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How to use context when speaking French

Written by Diane. Posted in French language, on life in France

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Learning a new language is no joke. There’s always something new to learn and your comprehension and speaking abilities may not advance at the same speed. When you’re in France and need to converse face-to-face with French people, all your classroom learning gets very real.

For all the times you understand and reply without a hitch, you’ll have other times where you’re going to stumble, not understand and sometimes want to run and hide. Even the most confident person gets butterflies in their stomach when speaking French in a new situation. Having to speak up in a crowded boulangerie, with someone you’ve never met, or in front of a large group can create all kinds of anxiety.

But you have one extremely helpful tool at your disposal and all you need to do is to open your eyes: context.

Here’s how to use context when speaking French. Read on!

French grocery store adventures that will turn you into a vegetarian

Written by Diane. Posted in France, on healthy living, on life in France

french grocery store make you go vegetarian

I’ve always loved grocery shopping and my outings to French grocery stores delight me even 5 years in. There’s always something new to be discovered and the French brands and products never get old. Sometimes they freak me out. I respect the fact that people have their own eating habits and preferences, but I can’t say you’ll ever see me willingly ingest any of what you’re about to see below. I purchased exactly zero of the items pictured. And seriously contemplated becoming a vegetarian. If you’re sensitive to pics of meat, skip this.

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A sunny birthday weekend in Brittany (PHOTOS)

Written by Diane. Posted in France

A sunny birthday weekend brittany france

Is there a place you enjoy visiting that keeps pulling you back? The region of Brittany is that place for me and never gets old no matter how many times we visit. The rugged landscapes, quaint towns, overall chill vibe and seaside air is paradise for me — especially in the winter. Tom, Dagny, my in-laws and I just got back from a long weekend in the Morbihan (birthday gift to me) and yes, Brittany still has that special sparkle. Here’s a glimpse into what it was like.

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Emily Durand of Your Private Provence: Pink Lady girl

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

Pink lady girl

I love getting to know other foreigners in France better and hearing their stories. I have the pleasure of introducing Emily Durand of Your Private Provence to you today. Until she wrote this post for my readers below, I had no idea that Provence was such a major player in France’s apple scene or that Emily’s family has acres and acres of apple orchards! Have a read…

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