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15 Funny French Phrases (And What They Really Mean)

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 … Read More

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 Pronunciation Guide: Avoid These Common Mistakes!
Many French students struggle with their pronunciation at first. Try these practical tips from opera voice teacher Elaina R. to get the right sounds out... French is beautiful. Almost muttered, flowing from vowel to vowel, French has earned a reputation as the "language d’amour." Why is it, then, that everyone in your French class sounds so utterly unromantic? Put succinctly, it’s because English and French have very different phonetic rules. Lots of letters are pronounced completely diffe
20 Fun Activities and Games for French Club
Are you a teacher or student involved in your school’s French club? As you know, finding fun activities and games centered on learning French can be difficult. That’s why we’ve rounded up 20 fun French club ideas to help inspire you. These games and activities will introduce members to both French language and culture. Note: These ideas and activities can be applied to any language club, such as Spanish, Italian, or German.  20 French Club Activities and Ideas 1. Make a French Music
Flirting in French: 25 Head-Turning Phrases You Need To Know
Looking for amour? Tutor Emmanuel N. shares 25 phrases for flirting in French... French, among a few other languages, is known to be beautiful, romantic, and poetic. People adore the way French sounds and would love to speak the language of love to the person of their interest. Because French is such a romantic language, flirting might be something that pops into your mind when thinking of reasons to speak French. However, before I teach you some flirtatious phrases you should know a l
French Grammar Rules: Conjugating Verbs in the Conditional
If you knew how, would you use the conditional in this sentence? French tutor Carol Beth L. can help you find the answer... As a beginner or intermediate French speaker, you have likely come across various French verb tenses, such as le présent, passé composé, imparfait, futur, and perhaps even the subjunctive mood. These various features of French grammar express particular time frames, such as what is happening, happened, will happen, or even what may or may not happen. But what about e

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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