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5 Things that still give me trouble in French

Written by Diane. Posted in French language

Learning a language is a process. A very long, ongoing process. There are ups and downs and it’s been anything but linear for me. Even though I’ve lived in France for about 5-1/2 years now, I don’t speak French perfectly. For anyone who has studied a foreign language, that won’t come as a shock. You don’t just pick up a language to the point of perfection by osmosis simply by being in one of the countries where it’s spoken.

What has happened is I’ve majorly improved and speak at an advanced level at this point. But I still learn something new daily. So much of how you progress is within your control and you can make major improvements no matter your current level. I’ve increased my vocabulary and over time have become so much more confident when speaking to new people. I’ve majorly improved my comprehension, which was one of the most difficult things for me when I first arrived.

things that are still hard in french

But then there’s the other side of the spectrum. This post is the one where I tell all about the 5 things that still give me major difficulty in French.



Exploring the Charente-Maritime Part 2: Ile de Ré

Written by Diane. Posted in France, on life in France, travel

If you’re a sun and sand type of person, you’re in luck because France has a beach for pretty much every type of beach goer. A few weeks ago, Tom and I headed to the Charente-Maritime department of France and drove to the Ile de Ré for the day. Just a short drive from La Rochelle, it’s officially made my short list of favorite places in France. The island just feels good and that’s the only way I can describe it.

Exploring the charente-maritime ile de re

Ile de Ré is the perfect spot to visit for the day, weekend, or the entire summer. Let me give you a quick glimpse of our day there!

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Exploring the Charente-Maritime Part 1: La Rochelle

Written by Diane. Posted in France, on life in France, travel

“Ohhh, wowwwww! Look at thatttt!” came out of my mouth no fewer than 10 times per day on our recent trip to the Charente-Maritime department of France. Our long weekend kicked off in La Rochelle, a coastal city about 470 km from Paris whose history is just as impressive as its modern-day approach to life.

la rochelle weekend trip france

Come along as I show you why La Rochelle deserves to be on your must-see list of places to visit in France!

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