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French Grammar Rules: Reading Le Passé Simple

French Grammar Rules: Reading Le Passé Simple

There is one French verb tense that you will likely only come across in literature, the passé simple. French tutor Carol Beth L. shows you how to recognize and understand this tense... The passé simple is a unique tense in the French language. Perhaps one or two centuries ago, it was commonly used like the simple past in English. For example: J'allai au magasin. I went to the store. Je couru deux kilometres. I ran two kilometers. The passé simple is similar to the simple past i … Read More

French Grammar Rules: Reading Le Passé Simple
There is one French verb tense that you will likely only come across in literature, the passé simple. French tutor Carol Beth L. shows you how to recognize and understand this tense... The passé simple is a unique tense in the French language. Perhaps one or two centuries ago, it was commonly used like the simple past in English. For example: J'allai au magasin. I went to the store. Je couru deux kilometres. I ran two kilometers. The passé simple is similar to the simple past i
Bonne Fête des Mères! French Vocabulary for Mother's Day
Here in the states, we celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May (psst that's May 10 this year!), but did you know that in France Mother's Day, known as la fête des mères, is celebrated either the last Sunday of May or the first Sunday in June? Despite the difference in timing, the French celebrate Mother's Day in many of the same ways we do, but with a few uniquely French touches. First things first, if you want to celebrate this holiday as the French do, you'll need to know a bit o
French on the Go: Study Tips for Busy Students
Even if you're short on time, you can still practice your French every day. French tutor Carol Beth L. shares her favorite study tips for busy French students... French is a beautiful language, and exciting to learn. For many students, however, life is busy! It is difficult to set aside enough time to learn French properly and to practice what you have learned. There is not just one best way to learn French, however. Here are a few tips to study French in those in-between minutes on the go!
French Music Countdown: 4 Biggest French Hits of Summer 2015
Summer is a perfect time for learning French, but it's also a great time for letting loose! In this article, French teacher Seth N. takes you on a short tour of the top summer hits in France for 2015... Let the Tour Begin! Featuring a strong mix of international and local hits, the French pop charts for summer 2015 display an astounding diversity of French pop music. Everything from Norwegian producer Kygo’s club banger “Stole the Show,” to Jamaican sensation OMI’s catchy hit “Cheerleader,
15 Funny French Phrases That'll Make You Giggle
  The French language has some pretty hilarious words and phrases. Here are 15 funny French phrases that natives commonly use in conversation. While the French did indeed produce some of the greatest writers, natives don't necessarily speak like the characters in novels. If you’re traveling to France or learning how to speak French, don’t look surprised when you hear some funny French phrases below. 15 Funny French Phrases That'll Make You Giggle 1. “Ah, la vache!” Translation: Oh,

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