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Build Your French Vocabulary: Numbers, Counting, and Math

Build Your French Vocabulary: Numbers, Counting, and Math

Are your French vocabulary lessons not adding up? Perhaps this lesson in numbers, counting, and math from French tutor Carol Beth L. will multiply your comprehension... Numbers come up everywhere – and they are so numerous that it sometimes takes time to assimilate them automatically into everyday speech when you are learning another language. In her biography, Marie Curie's daughter stated that her mother, who was born Polish but lived most of her life in France, would count to herself in Po … Read More

Build Your French Vocabulary: Numbers, Counting, and Math
Are your French vocabulary lessons not adding up? Perhaps this lesson in numbers, counting, and math from French tutor Carol Beth L. will multiply your comprehension... Numbers come up everywhere – and they are so numerous that it sometimes takes time to assimilate them automatically into everyday speech when you are learning another language. In her biography, Marie Curie's daughter stated that her mother, who was born Polish but lived most of her life in France, would count to herself in Po
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
Ultimate Guide to Studying French Pronunciation Online
Ask any student their biggest struggle in learning French and you are almost guaranteed to hear one thing - pronunciation. Admittedly, pronunciation is one of the hardest aspects of learning any foreign language. As babies, our minds are very receptive to learning how to identify and reproduce the numerous sounds contained in a language. This ability diminishes early in childhood, making it more challenging for second language learners to learn how accurately hear and pronounce sounds
10 Essential Study Tips for Learning French
With the right study plan in place, you can make learning to speak French a lot easier! Take this advice from French tutor Carol Beth L. to create a study plan that is, in a word, magnifique! If you are learning French or know people who are, you may have realized that many people have different ways to approach learning new things. What works well for you may not work well for another person, and vice versa, and each approach may have varying results. When it comes to learning French, here a
French Verbs and Grammar: Le Passé Antérieur
How do you talk about the past of the past? French tutor Carol Beth L. shares this lesson on conjugating French verbs in le passé antérieur... If you've studied French verbs for long enough, you've probably studied the passé composé and the imparfait to discuss events that took place in the past. But what do you do when you want to discuss events that happened before other past events? Use the passé antérieur. In English, this tense corresponds pretty closely to the past perfect, wh

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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