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French Vocabulary Hacks: How to Tell if a Word is Masculine or Feminine

How can a word be masculine or feminine, and how do you tell the difference? Tutor Willy M. shares some secrets to help you memorize your French vocabulary... One of the hardest things for many students of French to learn is how to tell the difference between masculine and feminine French nouns. Gender with regards to words is not something we spend a lot of time thinking about in English, but in French vocabulary every single noun will have either a masculine gender or a feminine gender. Wor … Read More

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French in Seattle

When you’re taking French lessons in Seattle, it’s important to take advantage of all of the opportunities in the city to enhance your learning experience. Learning a language isn’t just about lessons in a classroom, it’s about experiencing the culture and learning about the history and traditions.

From local events to French cafes, here are the places you should explore while taking French lessons in Seattle.

French Food

One of the most fun aspects of learning about a new culture and language is sampling the food! Here are some of the local places where you can get some French food in your city.

Le Pichett

Stop by Le Pichet to sample French cuisine in downtown Seattle. From breakfast and brunch to decadent delicacies, you can soothe your sweet tooth or enjoy a savory French meal.

Café Campagne Another downtown favorite for French fare, Café Campagne serves breakfast and brunch along with an assortment of French pastries. Café Besalu If you’re looking for fresh, made-to-order pain au chocolat and croissants, then you should definitely head over to Café Besalu. Pair your pastries with some delicious coffee, and bring your French books to study while you indulge in some sweet treats.

Check your local listings to find out about French cultural events in Seattle. Here are some organizations that host events that may interest you.

French Organizations & Events

Alliance Francaise de Seattle

The Alliance Francaise de Seattle was founded in 1883 by some famous French men including scientist Louis Pasteur, writer Jules Verne, and diplomat Ferdiand de Lesseps. The Alliance works to promote knowledge of French language and culture.

The Alliance has a great library full of books, CD’s, and DVDs that are ideal for French-language students. There are also a number of local events to promote French language and culture, check the website (http://afseattle.org/) to find out about upcoming events in your area.

French Fest

French Fest is a local event put on by the Seattle Center. The family-friendly event is open to the public and admission is free. Enjoy live music, performances, and delicious French food.

Meetup Groups

Join a group, meet some friends, and let the conversation flow! One of the best ways to learn conversational French is to practice with other French speakers, and a meetup group is a great way to meet other people who speak, or are learning to speak French.

Some French Meetups in the Seattle area include The Seattle French Conversation Meetup, the Eastside French Club, The French Night, and Francophile Fridays.

When you’re taking French lessons in Seattle, you will be exposed to a whole new world of language-learning fun. Find your favorite places and make some new friends. Study hard and have fun. Au revoir!

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