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Bon Voyage: 50 Useful French Phrases for Travelers

Bon Voyage: 50 Useful French Phrases for Travelers

  Traveling to a France is a great adventure, as you get to explore the local culture and taste all of the flavorful foods. Getting around France, however, isn't always so glamorous. As you prepare for your vacation to France, it's important that you learn basic French. After all, you're going to be put in certain situations where people might not speak English. Here are 50 useful French phrases for travelers to know. These popular French phrases will help you navigate througho … Read More

Bon Voyage: 50 Useful French Phrases for Travelers
  Traveling to a France is a great adventure, as you get to explore the local culture and taste all of the flavorful foods. Getting around France, however, isn't always so glamorous. As you prepare for your vacation to France, it's important that you learn basic French. After all, you're going to be put in certain situations where people might not speak English. Here are 50 useful French phrases for travelers to know. These popular French phrases will help you navigate througho
Moving to France: Honest Advice From Expats Living in France
  Congratulations, you’ve finally made the decision to move to France. Now comes the hard part, getting you and your stuff there. If you thought making the decision the leave your friends and family was hard, you’ve got another thing coming. Moving to France—or any foreign country for that matter—isn’t easy. After all, you’re moving to a country where you don’t speak the language and you’re mostly unfamiliar with the customs and culture. Lucky for you, we’ve interviewed seve
5 Reasons Why It's Important to Practice French Conversation
Learning French by reading and writing is a good place for some students to start, however there comes a point where you must speak French in order to truly improve. French tutor Carol Beth L. shares her advice for students who are ready to take the plunge into spoken French... Conversing in a foreign language is not easy. In some ways, it's almost akin to public speaking. It puts you on the spot and tests your ability to think using a set of linguistic tools that are not as automatic as thos
10 Ways to Memorize French Vocabulary Fast
Many students struggle with memorizing vocabulary in a foreign language. Tutor Joan B. shares her tips for learning new words in French fast... Is memorizing vocabulary in French holding you back from speaking fluently and confidently? Recalling vocabulary can be one of the hardest parts of learning a language since the words often seem strange to us and the richness of a language means that there are many words to memorize. Use the following tips to "decode" vocabulary memorization so you ca
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

French in Boston

By Ian Lewis P. - Cambridge French Teacher

Hi, my name is Ian, and I love teaching French lessons in Boston. Boston and Cambridge are special, because they offer some of the best opportunities to learn and use your French language skills in the United States.

Boston is the cultural heart of New England, and as such, we are home to a myriad of Francophone cultures and communities. Learning French will be your key to unlock these gems. We are also home to some of the best universities in the world, such as Harvard and MIT, which often host events about French culture, history, and language. There is always something going on. Be sure to get the most out of your French lessons in Boston by visiting these events and attractions!

If you are interested in French music, activities for the public abound with French music concerts by the many great musical organizations in town, like the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Lyric Opera, and the countless other musical groups and local musicians.

If you love literature, Boston is also lucky to be home to the French Cultural Center. Their library contains the second largest private collection of French literature, film, and digital material available in the US, and is the first in the country to have launched a French e-library. Check out their website here: http://www.frenchculturalcenter.org/.

And, personally, my favorite place to pass a rainy afternoon in Harvard Square is Schoenhof's Foreign Books, in which you can spend hours perusing modern and classical French literature. (http://www.schoenhofs.com/)

Then, of course, there is Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge and Boston, one of the great food gems of the North East, and a great place to use your culinary French. They offer delicious and affordable classes on French wine and French cheese. You will definitely have a heads up with your French know-how and you’re sure to have a wonderful meal, too. (http://www.formaggiokitchen.com/boston/)

French-language cinema finds its home in Boston. The Museum of Fine Arts hosts the annual Boston French Film Festival in the summer. Kendall Square Cinema, a neat movie theater tucked in Kendall Square, and the Brattle Theater, a cool independent, old-style theater in Harvard Square, regularly screen French-language movies from around the world.

Finally, no conversation about French in Boston would be complete without mentioning our close proximity with Québec. We are only a hop, skip, and a jump away from the centers of Francophone culture in North America. Québec City and Montréal offer an easy and accessible weekend getaway where you will be completely immersed in French language. Traveling to these cities make great short trips for many of us Bostonians.

As you’re studying French, remember to practice speaking, writing, or listening to French as much as you can every day. Your French lessons in Boston will progress faster and more easily if you take advantage of the great Francophone resources available to you. You won’t learn to speak French overnight, but you will have a wonderful time learning, exploring Boston, and making new friends. Keep studying, and bonne chance!

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