Common Mistakes With Weather

Over the past few years I’ve been teaching private French lessons via Skype and have heard students make a common mistake about the weather countless times. Normally when talking about the weather you say: “Il fait + ADJECTIVE”. For example, to say it’s cold out you say, “Il fait froid” or to say it’s hot out you say, “Il fait chaud”.

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How To Say ING In French

 

Over the past three years I’ve been teaching French online and have heard students make this mistake many times. The mistake is to add the word “suis” when trying to say “I am” doing something. For example, to say “I am speaking” I will often hear students say, “Je suis parle”. This is totally wrong. In French “Je parle” means both “I speak” and “I am speaking”.

There is absolutely no need for the word “suis” for am because the “am” is actually embedded in the verb. So, “Je mange” means both “I eat” and “I am eating” and “Je suis mange” would be totally wrong if you’re trying to say “I am eating”. In the audio lesson below I’ll walk you through lots of examples. Please comment and share.

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Penser vs Reflechir

 

There are two verbs in French that can often cause a bit of confusion and are worth contracting: Penser and Réfléchir. Both verbs mean to think but their meanings are totally different. Réfléchir translates to “think over”, “ponder” or “mull”. Another translation is to “reflect”.

Penser, however, is to think on a much more superficial level. Usually penser applies to thinking of something in a yes/no manor. If want to ask somebody what they think you don’t use réfléchir. You use penser. In the audio podcast below I’ll go through a list of example sentences using both penser and réfléchir and discuss their usages. If you have the time please do listen to the audio as I offer a lot of explanations.

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New Years Resolutions

On this page you’ll find 50 New Years Resolutions in French (les bonnes résolutions du nouvel an). It’s that time of the year again and it’s time to start thinking about the things I want to start and stop doing. Am I going to do everything on this list? No way! But, I can try. Are there any resolutions that I left off? Please let me know in the comments section below.

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French Travel Vocabulary


If you’re planning a trip to France or any French-speaking country then it will be very useful for you to learn some basic travel vocabulary. This list is very elementary in nature an covers greetings, directions, taxi, restaurant and hotel vocabulary. If you’re really serious about learning some French before a trip to France then I’d suggest listening to some audio lessons.

Audio Vocabulary List

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Temps Vs Fois

One of the most common mistakes I’ve seen over the years since I’ve been teaching French online is confusing the two words for time: le temps and la fois.

The reason is that in English there’s only one word for time: time! In French temps and fois have different meanings and usages.

“Le temps” describes the time as in “having the time” or not having enough time. Here are some examples:

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Saying The Year Wrong

saying-the-date-wrong4One of the most common mistakes I’ve heard students make in my online French lessons is saying the year wrong. This is because in French you must say the word “cent” for hundred. For the 2000s it’s easy. You simply say “deux mille” (2000) plus the year. For example: 2016 is “deux mille seize” and 2005 is “deux mille cinq”.

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8 Top Blogs For Learning French

learn-french-blogs1In this article I’ve hand picked my favorite eight blogs for learning French. I’ve looked at several criteria for putting these blogs on my list. Actually, I’ve been a big fan of many of these people for a long time and have visited their sites regularly over the years. I included blog writers who post excellent original content and post on a regular basis and are experts in the French language learning niche. Several of these writers are teachers themselves and have accumulated decades of useful teaching experience and share their knowledge through their blogs. Please feel free to suggest any blogs that I’ve missed in the comments section below!

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Where To Find A Private French Tutor Online

online-french-tutorsThe task of trying to find a good online French teacher can be quite daunting. In this post I’ve taken a look at the top 10 websites which offer private French lessons at home. These sites contain hundreds of online teacher profiles. Take your time to read the tutors’ profiles and make your decision to find the best teacher today!

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Top 20 Phrases in French

French has lots of idiomatic phrases and expressions that cannot be translated directly into English. In this blog post I wanted to come up with a list of the top 20 French most common phrases that are used in France that you most likely won’t learn in any high school class that are used in everyday spoken French. I’ve also included pronunciation.

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