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Build Your French Vocabulary: How to Tell Time in French

Build Your French Vocabulary: How to Tell Time in French

For our last French vocabulary lesson, tutor Carol Beth L. taught us numbers, counting, and basic math. Now, it's time to put that knowledge to work with this lesson on telling time in French... So, are you confident with your numbers in French yet? Telling time is a wonderful way to practice – and is very helpful in everyday life! Let's start with a few basic words and phrases: Heure hour L'heure the time Quelle heure est-il? What time is it? (Say: Kel Ur Il est ______ heures. It is _ … Read More

Build Your French Vocabulary: How to Tell Time in French
For our last French vocabulary lesson, tutor Carol Beth L. taught us numbers, counting, and basic math. Now, it's time to put that knowledge to work with this lesson on telling time in French... So, are you confident with your numbers in French yet? Telling time is a wonderful way to practice – and is very helpful in everyday life! Let's start with a few basic words and phrases: Heure hour L'heure the time Quelle heure est-il? What time is it? (Say: Kel Ur Il est ______ heures. It is _
15 Greetings in French: How to Properly Meet & Greet Someone in France
How much do you know about French greetings and salutations? Knowing how to approach and greet someone in France is crucial as a beginner - what better way to strike up a conversation and make some new friends? To get you started, here are a few easy greetings in French so you can make an excellent first impression! 15 French Greetings to Know Remember, using proper French etiquette, how you say “hello” depends on your relationship with the other person and the social setting. (Scroll t
L'automne en France - French Vocabulary for Fall
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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
French Vocabulary: 5 False Cognates to Watch Out For
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French in Essington

By Jackie A. - Essington, PA French Instructor

When you hear the word “Philadelphia,” I'm sure the first thing that comes to mind isn't “French,” but you'd be surprised at just how much French influence there is here in Philly. The Benjamin Franklin Parkway was designed to resemble the Champs Élysées by Frenchmen Paul Cret and Jacques Gréber. French architecture is all over the city and, of course, there are plenty of Frenchie things to do.

So, if you're interested in learning French, be sure to check out the tips below on what to see and do in the surrounding Philadelphia area to supplement your French lessons in Essington!

If you're hungry, the absolute best French restaurant is the Bistro Saint Tropez located on Market Street just to the east of the Schuylkill River. The Frenchman chef studied at the Culinare de Nice and brought his native country's cuisine with him in 1987. The menu is always fresh with seasonal options. Don't expect a French-American variety – the food is 100% Français.

If you're in the mood for crepes and/or are looking for a less expensive option, you can try La Creperie on Sansom in between 17th and 18th. You can find just about any crepe you crave and at a reasonable price. Stop by in the summer, and you might find a French film showing. There's also L'Etage and Creperie Beau Monde closer to South Street on the corner of Bainbridge and 6th. The creperie here has a truly belle époque feel and will transport you out of the city and the 21st century. Besides the regular French fare, we also have numerous Belgian taverns and a sugar waffle house for the Walloon in you.

If it's art you're a fan of, look no further than than the Benjamin Franklin Parkway! The Philadelphia Museum of Art is itself based on architecture from the Place de la Concorde but even better, just a few blocks away is the largest collection of Rodin outside of France. Our Rodin Museum is free to the public and open everyday but Tuesday. Just a few steps away is the infamous Barnes Collection. The Barnes houses 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 59 Matisses, 18 Rousseaus, 11 Degas, and 6 Seurats. Every first Sunday is free, but prepare to reserve those tickets months in advance!

If you'd like to try a new game, meet up with the Philadelphia Pétanque group at Clark Park every Sunday 11-2. Pétanque, a game otherwise known as “Les Boules,” was founded in Provence a little over a hundred years ago. A relaxing game, a pretty park, and fellow francophiles to practice your French with – what could be better?

And finally, if you're in the home of modern democracy for the 4th of July, think about sticking around for France's Independence Day. Here just outside the Eastern State Penitentiary, we celebrate Bastille Day in a BIG way! The Bearded Ladies cabaret troupe puts on a show with a very French theme poking fun at the aristocracy as much as possible. As you play the part of a revolutionary peasant, Marie Antoinette herself makes an appearance at the top of the building yelling her infamous words, “Let them eat cake!” Her ladies in waiting then proceed to throw Philadelphia's own Tasteykakes at the crowd. (If you are familiar with the brand and can't stand to see a wasted Tasteykake, I understand your pain but it's still worth it!) Street vendors are available up and down the street, and multiple restaurants take part with Bastille Day specials throughout the city.

So, while taking french lessons in Essington, be sure to explore the surrounding Philadelphia area to try out some of our French fare and spread les mots to your francophile friends elsewhere!

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