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Learn French? Yes, but how?

Learn French? Yes, but how?

Here are 10 tips to learn French fast

1. A little bit, yes! But EVERY DAY!
Practice regularly is the best way to … learn!
Beware the excuse “I have not got time”!
10 minutes are ALWAYS easy to find.
Choose the right time with calm and concentration!
2. A song?
When you do not feel “available”
(tiredness, lack of concentration, ambiance, etc.),
take a break and treat yourself to a song in French!
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A poem for the 14th July (from French original)

A poem for the 14th July (from French original)

A poem for the 14th July (from French original)How sweet it seems, my beautiful Republic
Where many winds died down a long time ago,
When from our harsh suns to a hundred northern plains
Robespierre and Danton once enemies became friends.
How beautiful it seems, my France of folk tunes,
Which can dance to a thousand accordions,
While from our villages to the borders of Paris
A single people celebrates in good heart and with a single soul.
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14th July, national celebration in France, what is really being celebrated?

14th July, national celebration in France, what is really being celebrated?

The 14th July is very often associated with the storming of the Bastille in 1789. It was indeed in the morning of that day that an angry crowd seized this prison-fortress and brought its destruction. However, it was a year later on 14th July 1790 that another event took place, the Festival of Federation. Besides being the first anniversary of the fall of the royal prerogative, this marked the national merging of the regional units of national guards, formed in each of the French provinces.

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A poem about May

A poem about May

De Guillaume Apollinaire (1880 – 1918), un superbe poème traversé par le temps nostalgique et un amour malheureux

Le mai le joli mai en barque sur le Rhin

Des dames regardaient du haut de la montagne

Vous êtes si jolies mais la barque s’éloigne

Qui donc a fait pleurer les saules riverains

Or des vergers fleuris se figeaient en arrière

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Reading French and pronunce it … How many “mai” could you heard in this article ?

Reading French and pronunce it … How many “mai” could you heard in this article ?

Below you will find an article in French to play on words and also practice pronunciation. It is very poetic! But it needs some translation, that you will find first 🙂

In May (mai), do as you please, the saying goes. Embrace it (admettons)! To make a start (entamer) this May, put (mets) my words on the table to scatter it (parsemer) with scarcely eaten (consommés), seasoned dishes (parfumés), too soon shut away (enfermés) but not past their sell-by date (perimés). This May 2017, do not put back (remets) with two hands what you can do with just one, without scattering (semer) or counting (sommer) unfortunates with a cold (enrhumés). I am charmed (charmé) by the aroma (fumet) of those regrets which you pass on (transmets) without peace pipe (calumet) or pill (comprimé).   Continue reading

Un mois … Des mots

Un mois … Des mots

La planète Mars.

Qui ne la connaît pas avec ses petits bonhommes verts, les Martiens ? Elle fut repérée par les Romains, déjà, qui la baptisèrent comme leur Dieu de la Guerre, sa couleur rouge évoquant pour eux le sang des champs de bataille.

Les bonbons Mars

Une pâte à base de lait, de sucre et d’orge recouverte d’une couche de caramel, le tout enrobé d’une fine couche de chocolat au lait est aujourd’hui la première barre chocolatée mondiale.

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