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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
15+ Things You Didn't Know Were Invented in Germany
Germany is mostly known for its beer and environmental friendliness, but did you know that the country boasts some of the world’s most famous inventions? Johannes Gutenberg, Ferdinand Porsche, and Karl Benz are just a few of the famous engineers, inventors, and scientists who hail from Germany. From everyday household items to lifesaving medical devices to luxury automobiles, these German inventors have created some of the most useful inventions, many of which are still used today.
4 Quick & Simple Rules for Using Spanish Accent Marks
As you learn Spanish, you'll come across rules that are important for writing. In this article by tutor Jason N. you'll learn all about Spanish accent marks and when to use them...   When I started learning Spanish back in 2008, I ignored accent marks when they appeared. I didn’t know what they meant and I didn’t know how to use them correctly. I guess I just assumed that my word processor would help me automatically place them when I typed in Spanish and that I didn’t need them
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
5 Perfect Travel Destinations for Beginner Spanish Speakers
Traveling to a Spanish-speaking country can be intimidating for a beginning Spanish speaker. Here, language tutor Jackie A. shares her recommendations for beginner-friendly travel destinations...   So you've finished your first couple of Spanish lessons and you're ready to practice your new skills. Traveling and experiencing a new culture is a great way to learn Spanish for beginners. Here are five travel destinations that are perfect for beginning Spanish speakers. 1. Costa Rica If

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