Tips and Tricks

How to get people to speak to you in French

how to i get people to speak French to me

How do I get people to speak to me in French? It’s not about your language skills I think we’ve all been there: ordering something in a café in France, in your best French, and getting an answer in English. You know how it goes. You’ve been practicing French for […]

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No parler français!

no parler francais

When I set off to France, in 1991, to start a new job in Lyon, I was pretty confident that I had enough French to get by. It didn’t take me long to realise though, that I didn’t understand anything that was going on around me and that I couldn’t […]

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Masculine or feminine in French? How can you remember which one to use?

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Masculine or Feminine? La table!, Le verre!, L’hôtel!, Une maison!, Un jardin! One of the hardest things for a native English speaker learning French, is remembering when to use the masculine “le” or “un” or the feminine “la” or “une”. Even very advanced speakers of French have this problem, if […]

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How to avoid speaking English in France

Speak French in France

Has this ever happened to you in France? You want to speak French but somehow you end up speaking English. You are ordering “un café”, “un croissant” or checking into your hotel and before you’ve got past the “bon” of your friendly greeting you’ve been trumped and the conversation has […]

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