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French Pronunciation Guide: Best Tips for Mastering French Vowels

French Pronunciation Guide: Best Tips for Mastering French Vowels

French vowel sounds got you feeling tongue-tied? Tutor Tyler S. shares his best tips to proper French pronunciation... Everyone faces their own personal challenges when learning a foreign language, and I remember that mastering the French vowel system was a great challenge for me. French pronunciation uses approximately 15 vowels, and it uses sounds that English doesn’t include. There are extensive books dedicated to describing these vowels, but you don’t need to be an expert to use French vo … Read More

French Pronunciation Guide: Best Tips for Mastering French Vowels
French vowel sounds got you feeling tongue-tied? Tutor Tyler S. shares his best tips to proper French pronunciation... Everyone faces their own personal challenges when learning a foreign language, and I remember that mastering the French vowel system was a great challenge for me. French pronunciation uses approximately 15 vowels, and it uses sounds that English doesn’t include. There are extensive books dedicated to describing these vowels, but you don’t need to be an expert to use French vo
50 Fun French Games That Will Help You Master the Language
Whatever your level, you can improve your language skills while having fun by playing French games. In this list, you will find French learning games to master every type of skill while playing alone, with a partner, or in a group. French Card Games 1. Piquet A trick-taking game played by two people, Piquet dates back to at least 1535. If you enjoy card games, purchasing a Piquet deck is a good move, as the cards are needed for many other French games. 2. Bezique A derivative of Pique
French Movies on Netflix Streaming Right Now - January 2016
The best thing about learning French is that you can call staying in and watching movies "studying". Doesn't that Netflix binge seem productive now? So, what's in the study queue this month? These great French movies on Netflix are all streaming now! The Chorus (2004) PG-13 Music teacher, Clément Mathieu (Gérard Jugnot) starts a boys choir at a strict boarding school for boys in France. One child in particular, Pierre, is an aimless troublemaker, but his music teacher sees promise i
Joyeuse Fête des Pères: French Vocabulary for Father's Day
Whereas France and the U.S. celebrate Mother’s Day on different days in May, both countries celebrate Father’s Day on the same day every year: the third Sunday of June. Known in France as Fête des Pères, young children often show appreciation for their fathers by making crafty items, such as ties and bow ties made out of paper and cardboard picture frames made from cereal boxes. Older children, like those in the U.S., will often buy their father a gift that they know he'd love. Needles
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

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