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French seems: All about sembler

Tuesday April 15, 2014
Sembler is a very common and useful French verb. It is a regular -ER verb, can be personal or impersonal, and may be followed by the subjunctive.
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Mot du jour: débrouiller

Tuesday April 15, 2014
Mot du jourLearn a new French word today: débrouiller.

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French expression: Changer les idées

Monday April 14, 2014
Changer les idéesNeed to take your mind off things? Click to learn about the idiomatic French expression changer les idées.

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Mot du jour: raffoler

Monday April 14, 2014
Mot du jourIncrease your French vocabulary, one day at a time. Le mot d'aujourd'hui est raffoler.

Tips: Improve your French vocabulary

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Mises à jour

LKLFGC - Semi-Finals

Sunday April 13, 2014
LKL's French Grammar Clash
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LKL's French Grammar Clash's Round Two votes are in - on to the Semi-Finals!

Don't miss your chance to vote - the Final is only a few days away and the races are tight! Scroll down to vote in both of the Semi-Finals.
 

Nouns vs Adjectives

Noun gender beat Adjective placement with 61% of the votes (238 to 151)

Pronouns

Relative pronouns edged out Lequel with 59% of the votes (160 to 108)

Verbs

The Subjunctive slaughtered Faire vs rendre with 78% of the votes (205 to 55)

Miscellaneous Grammar

Prepositions after verbs tromped all over Encore vs toujours with 84% of the votes (211 to 38)

 
Semi-Finals

 
So cast your votes to help determine which French grammar points make it into the Finals! The Last Grammar Points Standing will be announced on Thursday, April 17th.

Book Review: Keys to France

Sunday April 13, 2014
Keys to FranceSmartphones and tablets are great tools, but when you're traveling, nothing is quite so reassuring as a book that never needs to be recharged, nor hidden from potential thieves. Pam Bourgeois's Keys to France offers nearly 100 pages of travel tips, cultural insights, and essential phrases to help you make the most of your trip.

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Mot du jour: brin

Friday April 11, 2014
Mot du jourLearn a new French word today: brin.

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French expression: À la française

Friday April 11, 2014
Work on your French style with the expression à la française.

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French verbs: Advanced past tenses

Thursday April 10, 2014
The difference between the two main French past tenses, the passé composé and the imparfait, is a constant struggle for many French students. In the basic lesson on le passé, you learned about the fundamental differences between these two tenses. In this advanced lesson, you will learn about the particularities of certain verbs, including those that are usually in the imperfect and those that have different meanings depending on which tense is used.
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French verb of the week: mettre

Thursday April 10, 2014
French verb of the weekLearn simple verb conjugations, see similarly conjugated verbs, and learn more with links to related lessons for the French verb mettre.

French verb conjugator

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Mot du jour: citadin

Thursday April 10, 2014
Mot du jourIncrease your French vocabulary, one day at a time. Le mot d'aujourd'hui est citadin.

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Mises à jour

French quiz: To Return

Wednesday April 9, 2014
There are 7 different French verbs to choose between every time you want to say "return" - do you know the difference? Test yourself on retourner, revenir, rentrer, and all the rest with this quiz or take a look at the lesson to review.
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Mot du jour: pagaille

Wednesday April 9, 2014
Mot du jourLearn a new French word every weekday! Today's word is pagaille.

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French adverb: Jamais

Tuesday April 8, 2014
In English there's no risk of confusion between "ever" and "never" which have opposing though not quite opposite meanings. In French, however, both terms can be translated by jamais, depending on what's in the rest of the sentence.
More: French adverbs | Negation

Mot du jour: constater

Tuesday April 8, 2014
Mot du jourLearn a French word a day: constater.

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French expression: ci-joint

Monday April 7, 2014
Ci-jointLesson on the French expression ci-joint; explanation of what it means and when it requires agreement attached.
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Mot du jour: découdre

Monday April 7, 2014
Mot du jourLearn a new French word every weekday! Today's word is découdre.

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French Classroom Game: Password

Sunday April 6, 2014
Some days students just aren't in the mood to learn, which can make French classes frustrating for them as well as for the teacher. Playing games in French is one technique that can help recapture students' interest while helping them learn or review French. This game, called Password, is a fun way to practice descriptions.
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LKLFGC - Round Two

Saturday April 5, 2014
LKL's French Grammar Clash
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LKL's French Grammar Clash's Round One votes are in with pretty clear-cut winners, including a few surprises.

Be sure to scroll down and vote in all four polls!

Nouns and Adjectives

Noun gender obliterated Pluralizing nouns with 91% of the votes (354 to 31).

Adjective placement edged out Adjective agreement with 59% of the votes (199 to 134)

Round Two Face-Off

 
Pronouns

Relative pronouns received more than twice as many votes as Object pronouns with 70% of the votes (202 to 86)

Lequel annihilated Tu vs vous with 93% of the votes (282 vs 20)

Round Two Face-Off

 
Verbs

Subjunctive trounced Passé composé vs Imparfait by nearly 3 to 1 with 73% of the vote (237 to 86)

Faire vs rendre also tripled over Savoir vs connaître with 75% of the vote (222 to 74)

Round Two Face-Off

 
Miscellaneous Grammar

Encore vs toujours beat Meilleur vs mieux with a respectable 59% of the vote (170 to 116)

Prepositions after verbs slam dunked De vs du / de la / des with 79% of the vote 251 to 66)

Round Two Face-Off

 
Round Two voting is over - see the results

Mot du jour: normal

Friday April 4, 2014
Mot du jourLearn a new French word every weekday! Today's word is normal.

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French expression: Bon appétit !

Friday April 4, 2014
Bon appétit !Click to learn all about the French expression bon appétit, and enjoy your meal!

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French grammar: Si clauses - Propositions conditionnelles

Thursday April 3, 2014
If-then clauses, also known as si clauses, conditionals, or conditional sentences, are sentences with one clause stating a condition or possibility, and a second clause naming a result which is dependent upon that condition. There are different types of si clauses, but they all have two things in common - and the use of the conditional mood is not one of them.

French class practice: Si clause threads

This is a detailed practice exercise for working on si clauses in the French classroom. Si clause practice

French verb of the week: savoir

Thursday April 3, 2014
French verb of the weekSimple verb conjugations, similarly conjugated verbs, and links to related lessons for the common French verb savoir.

French verb conjugator

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Mot du jour: envergure

Thursday April 3, 2014
Mot du jourLearn a new French word today: envergure.

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French quiz: Ordinal numbers and fractions

Wednesday April 2, 2014
How are you with French ordinal number and fractions? Test yourself with this quiz or take a look at the lesson to review.
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