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15 Funny French Phrases (And What They Really Mean)

15 Funny French Phrases (And What They Really Mean)

Just like English, French has a lot of idiomatic words and phrases, and some are fairly easy to puzzle out (for example, someone who "drinks like a hole", is drinking a great deal). Others are, to put it mildly, less obvious, especially when you are learning French. Here are some of the strangest French phrases you're likely to run across in otherwise harmless conversation. 1. Coup de foudre Only in French is it a good thing to be hit by a "stroke of lightning"; it means love at first sigh … Read More

15 Funny French Phrases (And What They Really Mean)
Just like English, French has a lot of idiomatic words and phrases, and some are fairly easy to puzzle out (for example, someone who "drinks like a hole", is drinking a great deal). Others are, to put it mildly, less obvious, especially when you are learning French. Here are some of the strangest French phrases you're likely to run across in otherwise harmless conversation. 1. Coup de foudre Only in French is it a good thing to be hit by a "stroke of lightning"; it means love at first sigh
Classes Vs. Lessons: What is the Best Way to Learn French?
When you first decide you want to learn French, the natural next question is: how? While there are myriad ways to learn French online and offline workbooks purporting to provide all the material necessary to teach yourself a foreign language, in practice none of them, no matter how thorough, measure up to dedicated instruction time with a qualified teacher. Such teachers are available, both online and off, in two basic structures: either a class with numerous students, or private one-on-one t
Bon Voyage! What to Pack for France [Infographic]
Need to know what to pack for France? French tutor Carol Beth L. shares her tips to make your trip abroad a success! As you pack for your trip to France, it's important to keep in mind your needs and goals – and where you'll be and what you'll be doing while you're over there! The number one recommendation I would give to would-be travelers to France is to pack lightly. Especially if you live in an English-speaking country other than Great Britain, you're probably in for a relatively long
150+ Common French Words You Need to Know
When studying any language one effective method for learning is to study and memorize the most common words first. This can help you to understand situations more quickly than if you're learning vocabulary from random sources. The French language is one of the beautiful romance languages. It is the official language in 29 countries and is spoken as the primary language by about 338 million people. The following is a list of over 150 common french words that every student should learn. The
Learn Spanish Grammar: Present Perfect Conjugations
Ready for your next lesson in Spanish grammar? Here, tutor Jason N. explains what you need to know about present perfect conjugations...   Mastering verb conjugation is crucial to learning Spanish. It’s all about knowing patterns and formulas, as I've reviewed in some of my earlier posts about Spanish grammar. If you’re reading this now, it probably means you are well aware of the importance of conjugating verbs to describe situations and events. Conjugations also enable us to

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