5 Tips to make your French more natural

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

5 Tips that will make your French more natural

Anyone who has ever tried to learn a foreign language gets to a point where they’ve become conversational but don’t sound natural when they speak. I’m not talking about an accent here. I’m talking about speech patterns, word choice and other natural little things that flow out of a native speaker’s mouth. It’s the difference between hearing someone speak and thinking, “Oh, he speaks well for a foreigner” and, “Oh, you can tell he’s been living here for years.” As a foreigner learning French, I’ve picked a few of these little things along the way and am sharing these tips to make your French sound more natural.

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When living in France starts messing with your English

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

When living in France starts messing with your English

If you’re anything like me, after living in a country where English isn’t the native language, you’ll start to a notice a phenomenon that I like to call “WTF is going on!?” You’ll notice yourself searching for words that were once at the tip of your tongue, second-guessing your spelling and experiencing somewhat frequent brain farts.

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English with a sprinkling of French (and how the accent affects comprehension)

Written by Diane. Posted in French language, on everything else

French words in English

Super cool French expat blogger in the USA Mathilde tweeted a post from another French expat blogger also in the US, Sarah of SarahContePhilly, that caught my eye. It was all about French false friends — a word that is misleading because the word doesn’t mean what you think it does. For example, le smoking in French is actually a tuxedo/dinner jacket and has nothing to do with smoking. It got me thinking about French words that we use in English that we may not even recognize as such….

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