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Constructing Simple Sentences in French

Although the word "grammar" may make you as nervous now as it did when you were in grammar school, you can relax your grip on that number 2 pencil: Grammar is merely the school glue that holds your French [more…]

Making Small Talk in French

Small talk usually takes place at the beginning of a conversation with a stranger you have just met, after introducing yourselves and finding out where each of you comes from. Small talk allows you to [more…]

Writing in French with Masculine and Feminine Nouns

A basic, singular noun refers to just one of something: a book, the cheese, my house. In English, that's about all there is to know about singular nouns. French, however, adds a little more to it: Every [more…]

How to Speak French: Common French Expressions

When learning to speak French, master a few common expressions to build your conversation skills. Almost everyone who speaks French uses the following list of phrases: These expressions are so very French [more…]

French Translation: Three Things to Avoid

Everyone makes mistakes, but you can avoid many, if not most, of them by paying extra attention to typical problem areas. Following are three things you should avoid doing if you want to write French like [more…]

Enjoying French Meals

What better way to enjoy what you are going to eat than to start with an empty stomach. Then you can say, "J'ai faim"(zheh fan) (I'm hungry) or "J'ai soif [more…]

Five Frequently Mixed-Up French Verbs

French has many ways a nonnative speaker can mix up verbs or use them incorrectly. The mix-ups are a result of these three problems: [more…]

Shopping in French Stores

If you don't know where to start or even if you don't have the slightest idea of what you want to bring back, un grand magasin (ewn grahN mah-gah-zaN) [more…]

French Verbs: Watching Your Mood

Verbs are divided into various moods. Linguistically, the mood of a verb is a way of expressing oneself, or a way of speaking. A mood shows the speaker's attitude toward an event. The French language has [more…]

Understanding French Articles and How They Indicate Gender and Number

Articles are small words that you use only with nouns. They both present a noun and indicate the gender and number of a noun. French has definite, indefinite, [more…]

French Vocabulary for Shopping

Develop a French shopping vocabulary to gain a new cultural experience when traveling. Whether you're shopping for clothes, food, or souvenirs, you can use the following phrases in any French-speaking [more…]

How to Make Small Talk in French

Making small talk in French is just the same as in English. Touch on familiar topics like jobs, sports, children — just say it in French! Small talk describes the brief conversations that you have with [more…]

How to Order Food in French

Knowing how to order food in French is essential, whether you're on a short visit to a French-speaking country or planning to live there. Eating out at French restaurants and cafes can be a lot of fun, [more…]

How to Say Dates and Times in French

When making plans, appointments, and travel arrangements in French-speaking countries, you need to be able to state dates and other calendar terms in French. Knowing how to say and understand dates, the [more…]

How to Count in French

When it comes to numbers and counting, the French follow most of the same patterns that the English do (at least from 0 to 20). After that there are a few differences, but don’t worry learning numbers [more…]

Speaking French at Work

Speaking French at work and school doesn't have to be complicated. Whether you’re looking for a job in a French-speaking country or just need to talk with coworkers there, you'll need to know some key [more…]

How to Make Appointments in French

The trick to making appointments in French is being prepared for the questions and answers you’ll hear. As long as you know French vocabulary for the who [more…]

How to Ask Questions in French

How do you ask basic questions in French? Well, French interrogative words mean the same as they do for English: who, what, when, where, why, and how. By knowing basic French interrogatives, you'll be [more…]

Common Conversational Words and Phrases in French

By mastering the basics of conversation in French, you put yourself and the person you're talking to at ease. Everyone should learn essential French conversational words and phrases before traveling to [more…]

French Greetings and Good-Byes

Knowing some common French greetings and good-byes will be indispensable when traveling in French-speaking countries. Saying hello and good-bye in French will quickly become second nature because you'll [more…]

French Travel-Related Words and Phrases

Traveling in French-speaking countries can be confusing if you can't read the signs or understand the instructions you're given. Learn some useful travel-related words and phrases in French before you [more…]

How to Ask for and Understand Directions in French

Exploring French-speaking countries can be quite an adventure, but you need to know how to ask for directions in French and to understand what you're told. After all, if you don't understand the directions [more…]

How to Ask For Help in French

Know how to ask for help in French before you have an actual emergency. Save valuable time in a crisis by knowing simple French words and phrases to cover emergencies with illness or theft. [more…]

How to Make Introductions in French

Learning the proper way to make introductions in French can help you get off to the right start. The French language tends to be a bit more formal than American English. Consequently, introductions in [more…]

Money and Banking Phrases in French

Traveling is expensive, so it's crucial to have a good understanding of French phrases for money and banking. While in a French-speaking country, the best way to ensure that you get the most for your money [more…]

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