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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
The Best Tip for Traveling to Spain Isn't What You'd Expect
Planning a trip to Spain? There's so much to explore and see! And if you're on a budget, you can still have an amazing experience. Learn more in this guest post by Carmichael, CA Spanish tutor Joan B...   Are you planning a trip to Spain? Whether you want to cross the must-see destinations off your bucket list, or get off the beaten path and check out some of the hidden gems in Spain, there is so much to explore. Moreover, there are tons of websites out there devoted to offering tips,
Get in the Spirit: Celebrate Halloween in Japan
Have you ever wondered how other cultures celebrate your favorite haunted holiday? Here, Japanese teacher Taro T. explains how Japanese people get in the spirit and add their own twist to Halloween... Japan may be far away from the United States where Halloween is widely celebrated, but wearing costumes has become a tradition in Japan. In the land of anime and video games, wearing costumes, or cosplay, has been a part of Japanese sub-culture for decades. Despite the increased popularit
Learn Language Online: French Links of the Week 8/21/2015
Bon weekend! To kick off your French-learning fun, here are the best and most interesting Francophile links from around the web. 3 Fun and Common French Idioms With Animals - Camille Chevalier-Karfis Idioms in other languages are endlessly intriguing, and these three French expressions are no exception. What do you think "les poules aurant des dents" (the hens have teeth) could mean? 6 Tips on How to Read in French Like a Boss - Frédéric Bibard Learning to read in a second langua
10 French Grammar Mistakes You're Probably Making
Mastering all of the French grammar rules can be tricky for beginner students. Below, French teacher Carol Beth L. shares 10 French grammar mistakes you're probably making... Making mistakes is inevitable when you're learning a new language. After all, you're learning complex grammar rules, difficult pronunciation, and long lists of vocabulary words. Students often make the same French grammar mistakes over and over again. Being aware of these common grammar mistakes will help you avoi

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