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French Grammar Basics: When to Use Tu and Vous

French Grammar Basics: When to Use Tu and Vous

Mixing up your tu's and vous? Let French tutor Carol Beth L. break it down for you... As modern-day English speakers, most of us are accustomed to using only one word for “you.” It doesn't matter if we are talking to one person, many people, old people, young people, teachers, doctors, children, or anyone else. In some languages, this is not always the case – and French is one of them. French grammar provides French-speakers with two ways to say “you”: “tu” (pronounce it almost like the English … Read More

French Grammar Basics: When to Use Tu and Vous
Mixing up your tu's and vous? Let French tutor Carol Beth L. break it down for you... As modern-day English speakers, most of us are accustomed to using only one word for “you.” It doesn't matter if we are talking to one person, many people, old people, young people, teachers, doctors, children, or anyone else. In some languages, this is not always the case – and French is one of them. French grammar provides French-speakers with two ways to say “you”: “tu” (pronounce it almost like the English
French Vocabulary: 5 False Cognates to Watch Out For
Cognates are words that sound similar and can mean the same thing across different languages. However, in French, there are some tricky cognates that don't mean what you might think they mean. French tutor Carol Beth L. shares five common French false cognates... Due to their similar roots, French and English share some vocabulary and grammar. La table is table, la geographie is geography, and un film is a film – otherwise known as a movie. Similar word pairs between two languages are known a
Quiz Yourself: Are You An Expert In Irregular French Verbs?
The French language is notorious for its many irregularities and exceptions to rules, especially when it comes to these irregular verbs. You've been studying them, but how well do you really know these tricky French verbs in the present tense? Test your knowledge and find out which verbs could use some more practice. How did you do? Check out our French Verb Guide for more help studying French grammar and show off your score in the comments below! Interested in Private Lessons?
Essential French Vocabulary: Greetings, Introductions, and More Social Phrases
Ready to say hello to the French-speaking world? French tutor Carol Beth L. shares the most useful phrases you'll need to start and end conversations... Heading for France or a French-speaking country? Know someone who's French? Chances are you'd love to get a head start on some useful French greetings and phrases. Here is the most important French vocabulary you'll need for greetings, farewells, and introductory phrases, in addition to a few others just for fun. 1) Bonjour! Hello! Thi
French Pronunciation Guide: Avoid These Common Mistakes!
Many French students struggle with their pronunciation at first. Try these practical tips from opera voice teacher Elaina R. to get the right sounds out... French is beautiful. Almost muttered, flowing from vowel to vowel, French has earned a reputation as the "language d’amour." Why is it, then, that everyone in your French class sounds so utterly unromantic? Put succinctly, it’s because English and French have very different phonetic rules. Lots of letters are pronounced completely diffe

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