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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!
Being regular 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!
3. Sentences
Do not leave words on their own, learn to link them together. Play with them!
No verb without its complement, no noun without an adjective.
Always prefer groups of words, then sentences, to words on their own.
4. Reading 
Read French texts, starting with the very simplest, then advancing gradually. But read REGULARLY!
5. Read out loud
ALWAYS get used to associating written to spoken, spoken to written.
Always read aloud, write down what you hear whenever you can.
6. French speakers!
Find French-speaking conversation partners! The “must”? Learn French in France with teachers who invite you into their homes! https://slimmersion-france.com/
7. Practice grammar
Get used to always saying a sentence in TWO WAYS AT LEAST; change the personal pronouns (I, you, we …); change the tense of verbs (today, tomorrow, yesterday …); alternate positive/negative, singular/plural, feminine/masculine, etc. Play with French!
8. A little + a little + a little = a lot
Recognise that you are progressing, step by step!
No one knows a language perfectly, whatever it might be.
Better to know a little than none at all!
9. Speak
Speak, speak, always without hang-up! Do not be afraid of making mistakes!
Always ask your conversation partner to correct you, thanking them for it. If you do not have anyone to speak French with, then speak on your own … it works! I tried
10. A foreign language is a country to discover
Increase your forms of contact with French, via radio, conversations, books, films, songs, television, poetry, newspapers, etc. And do not forget that an immersion stay at a teacher’s house is by far the most effective because you are living with a teacher, learning French and about French culture in everyday life.

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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Les mots du mois

Les mots du mois

Mai, mois du muguet, mois de de la fête des travailleurs, mois du temps des cerises et mois des champs en fleurs.

Pourquoi la tradition d’offrir du muguet ? Cette tradition date de 1560, le chevalier Louise de Girard de Maisonforte a offert un brin de muguet, au  roi Charles IX, en visite avec sa mère Catherine de Médicis dans la Drôme. Dès le 1er mai 1561, le roi se met alors à distribuer des brins de muguet aux dames de la cour en leur disant: «Qu’il en soit fait ainsi chaque année». La coutume était née !

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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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Février, le mot du mois : froid

Février, le mot du mois : froid

Froid : le sens du mot

En voilà bien, un mot de saison ! Issu du latin frigidus, son sens est on ne peut plus clair et explicite : le froid, c’est tout simplement l’absence de chaleur.

Froid se dit aussi de quelque chose ou de quelqu’un qui ne dégage pas d’émotion, pas de chaleur, pas ou peu de vie.

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