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And the winner is...

Thursday April 24, 2014
Trophée endommagé
Je ne crois pas que ce
trophée soit très tentant.
Over the last month, a few hundred of my faithful readers have voted, and the results are finally in. The winner of the first (and only) LKL's French Grammar Clash is... the subjunctive! Some other grammar points put up a good fight, but—to no one's great surprise—that darned subjective subjunctive subjected everyone to its superior difficulty. Better luck next time, noun gender!

Félicitations, monsieur le subjonctif. Longue vie et prospérité—enfin, si vous y tenez.

French mistakes and difficulties

French verb of the week: payer

Thursday April 24, 2014
French verb of the weekSimple verb conjugations, similarly conjugated verbs, and links to related lessons for the French verb payer.

French verb conjugator

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Mot du jour: jadis

Thursday April 24, 2014
Mot du jourLearn a French word today: jadis.

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French quiz: Politeness

Wednesday April 23, 2014
How good are you at being polite? Test yourself on French politeness with this little quiz, or take a look at the lesson to review.
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Mot du jour: supplique

Wednesday April 23, 2014
Mot du jourIncrease your French vocabulary, one day at a time. Le mot d'aujourd'hui est supplique.

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Mises à jour

French grammar: Verbs and indirect object pronouns

Tuesday April 22, 2014
In French, à plus a person can usually be replaced by an indirect object pronoun. However, a few French verbs and expressions do not allow a preceding indirect object pronoun, so you have to choose another grammatical structure.
Confused? French grammar glossary

Mot du jour: nouer

Tuesday April 22, 2014
Mot du jourTake a few minutes today to learn the French word nouer.

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French expression: Par exemple

Tuesday April 22, 2014
Par exempleThere are many lessons on the French expressions par exemple and ça par exemple, like this one, for example.
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Mot du jour: décoiffer

Monday April 21, 2014
Mot du jourIncrease your French vocabulary, one day at a time. Le mot d'aujourd'hui est décoiffer.

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Mises à jour

Joyeuses Pâques ! Easter in France

Saturday April 19, 2014
Easter in FranceEaster, which in French can be either masculine singular, le Pâques, or feminine plural, les Pâques, is a holiday celebrated even by many non-practicing French Christians. It features flying bells, blessed branches, and chocolate eggs.

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Mot du jour: annuaire

Friday April 18, 2014
Mot du jourLearn a French word a day! Today's word is annuaire.

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French expression: Mon petit doigt m'a dit

Friday April 18, 2014
Mon petit doigt m'a dit
A little birdie told me you should read this lesson on the French expression mon petit doigt m'a dit.

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The Final French Grammar Clash

Thursday April 17, 2014

LKL's French Grammar Clash
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LKLFGC Semi-Finals are over, and they were both close races.

I'm very surprised that Noun gender beat Relative pronouns with 54% of the votes (134 to 114). Gender is just a matter of memorization, whereas relative pronouns are much trickier, and I get more emails about them than just about any other grammar point. But you have spoken, so gender it is.

Less unexpectedly, Subjunctive beat Prepositions after verbs with 56% of the vote (137 to 107).

So the Final match-up is Noun gender vs Subjunctive: remember to vote early and vote often! ;-)

The Most Difficult French Grammar in the History of French Grammar will be announced on Thursday, April 24th.

French verb of the week: gagner

Thursday April 17, 2014
French verb of the weekSimple verb conjugations, similarly conjugated verbs, and links to related lessons for the French verb gagner.

French verb conjugator

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Mot du jour: cheville

Thursday April 17, 2014
Mot du jourLearn a French word a day! Le mot d'aujourd'hui est cheville.

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French proverb: En avril, ne te découvre pas d'un fil

Thursday April 17, 2014
En avril, ne te découvre pas d'un filIn early spring, you should heed the French proverb En avril, ne te découvre pas d'un fil.

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French quiz: Important dates

Wednesday April 16, 2014
Test yourself on important dates in French history with this little quiz.
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Learn French on Facebook

Wednesday April 16, 2014
If you don't already follow my French Facebook page, you should: I've started adding beautiful photos, interesting cultural tidbits, and near-daily links to (currently) free Kindle books. Be sure to like and follow so that posts like this show up in your Facebook feed:
 

Mot du jour: prosaïque

Wednesday April 16, 2014
Mot du jourLearn a French word a day! Today's word is prosaïque.

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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.

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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!

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

 
Voting is over - see who won: The Last Grammar Points Standing.

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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