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C'est la Fête Nationale: French Vocabulary for Bastille Day

C'est la Fête Nationale: French Vocabulary for Bastille Day

Perhaps you've heard of Bastille Day, the French national holiday in July. Tutor Annie A. shares history and vocabulary to help you observe this holiday like the French do... The History of Bastille Day Bastille Day, or le quatorze juillet as they say in France, commemorates the storming of Bastille on July 14, 1789 by the French masses. The Bastille was a fortified prison where political prisoners were usually kept - some even without the formality of a trial. There were seven pris … Read More

C'est la Fête Nationale: French Vocabulary for Bastille Day
Perhaps you've heard of Bastille Day, the French national holiday in July. Tutor Annie A. shares history and vocabulary to help you observe this holiday like the French do... The History of Bastille Day Bastille Day, or le quatorze juillet as they say in France, commemorates the storming of Bastille on July 14, 1789 by the French masses. The Bastille was a fortified prison where political prisoners were usually kept - some even without the formality of a trial. There were seven pris
10 Cool Sites to Learn French by Podcast, Video, or Blog
Is it possible to learn French by podcast? French tutor Carol Beth L. shares a few great podcasts, blogs, and a YouTube channel that can help you learn French faster... When you're learning French, consistent linguistic exposure at and just above your level is vital. It can help you reinforce your current level, and help you raise your level through context clues and direct introduction to new vocabulary. Podcasts and other online mediums are an excellent way to do this. Below are a fe
Build Your French Vocabulary: Colors and Days of the Week
  Ready to start learning to speak French? Colors and days of the week are great vocabulary to get you started. Let tutor Anna M. walk you through this basic vocabulary lesson... Colors and days of the week are some of the easiest words to study when you are first learning French vocabulary. If you know any other romance languages, like Spanish or Italian, you are going to see that the French words for colors and days of the week are very similar to their colors and days of the week.
[Infographic] American vs. French Culture: 8 Things Every Traveler Should Know
Are you planning a trip to the U.S. or France? Though only a plane ride away, these countries are extremely different. From dining to fashion to going to the bathroom, it's important that you learn the cultural differences before you go abroad. After all, you don't want to offend anyone on your trip by making a silly mistake, such as not greeting someone properly or forgetting your manners. Check out the infographic below highlighting the difference between French culture and American
Studying French Verbs: Le Futur Antérieur
If you've studied French verbs for a while, you probably know about le présent, le passé composé, l'imparfait, et le futur. You may also know something about reflexive verbs and verbs of motion, and their particularities in the passé composé. You may even be familiar with le passé simple. What happens, though, when you want to describe an action that hasn't happened yet, but that will be complete before a particular action or time in the future? In English, we use the future perfect tense

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