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Guest Podcast from French Blabla: How to Use (or Avoid Using) the French Subjunctive

Guest Podcast from French Blabla: How to Use (or Avoid Using) the French Subjunctive

For many language students, the French subjunctive, or le subjonctif, is one of the trickiest French verbs to master. It can leave you with such a headache that you'll wonder, is it possible to avoid using the French subjunctive all together? In this guest podcast, Caroline from French Blabla reveals several simple conversation hacks that will help you use the French subjunctive correctly, or avoid the need to use le subjonctif in the first place. Quelle bonne idée! Music by Bensound.c … Read More

Guest Podcast from French Blabla: How to Use (or Avoid Using) the French Subjunctive
For many language students, the French subjunctive, or le subjonctif, is one of the trickiest French verbs to master. It can leave you with such a headache that you'll wonder, is it possible to avoid using the French subjunctive all together? In this guest podcast, Caroline from French Blabla reveals several simple conversation hacks that will help you use the French subjunctive correctly, or avoid the need to use le subjonctif in the first place. Quelle bonne idée! Music by Bensound.c
50 Fun French Games That Will Help You Master the Language
Whatever your level, you can improve your language skills while having fun by playing French games. In this list, you will find French learning games to master every type of skill while playing alone, with a partner, or in a group. French Card Games 1. Piquet A trick-taking game played by two people, Piquet dates back to at least 1535. If you enjoy card games, purchasing a Piquet deck is a good move, as the cards are needed for many other French games. 2. Bezique A derivative of Pique
15 Funny French Phrases That'll Make You Giggle
The French language has some pretty hilarious words and phrases. In this week's guest post, our friend Lily from French Possum lists 15 funny French phrases that natives commonly use in conversation... The French say some of the funniest phrases without even realizing that word-for-word they don’t actually make sense. While the French did indeed produce some of the greatest writers, natives don't necessarily speak like the characters in novels. If you’re traveling to France or learn
French Grammar Rules: How to Conjugate Common Irregular Verbs
Last week, French tutor Carol Beth L. treated us to a great lesson on conjugating regular verbs. This week, we look at conjugating common irregular French verbs... French grammar is full of irregularities and exceptions. They make sense when you understand the phonetic and grammatical in's and out's of the language, but can still be difficult to navigate – especially at the beginning. Covering every single irregular French verb out there, therefore, is a difficult task to tackle in just one b
15 Quotes That Will Make You Want to Travel to Spain
Traveling can be one of the most amazing and rewarding experiences of your life. If you’re in the process of learning Spanish, why not travel to Spain to practice your skills? Adventuring to a Spanish-speaking country is a fantastic way to improve your Spanish speaking and listening comprehension skills. You'll also learn about the culture and how native speakers use the language daily. Below, we've rounded up some of the best travel quotes we've come across to help you get inspired! 1) "I wo

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