Posts Tagged ‘learning’

Why getting complimented on your French means you’re not fluent

Written by Diane. Posted in French language

Why people complimenting your French means you've got a ways to go toward fluency1

You’ve been living in France for a little while now. At first, it might seem like a good thing when native French speakers compliment your French. Yay, someone has noticed! You feel proud, accomplished and like you’ve made progress… and you should feel all of these things. Congrats! Language learning is hard. But the real marker of progress is when native French speakers stop complimenting you on your French. That’s when you know you’ve majorly improved. Yes, really. Why is this the case?

Read on!

“Pardon My French” by Stephen Hare is the French book you’ve been waiting for

Written by Diane. Posted in French language


The other day I dusted off a French grammar book on my bookshelf, and about 5 minutes into my little lesson, I regretted cracking it open. I found myself reading a section on the historic past tense, a tense you will never need because it’s rarely used anymore. It seemed unnecessary to know and just confused me, so to stave off any further frustration, I put the book back on the shelf. A few days later, Stephen Hare’s Pardon My French arrived in the mail and I was eager to start reading. Insightful, interesting, and best of all, practical, this is THE book you want to add to your French learning repertoire.

I’m telling you why in my review!

19 Things that are true when you have a foreign accent

Written by Diane. Posted in French language

Things that are true when you have an accent

When you have an accent in your second language, which most of us do if we started learning it as an adult, people sometimes react to you differently. Sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s not.

Here’s my list of 19 things that are true when you have a foreign accent.


Quick French lesson: Words you can shorten to sound cool

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

french words shortened

Let’s talk language shortcuts. Sometimes you just don’t have time to get the whole word out. In English, depending on where you’re from, present becomes pressie, afternoon becomes arvo and breakfast becomes brekkie — and that’s the tip of the iceberg. What about in French? There are similar shortcuts. Next time you’re having a conversation with someone in French and one of these words below comes up, use the shortened form. It’s more natural, common and ultimately more cool.


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