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French Grammar Basics: When to Use Tu and Vous

French Grammar Basics: When to Use Tu and Vous

Mixing up your tu's and vous? Let French tutor Carol Beth L. break it down for you... As modern-day English speakers, most of us are accustomed to using only one word for “you.” It doesn't matter if we are talking to one person, many people, old people, young people, teachers, doctors, children, or anyone else. In some languages, this is not always the case – and French is one of them. French grammar provides French-speakers with two ways to say “you”: “tu” (pronounce it almost like the English … Read More

French Grammar Basics: When to Use Tu and Vous
Mixing up your tu's and vous? Let French tutor Carol Beth L. break it down for you... As modern-day English speakers, most of us are accustomed to using only one word for “you.” It doesn't matter if we are talking to one person, many people, old people, young people, teachers, doctors, children, or anyone else. In some languages, this is not always the case – and French is one of them. French grammar provides French-speakers with two ways to say “you”: “tu” (pronounce it almost like the English
22 MORE Useful French Phrases for Striking Up a Conversation
Casual conversations with French speakers are a great way to practice your language skills! Here, tutor Beth L. shares 22 useful French phrases that will come in handy…   When learning a new language, it's important to keep on talking -- and listening -- to practice your new skills. If you've already learned basic conversational phrases, now it's time to move on to some more interesting conversation topics! To help you practice and prompt your new French-speaking friends, below
10 Questions You Must Answer Before You Study Abroad in France
Do you dream of attending classes in France? French tutor Carol Beth L. has done just that! Here, she shares how to study abroad in France, and the questions you must answer before you go... 1) What kind of program are you searching for? Many students study abroad for a semester or for a year as an undergraduate. If this is your situation, your college or university will likely have one or more approved programs to which you can apply. While some programs may be best suited for Fren
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
Follow These Accounts: 10 Ways to Learn French on Instagram
Bonjour! French is such a beautiful language that it doesn't need accompanying pictures - except on Instagram. In this article, French teacher Annie A. shows you the best Instagram accounts to follow to practice your French... Instagram is a fun way to learn new words and expressions in any language. It's great because it doesn't require much time to view, and since it's designed specifically for your smartphone, it has enormous social appeal. I'd say it's one my favorite ways to learn Fr

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