image) Learn a new French word today: paillard.
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2014-05-28T18:00:10ZSome French verbs must be followed by à, de, or another preposition, while others must be followed directly by a verb or direct object. Do you know which are which? Test yourself with this quiz or take a look at the master list to review.
2014-05-28T12:00:36Z(image) Learn a French word a day: teneur.
2014-05-27T18:00:56ZParts of the body are found in many idiomatic French expressions. Learn how to say irrelevant, lazy, hangover, and more in these lessons.
2014-05-27T12:00:53Z(image) Learn a new French word every weekday! Today's word is bercer.
2014-05-26T18:00:00ZWondering what the French proverb quand on parle du loup means? Speak of the devil, here's a lesson.
2014-05-26T12:00:57Z(image) Learn a new French word every weekday! Today's word is dégoiser.
2014-05-24T18:00:54ZHow many French speakers are there? Where is French spoken? How many French-speaking countries are there? In which international organizations is French an official language? Read this introduction to some facts and figures about the French language.
2014-05-23T18:00:29Z(image) Learn a new French word today: égard
2014-05-23T12:00:54ZOverthrow incomprehension by learning about the French expression coup d'État.
2014-05-22T18:00:37ZVerbs that require être in the passé composé and other compound tenses are intransitive - that is, they have no direct object. But some of them can be used transitively, and when this happens, these verbs need avoir as the helping verb. In addition, there is a slight change in meaning. Learn more in this lesson on être verbs used transitively.
2014-05-21T18:00:09ZTest yourself on a classic French foe with this quiz: choose between the subjunctive and the indicative for each silly sentence. If you need help, take a look at the lesson or check out the Subjunctivator!
The age at which you start learning French (or anything else) makes a difference - sooner is usually better, but there's nothing that says you can't learn as an adult, and there are even some advantages.* I still think it's an interesting question - when did you start learning French?
Please note: It's impossible to create a poll with every possible choice. Some of my fairly broad age ranges are based on the American school system - if you're not American, please just choose the option that comes closest. It's obviously not a scientific poll. And if you learned a little when you were younger, didn't speak it for 50 years, and picked it up again, choose the age that is most relevant to your learning.
Le premier mai est une journée spéciale en France. C'est la Fête du Travail, ou Fête des Travailleurs, et donc c'est un jour férié, un jour chômé pour tout le monde, avec une grande exception : les fleuristes. Le premier mai est aussi la Fête du Muguet, et il est traditionnel d'offrir à ses proches un brin de muguet, symbole du printemps et du porte-bonheur, surtout si le brin a 13 clochettes. Et les fleuristes sont très chanceux parce que ce jour uniquement ils ont le droit de vendre le muguet sans taxes. Attention : cette belle fleur et même l'eau dans laquelle elle trempe sont très toxiques.
En accord avec la coutume française, je travaille juste le temps de vous envoyer ce muguet et de vous souhaiter une bonne Fête du Premier Mai, où que vous soyez dans le monde. Bonne fête ! :-)
Bonne Fête du Muguet ! © LKL
English translation ...
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Je ne crois pas que ce
trophée soit très tentant.
2014-04-17T15:56:05ZRyan McVay / Getty ImagesLKLFGC Semi-Finals are over, and they were both close races. I'm very surprised that Noun gender beat Relative pronouns with 54% of the votes (134 to 114). Gender is just a matter of memorization, whereas relative pronouns are much trickier, and I get more emails about them than just about any other grammar point. But you have spoken, so gender it is. Less unexpectedly, Subjunctive beat Prepositions after verbs with 56% of the vote (137 to 107). So the Final match-up is Noun gender vs Subjunctive: remember to vote early and vote often! ;-) [...]
2014-04-16T14:50:50ZIf you don't already follow my French Facebook page, you should: I've started adding beautiful photos, interesting cultural tidbits, and near-daily links to (currently) free Kindle books. Be sure to like and follow so that posts like this show up in your Facebook feed:
2014-04-13T18:15:15ZRyan McVay / Getty ImagesLKL's French Grammar Clash's Round Two votes are in - on to the Semi-Finals! Nouns vs Adjectives Noun gender beat Adjective placement with 61% of the votes (238 to 151) Pronouns Relative pronouns edged out Lequel with 59% of the votes (160 to 108) Verbs The Subjunctive slaughtered Faire vs rendre with 78% of the votes (205 to 55) Miscellaneous Grammar Prepositions after verbs tromped all over Encore vs toujours with 84% of the votes (211 to 38) Semi-Finals [...]