French is one of the world’s major languages, with an estimated 300 million speakers in countries all across the globe. It’s famed as the language of love, and while it’s the ex-language of diplomacy, it’s still used as a major…
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Seafood is a staple of French cuisine, and although the number of people attending church regularly has dropped over the years it’s still traditional in some areas of France for fish to be served on Friday. Whether you buy…
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Nadia Jordan debunks a common misconception that may have put you off trying to exercise or improve your French while in l’Hexagone… Most foreigners attempting to speak French will have experienced the pained look of incomprehension that a…
When you’re talking French in France, many Brits are confused which version of ‘you’ to use – the polite ‘vous’ or the more familiar ‘tu’ – it’s a socio-political minefield! On paper, the rules appear steadfast. You should…
The British may have a reputation for talking about the weather, but the French are equally obsessed! Here’s what to say when you want to join in…
At French in the Dordogne we are delighted to invite you to le Bourdil Blanc, near Bergerac, for aninspiring week-long residential language holiday. Improve your French on our immersion courses whilst enjoying this most beautiful part of France staying in…
Craindre means to fear, be afraid or be scared of. It is irregular, and you need to remember that the plural forms …
It’s the day to say “je t’aime”… or maybe to go out have fun with your friends or stay in with a good book by Simone de Beauvoir. Comme Une Française explains Valentine’s Day in France
Le Cordon Bleu, the world’s leading network of Culinary Arts and Hotel Management institutes, opens its new Paris school in June