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How to Greet Someone in France | 15 French Phrases to Know

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How to Greet Someone in France | 15 French Phrases to Know
How much do you know about French greetings and salutations? Learn the do's, don'ts, and phrases to know in this post by French tutor Jinky B...   Traveling to a foreign country can be quite exciting. For French learners, maybe you have your eye on Paris, Versailles, or Nice. This is your opportunity to explore the culture and really use all the French that you've been learning and practicing! But all the preparation may come to a startling halt if you’re not sure how to app
35 Spanish Slang Words and Phrases You Should Know
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French Grammar Rules: Conjugating Regular Verbs in the Imparfait
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French Holidays: Celebrating La Fête des Rois
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Italian Grammar: Exploring Cognates and False Cognates
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