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…
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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
When sad events happen, it is difficult to find the words to express our support or sympathy in French. It is never easy, even in our own language. How should we react? What can we say or do to help?
Avoir, meaning ‘to have’, is one of the most common French verbs, and it is irregular in most tenses. Here’s how to use it.
Immersion course for adults combine a learning experience with the charm, sunshine, food and wine of Provence. No matter the goal you set for yourself, whether you are preparing yourself for settling in France, improving your job skills, or learning…
For anyone trying to learn French or hoping to communicate better in France, this page is the place to search our many useful French glossaries on a wide range of topics, from living in France to what to say at the hotel on…