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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
Top 4 German Grammar Tips and Tricks
When you're learning a new language, grammar is often the most difficult part to master. This is because you have to learn complex rules that are completely different than your native language. Below, German teacher Jonathan B. shares some tips and tricks on how to master German grammar... German grammar will throw most non-native speakers for a loop. Below are my top tips and tricks that I've learned from years of German schooling, traveling, and hosting German travelers. I'll start with
5 Simple Rules For Japanese Pronunciation
Japanese pronunciation can be difficult for beginners, but these tips from Ann Arbor, MI teacher Elaina R. can help you understand some of the basic rules. My mother is Japanese, my father is American, and both of them are bilingual. As such, I grew up bilingual and became aware of accents at an early age. I could hear who had trouble with what, and as I started studying languages and diction, I began to understand why. Whether or not you speak Japanese, there are some quick adjustment
52 Fun French Vocabulary Words and Phrases for Summer
Summer, summer, summertime! It's the perfect time to relax and have some fun. Plus, it's a season full of fun French words and phrases! Read on to learn some vocab from French tutor Beth L.    Summer is coming, and France is a wonderful haven during this time of year (if you can avoid the heat)! The weather is warm, and delicious, fresh food abounds. Children are on vacation from school, and many families take advantage of that to travel. For many, the allure of nature and the gre
Face-Off: Google Translate vs. Human Spanish Translator
We rely on technology now more than ever, but when is it best to let a real-life human do the work? Check out the nifty infographic below from Verbal Ink to see what happens when Google Translate (Spanish to English) goes head-to-head with a professional translator in two rounds of a translation showdown. Are they worthy opponents, or will a clear front-runner claim the prize? It seems as though humans can still triumph over machine when it comes to language... at least for now! Hav

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