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Build Your French Vocabulary: What Do You Do For Fun?

Build Your French Vocabulary: What Do You Do For Fun?

Have some fun with your French when you practice talking about your favorite activities. Tutor Emmanuel N. is here with all the vocabulary you'll need... Bonjour, everyone! We all have our own hobbies and activities that we love to do – sometimes on a daily basis. For many of us, learning French happens to be one of these activities! If you're looking to expand your French vocabulary, be sure to learn some words to describe the types of activities you do in your everyday life. Some of … Read More

Build Your French Vocabulary: What Do You Do For Fun?
Have some fun with your French when you practice talking about your favorite activities. Tutor Emmanuel N. is here with all the vocabulary you'll need... Bonjour, everyone! We all have our own hobbies and activities that we love to do – sometimes on a daily basis. For many of us, learning French happens to be one of these activities! If you're looking to expand your French vocabulary, be sure to learn some words to describe the types of activities you do in your everyday life. Some of
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
List of 100+ Common Regular French Verbs
  Regular French verbs are among the most common verbs you will come across as you learn how to speak French. You'll notice that regular verbs come in three types: verbs ending in -er, verbs ending in -ir, and verbs ending in -re. To help you advance in your studies, here is a list of over 100 regular -ir, -re, and -er verbs in French. Common Regular -Er Verbs in French Here are the endings for regular -er verbs in French: Je - e Tu - es Il/Elle - e Nous - ons Vous - ez
5 Graphic Novels that Will Help You Learn French
Learning to speak French can be a daunting task, so why not make it fun? Watching and reading French material is a fantastic way to study the language. In this article, teacher Walker P. introduces you to the wonderful world of French graphic novels... One of the biggest steps we can take in our foreign language learning is reading in French. But let’s be honest, sometimes we’d rather take just half a step - and that’s okay! Instead of staring at a block of text and feeling intimidated
4 Proven Ways to Practice Your French Listening Skills
As you learn to speak French, you also need to learn how to listen in a new way so you can understand this beautiful language. French tutor Annie A. shares four proven ways to improve your French listening skills... Understanding French can be quite a challenge, even if you can read the written language with comparative ease. To many English speaking students, whole sentences in French sound like one long word. One reason for this confusion is that French pronunciation uses something calle

French in Portland

One of the reasons why you might be considering taking French lessons in Portland is because of how the language sounds. Even the most mundane information sounds beautiful. However, to really learn the language, you are going to need to do more than regular lessons and homework. You need to go out and get some real experience with the language by writing, listening, and speaking it! Lucky for you, there are many local opportunities and resources open to you while taking French lessons in Portland.

Enjoy French Cuisine and Conversation French lessons in Portland can lead to some very interesting experiences and delicious encounters. The French are known for their food, and when they dine, it is a relaxing and engaging experience. This is the perfect time for you to relax and try out what you learned in your most recent lesson. You may feel a little self-conscious at first, but after you get accustomed to initiating a conversation in French, you will find it gets easier.

  1. Le Bouchon boasts some of the best French food in the city, and that isn’t all. This classy restaurant has a romantic and intimate environment that can help create the mood for speaking the language of love. One of the things that they highlight in their offerings is that they speak French. This should help you feel very comfortable striking up a conversation.

  2. Café du Berry has some of the best breakfast options in Portland. With authentic French cuisine, stopping by this little café can make you feel like you have escaped to France, if only for a little while.

  3. For a more formal and European experience, Le Pigeon is a great restaurant where you will want to book a little in advance. It’s small, so you can get close to the staff while you sit back and enjoy some of the best food in Portland.

Alliance Française de Portland Finding places to speak French in the Pacific Northwest can be a challenge, as there are not that many native speakers so far from Europe. However, the Alliance Française de Portland is the perfect solution to helping you find other French-speaking enthusiasts who can help you outside of your French lessons in Portland! Groups are divided into their location in the city, such as northeast, central, or southwest. Most locations have a couple of different groups, so if you are still a beginner, you won’t feel out of place with people who are nearly fluent. There is no charge to participate, and you can stop by without planning ahead. (http://www.afportland.org/resources/french-conversation-groups-in-portland/)

Portland Language Exchange One of the best ways to really learn a language is to talk with someone who is a native speaker. The Language Exchange lets you find native French speakers who are looking to improve their English. This unique page also lets you find people who are not native speakers, but who want to practice, as well. If you feel shy in larger groups, this can help you stay in your comfort zone while you work on the basics. (http://www.mylanguageexchange.com/city/Portland__United_States.asp)

Learning a language can be difficult, but the best and most fun way to practice between your French lessons in Portland is to get out and use what you have learned! The more often you participate, the faster you will learn.

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