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50 French Quotes to Inspire and Delight You

50 French Quotes to Inspire and Delight You

From life to love to art, there are many French quotes that can inspire and delight you, and maybe even help you study this beautiful language! French Quotes About Life The French have a unique and lovely perspective on life. Plus, even hard life lessons sound better in French! 1. À vaillant coeur rien d’impossible. -Jacques Cœur “For a valiant heart nothing is impossible.” 2. Dans une grande âme tout est grand. -Blaise Pascal “In a great mind everything is great.”  3. Chacun voit … Read More

50 French Quotes to Inspire and Delight You
From life to love to art, there are many French quotes that can inspire and delight you, and maybe even help you study this beautiful language! French Quotes About Life The French have a unique and lovely perspective on life. Plus, even hard life lessons sound better in French! 1. À vaillant coeur rien d’impossible. -Jacques Cœur “For a valiant heart nothing is impossible.” 2. Dans une grande âme tout est grand. -Blaise Pascal “In a great mind everything is great.”  3. Chacun voit
5 Benefits of Taking French Lessons on Skype
When you're learning French, interacting with native or fluent speakers is one of the best ways to improve your language skills; and in the digital age, connecting with French speakers and instructors is now easier than ever. If you're looking to take your French to the next level, arranging an online lesson with a French instructor might be just the thing for you. What's more, the popular live video platform Skype is the perfect medium for taking French lessons online and offers many ben
15 Funny French Phrases That'll Make You Giggle
The French language has some pretty hilarious words and phrases. In this week's guest post, our friend Lily from French Possum lists 15 funny French phrases that natives commonly use in conversation... The French say some of the funniest phrases without even realizing that word-for-word they don’t actually make sense. 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 learn
12 Classic French Movies (and Movie Series) All Students Need to See
Nothing beats relaxing with a great film while you practice your French! French tutor Carol Beth shares her favorite French movies for students... Watching movies is a great way to maintain and expand your knowledge of French, and there are quite a few enjoyable French movies out there. The following list covers many of the most well-known films that students should check out. The list begins with the most “tame” movies and progresses to those that include romantic themes (or scenes)
Learn French Online: 5 YouTube Videos to Get You Started
These days it seems like guides to almost anything are available for free online, and learning French is no exception. While these videos are no substitute for taking French classes or studying with a French tutor, practicing with these videos is a great way to study! Absolute Beginner French (Pronunciation) from KDO Learning Let's start at the beginning (which is a very good place to start), which is of course with the ABCs. This video takes you through the French alphabet, first by givin

French in Pittsburgh

Learning a language takes time and dedication. While there are many books, CDs and software programs that can help you learn a new language, the best method is to study privately with a qualified teacher. A private teacher will tailor lessons to fit your ability and help to keep you motivated. A great way to advance your learning is to apply what you’ve learned by having conversations with native speakers.

If your chosen language is French, you’ve made a great choice. French is the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture. And lucky for you, Pittsburgh is rich in French culture! The French controlled the area until it fell to the British, but even today, there is a strong French presence felt throughout the city. Today, Pittsburgh is home to 30 American subsidiaries of French companies and has a large French-speaking community.

So if you live in Pittsburgh, you’ll have plenty of opportunities outside of lesson time to practice! Home to a large French community and several French societies, restaurants, and social clubs, there are plenty of opportunities for real-world practice after your French lessons in Pittsburgh.

  1. The Alliance Française de Pittsburgh was founded in 1903 and was started to encourage the study of the French language, literature and culture as well as to promote activities in education and the arts. The alliance offers a variety of social and cultural events and programs in both French and English. (http://www.afpitt.org/)

  2. Another great organization is the French Cultural Center of Pittsburgh. This volunteer organization’s goal is to welcome and entertain the French-speaking communities in Pittsburgh, and it offers education, cultural and social events where members of the community and guests can meet and mingle. (http://www.centrefrancophonedepittsburgh.org/)

  3. The Pittsburgh French Meetup Group was founded 10 years ago by a French professor in the Pittsburgh area who has been involved in the local French community for over 20 years. Started as way to help his friends learn French, the group has grown into a social club that meets at various locations in Pittsburgh for fun, conversation, and the exchange of ideas. They also offer a variety of language classes for all levels of French speakers, and most social events are free to attend. (http://www.meetup.com/FrenchLessons/)

  4. In addition to these societies and clubs, if you get hungry after your French lessons in Pittsburgh, there are a number of great opportunities to immerse yourself in French food and culture. One worth visiting is Paris 66 where authentic French cuisine and wines are served in a cozy and intimate French Bistro atmosphere. Voted “Best French Restaurant” by Pittsburgh Magazine, the food is prepared and served by their native French staff, including the chef, sommelier, and servers. The perfect place to practice ordering your meal in perfect French! (http://www.paris66bistro.com/)

Taking French lessons in Pittsburgh with a qualified teacher is only the beginning of your education. The city offers great opportunities to meet others who share your interest in the French language and culture. Make sure to practice your language skills and get out there and enjoy all that Pittsburgh has to offer!

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