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By November 17, 2009

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Je parle souvent de moi-même dans ces articles, de ma vie et mes voyages en France. Vous me connaissez assez bien (voire très bien, si vous me lisez depuis plusieurs années), mais je ne vous connais pas du tout, à part la poignée de visiteurs qui parlent d'eux-mêmes dans les commentaires. Aujourd'hui, je vous donne la parole : qui êtes-vous ? Pourquoi visitez-vous ce site ? Aimez-vous la France et le français autant (mot du jour) que moi ? Veuillez laissez vos réponses en bas de ce message. J'apprécierais aussi que vous « votiez » dans mes sondages. Je vous écoute !

How about you?

I often talk about myself in these articles, about my life and travels in France. You know me fairly well (or even very well, if you've been reading me for several years), but I don't know you at all, other than the handful of visitors that talk about themselves in the comments. Today, I'm giving you the floor: who are you? Why do you visit this site? Do you love France and French as much as I do? Please leave your answers at the bottom of this message. I'd also appreciate it if you could "vote" in my polls. I'm listening!

Your answers (please post unrelated comments in the forum)

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November 17, 2009 at 7:03 am
(1) Manju says:

I’m a frequent visitor of this site.
This website is extremely useful for the ones who would like to develop or master the language.
I love French and France very much. one of my goals is to be fluent in the language and get an interpreter job in an organisation.
Look forward ur help. by the way, I’m a B2 student from Alliance Francais, Madras, India

November 17, 2009 at 9:00 am
(2) Dot says:

I learned French at school many moons ago and love the language. My daughter is now learning it at A Level and so we frequently go on the site together to advance our knowledge of it. It is fantastic.

November 17, 2009 at 9:32 am
(3) Dimo says:

I am new to this site and find it very helpful. Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge and experience with us.
I have studied French at school but have not actively use it. However I will be moving to France to start a new job in Paris in Q1 2010 and want to brush up my French (although the offcial language in the company is English).
Once again thanks for your help.

November 17, 2009 at 10:14 am
(4) Katherine says:

Je lis ce blog pour pratiquer le francais. A l’universite, je suivais quelque cours de francais, mais je ne le parle jamais ici aux Etats-Unis. J’aime voyager aussi, donc, j’aime lire de vos aventures. Merci pour ce blog!

November 17, 2009 at 10:38 am
(5) Glenn says:

I have followed your site for about two years off and on, but now I click through to your site via Twitter just about every day. My high school French from forty years ago has long since evaporated, so I find your site very helpful in getting re-acquainted with the language. Last year I was able to visit France for the first time and was in a restaurant where no English was understood. To communicate that I did not want any dessert, I luckily remembered to say “j’ai trop mangé” and not “je suis plein” thanks to one of your “mistake-of-the-week” posts. I also enjoy following your blog. Excellent work on your part and much appreciated.

November 17, 2009 at 10:56 am
(6) Lackhead says:

I’ve been reading this sight daily for about 18 months now, about most of the time I’ve been studying the language. For me, it is a fantastic way to reinforce what I’ve learned in class, as well as inject new words or ideas. It is a great balance of reading, grammar, and vocabulary…le meilleur site web pour tous les étudiants de français!

November 17, 2009 at 11:02 am
(7) Elaine says:

Hi Laura, we’re almost neighbours. I’m in Mougins.

Unlike your other readers, I’m an unenthusiastic French learner. I came to France two and a half years ago following my French partner and I’m learning French just because it makes life easier.

I’ve been following your blog for about a year. I find your bite-size pieces of French very digestible, and I’m always interested to hear how another expatriate is getting on. Keep up the good work :0)

November 17, 2009 at 11:28 am
(8) Franklin says:

Je m’appelle Frankie et j’habite à Seattle, WA USA. J’ai 48 ans et je suis comptable (responsable de Finance) pour un “maison de santé” que spécialise au SIDA. J’ai commencé etudier la français depuis 3 ans comme un adulte, mais j’estudiais par Lycée il y a beacoups des ans. J’etudie avec mon partenaire Don et nous avons découvert ce site en resercher les sources variés de la langue française. J’adore ce site Laura! Je le lis chaque jour. En effet, nous somme les francophones! J’aime faire les vacances a France, manger a les restos français, ecouter la musique française (traditionelle et populaire), regarder la télé (TV5Monde), lire les romans francaise, et ecouter la radio France Info à grace de mon iPhone. Je l’ecoute chaque jour en marcher à mon boulot. Actuellement, nous etudions aussi à l’Alliance Française de Seattle. J’aimerais démanager à France comme Laura quelque jour!

November 17, 2009 at 12:27 pm
(9) Jenny says:

Hi Laura, I am living in Nice for a year and I use this site among others to work on my French. I have just been here for a few months but I have been using my French on and off for years and I am pretty much stuck as an intermediate French speaker. I find the site very useful but it would be great if there was some tool for people to meet up and work on the language a bit. If you are passing by Nice, get in touch!

November 17, 2009 at 12:36 pm
(10) Wanda says:

Hi Laura,
Je lis votre site regulierement, Je suis une etudiante de francais pour l’adults au Texas. Mais je suis Polonaise. Ma fille vit a Nice et maintent elle devient la mere, donc je suis une nouvelle grande-mere. Il me faut continuer etudier francais pour parler avec mon petit fis :)
Merci et j’aime votre site vraiment.

November 17, 2009 at 12:39 pm
(11) Lauriate Roly says:

J’aime la France
J’aime la langue française
J’adore ce site depuis maintenant six ans
J’adore les amis que j’ai apporté à ce site
Mais, plus que tout, je t’aime – (my dear good friend)

November 17, 2009 at 12:42 pm
(12) Jonathan says:


Je trouve votre blog très bénéficiel! Je suis étudiant, tuteur, et président de le Club de Français. Pour tous ces choses, je lis ce blog tous les jours! Il m’a aidé depuis six ans pour apprendre la grammaire, des phrases idiomatiques, et comment taper les accents français! En fait, je suggère aux étudiants de français de trouver ce site et chercher ce qu’ils ont des problèmes!

L’année dernière, j’ai dit à une de mes profs de français que je lisais ce site pour comprendre le leçon, et elle m’a dis qu’elle était votre prof depuis longtemps! Elle s’appelle Dr. Slater et elle a parlé beaucoup de votre compréhension de la langue!

Merci une mille fois pour tous ce que vous faites, vraiment!

November 17, 2009 at 12:53 pm
(13) Sasha says:


Je suivre vos cours depuis 6-8 mois. Je viens d’Ukraine et je suis étudiant au Canada (il y a 3 mois), science de l’atmosphére. Merci, vous m’avez bien aidé.

November 17, 2009 at 12:55 pm
(14) monessa says:

Allô Laura. Je m’appel Monessa et habite à Toronto Canada je vous lis depuis plusieurs années et j’aimerais dire que je bénéfice beaucoup de votre site ça m’a aidé à approuvée énormément. Ma langue maternelle est le perse mais je parle français, alleamande et englais mais ma langue prefere est bien sure le francais!. je te soutaites bonne séjour en france et je te mercie pour ton excellent éffort dans cette site.

November 17, 2009 at 12:57 pm
(15) Jack says:

Hello Laura,

I’ve take a number of French courses in High School and at the college level. My wife was a French teacher (retired this year), and we have taken numerous trips to France, both together and with students. In fact we were in Martinique in September. Reading your emails is helpful for me in improving my comprehension, although I have never gotten to the point where I can comfortably hold a conversation in French. It’s one of my great disappointments, because I love France, especially Paris. However, I’ll keep plugging away.

November 17, 2009 at 12:59 pm
(16) Raphael Haftka says:

I am 65 and a professor of Aerospace Engineering, and I had only three years of French in highschool/college. So your column is very helpful in helping me not forget my French. I also do bilingual email with French colleagues (they write in French and I answer in English).

I am not too enthusiastic about geography, so I enjoy more columns were you describe people and social interactions rather than places. I also enjoy very much columns like the one on olive oil that allow me to learn something useful and new words at the same time.

So I hope you continue with your column for many years to come.

November 17, 2009 at 1:02 pm
(17) Chitralekha says:

Bonjour, Je visite votre site régulièrement et je l’aime beaucoup. Je suis étudiante de la langue française à Alliance Française du Bengale(à Kolkata, Inde) et j’enseigne la langue française aux débutants aussi. J’aime la langue et la litterature française et votre site m’aide beaucoup. Merci beaucoup pour nous aider et informer.

November 17, 2009 at 1:04 pm
(18) ian morris says:

I also love France enough to live there(just completed our first year), even though I know very little of the language. I am retired here with my wife Shirley of 40 years, she is fluent in the language only getting lost in the technicalities of french bureaucracy. We take part in local activities the “Choral” , “Painting Class”

November 17, 2009 at 1:09 pm
(19) Mary says:

I studied French in college and have always been interested in becoming more proficient. I am a retired mathematics professor. I am planning to visit France in the spring. I am using Rosetta Stone, along with your site, to become a better French speaker. Thank you for your interesting messages.

November 17, 2009 at 1:13 pm
(20) Jacko23 says:

Moi, j’aime la France. Ce sont les Francais qui me derangent. Mes amis, quand meme.

November 17, 2009 at 1:14 pm
(21) Pamela Hanson says:

Hi Laura,

I started French in Junior High and got to be fluent, but living in Honduras, while allowing me to become fluent in Spanish, caused my French to be completely blocked. I could not get out a single word of French – even in answer to simple questions it came out “Si – I mean Oui.”

I tried the Alliance Française, but they kept giving me a truly horrible teacher. So I subscribed to your site, I watch movies dubbed in French, I found a conversation partner, and I occasionally host couch-surfers who speak French. I never lost the ability to understand French, but now I can speak it again, though slowly because I have to think about each word to make sure Spanish is not slipping in. My vocabulary is still not what it was, but is improving.

I love your site, it is incredibly deep. The newsletters keep French on my mind twice a week, and the rest is there for reference. I usually click through to one or two topics each week. The conjugator and the Subjunctivator are particularly useful. I like the quizzes too, and fun random stuff like gender of countries and continents, for example.


November 17, 2009 at 1:19 pm
(22) Travis says:

Salut Laura,

I am 34 years old living in Virginia, USA. Like many others here, my background in French is limited to high school and opportunities to practice any aspect of French are limited, however I have a love of the language and the society. I have been a subscriber for years and always find your articles enlightening on multiple fronts. I had the opportunity to visit parts of France and Belgium a few years ago, and that short visit only solidified my addiction. Thank you for providing my weekly fix.

Gratefully yours,

November 17, 2009 at 1:23 pm
(23) Darja says:

I find your texts a kind reminder digging out my knowledge of French which is still buried under years of non-use.
I enjoy your texts – they don’t take much time to read, but give plenty of language and culture
I hope you will continue
Darja from Slovenia

November 17, 2009 at 1:27 pm
(24) Graham Darby says:

Bon Jour
I too am a newcomer to your site: I “studied” French at school about 45 years ago – which explains my rather pedantic French which makes the locals laugh (after all, *my* teachers were taught by people for whom “My postillion has been struck by lightning” would have been almost everyday conversation!!!! I am living part-time in France – 40 minutes drive due east from Bordeaux – and the local accent and patois add greatly to the joy of living there — je comprends rien!
I love the challenge of *trying* to make myself understood – and am greatly enjoying your tutorials! Merci milles fois!

November 17, 2009 at 1:35 pm
(25) Flore Aubry-Hamilton says:

Je suis francaise. Je lis votre site regulierement. Je travaille dans une universitee Aux Etats-Unis. Vos commentaires sur la France et votre vie en France me plaises. Cela me garde dans l’atmosphere de la langue. L’annee derniere j’ai utilise votre site pour donner quelques lecons de francais benevoles dans une eglise. (Sorry, my computer is on the english mode. Therefore, the symbols used in French are not seen in English.

November 17, 2009 at 1:43 pm
(26) Raymond says:

I love your site. I have some basic French but find that you need to keep in touch with the language on a daily basis to improve your fluency.This I can do through your site. I fell in love with France on my first visit there twenty years ago and have been returning there nearly ever year since. I am still in love with France and all things french and now have a small appartment in the Languedoc. I hope to go on improving my French with the help of your site as this is the only way I can truely get to understand the French, their history,culture and how they thing and feel.

November 17, 2009 at 1:56 pm
(27) Dani says:

I am a subscriber to your French newsletter & have been taking French classes in college for the last couple years. Your blog and the other resources on your website give me the headstart and the edge I need in my classes. I have not yet visited France or any other Francophone countries but I would like to someday, which is why I study so hard today. Right now, I am just a broke college student studying French and creative writing in English. Your website is an excellent resource and I love to hear about your adventures.

November 17, 2009 at 2:05 pm
(28) BrotherRobert says:

le 17 novembre,2009(MMIX)
Chere Laura: BONJOUR! I absolutely love this stie because I think I have learned more french from here than during my high school days in the early 80′s.
This site is AWESOME and so are you! I joined it in the summer of 2008 and I still love it. I wish this site would have been made available during my high school days but we had no Internet back then yet.
I love coming on here to ask questions and HELP PEOPLE also with their french. I have collected A LOT of french materials over the years and just started getting on different french websites this year to learn more french!
It’s my fave language and I do all my artworks in French because I am a artist also. A very good one!
I’ve gotten a few french penpals from this site. Some left me and some stayed.
I have NEVER been to France in my whole life, or anywhere outside the USA except for Canada. I would love to go and live there for a couple of years to get my speaking skills down pat. The best way to learn French is to live in a French speaking country.
I hope this site NEVER gets cancelled. There are no french speakers in my state! I have to go to another state or another country to get french friends.
I have learned a lot from this site and I love being on it DAILY! Have a blessed day and week! A bientot!

November 17, 2009 at 2:07 pm
(29) Dottie Kilmer says:

Hello Laura,

I should take the time to think this through so I could respond in French, but I am afraid if I don’t do it now I will never do it. I simply love languages. I studied both French and Spanish in high school, and a lot of Spanish over the years as I lived in south Florida. I am now retired in a wonderful community in north central Florida. I take a weekly French class at the Lifelong Learning College here, as well as attend a weekly French Study group facilitated by a lady from Brittany. I love getting your emails every Tuesday and Friday. I love the quizes, and being able to look up things in “Trouvez”. Your site has greatly enhanced my learning of the French language

November 17, 2009 at 2:11 pm
(30) Ketsani says:

Bonjour Laura, J’ai passe 5 ans a Pondichery – une ancienne colonie francaise au Sud de l’Inde. C’etait la ou j’ai fait mes etudes francaises au Lycee jusqu’a la troisieme. J’adore votre site; Merci. J’adore la langue francaise, et je veux pas l’oublier. J’habite a San Francisco, et je ne connais pas beaucoup de francais pour pouvoir pratiquer la langue francaise. Dommage. Ben, merci encore une fois. A bientot. Ketsani

November 17, 2009 at 2:24 pm
(31) Mick says:

Hi, Laura.
I am 66 and have been reading your Tuesday and Friday newsletters for years. I have been studying French since 1997, having taken 2 recent college level courses and several home study courses. I am currently on Rosetta Stone’s level 2. But as with most other comments from U.S. residents, there is not much opportunity to practice speaking French however I am pleased with my reading progress.
I have been fortunate to travel a lot and France is my most travelled destination with 5 visits since 1997. My longest stay there was 2 months back in 2006 where I stayed about a half hour drive from you in Hyeres in the coastal town of Cavalaire-sur-mer. I stayed there for a month then took the train from Nice to Paris where I remained for my final month. Paris is my first love. If nothing else, I stay in Paris for a month at a time, use it as a base, take the TGV for day trips to distant cities like Annecy, Avignon, La Boule, Lyon, etc. I love the European trains.
I always appreciate your site. Take care.

November 17, 2009 at 2:27 pm
(32) Christine says:

Bonjour tout le monde,
J’ai commencé à apprendre le français quand j’étais toute petite (aux Etats Unis) et j’avais toujours revé d’un jour vivre dans un pays francophone. Maintenant j’habite en Allemagne mais avec mon copain qui est français. On parle français à la maison, anglais entre amis, et allemand au bureau. En plus, j’ai vécu 2,5 ans à Grenoble. J’ai commencé à consulter ce site avant mon deuxième séjour en France. En ce moment là, mon niveau de français était très bas. Grace à ce site j’ai pu améliorer ma grammaire et mon vocabulaire. Maintenant je l’utilise moins pour les leçons et plus pour les articles et les commentaires. Merci Laura pour ce site. Il est très bien fait.

November 17, 2009 at 2:33 pm
(33) Ginger says:

I am of French descent from Louisiana. I have a life long dream of learning to speak French because it was the language of my ancestors. It is also very pleasing to listen to. The last French speakers in my family were of my grandparents generation (all born around the turn of the last century). French in general was not taught to my father’s generation and speaking it was discouraged even at home because students who slipped up at school were subject to suspension. One of my aunts, who married into the family, can attest to that fact.

I read your stories religiously and love it when you attach pictures. Some day I will travel to France to see it for myself, but in the mean time, I appreciate all that you do.

November 17, 2009 at 2:46 pm
(34) Michelle says:

My 8th grade daughter is currently learning French and we both could use some extra help with it…

November 17, 2009 at 2:47 pm
(35) Irin says:

I live in Azerbaijan,I’m 35 y.o,and I’ve been studing french for the 6 months(apprx).I like France and I find it amazing how the french language sounds.WE decidet to study French with my kida(twins),who are 13,and they made even bigger progress than me.I found this site by chance, and now I usually visit it to improve my knowledgeand to find anything that i couldnt catch during the lesson.The information u give there is clear and easy for understanding.It s really a great job!THank you

November 17, 2009 at 3:02 pm
(36) Laurie says:

Bonjour Laura,

Je suis votre site depuis 2 ans et ca me plait beaucoup. J’apprend beaucoup de choses la. Je suis Vietnamienne et j’ai etudie un peu de francais quand j’etais petite pour quelques annees, mais j’ai oublie presque tout apres je suis arrivee aux Etat-Unis il y a 32 ans. Eh bien, j’ai commence encore une fois a apprendre le francais avec l’aide de votre site. Je fais partie d’un groupe a Houston qui rencontre regulierement pour parler en francais. J’adore la langue francaise et une de mes tres bonnes amies est francaise. On ne se parle souvent en francais car elle est comme americaine maintenant. Elle est la raison que je m’interesse de nouveau a apprendre le francais.

Je vais aller a Paris l’annee prochaine pour courir le marathon de Paris et pour visiter la ville. J’ai vraiment hate d’y aller.

Merci Laura pour vos informations. C’est super.

November 17, 2009 at 3:02 pm
(37) Jacqueline says:

Bonjour Laura,
Je m’appelle Jacqueline et j’ai 73 ans, je suis française née à Paris. J’habite à San Diego Californie depuis plusieurs années.

J’adore ce site qui m’intéresse beaucoup. J’aime lire de vos aventures.

Que Dieu vous bénisse,

Merci milles fois!


November 17, 2009 at 3:04 pm
(38) sue says:

Hi Laura, I live in Adelaide, South Australia and I have been following your journey and using the site for about 2 years. I am 56 and I learnt french at school and loved it so I returned to classes about 4 years ago. I have only visited Paris once for a week but my husband and I plan to visit France, Italy and Sweeden next year. I love all things french particularly the beautifull language.Your site is excellent Laura keep up the good work. sue

November 17, 2009 at 3:08 pm
(39) Gabriela says:

HI, i love french, and also italian, japanese and english, i speak spanish as a native language, i live in Mexico, i learned french 6 years ago, when i finish my french course i started reading your blog because that`s the way i practice, now i got back to french courses and i still read this site because i find it really interesting when you share us about the life in France, and also helpful for the grammar and french vocabulary.

November 17, 2009 at 3:08 pm
(40) Noopur says:

Laura hi….have been learning from you for 6 years now…from the time I spoke no french… to now…I speak pretty much fluently now. I still find your site very useful. Keep up the good work. Bravo!

November 17, 2009 at 3:13 pm
(41) Shari says:

I’m a francophile and have been for as long as I can remember. After visiting Paris a couple of times, I found your blog a few years ago and have been following it ever since – I especially enjoy the quizzes and the french idioms you post. I’m currently studying Spanish, because it’s practical where I live, but I adore French and hope to take a formal language class soon. Always thought being a francophile was kind of odd until a 2nd cousin researched our ancestry and discovered the great grandfather was a french-speaking blue-eyed Choctaw Indian from Mississippi. I guess French blood runs deep!

November 17, 2009 at 3:13 pm
(42) Roslyn says:

Chere Laura, j’aime bien votre site qui me fait connaitre des parties de la France que je ne connais pas personellement, et j’apprecie aussi le contact avec la langue! Je suis professeur de langues etrangeres dans la region de San Francisco. Je donne des cours particuliers de francais de temps en temps, mais la langue que j’enseigne regulierement est l’allemand.

November 17, 2009 at 3:17 pm
(43) Gloria Picchetti says:

Je m’appel Gloria. J’habit a Chicago. J’etais a France troise fois. Je suis chaumage il y deux ans. Mon chat qui s’appel Michel est malad. J’adore lui. Je conduit les chevals. Je dance swing. Je beaucoup prefer West coast swing & hustle. Dans Paris je dance au Slow Club or Caveau de la Huchette. Aujourdui j’etait a la demonstration pour Health Care Reform dans les Etas Unis. Merci pour votre mails. Je les beaucoup aime!

November 17, 2009 at 3:25 pm
(44) DB says:

Hi Laura,

It seems strange to be introducing myself to someone who has been part of my life for years!! I subscribed to your newsletter before I began my A Levels in England, and have been benefitting from all of your hints and tips ever since!

I’m now living in France, not far from Nantes, where I’m teaching English in secondary schools as an assistant, and I still enjoy reading your blog. Keep up the good work!


November 17, 2009 at 3:39 pm
(45) Carolyn says:

Bonjour Laura
I adore France and the language. I have been learning for one year, and get loads of tips from your site. Your blog itself gives me loads of practice in reading and translation. You are living my dream, by living in this wonderful country and I thank you for sharing all your experiences so I too can live in France for 10 minutes each week.
Keep enjoying France and sharing it with us

November 17, 2009 at 3:42 pm
(46) Tatiana Grechka says:

Salut Laura – merci beaucoup pour tout le travail dans ce blog. j’abonne ton newsletter et je l’adore! Tes messages et lessions m’aide d’ameliorer mon francais. Je reve de demenager en France un jour et habite la bas. Je cherche de travail ou stage maintenant, mais malheureusement sans succes. Dis-moi si tu as quelques suggestions.

Ton site me tient au courrant et j’aime bien lire de ton voyages. Merci encore!

P.S. Dimo, where in France are you moving and what kind of job will you be doing? I would love to know more, as it’s something that I want to pursue as well.


November 17, 2009 at 3:49 pm
(47) Tony MacDiarmid says:

I live in Australia and don’t get much opportunity to speak or listen to ‘la langue francaise’. I studied a few years ago at ELFCA in Hyeres for six weeks. J’adore cette ville. You arrive in my email like an old friend who helps me through the complex ‘labrinthe’ of the french language. Vous etes juste qu’il faut!

November 17, 2009 at 4:05 pm
(48) Lillian says:

Hi Laura,

I’m an American living in Haïti. I studied French in college and later on at Alliance Française in NYC in the ’80s. Your site is very interesting. I started visiting it about 3 years ago when my husband and I started studying French. I’m not a very good student though and still do not speak, although I understand well enough and do well on grammar tests. I guess it’s just easier to speak Creole…

November 17, 2009 at 4:22 pm
(49) Anuradha says:

Hello Laura! Je suis journaliste and I live in India. I am learning french from an institute here. I consult your website frequently and have also subscribed to your newsletter too. It is very user-friendly, interesting, up-to-date and exhaustive guide to learning French.
I must say you are fantastic e je t’aime beaucoup.

November 17, 2009 at 4:23 pm
(50) Robbie says:

Salut Laura!

J’aimerais vous dire que ton blog m’amuse toujours – j’adore lire de tes aventures et remarques de France, que me fait souvenir de mon temps là.

J’ai voyagé en France il y a presque 2 ans, pour apprendre la belle langue dans une ecole à Lyon – une ville tres speciale (as tu y visité?). Et j’y ai travaillé aussi volontairement dans deux fermes bios http://www.wwoof.fr/ – je le conseille beaucoup pour un super moyen de pratiquer parler francais et à voir quelques traditions unique de la campaigne francaise.

Maintenant, je me suis revenu en Angleterre, et j’ai un peur de perdre mon francais. Donc, je lis toujours ton blog afin que je ne le oublie jamais (j’espare).


November 17, 2009 at 4:31 pm
(51) Matthew says:

You’re going to read all these, Laura?! Good for you!
I’ve been reading you for almost 4 years now. I started reading this site when I was broke and desprately wanted to improve my French but had no money to take another class. About 2 years ago I went back to McGill University for a special intensive French class – and thanks to the brushing up I did on this site, I tracked in at a fairly advanced level which cut down on the amount of courses I needed to take to satisfy my certificate requirement. Thanks to you, my non-English speaking roomate in Montreal and other travels, I am now fairly fluent (with room for improvement, always!) and I tutor beginning/intermediate French students with much success. I supplement with materials from your site and urge my students to sign up for your newsletter. You’re site is still for me, a wonderful linguistic and cultural escape. Merci beaucoup!

November 17, 2009 at 4:34 pm
(52) Laura K Lawless says:

Bonjour tout le monde – thank you so much for all of your lovely comments. I treasure each and every one of them. This site is a labor of love and it’s incredibly rewarding to know that I’m helping so many people learn and practice the beautiful French language. I plan to continue for a very long time.

Jonathan – je suis désolée de te dire que je n’ai jamais eu une prof nommée Dr Slater. Elle doit penser à quelqu’un d’autre.

Laura K. Lawless
Learn French at About

November 17, 2009 at 4:35 pm
(53) brian ingarfield says:

Salut Laura

Je m’appelle Brian (comme au dessus) et je vais a une cercle francais avec un prof qui s’appelle Florence. Elle est francaise. Je le trouve tres difficile, particulierement en comprenant le francais parle. Tous les etudiants sont plus mieux que mois, mais ca ne fait rien, parce qu’il veut dire que j’apprends quelque chose chaque semaine. Je m’excuse pour mes erreurs dans ce message et pour l’absence des accents.



November 17, 2009 at 4:41 pm
(54) Steven says:

Je m’appelle Steven et j’habite actuellement aux environs de Seattle. J’ai étudié le français au lycée, et je m’y suis spécialisé à l’université. J’ai visité la Normandie en 1999 pour y étudier, et j’espère y rentrer un jour. J’aime beaucoup la langue et le peuple français. Je lis votre blogue pour m’aider à maintenir et à amélior mes compétences en français. Je participe aussi de temps en temps au forum (je m’y appelle stevobaggins), mais ça fait un certain temps que je n’y ai pas posté. Je devrais y rentrer.

November 17, 2009 at 4:42 pm
(55) Robert says:


My wife and I are from England and have lived in North America since we were married in 1963, except for two years when we returned to England to be near our parents in their final years. We have lived in California since 1975.
Yes we love France and we add a trip there when we visit England. Also another of our favorite places to visit is Quebec City.
I took French in Secondary School in England and did not do well with the subject even though I love the language.
My first visit to Paris was wonderful and I have been hooked on the French and France.
I also worked as an Electrician on ships based in England and one my favorite ports of call was Le Havre, Quebec City was another.
The criticism of the French has always confused me because I have never been treated rudely in France. Their style and cuisine seems to me to be quite delightful. Their Architecture is spectacular, as is their scenery. This is evident in Quebec City also.
Here in California I have taken a French Class for the last 20 years with a small group. We meet each Monday in private homes. Our teacher is from Belgium, from just across the border with France.
Sadly, she is about to retire and there is no other option for us. Someone like you would be ideal, I wish you lived in Pasadena and were teaching a class here.
The language to me is beautiful but I am no “natural”. I have always found extremely difficult, and It seems eternally beyond my reach, but I cannot give it up. It must be “a fatal attraction”.

Thank you for your help, I love your pages.
Mille fois merci

November 17, 2009 at 4:45 pm
(56) Steven says:

(Oups, je voulais dire « améliorer », pas « amélior ».)

November 17, 2009 at 4:58 pm
(57) Kemal says:

Hi Laura,
I am an assistant professor of law. For years, I have been trying to learn French, but it has not been possible so far.. This may be because I have never been concentrated over it.. But this time there is something different than it was before. It is you… Thanks a lot.

November 17, 2009 at 5:05 pm
(58) Helen says:

Dear Laura,
Like many other readers I studied french in High School quite a few years ago. I loved it then and I love it now. I have been studying for 3 years and found your site about the same time. I look forward to your Newsletters each Wednesday and Saturday.
I am at an intermediate level but find being able to speak/practice the language the most frustrating. I spent 5 weeks in Paris last year and found by the end of the 5 weeks I was just starting to speak in French without having to rehearse my lines for 10 minutes while waitng in a queue at the Post Office.
Next year I am returning to Study at the Institut de Francais in Villefranche-sur Mer and then go up to Paris for another 2 weeks. My dream is to one day be able to hold a conversation in French in France!
In the meantime I will follow your wonderful site, read the plethora of grammar books at my disposal, watch French movies/news and listen to French radio on my computer.
As for why I study French…..I just love the language and all things French and like anything you love, you just do it!
Many thanks for your site Laura. You are helping me realize my dream.


Melbourne, Australia.

November 17, 2009 at 5:33 pm
(59) Jeff DiIugio says:

I am a frequent visitor to your site. I have loved the French language, culture and way of life since I was in high school some forty years ago. I very much enjoy how you integrate language and culture into your site. It keeps me interested in contemporary France and you travel to fascinating places in France. Keep up the great work!
Jeff Di Iuglio

November 17, 2009 at 5:33 pm
(60) Larry Oswald says:

As a polymath I find your French lessons far and away the best language help ever. And this includes some experience with half a dozen. I could never achieve a love of France and French as much as you. However “Je me amuse” (my reflexive verb example).

But my weak French, useless in France and Belgium, came in very handy two years ago in Morocco. Merci.

Second cutism: I told a Brussels bartender that after one beer I would speak French (poorly) and after two beers I would speak Flemish or Dutch (very well). He was truly surprised, and amused.

November 17, 2009 at 5:48 pm
(61) Lee Anne Boles says:

Bonjour, Laura – I have a BA with a major in French and Spanish. I subscribe to this site to practice my French, which I rarely get the opportunity to do hear in the SF Bay Area. I’ve always been interested in foreign languages. My boyfriend of many years was born in Prague and is still fluent in Czech (hence my e-mail address), and also studied a little Russian. Between us we cover a lot of ground!

November 17, 2009 at 5:51 pm
(62) Phil McKee says:

Hi Laura,

First let me say that I think your French and love of France is awesome! Above all, your teachings and material are outstanding and I tell all my francophone frinds about your site.

My mother is French. She was born in Rouen and my grandparents in Brennilis, Bretange. She met my father during WWII and moved to the states in 1949 at the age of 29. I’m bi-racial, which created special challenges for my mother and I. I never learned French when I was little, and I regreted it. I had also never been to France or seen my family. 5 years ago I decided to find my family in France and go see them. My mother was too frail to travel, so I went alone. By chance, I had some neighbors who just moved here from France. They helped me make contact and communicate my wish to come and meet my family and find out more about my family history. The rest is history. I fell in love with my family and they with me. I go once or twice a year. I’ve spent most of my time in small villages in Normandy and Bretagne just meeting and talking with folks.

I have so many wonderful stories to tell, and can I can go on forever.

I am studying French now through a variety of methods, e.g., classes, tutor, software, mp3, etc.; but I also come to your site to help me learn French. I am taking the DELF A2 this December. I plan to take the DELF B1 in June 2010.

Finally, I am headed to Paris in Janurary to apply for un <>.


November 17, 2009 at 5:53 pm
(63) Gerrit says:

I value your articles very much: I usually print them out right away and start translating the English version into the French.. Much more difficult and it makes me think and practice much more then just trying to do it the other way around (fairly easy for me).
I’ve studied French on my own for quite a few years and never taken a class. But it’s gotten “into my blood” and can’t stop studying! Keep up the articles, they’re great for practicing all sorts of words and phrases.
I live in Eugene, Oregon.

November 17, 2009 at 5:59 pm
(64) Keri says:

Hi Laura, i am an English university student, on my year abroad here in the South of France. I’m studying at the Univ de Toulon Sud-Var, which as you probably know is not far from Hyeres, but only a couple of miles away in La Garde. I’ve been using your site for a few years now, just as general interest as a teacher recommended it, and love reading the blog, and hearing about all the different villages and towns in the region, which i now have the chance to visit!
Thank you for your great site

November 17, 2009 at 6:02 pm
(65) John Lequang says:

Hi Laura,

I live in California and I regularly receive your article via email every week and read your stories way before you moved to France. I love your article, because it helps me understand more and use the language correctly. The last time I had a French lesson was in 1972, so you know how “good” my French is, just kidding. It also helps me to review the vocabulary, and I listen to Radio France every day at work. La derniere fois que je parle francais était avec Evelyne Adam (avec l’émission La Compil) France Bleu en Ile-De -France à Paris pour souhaiter une bonne anniversaire à mon amie qui habites à Lyons, France.

Thanks again for you dedication and your site.

November 17, 2009 at 6:07 pm
(66) Mike says:

I first went to France in 2003 and fell in love with the country and the language. I took a french class at a local CC in the Bay area. While looking for other resources about the language I found your site. I have long since given up trying to learn the language; I don’t have enough time (or motivation). But I enjoy reading about the country and language in your blog, in books (“From Here, You Can’t See Paris” and “Paris to the Moon” are 2 of my favorites), etc. Reading about french is a lot easier than actually learning it!!

November 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm
(67) John says:

Je vous ai suiví depuis plusiers années. En ce qui concerne le français, ju suis autodidact, et je trouve votre site tres utile pour m’aider de perfectionner la langue. Il faut que je dise que j’utilise d’autres resources aussi, des resources comme la Journal Televisée de France 2 (disponible sur le net), des journaux (disponible aussi sur le net), et des livres en français, que je lis purement pour plaisir. Par example, j’ai viens de finir “La reine dans le palais des courants d’air,” qui est la troisieme (et l’ultime) volume de la série “Millenium” de Stieg Larsson (traduit du suédois – pas encore disponible en anglais).

J’ai parlé l’italien comme enfant, et puis, ce n’est eu pas tellement difficile pour mois d’apprendre d’autres langues. Le français c’est mon cinquième, mais c’est ma langue preferée — autrement que l’anglais.

J’habite Los Angeles. J’ai 59 ans. Je suis avocat. Autre fois (il-y-a 30 ans), j’ai joué le violoncelle dans des orchestres dans des villes variés en Europe et depuis ça, j’ai produit des disques jazz, blues, pop, rock et de musique latino-americain.

November 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm
(68) Janet Benjamin says:

Dear Laura: I’ve been enjoying your site for a few years. I’m currently taking french lessons at a community center for adults. The class is only 2 hours a week,so your site is a great addition. I appreciate your hard work and dedication. Merci!! Janet

November 17, 2009 at 6:21 pm
(69) Isaac says:

Moi j’ai etudié francais dans l’alliance francaise à Bogota-Colombia. j’ai suelement fait le niveau A2.2 et je veux continuer ces vacances. J’étudie économie dans l’université. Je entre sur votre site parce que je trouve ca comme une faisson de pratiquer.

J’ai commencé a etudier francais ici, et quand je suis entré à l’alliance j’ai pu commencer au niveau A2.1.

J’aime jouer au volleyball et etudier les langues.

merci pour votre site

November 17, 2009 at 6:27 pm
(70) Iain Bickerstaff says:

I took French at high school, long time ago. My young daughter is taking French immersion so I decided to try topick up the language again. I joined your site August 2008. I must say I am impressed with your professionalism and dedication. Your site has helped me immensely. I have saved all your articles and they will also help my daughter.

November 17, 2009 at 6:28 pm
(71) Miriam Núñez says:

Hi Laura!
It´s fun that you asked who we were… See, I accidentally came into your blog subscription 2 years ago doing some research on french… and I have to say I LOVE IT! I´m a mexican girl, who lived in Nice for 6 months, 3 years ago and ever since I´ve been trying to hold on to my French. I´m 21 now, I am a sommelier and I´m studying gastronomie, this is why your pieces about food, wine,olives, herbs,provinces etc are very useful too me. Keep it up! You’ll never know how many people follow your virtual adventure journal around France!

November 17, 2009 at 6:29 pm
(72) Aubrey says:

Salut, Laura,

I count myself among devoted francophones who enjoy your newsletter very much. I am fluent in the language, having lived many years in francophone countries in Africa. I travel frequently to France, and it is always a pleasure to speak the language. Reading your articles and watching French television news on the internet are great ways to practice the language and to keep informed of events in France when I am not traveling there. I am now retired and live in Virginia.

November 17, 2009 at 6:35 pm
(73) Walter says:

bonjour Laura, Je suis Americain, J’habite in LA, et je lis votre cite regulairement. J’ai suelment deux ans de high school francais et je ne remember much. Mais, me plaise votre cite et j’espere de continuer le lire. J’ai l’abilite a comprendre un peu mais je ne scrivere bene. Ancor, merci et ciao.

November 17, 2009 at 6:43 pm
(74) Shirley Lester says:

I love the French language and lived in Quebec for many years. Since coming to British Columbia, I have few opportunities to use french so your column helps me to keep what I know and learn a little more each week. Your travels in France intrigue me. I was in Cannes last week as part of a cruise but was not able to see very much. Keep up the good work. Shirley

November 17, 2009 at 6:54 pm
(75) s says:

Bonjour Laura !

Je suis un des tes élèves “virtuels” sur le blog, je suive tes cours sur internet depuis plus de 3 ans déjà.
Ma langue maternelle est la roumaine , j’habite actuellement en Roumanie, ou je vais finir mon internat . Dans mon travail j’ai eu l’occasion de faire des stages dans des pays comme Belgique et France, ou j’ai pu approfondir mes connaissances de langue française.
J’avoue que j’ai été beaucoup aidé par tes leçons et par la façon dont tu nous as partagé ton expérience de vie, ton amour pour la France et ses merveilles:)

Je te remercie.

November 17, 2009 at 6:57 pm
(76) Allister Guy says:

I am a learning French as a beginner. I cycled across France, Bordeaux to Perpinnan without being able to speak to the local people. I fell in love with the country and started to learn French, I went to school and did an “standard grage” in french followed by a “Higher French “(I live in Scotland).
I have cycled all over France, the Manche to the Med., Diagonally and along the Pyrenees several times.
I love the vast change of geography in france as well as the buildings in Paris. Each year I can understand more if the people speak slowly. In Edinburgh we have a Pub in which one night a week you can only speak English from 9pm to 10pm and only French from 10pm to 11pm. it’s great fun. I read you site avidly and thank you for all your effort.


November 17, 2009 at 6:59 pm
(77) Sunny says:

Bonjour, Laura,
J’ai etudie le francais a l’universite et adore parler en francais mais pas de la chance pour parler en francais ici, San Francisco, et puis a oublie presque, je lis votre article pour ne pas oublier le francais. Toujours Merci beaucoup

November 17, 2009 at 7:06 pm
(78) nounours says:

J’apprecie bcp le site. Je suis une francophile par excellence. J’ai etudie le francais a l’universite. Je vais en france de temps en temps.

November 17, 2009 at 7:15 pm
(79) John O says:

Salut Laura,

J’aime votre site et en apprends très beaucoup. Je corresponds aux gens en Allemagne et Suisse dans l’allemand et le français. Quand j’ai pris la retraite j’ai étudié plus d’allemand et français, aussi bien que chinois à l’université.. Je suis maintenant 75 ans jeunes! Je vis dans la région de Newcastle de l’Australie, au nord de Sydney. Je parle aussi l’espagnol couramment – j’ai vécu depuis sept ans au Pérou en Amérique du Sud aussi bien que plusieurs années à New York et à Los Angeles aux Etats-Unis

J’aime lire de la literature français et certains romans français et le même pour l’allemand. J’ai aussi lu latin, grec, hébraïque, portugais, italien, néerlandais et et russe un peu, etc. – j’enseigne toujours l’hébreu et le grec. J’aime lire la litterature grec classique. J’ai été capable d’apprendre tellement de la France de votre site fascinant, pendant les deux ans derniers surtout. Continuez le bon travail avec la belle langue française.


November 17, 2009 at 7:22 pm
(80) Ken Archer says:

Bonjour Laura,

I visit your site to improve my french. I would like to improve my ability to read, translate and speak french, and your articles have help me to work on my reading and translation. I have a lot of work to do.

I am from Trinidad in the Caribbean, and we do have a history of french patois, which has died out. My grandparents spoke fluently, and i would like to recapture some of this.

I have taken a few classes at University in speaking and translation, and your site is one of the ways by which I try to maintain contact with the little I have learnt.

A bientot

November 17, 2009 at 7:26 pm
(81) Emily says:

Bonjour Laura,

Je suis pianiste américaine qui a étudié le français à l’école, et puis je suis devenue répétiteur pour les compagnies d’opéra. Entre les milliers de choses utiles que vous m’avez renseigner, j’aime le mieux le méthode de taper les accents. Je travaille encore d’améliorer mon usage de grammaire et l’ordre des mots. Évidemment!

Merci beaucoup!


November 17, 2009 at 7:32 pm
(82) Mel B says:

Je suis en train d’apprendre le francais et votre site m’aide beaucoup. Merci pour l’information.


November 17, 2009 at 7:32 pm
(83) Drew Geldart says:

I am in the North of England and like to learn French and want to improve as I have friends in Paris who don’t speak English well and I want to be able to converse with them – your notes help me learn about everyday life in France. Thanks and keep it up!

November 17, 2009 at 7:56 pm
(84) Pierre Gaudreault says:

Hi Laura,
I love French because it is a connection with my heritage. My father came from Quebec and I have many relatives that speak little English. Of course, I’ve been to Quebec several times in my lifetime and I even visited Paris one time. My two oldest daughters are deep into the study of the language and my third daughter has just started studying it. Your about.com emails are great and your book “Intermediate French for Dummies” helped clarify things for me. Merci for all that you do.

November 17, 2009 at 8:12 pm
(85) Colleen says:

Hi Laura,
I have been receiving your newsletters for over a year now and have been studying French for four years at university. Your site is well organized and entertaining, informative and bilingual! That is a treat. It’s so nice to be able to see your blog in both languages, to see how French translates from English. I bought your Intermediate French for Dummies, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I enjoy your quizzes and lessons on the site. Thanks for sharing your love for the language and culture! One day I’ll make it over there! – Alberta, Canada

November 17, 2009 at 8:27 pm
(86) David Wilde says:

J’habite en Australie depuis quarante-cinq ans. J’ai commencé apprendre le française en angleterre quand j’avais huit ans, ainsi ça fait plus de cinquante ans que j’apprends le français. J’ai un vocabulaire francaise assez grand quoique j’ai du mal de parler en française.

J’aime votre site, c’est très utile. J’adore la France et j’adore la langue française

November 17, 2009 at 8:31 pm
(87) Daniel says:

J’ai commencé visiter ce site il ya 5 ans. Ici, je le trouve le meilleur site Web pour apprendre la langue française.

Je suis comptable et aussi étudiant des commerces à l’université. Malheureusement, je ne peux pas prendre des classes français. Alors, je visite ce site chaque jour!

November 17, 2009 at 8:33 pm
(88) Dania says:

Hi Laura,
I’m Dania, and was taking French in high school uptil last year. Now that I’m no longer taking it, reading your articles is a great way for me to keep in touch with French (and learn about beautiful places in France :) ). I really enjoy reading about your travels and especially appreciate when you attach photos. Thanks for dedicating your time to this

November 17, 2009 at 8:46 pm
(89) Edward says:

Bonjour Laura,
Je suis un lyceen qui habite en Californie et c’est grace a votre site que je peux m’enseigner le francais depuis trois ans. En fait, votre site est devenu comme un ouvrage de resource pour moi. J’irai a l’universite l’annee prochaine et je suis fier de dire que je m’inscrirai comme etudiant de francais!

Je n’aurais jamais cru que j’aurais l’occasion de vous dire “Merci mille fois” moi-meme pour avoir cree une telle resource utile, mais votre message dernier m’a fait changer d’avis (comme cette site a tellement change ma vie courte). Merci mille fois!

November 17, 2009 at 9:12 pm
(90) Kim Doyle says:

J’aime bien la belle langue. Je l’ai étudié plus d’une trentaine d’années. Les leçons de french.about.com me plaît. J’adore l’histoire de la France et le conte de fées de Madame Lawless. Je fais les échecs sur internet avec beaucoup des citoyens de la France pour jouer mais, aussi, pour faire “le chat” en français.

Excuse-moi si je fais des bêtises; je suis toujours un enfant dans la langue. Bon soir tout le monde!!

November 17, 2009 at 9:13 pm
(91) julie says:

hi Laura,
Im Indonesian, 40 yo, a beginner writer.I wrote some books already about french grammair. I am really happy finding your site since I can compare french and english language.
Thank you.

November 17, 2009 at 9:17 pm
(92) Diane says:

Bonjour Laura,

Mon pere est né à Paris et sa famille y habite. Je visite ce site pour pratiquer le français et ca me bien profitait lorsque jái rendu visite à ma tante Parisienne il y a deux ans. Vous nous rendez une très bonne service. Ca me fait plaisir de lire de tous vos adventures en France. Meilleurs voeux!

November 17, 2009 at 9:22 pm
(93) Phil McKee says:

Hi Laura,

I left a message earlier (msg#62 11/17/09 5:51 pm). I see that some of my content on my last sentenced dropped off. I think it i because I surrounded my text with french quotation marks. Here is my last sentence that I want you and everyone to see in case you have some advice to give me:

Finally, I am headed to Paris in Janurary to apply for “un certificat de nationalité française “.


November 17, 2009 at 9:22 pm
(94) José Rodolfo says:

¿Puedo hablar en español? I live in Venezuela and I have studied French here (in Caracas). I am a university teacher. I learned english in the United States. I read every day your e-mail for learning french and for knowing la France. I have to say “merci beaucoup”

November 17, 2009 at 9:29 pm
(95) Bethanne says:

I began visiting your site in 2007 when I was living in Montpellier studying French. Now that I am back in the US with limited opportunity to practice what little French I know, your blog and website keep me connected with the language and the geography of France. Thank you for sharing your experiences with your readers!

November 17, 2009 at 9:42 pm
(96) Vicky says:

I am 55 and live in the United State. I love your site and look forward to every new update. I studied a little French in high school and hope to visit France next year. I’d love to be able to speak French well enough to really enjoy the trip. You can learn so much about a culture by learning its language!

I enjoy all aspects of the site – the essays with translations, the help with grammar and word usage, the information about the country and the culture.

Thank you very much!

November 17, 2009 at 9:42 pm
(97) Kathleen Hawkins says:

Bonjour, Laura! J’habite en Californie, et j’enseigne des enfants à l’école primaire. J’ai vingt-huit ans. J’aime ameliorer mon français, et j’apprends beaucoup en lisant votre blog! J’ai étudier le français au lycée, à l’universite, et chez moi. Je suis une francophile, et je suis allée en France deux fois. J’aime beaucoup Paris, Nice, et Aix-en-Provence. Mon film préfèré est “Le Destin Fabuleux d’Amélie Poulain,” et j’aime beaucoup les chansons d’Edith Piaf. Je voudrais visiter Hyères dans l’avenir, et nous pouvrons déjeuner ensemble! (J’ai regrette si ma grammaire est atroce!) Continuez votre blog! C’est merveilleux! Merci mille fois =-)

Kathleen in San Diego, CA

November 17, 2009 at 9:52 pm
(98) Ted says:

I have enjoyed your site for years, beginning (as I remember) with my 2005 trip to France. I have really enjoyed several trips there, and would like an opportunity to spend some serious time visiting. I began a study of the language (and culture).
Over time, I have developed the ability to read your messages without translation, and your site has enriched my knowlege of grammer, useage, and idioms.

Thank you and keep up the good work.


November 17, 2009 at 10:25 pm
(99) Susan says:

Bonjour Laura,
I am a 54 year old teacher and I took French in high school and one course in college. I live about 50 miles south of Montreal in upper New York State, so we travel often to Quebec. For many years we spent Christmas in St. Ferreol-les-Neiges, Quebec where we would cross-country ski with our three children and enjoy the beauty of Quebec. (We also enjoyed the toboggan slide in Quebec City, chocolate croissants and I’m addicted to Montreal bagels!)
I work in an elementary school where classes start one hour later than our district’s high school. Recently I found the courage to get up early and join a first period high school French 4 class every day as a student. (Thanks to a welcoming teacher!) I am slowly becoming accepted as a fellow student (bringing “tarte aux pommes” to class helps). To my fellow students I am not only an “ancienne professeur” but also an “etudiante ancienne”!
In April I will be visiting my 20 year old son in Montpellier, France for one week as he will be studying there for the semester. I hope to find the courage to speak at least a few sentences of French while I am there! (i.e. “Je voudrais un croissant chocolat, s’il-vous-plait.”) Your site is so helpful and encouraging. Thank you for providing so much practical and interesting information!

November 17, 2009 at 10:30 pm
(100) Gajanan says:

Hi Laura,

I am Gajanan. I have completed certificate course in French at Pune University, India. It is very helpful to read your articles and information related to your journey across France. Further it helps improving vocabulary and also grammar, especially for beginner like me.

Keep it up.

With best regards


November 17, 2009 at 10:38 pm
(101) Pam Lund says:

Je suis prof de francais. J’adore ton site, je l’utilise souvent au lycee ou je travaille. Il y a beaucoup de choses utiles, merci mille fois.

November 17, 2009 at 10:43 pm
(102) Shari says:

Bon jour Laura. I studied French over 33 years ago and have never had an opportunity to use it. Your site gave me a connection to the language I have missed. I enjoy your posts, your enthusiasm. Thank you for sharing with us.

November 17, 2009 at 11:10 pm
(103) David Ritchie says:

1st I’m most grateful for your wonderful and perdurable emails:
I’ve been struggling with French – teaching myself – for quite some time. Language fascinates me (Have you read Steven Pinker’s ‘The Language Instinct’?), but I’m also an actor & v/o artist, so I have a professional use for languages other than English. Anglophones are dreadfully parochial, and Australia feels in many ways very remote…

November 17, 2009 at 11:49 pm
(104) Mark says:

Je suis le capitaine d’un voilier americain dans le Pacifique, et je visite de temps en temps les île de Polynésie française et de Nouvelle-Calédonie. Je rencontre aussi des bateaux dont l’équipage ne parle pas l’anglais (contrairement à la majorité). Donc le français est util pour moi. D’ailleurs, l’apprentissage de n’importe quoi est très agréable, mais surtout des langues.

November 17, 2009 at 11:54 pm
(105) dhes guevarra says:

Bonjour Laura,

I am from Philippines, 1 continue to work on my french knowledge and sooner into fluency. i dont know whats with the language that i fall in love with it so much.. thats why i appreciate your site so much. Thanks to your site, thanks to you Laura.

November 18, 2009 at 12:02 am
(106) Rodney says:

G’day Laura,

I live in Tasmania, Australia – just about as far from France as one could live.

I first fell in love with French, through a great teacher, at school over 20 years ago. I taught it to primary school students for last 12 years of my teaching career.

I am the president of our local Alliance Française (for 10 years). I have some wonderful French (Australian) friends and like-minded Australian friends through that organisation.

I also love France. I’ve visited three times, the lastest just a month ago when we spent a week in Bretagne (Dinan) and a week in Paris.

I have regularly visited your site for years. It is my first “port of call” when I have a grammar point to check on and it is a great help with my own French.

I also love the “fun” stuff that you have on there, and, especially, reading about the wonderful places you visit and your insights into living in France.

Please keep up the great work – it is much appreciated.

November 18, 2009 at 12:09 am
(107) nirmalya says:

J’aime lire votre messages chaque jour parcequ’il j’aime la langue. Merci beaucoup notre madam Laura.
vraiment, nirmalya de l’Inde.

November 18, 2009 at 12:45 am
(108) Vilawan says:

Your website really be useful for me. I’m plan to live live with my bf in the sounth of Belgium.. I learn French from your website everyday.. Thank you very much.

November 18, 2009 at 1:13 am
(109) Bimal samarasinghe says:

I am from Colombo, Sri Lanka.Actually, I am ever gratefull to you since I learned all my French from you.I love France and French language very much.I am impatiently waiting to read your news letters.which is very comprehensive,well organized and easy for beginner like me.I wish and prey that you can continue this priceless work for many more years to come.

November 18, 2009 at 1:25 am
(110) Maryam says:

Salut Laura,
Je vous remercie pour votre site éducatif très utile.
et je consulte le site à partire vos emails que je les reçois régulièerement.A chaque coup, j’apprends et je découvre une nouveté en fait. Je travaille pour la section commerciale de l’AMbassade de France depuis 2003 et vous pouvez bien imaginer que tous les jours, je passe un cours de français gratuitement à force de travailler avec eux!
Ma langue maternelle est Persan et j’ai commencée à apprendre le français à l’age de 19 ans et ça m’a tellement plus cette langue que j’ai continuée jusqu’au bout en fait.
L’histoire a commencé le jour ou un de mes prof à l’université qui nous encouragait d’ailleurs d’apprendre des nouvelles langue étrangéres tout le temps,de m’inviter d’aller assister à un discours d’un professeur français!!
ça m’a étonné autant cette proposition que je l’ai rejetée car je conassais même pas un mot de français, mais il a insisté, donc je me suis dit pourqoui pas finalement et comme j’imaginé j’ai rein compris de son descours mais rien qu’entendre les mots, ça me semblait très doux et agréable et c’est comme ça que le lendemain je me suis inscrit dans une institue des langues étrangères et ainsi de suite!!!
Je vous remercie encore une fois de l’aide qui nous apporte votre site internet au niveau d’enrichir notre base de cette langue!

November 18, 2009 at 1:25 am
(111) David says:

Je m’appel David et j’habite à Melbourne, Australie. J’ai 76 ans et j’apprends le français dans l’université de troisième âge à Melbourne. Mon projet d’étude est pour apprendre la langue afin que je puisse parler et écrire avec confiance. Je visite votre site régulièrement et je trouve votre articles et quizes très important pour apprécier la langue. En quelques années j’ai fait bien de progrès malgré j’ai beaucoup vieilli !
Merci mille fois pour vos mails. Ce sont formidable.

November 18, 2009 at 1:27 am
(112) Demilew says:

J’aime beaucoup la langue francais et les francais. Mai je jamais etais en France. Je beaucoup d’interes a ameliorer mon francais. J’aime ausi votre artcle que vou m’envoiyez deux fois par semaine et j’ai appri beaucoup de votre article. Je vous demande que vous continuez parce que nous apprenion beaucoup.

Je vous remercie pour tout et au revoire!

Demilew d’Ethiopie

November 18, 2009 at 1:38 am
(113) Nayan Das says:

Dear Madam,
I visit ur site frequently because Iam keen interest to learn the french language.your site very much helpful for the beginners to learn the said language. I would like to request you to kindly do the same sprit and enthusiam for the learge interest of people who are willing to learn this language. I love france and i love this language.

November 18, 2009 at 1:48 am
(114) shohreh says:

Je m’appelle Shohreh ,moi j’habite a’ Tehran,le capital d’Iran .
Je suis architecte J’ai 48 ans.J’ai commence’ etudier la francais de puis 4 mois pour immigration du Canada .J’ai cherche’ beaucoup sur l’internet et j’ai trouve’ votre blog heureusement.c’est tres beneficiel .J’adore votre site qui m’intrrsse beaucoup. Merci pour votre interessant message.

November 18, 2009 at 1:51 am
(115) A'Rahman says:

Je m’appelle A’Rahman.Je suis ici pourqoui je veux apprendre langue fraçais.Oui, j’aimes les deux.
Merci beaucoup.

November 18, 2009 at 1:58 am
(116) Colin says:

I work for a Johannesburg-based company with interests in Francophone Africa.
I started teaching myself French for when I go there.
Your site is fantastic.

November 18, 2009 at 2:05 am
(117) Carol says:

I’ve been living in the South of France for 2 1/2 years now. I took Spanish in High School back in the States, but never was able to use it there. 35 plus years later, we move here, and I must learn the French language. I have been studying non stop, love every little thing about the language, and just love your site. I use it daily!!! New words, your grammar lessons, everything! Along with my tutor, who loves your site as well, I am learning to speak French. It has opened up a new way of life here…THANK YOU!! and yes, I love living here, love the language, so I guess I’m now a Francophile!!!

November 18, 2009 at 2:07 am
(118) Laxman J Embuldeniya says:

You are doing excellent job. Thanks

November 18, 2009 at 2:11 am
(119) Nadine says:

Chère Laura,
En tant que prof de français pour adultes dans la région de San Francisco,je me sers souvent de vos textes de grammaire ainsi que de vos tests. Très pratique!
Mille fois merci, nadine

November 18, 2009 at 2:14 am
(120) nadine says:

Laura, J’ai omis de vous féliciter quant à vos énormes progrès!
N’hésitez pas à me contacter si jamais vous avez un petit doute… Sait-on jamais…..

November 18, 2009 at 2:17 am
(121) RATHORE bajrang says:

J’aime la France
J’aime la langue française
J’adore ce site depuis maintenant un an
J’adore les amis que j’ai apporté à ce site
Mais, plus que tout, je t’aime – (my dear good friend)

November 18, 2009 at 2:21 am
(122) Fiona says:

Dear Laura,
THANK YOU for your passion for the French language and your love for teaching. It really comes through your articles.
When I am too busy to read it all at work, I print out your articles and they accompany on my bus and train rides. Thanks for doing a marvellous job!!

November 18, 2009 at 2:21 am
(123) Nienke says:

Salut Laura,

Je m’apelle Nienke et j’ai 37 ans. Je voudrai bien parler français et il m’en faut pratiquer pour la communication avec mes collegues en France our Maroc et Tunisie. Ici, aux Pays-Bas, je n’ai pas beaucoup d’opportunité de parler français, donc avec l’aide de votre site je peux en faire. Merci beaucoup!

November 18, 2009 at 2:43 am
(124) Hagit says:

Hello Laura,
I’ll write in English, because it’s much easier for me. The reason that I read you for the last 2 years, is because I love the french language and culture. I live in Israel, married with 3 daughters, and I fell in love with French language when I was in highschool, but since many years have passed, and I forgot a lot I was looking for some way to improve, and discover your site on the net. I think that beside of being interesting, your writing in French with the English translation has improved my French a lot – especially my reading and understanding. So Thank you Laura, and hoping to read you many years more. Happy Holidays, Hagit

November 18, 2009 at 3:18 am
(125) abubaker says:

i am currently studying french and this site help me alooot thank u very much for this great effort

Maintenant je parle français :) Merci beaucoup

November 18, 2009 at 3:24 am
(126) Val says:

Hi Laura, At 76 I am learning Italian(and how to manage the PC) so I looked for sites. The Italian ones weren’t very helpful but i was directed to yours and am enjoying it very m,uch. My French, from school many years ago, is OK for reading but I can’t follow fast conversation. I don’t always look at the grammar but love the facts about France and sometimes have a go at the quizzes. Keep up the good work,

November 18, 2009 at 3:26 am
(127) Henry says:

I love French and France. I have been visiting this site to help me improve on my understanding and speaking of the French language. I wish to do an advance study in French language since I already have a B.A. in Philosophy (using English Language). Right now, I am in Senegal learning the language, and I hope your site would be helpful towards achieving my dreams.

November 18, 2009 at 3:30 am
(128) John says:

Addendum (Je suis le numero 67 dans cette liste):

J’ai oubié de dire mes penseés sur la France. Et bon, les voici:

Ma femme et mois, nous aimons boucoup la France. Malheureusement, nous n’en avons pas visité depuis 1996, mais j’ai produit un concert au Festival International de Montreux en Suisse en 1999 (il-y-a dix ans!). La Suisse n’est-ce pas la France, mais cette partie de la Suisse c’est francophone (et Montreux, prés du Lac Genève, est très belle) et si on peut pas etre en France, Montreux n’est pas mal. On a visité France plusiers foix dans le passé et je veux dire, j’ai jamais eu le moindre probleme avec les français, et bien sûr on aime boucoup la cuisine française, les villes, le paysage et tout q’on trouve en France.

November 18, 2009 at 3:42 am
(129) Margaret says:

I live in New Zealand and therefore I very rarely get the chance to hear French spoken or to practise speaking it myself. Years ago I studied French in my school days and as I am nearly 80 that was a long time ago. I did follow up by taking two papers in French when I obtain my BA degree a few years ago. I can read and write French reasonably well and your twice weekly newsletters are a wonderful way to keep up that practice and to remind me of various complications which arise in the language. Thank you. Do keep it up.

November 18, 2009 at 3:42 am
(130) Paddy Fox says:

Salut Laura
Je suis irlandais et je lis votre blog depuis des siècles! J’étais prof de français dans mon école et maintenant je m’occupe des non-voyants. Mon épouse et moi avons acheté une maison dans la Vendée il y a six ans et nous y passons un ou deux mois chaque été. J’aime beaucoup lire vos passages car ils m’aident à rêver de la France et mon prochain séjour. En dépit de tout ça je veux bien voir une victoire pour les verts dans le match ce soir!

November 18, 2009 at 3:47 am
(131) judith Najjuka says:

Hi Laura,

I am Ugandan and live and Kampala-Ugandan. I studied French up to University. Unfortunately nobody in my office speaks French, hence I only speak when am out of my duty station.

Thank you so much for this blog because it helps me keep my French up to date especially the Spoken french .

Keep up the good work.

November 18, 2009 at 4:05 am
(132) Carole says:

Ton blog est excellent pour réviser mon Français et Anglais, parce que ma langue maternelle est l’Espagnol. Merci pour le temps que tu lui consacres.

November 18, 2009 at 4:05 am
(133) Irene says:

Dear Laura,

I’m Dutch, 28 years of age and I live in Haute Savoie since two years now with my partner, who works over the border in Switzerland.

The more I study French, the more I love it. I’m also loving the culture, the food and the scenery, even though life in France can be more difficult then living in other countries.

I still find it hard at times, but I get by pretty painless in French, in daily life. In every blog I read, I learn something and the enthusiasm about France is also rubbing off on me.

Voilà, that’s all apart from a BIG THANKS!!!

November 18, 2009 at 4:08 am
(134) Mamie says:

Salut Laura

J’ai 58 ans and je suis ecossaise. C’est mon premiere ans etudie la langue francaise. Je trouve ce tres difficile etudie a mon age mais j’aime votre site, c’est très utile.

November 18, 2009 at 4:12 am
(135) Nooshin says:

Dear laura

My name is Nooshinand I am Iranian,I have been reading your articles about 6 years now! and I love it more everyday, I learned french in Iran, I live in Melbourne now, and I do not have time to go to french classes, your site is the best source of learning french, I love France and french as well, thank you so much for teaching me so many things about french language , culture, habits , festivals and cities ,,,,,,,
you are an angle…to teach us french

November 18, 2009 at 4:24 am
(136) Ian Hughes says:

I have always loved the French language since secondary school and when I finally went to Paris it was even better than I expected. I consider myself a true Francophile.

November 18, 2009 at 4:25 am
(137) shahad maqdes says:

chere mme laura,
Merci beaucoup pour votre site magnifique. J’aime la langue francais et je suivais vos blogs depuis 2 ans. je rappelles les temps quand vous etaiez en costa Rica ,et trouvee q’une petite studio. larsque je lisait ca,j’ai l’empression que je suis etait avec vous. Mon imagination a volee avec vous et j’ai sensee que je vivais la bas. J’ai aimee aussi les poems (Ode a cassandre, et le corbeau et le renard) . Vraiment merci beaucoup pour tous que vous avez nous a donner . Et j’aime que vous mettiez des nouvelles poems et article ( comme des pods et quelque choses que nous pouvons ecouter comme la bouquiniste). Merci la deuxieme fois , salut

November 18, 2009 at 4:32 am
(138) mahtab says:

je suis enseignante de FLE en iran. c’est un grand plaisir que je recois et je suis membre de cette site,mes etudiants et moi profitons beaucoup de tout ce que vous envoyez.je pense que je dois creer mon blog un de ces jours.je serais tres ravi d’avoir vos idees et d’ou je dois commencer.
bonne continuation

November 18, 2009 at 5:13 am
(139) Ragi Adam says:

Dear Laura,
I learned French a long time ago. I am now 59. I would have forgotten most of my french knowledge had it not been for your daily dose of french grammar, words, expressions and comments. For I live in Saudi Arabia where it is rare to find someone who speaks French. Thank you for keeping me informed and updated in this beautiful language. I find very interesting and a must read ” in the spot light” and word of the day and your comments comparing french and English expressions and grammar. Thank you for this commendable effort and keep up this marvellous work. May God bless you.

November 18, 2009 at 5:29 am
(140) Adriana Baier says:

Bonjour, je suis brésilienne, de la ville de Blumenau, très au sud du Brésil, où nous avons notre Oktoberfest. :)
J’aime bien ce blog parce que je fais cours de français (avec une professeur particulière) et j’aime bien la façon française de vivre, de profiter de la vie, les bons vivants…
Félicitations à votre blog, c’est super!

November 18, 2009 at 5:49 am
(141) Subodh Sharma says:

Salut !

Je m’appelle Subodh. Je suis ingénieur informatique. J’habite en Inde. Je visite cet site pour améliore mon français. J’aime La France et je souhaite y vivre.

November 18, 2009 at 5:50 am
(142) ted scott says:

We have a place in Northern France and have been trying to learn the language for 3 years. I just passed O level french in 1975! I find the site very useful esp in helping to read French and picking up some of the idioms of the language. We love the country and even though our house is just over the Channel it is so different to the UK and the weather is usually better too. Well done and keep it up Ted

November 18, 2009 at 6:03 am
(143) Colin Campbell says:

Bonjour Laura,
I have been receiving your About French e-mails since May 2008 and have 178 of them stored on my computer for future reference. They are always interesting and full of very useful information for helping to learn the language and about France. It’s been 50 years since I did French at school and although I have intermittently attended evening classes, your lessons have been a real help – long may they continue! Next time you ask for comments I will attempt to reply in French. Merci beaucoup.

November 18, 2009 at 6:07 am
(144) D. Latimer says:

I read your blog in French first and then in English to confirm (or otherwise)my understanding. I find that it’s well balanced, and has interesting content with a few colloquialisms and abbreviations. We’ve been to France on holiday a few times recently and being confident, or at least willing, to speak in French initially has helped us enormously.
Keep on runnin.

November 18, 2009 at 6:12 am
(145) Kaya says:

Salut Laura! Je suis d’Arménie. Je suis une spécialiste d’anglais, mais j’ai toujours rêvé de francais, et un jour j’ai décidé de l’apprendre. Après mon première visite à Paris, j’ai comméncé d’apprendre francais moi-même. Votre site me plaît beaucoup. En été je ne peut pas les lire toujours, parce que je travaille dans le domaine touristique, et l’été c’est la haute saison, mais maintenant je lis tous les lessons. Merci beaucoup pour votre aide. Ca m’aide énormément!

November 18, 2009 at 6:15 am
(146) Anthony Wilson says:

Hi Laura
Thanks for the great job you’re doing in entertaining us with your experiences and observations.
My schoolboy French from a distant forty years ago is somewhat rusty, but you have managed to re-awaken a love for the French language. By reading your weekly article over the years, I have been able to keep touch with the language, in particular the use of idiom. Anthony.

November 18, 2009 at 6:31 am
(147) Michel Zaher says:

I have been receiving your mails for a long time and enjoying most of them. This help me in my French courses in the French Cultural centre in Haifa, where I live. Besides, it supplies a lot of information that you don’t easily find anywhere else about France, the French language, the French people and their culture. Thank you.

November 18, 2009 at 6:46 am
(148) mujgan says:

Chére Laura,

Je profit beaucoup de votre cite de française ce dont j’utilise plus qu’deux annes. Je suis neé en Turquie/Istanbul et je fais du bien de votre cite dans mon travail.
Merci beaucoup pour toutes.
Mujgan Ozyalcın

November 18, 2009 at 7:14 am
(149) claire says:

Coucou Laura!

J’habite en France et j’apprends le français à l’Alliance Française: niveau B2 et le cours de Français Professionnelle. Je consulte votre site pour des informations supplémentaire et s’il y a quelque chose que je ne comprends pas bien à l’école. Ben, des fois, c’est plus facile de comprendre les choses si je lis l’explication en Anglais. Je dois dire que votre blog est vraiment utile pour un etudiant comme moi. Merci pour tous.

Keep up the good work!

November 18, 2009 at 7:18 am
(150) Retep says:

Well not having any real basis of French as school lessons were very poor, teacher spent all time controlling an unruly class & then had to drop to do another subject and now go to France ever year! (more than once)

November 18, 2009 at 7:21 am
(151) Samuel Ebole says:

Mon nom est Samuel Ebole. Je viens du kenya. J’etude le francais et j’aime beacoup des lecons ce que vous m’envoyez par e-mail. J’apprends cette langue moi-meme sans autre aide sauf ce que vous me donnez. Je parle l’anglais et le Kiswahili mais J’aime beaucoup le francais. Merci beaucoup a vous.

November 18, 2009 at 7:35 am
(152) Dave B says:

Hi Laura
My wife and I have been living in Cannes for 9 months, while I work in Sophia Antipolis (at an English speaking company .. thankfully). I started learning French some 18 months ago using Rosetta Stone completing levels 1,2 and 3, and for the last 7 months I’ve had 2 hours private tuition per week to try and accelerate my learning. My reading ability is OK, but I feel I’m still a beginner when speaking to people – I find it difficult to switch from thinking in English to thinking in French, it takes me about an hour to warm up the old brain into French mode.
Beyond the basics I find the language maddening and frustrating, but I’m beginning to understand the ‘beauty’ of the language .. when my teacher says .. “you can’t say that .. it’s not beautiful’ I do appreciate what she’s saying.
I’m currently using Rosi McNab’s book French Grammar Made Easy, which I find is really good, and I recently invested in a Petit Robert last week.
I use your web site to supplement my learning, and try and visit regularly – it’s nice and concise, and I can usually find answers to my questions easily. I especially like the word of the day, the examination of French expressions, and the on-line tests. Great stuff – keep up the good work!
Regards, David.

November 18, 2009 at 7:48 am
(153) Chris says:

I live in the english speaking western side of Canada, and have been teaching myself French for years. I know quite a few french canadians and want to speak fluently. I find your twice weekly e-mails are great ways to spend my one hour per day with the language. I have also subscribed to Think French, which I learned of on your site.

November 18, 2009 at 8:25 am
(154) Sylvia says:

Hi Laura,

I am 67 years old and I am english. I would love to sell up and move to france however my husband refuses to budge so I have no choice but to be satisfied with annual holidays in our caravan. We have been to many places over the years such as perpingnon, sarlat-la-caneda, royan, chatellerault, brittany and others. I have been a subriscriber to your site for for about 7 years. I try very hard to learn the french language and took a night school class for a few years, however, I am still very much a beginner. I can read french quite well and manage to be understood in shops and restaurants, but mostly I cannot understand when a french person speaks to me, I know I need to listen more. I enjoy reading your emails and using the site. Thank you for your work it is greatly appreciated.

November 18, 2009 at 8:26 am
(155) Edmund Willrich says:

During the war I was a merchant seaman and visited Cherbourg in the north and Port de boc in the south. Later, during Marshall Plan days, I visited Rouen, St. Nazaire, and Brdeaux. I managed to spend a few days in Paris, but haven’t been back to France since 1953! However I always enjoyed my visits there. I read French well, but don’t have much opportunity to speak it except with friends from Québec!

November 18, 2009 at 8:28 am
(156) Kassech Bayu says:

Bonjour Laura:

C’est une bonne idea de connaitre a propos de nous.

Je m’appelle kassech and je suis Ethiopienne. Actuellement, je suis entren de apprender la langue Francaise. J’adore la langue et je voudrais bien parler la francaise. Le site m’aide ameliore mon francaise. Particulièrement, le mot du jour m’aider de savoire differante mot. Chaque semaine après lire ton message, je faire pratiquer traduction avant lire ton traduction Anglais. Je souhaiterais devenir une traductrice.

Rester en contact, Merci

November 18, 2009 at 8:30 am
(157) Nokken says:

I love reading about your travels!

I took a university course last year and found this site then while researching, and I have kept reading so I don’t forget everything I’ve learned! I’m Norwegian, but since I learned English at a very young age French is the first language I have had to really work hard at to understand. Sometimes I get so frustrated with all the difficult grammar, but your blog makes me remember why it’s fun and useful to know a second language. Thanks!

November 18, 2009 at 8:44 am
(158) Asrat Sibhatu says:

I am a frequent visitor to your site. I have loved the French language, culture and way of life since I was starting some 10 years ago in alliance française in ethiopia. I visit your site to improve my french. I would like to improve my ability to read, translate and speak french, and to write well in French. But I did not catch up the way how to study this lovely language. I have a problem of spending more time to look at patiently. So I am not developed my ability as I expected to know more about French language. Please if you can tell me the way I grasp this language in a very short period of time.

November 18, 2009 at 8:59 am
(159) Yige says:

Cheri Laura,

I feel like you are my family, more than online teacher. I come to this website for many reason. While I’m learning the lovely language and about the lovely country French and France, I also be entertained and get new knowledge and way of expressing things.

in general it is a very wonderful opportunity to be part of this forum.

Have a great day

a bien tot

November 18, 2009 at 9:02 am
(160) Morris says:

J’aime beacoup le langue (francais) et je suis toujours en train d’apprendre quelque chose nouvelle.
Merci beaucoup.

November 18, 2009 at 9:14 am
(161) Araydan says:

Je suis né à Londres avant la guerre et J’ai grandi Là jusqu’au l’âge de quinze ans. Over the years I have spent many holidays in France but never able to speak their language. After retiring I had a stroke and’was adviised by the medics to keep both my body and mind active. I then discovered the Alliance Française and studied in Paris for one month as a debutant. Then I found About .com and Laura’s French section. At my age I’m slow to learn but when I go to France now and try my french on the locals I get lots of brownie points. Keep up the good work LKL.

November 18, 2009 at 9:46 am
(162) Rita Nayyar says:

le premier fois, j’ai etudie le francais moi-meme a l’aide des disques “Lingua phone”(1970)..Puis j’ai fait le “Diploma”(1972-1974) et l’”advanced Diploma”(1976) a le department de “Modern European Lannguages” a l’universite de Delhi ainsi que “Bsc and MSc Physics”. Apres un certificat de francais moyed de l’alliance francais de Delhi, “long distance” parce que j’etais a Jaipur(1979…mon fils est ne en nov 1978)…et j’ai commence a oublie la langue. En 1994-1995 j’ai repris mes etudies de francais , faisant un “post Diplome” a liuniversite de Rajasthan…et enfin un MA French a le meme universite e(2994-2006)..et encore une fois je suis en train d’oublier….sauf c’est votre blog que m’assist d’etre au courrant…

November 18, 2009 at 9:50 am
(163) George says:

Hi Laura

I’m George, aged 61, living in beautiful SW France (46) now for about 20 months after 5 years’ search for paradise !

I’ve been following your course for several years now, and another follower expressed it neatly in the phrase “bite-sized” chunks of French put together really nicely.

Although I though I was pretty good before I arrived, there’s nothing like living here to realise just how much one really DOESN’T know ;>)

Thank you so much for your fabulous lessons & keep up the excellent work … we love you !

November 18, 2009 at 9:53 am
(164) David Smith says:

Hi Laura,
I live in Ireland and have been following your adventures for the last 5 years or so since my wife and I bought a holiday apartment in Dinan (Bretagne). We both like all things French and we hope maybe to retire there some day. My French is very basic, as I never learned it in school – I did Latin! I’ve completed a few introductory courses at the Alliance Francaise in Dublin which were great, but I think, for me, the best way to learn the language would be to actually live in France.
I especially like to read your introductory paragraph each week to see if I can understand it.
Your site is great – keep it up!

November 18, 2009 at 10:08 am
(165) Leslie says:

I have been studying French for about 30 years, on my own, taking all kinds of courses, plus reading in French and listening to tapes, and now with internet sources, it’s become easier and I’ve progressed faster. Your site especially has helped me practice things like numbers and all kinds of grammar points. I look forward to reading your writings about your experiences and travels every week. I love France and things French and dream of spending at least part of my retirement in France. My love of France rubbed off on my daughters, one of whom studied in Paris, where she met and married a French husband. So now I have family in France. My husband and I will spend a week there soon. We’ll visit my daughter’s belle-mère and beau-père in Besançon and travel with them to Alsace to see the Christmas markets!

November 18, 2009 at 10:10 am
(166) John Dyson says:

I’m 67 yrs old, and we retired to France in 2004 – I only ever did 1 year of French at school, 55 years ago so didn’t have a lot to build on when we got here. Your twice weekly emails fit in nicely with the other sources we have in daily life – the most difficult thing is actually understanding the French themselves. Down here in Limoux (11) there are so many strong Occitan and Catalan accents that a lot of it still sounds like gobbledygook, even after 5 years! But generally, the younger the French person is, the less strong the local accent. But – ever onwards!!

November 18, 2009 at 10:42 am
(167) Rene Montesino says:

Hello, Laura.

I have been studying French for about twenty years. It is my favorite language. I was born in Cuba, therefore, I speak Spanish, which here in California I get to use it everyday. Unfortunately, the same is not true for French. Fortunately, thru your website I get to practice a bit. I was in France last year, and like you, adore the language and the country.

November 18, 2009 at 10:47 am
(168) Rene Montesino says:

Hello, Laura.

I have been studying French on my own for about twenty years. Unfortunately, I don’t get to practice it very often. I am from Cuba, since Spanish is my native tongue, I get a lot of practice here in California. Thru your website, I get to at least stay in touch with French, my favorite language. I was in France last year, took a bike tour of the Loire Valley, then went on to spend some time in Paris. Like you, I adore the country and the language.

November 18, 2009 at 11:11 am
(169) Penny says:

We have recently retired to France and find your blog so useful. For learning new words and especially when you talk about the quaint little things e.g May 1st and lily of the valley.
Please may you continue!!!

November 18, 2009 at 11:12 am
(170) Chris Huston says:

57 year old news professional in Texas. Decided to learn french about two years ago. I bought the Tell Me More software program, which is excellent. Have combined it with a lot of personal reading and listening to RFI archives with transcripts.

France is interesting to me, but I’m more interested in Quebec. Spent a week of vacation there this summer, and got to try out my very average french skills. Had a WONDERFUL time.

My biggest problem…there’s nearly no one with whom to speak here in north central Texas. As a result, I can read french far better than I can speak it.

I love this site, by the way.

November 18, 2009 at 11:15 am
(171) Hanna says:

je lis votre page depuis quelques mois, et ça m’aide parce-que je vas passer DELF. je suis polonaise. j’ai deja visite Strasbourg mais je veux visiter la France encore un fois! votre blog est vraiment utile pour moi.


November 18, 2009 at 11:22 am
(172) Daniel says:

Hi Laura.

I’m a 28 year old software developer in México, I studied a bit of basic french in college many years ago and decided to keep practicing on my own. Your site is great, thou my french is still not good enough for writing not even this little text :( , since french is somehow similar to spanish I can read it pretty easily. Weird huh? I would like to go to Europe some time and put it to practice ;)

Thanks for your work, I really enjoy it =)

November 18, 2009 at 11:24 am
(173) Laura says:

I studied French in college but never have had a chance to use it. Now my daughter is in college and studying French, so I visit your site in order to refresh my memory of the language. It is very enjoyable to read of your travels. Thank you.

November 18, 2009 at 11:24 am
(174) Don Nitkin says:

Salut Laura,

Je suis l’ancien guide que vous aidiez très souvent.
J’étais en France l’année dernière.
Je lis presque tout que vous écrivez. J’aime particulièrement les vidéos.
Dix ans a Félicitations!
Mon Blog est: http://barkerrd.blogspot.com/
Un fana de Laura

November 18, 2009 at 11:35 am
(175) Frank Urquijo says:

Hola, tengo 32 años, vivo en Bogota-Colombia y leo frecuentemente su pagina para afianzar mis conocimientos en Frances y creame que me han ayudado a resolver mas de una duda .. Gracias :)

November 18, 2009 at 11:38 am
(176) Hal Probert says:

J’aime la langue de francais et le pays de la France. J’ai visite
la au moins six fois. Je trouve votre blog tres utile. J’habite
en Californie de sud et j’etais un instituteur pendant 31 ans.
J’ai un ami en France qui habite dans la grande ville de Montpellier. Continue avec le bon travail. S’il vous plait, excuse les erreurs. Je ne sais pas comment faire les accents.

November 18, 2009 at 12:04 pm
(177) Lena C says:

Bonjour Laura,

I would write this in French if I had enough time to think about it, but my written French is rather poor. I’m living the south shore area of Montreal and I love it here. My husband is quebeçois, and his side of the family speaks French. I love it. I love hearing it, and I love immersing myself in the culture here.
I’ve been living here since mid 2007. I officially immigrated here September 2nd, 2008. On October 17, 2008 my little girl was born extremely premature at Ste-Justine Hospital, a very francophone hospital. In the 5 months that we were there with her I communicated, and worked with if you will, with some of the nicest people I have ever met. Most of the time I spoke English and everyone else spoke French, and we understood each other fairly well. Now after all of that I understand conversational French very well, I just have difficulties speaking and writing in French. I’ve found your site to be very helpful with this, and I find it’s a great booster with the class for immigrants I’m taking now.

Merci beaucoup,


November 18, 2009 at 12:30 pm
(178) Christelle says:

Je suis Française et je viens ici pour apprendre ma langue, lol! c’est un des sites que je consulte le plus. Je n’interviens quasiment jamais sur le forum car je suis bien incapable d’expliquer correctement la grammaire (petite je détestais cette matière que je trouvais barbare). Alors je me rattrape en lisant les excellentes explications des intervenants. J’aime beaucoup le blog et je regrette que le guide de “learn spanish” ne fasse pas comme vous une petite histoire dans la langue.

November 18, 2009 at 12:31 pm
(179) Alan Sewards says:

We are pretty close to you too, living at Plan de la Tour (near Ste Maxime). We’ve been here 11 years now, retired here from Canada, and love it. I speak and write French quite well (learned in Canada working for the Federal Govt.) but my wife is still struggling, having never had it at school. But we have a full social life with both English expat and French friends, who have been very welcoming and helpful. I find your blog very useful and interesting.

November 18, 2009 at 12:42 pm
(180) rns says:


i am an engineer just completed my BE one day i m just passing through a city a saw a board it written “we teach you German & French” i am just curious about french language so i think why don’t search it get it on net to learn it then i got this site on Google search result
its nice site thank you

November 18, 2009 at 12:46 pm
(181) Lauriate Roly. says:

Dear Laura:
I have been reading the many postings which you invited from your pupils when you asked them to tell you a little about themselves. Obviously they went further in their replies and took advantage of the occasion to expand their replies to direct their feelings about you personally.
You must be extremely proud of the genuinely friendly and grateful praises you are receiving. They are a wonderful endorsement from all of us who are taking advantage of this opening to express our admiration to you directly for your inspiring lessons and for your devotion and encouragement that lead us to continued advancement in learning the wondrous French language. To me you are like a very close friend. I always remember the times when you followed my off topic requests to help me resolve a few language problems I had in connection with what I was doing. Though I have been rather silent for some time, I nevertheless have followed you from Pennsylvania to Toulouse to Costa Rica and now back to your beloved France. I hope you know that I am always still out here, always learning from you, and always wishing you continued success, happiness and well being. You certainly merit the warm expressions of appreciation being sent to you here from your worldwide following of appreciative pupils… and adoring fans.

November 18, 2009 at 12:56 pm
(182) Anna Ogunnaike says:

Bonjour, Laura!

Je vous rémercie pour votre site très utile. J’ai 50 ans et j’étudie le français depuis deux ans. L’année dernière, j’ai le bonne occasion de passer quelques mois à Lausanne, Suisse où je pourrais parler en français. C’était merveilleux! J’utilise votre site très souvent pour pratiquer, vérifier ou apprendre le vocabulaire, le grammaire et la culture français. Merci beaucoup pour tout! Anna

November 18, 2009 at 2:13 pm
(183) Ekong says:

Salut Laura. Je commence par vous remercier pour tous ce que vous m’avez appris. Mille fois merci. J’ai utilise votre site depuis 2 ans. J’utilise votre site pour pratiquer le francais. Maintenant, j’assiste aussi aux courses a l’Alliance Francais ici a New York. J’ai toujours aime la langue francaise et maintenant je profite de ma connaissance de celle-ci chaque fois que je me trouve en france. Je m’excuse de ne pas avoir utiliser les accents. Merci!!

November 18, 2009 at 2:28 pm
(184) Suzie says:

Wow. Can you believe how many posts you have…almost one every 2 or 3 minutes. I echo my fellow followers. This is a great site. As a French teacher, I am often talking baby-talk in class, so it is fun to read a quick, interesting article on my prep that is at my level! I joined this site when I got an email address, so I have been following you since about 2000….

November 18, 2009 at 2:28 pm
(185) Mahmoud says:

realy i like your messages and it is so useful
thank you so much

November 18, 2009 at 2:41 pm
(186) Leon says:

Dear Laura,
I’m pleased to have this opportunity to comment on (and thank you for) your website.

I passed (or rather, I scraped a pass) in French at O Level in 1956 and there my interest languished until I was coming up for retirement.

I made ”improving my French” one of my retirement targets, and started a course of ”virtual” study with the very wonderful Michel Thomas (now so sadly deceased). Michel’s advice was very clear at the end of his course – read something French every day, no matter how tired you are, and you will find more and more of it slipping into place.

So, dear Laura, your website (combining some reading with some learning) is proving to be an ideal aid. Please do keep up the good work – it’s very much appreciated.

November 18, 2009 at 2:56 pm
(187) Rick Bennett says:

Merci Laura! Je suis etudiant de francais avec un professeur et ce cite. Votre travail aide beaucoup!
Le c’est facilement accessible et conçu pour l’utilisateur.

November 18, 2009 at 3:23 pm
(188) Kristina Bouzidoune says:

I am reading this site because my husband is french-moroccan and we are about to visit his family and I need to be able to communicate with them

November 18, 2009 at 3:40 pm
(189) Nguyen Minh Hung says:

I’m Vietnamese American. I’ve learned French as a foreign language while in high school in Viet Nam 34 years back.
Your site of the language is well done and fantastic. I’ve been benefitting from your sites a great deal. Thank you so much for that.

I also a vegetarian, compassion and environment reasons! Love you for that too!

Pray for you to keep up the good work many years to come.

Best Regards,

November 18, 2009 at 3:47 pm
(190) Karen says:

I’m English, and we recently bought a small apartment in the French Alps as a holiday home. I’m ashamed to say my French is pretty poor, so I’m trying to improve by buying books and visiting your website. I find it both useful & interesting.

November 18, 2009 at 3:53 pm
(191) John Anthony says:

I love the site and the blog, the lessons and the practice tests. I love France (esp. Paris) and French language and customs.

I have been to Paris 4 times and each time learn a little more about the city and do a little better at communicating. This last trip, I went to the catacombs and Pere LaChaise (mon “Jour de la Morte”), as well as exploring the Marais and Mont Martre.

I do not feel I am very good at it, there is so much to learn and I do have a busy day job, but I do what I can.

When I retire, I would like to take a 2-4 week French language intensive and really be fluent. I also would like to have a place to live there part-time.

I started taking French in 7th grade (back in 1971) and took it all through high school and into college.

On my last trip, this September, I bought “French for Dummies” and after reading a bit, thought the tone of the writing was familiar, so I looked at the cover and who was the author? Our own Laura K. Lawless. Quelle surpise!!

November 18, 2009 at 3:54 pm
(192) Bernie Francis says:

former high school french and spanish teacher.
Spent 3 years near Fontainebleau (’50s) in USAF, SHAPE, learning French and learning France.
Only one visit (’80s) to French since.
Very much appreciate chance you give to brush up on idiomatic French. I read some French but have no opportunity to speak. Merci mille fois.

November 18, 2009 at 4:41 pm
(193) hshen says:

I am a Chinses Canadian, so French is my third language.

I learn French with two motivations:
1. French is one of official languages in Canada.
2. As a mechanism to keep my brain active.

I read almost all your posts for about two years. It’s very helpful and I enjoy them very much.

November 18, 2009 at 4:47 pm
(194) Frank Farrow says:

I went to Grammar school in 1943 where my best subject by far was French. I matriculated in 1948 with a distinction in the French language which proved very useful in my working life. In the early seventies I took Institute of Linguists exams in French, Spanish and German.
Our small Thameside village is twinned with the French town of Octeville in Normandy. I teach a small group of our members which is great fun.
I have found your lessons and descriptions of France very interesting. I had the misfortune to work for a company that was bought out by Americans, the majority of whom were ‘insupportable’. You are a welcome exception. Long may you continue. Thanks, Frank Farrow.

November 18, 2009 at 5:52 pm
(195) Robert Leon says:

Laura, this is a great site. I hope the NYTimes makes it worth your effort. I was born in a Franco family learning French and attending a French Parochial School in the U.S.
I read three or four French Novels a year.
I have been to France twice and to Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Martin, St. Barts. I love the opportunity to speak French. Your lessons are very valuable. Thank you.
How can you argue with FREE!

November 18, 2009 at 8:54 pm
(196) Candace says:

I had french in high school and never felt confident enough to speak it… Now that I am in my 50′s I said its now or never… so far I have found your site very informative and helpful! Thank you!!

November 18, 2009 at 9:48 pm
(197) wijittra says:

Hi Laura,

I am Thai, living in Thailand. Fortunately, i had a chance to take French courses few years ago; but just only three courses so i try to learn it thru this channel. I think it one type of Knowledge Management that i can learn if i have time. Finally,I would like to thank you very much for all useful articles in French and English language.

November 18, 2009 at 10:08 pm
(198) Augustine John says:

Hi Laura,

Greetings from Aurangabad, India.

J’mappel Augustine. J’habite a Aurangabad, India. I love French language and culture. So, I read most of the articles you send. Your articles are very informative and rich in content. The grammar lessons and proficiency tests are also very useful for people like me who are eager to learn French. I am a beginning level French learner. You are doing a marvellous work through your website. I thank you and wish you all the best in your endeavours to promote the wonderful, romantic language : French.

November 18, 2009 at 10:47 pm
(199) Roland says:

Bonjour Laura et félicitations!
Je visite le website avec chaque «Newsletter».
J’aspire de parler mieux le français et de demeurer une jour en France.
J’ai commencé l’étude de français le deuxieme étage de l’ecole primaire. (Presque cinquante ans – ugh! Une nouvelle expérience pour les jeunes étudants en Iowa dans les années 50′s! Mais c’étais le guerre froid).
Je ne parles pas bien – chaque fois que j’essai de parler français avec une chère amie Parisienne elle respond seulement en anglais – mais j’ai lis tous les romans «Harry Potter» en français. Mais le pire, c’est la comprehension de la langue parlé. (that and @#$*! gender!!)
Je n’ai pas une methode d’apprendre – je lis and chant français s’il y a une occasion. De temps en temp, je fais vos leçons ou suivre les “links” aux autres sites d’Internet.
J’aime les petite histoires de vos aventures. C’est quoi, deux ou trois minutes par semaine? mais ces sont des moments très agreeable. Merci beaucoup pour vos travials!!! C’est bien aprécié!

November 18, 2009 at 11:57 pm
(200) robert de bois says:

After 7 generations living in Australia we are returning to Europe next year, Paris in particular. Together with my two young sons, my partner and our dog we are selling up and moving to Paris. We are even changing our last name to sound more french than australian and our sons have been given french christian names (first names). Your site is helping us all, thankyou.

November 19, 2009 at 2:45 am
(201) Delia says:

Hello everybody! My name is Delia, I live in Romania (my first language is a Roman language!) and I discovered this site about a month ago, looking for some French Lessons on the Internet. I studied French in school, long time ago…and I forgot a lot…why not to learn more now on?
So, I feel lucky now and very grateful to Laura for all she offers us here – thank you so much!
I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon! All the best to you all!

November 19, 2009 at 4:16 am
(202) susanne says:

Bonjour laura! je suis susanne qui habite à hangzhou en China. Je travaille dans une usine Francaise. c’est pourquoi j’apprends le francais. Notre langue travaille est l’anglais;mais j’adore la culture francaise. J’ai appris le francais depuis 18 mois. J’ai trouvé ce site par fortune. Mais je l’adore. Je suis là tous les jours. Il m’aide très beaucoup. Merci laura!

November 19, 2009 at 6:05 am
(203) Catherine says:

I am English, retired, living mostly in South West France. I find the site incredibly useful, especially the lessons on particular topics. I also enjoy reading the weekly articles. Many thanks for doing all this.

November 19, 2009 at 6:47 am
(204) Anita says:

salut je m’appelle Anita ,je vis en Arménie , il y a qq années que je vous suis ,je suis ingénieur d’électronique ,j’adore le francais ,dans notre pays ,il n’ya pas autre occasion pour l’apprendre,je vous remercie , vous êtes tres gentille.merci

November 19, 2009 at 7:02 am
(205) Andrew says:

Dear Laura,
I have been using your site whilst preparing for my DELF B2 French exam, I found it extremely useful.
I will be returning on a regular basis, to try to keep improving – or at least not forget everything I have learnt so far!
Thank you,

November 19, 2009 at 7:39 am
(206) evans says:

laura, Iam very grateful for this lessons. This will be very helpful in my day to day activies. Wish you the very best as you continue teaching us.

November 19, 2009 at 7:54 am
(207) Mary Pugh says:

I enjoy your site. It is a great place to learn and refresh my French.

I do wedding ceremonies in French- although I consider myself “at the high school level” at best… couples really appreciate it.

But now I have to get serious and become more proficient…..my French daughter in law is going to have my first grandchild in May (2010)…. so I need to get cracking. While visiting France in the future, I don’t want the child to have to serve as my translator as we shop!!

Thanks for all the help and sharing.


November 19, 2009 at 8:35 am
(208) Juliet Nakabuuka says:

je suis une etuadiante a l’Alliance Francaise d’ouganda et je visite toujours votre site pour pratiquer. je trouve des nouvelles mots et l’usage des mots/phrases et je pense, j’avais ameliore.

je suis encore une etudiante et une visiteur a votre site.
merci, Juliet

November 19, 2009 at 9:53 am
(209) gloria says:

Je vous dis que je suis vielle mais quand j’etail petite, je parlais le francais. Pour 60 ans, il n’y avait personne pour bavase avec. C’a fait que je lisait les livres francais. J’aime bien lire de les villes de France. Merci beaucoups pour votre cite.

November 19, 2009 at 10:20 am
(210) Anna says:

Je suis polonaise et j’habite en Languedoc-Roussillon depuis un an. C’est votre site internet, Laura, qui m’a donné la confiance d’y déménager – merci!
Je suis vraiment fana de votre site et je le lis tous les jours. Quand je pars en vacances, vos leçons me manquent et je les rattrape toujours. Cependant, mon niveau de français reste toujours moyen, c’est que je trouve assez frustrant! Est-il possible de maîtriser une langue étrangère à l’âge mûr?

November 19, 2009 at 10:49 am
(211) Irianto says:

J ‘habitte au Indonesie, et je etais suivre le cours dans votre site pendant le trois annes. J ‘etudie en france par moi meme et il tres difficile, mais vous etes aider moi beuacoup. Merci ………merci….

November 19, 2009 at 11:27 am
(212) Tim says:

I’m an engineer in upstate ny that fell in love with
France on my first visit in 2001. We were in Paris this past May. I have never taken a formal French class so I just try to learn a little French from a couple of different self-teaching programs. It’s not so easy :-) but I try and really enjoy your site. Pronunciation is very difficult !
I was at dinner last Sat with a French Prof from Hamilton college and it was kind of embarrassing.
Oh well. BTW L’Ami Jean for dinner in Paris. It’s great.

November 19, 2009 at 5:09 pm
(213) Cecile Andry says:

Having begun to learn French at l’Alliance Française when I was 50, I can read and speak but can’t write well.( I can’t spell in English either.) I became very involved with the board of the New Orleans chapter of the AF soon after joining but I have not taken a regualar class in several years now. I love your blog and read it each time you put it out. I sometimes use all the parts, but always (easisly) read the little essay.

November 19, 2009 at 5:17 pm
(214) Émilie says:

Cou cou, Laura. Merci pour votre aide. J’ai recemment visite Paris avec ma fille, et nous y avons eu les vacances merveilleuses! Les gens la me comprennaient. C’etait ma premiere fois en France, apres plusieurs annees (46!) comme une etudiant de francais.

Votre site est tres interessante, and j’apprends au moins quelque chose avec chacque lecon. Encore, merci, et je vous souhaite un bon Thanksgiving.

November 19, 2009 at 5:48 pm
(215) Loretta Doherty says:


I am interested in French because my family and I own a second home in Annecy. We hope to retire to Annecy. I want to be able to understand and make myself understood, so that I feel more at home in france in my old age. I am Irish, living close to Dublin. I usually translate your pieces from English and then check how you have done it. I love your articles and bless you every time I read them.
Take care

November 19, 2009 at 5:54 pm
(216) Cathy Yahiaoui says:

I have always been interested in France and the French language. I even wanted to have a Chevrolet because it sounded French.
I majored in French in college and became a teacher for 4 years. I then went to France and spent a year there because I wanted to learn to speak the language.
When I came back it was difficult to find a job as a French teacher, so I never went back to teaching
I married an Algerian who speaks French so when we were planning a trip to Algeria to see his relatives, I wanted to refresh my memory and possibly learn more French. I am deficient in vocabulary. I can carry on a conversation, but I do not consider myself fluent.
We did travel to Algeria in the summer of 2008 and had a wonderful time in a very beautiful country and I got a lot of practice speaking French.
I joined your group to help my French.

November 19, 2009 at 6:54 pm
(217) Loretta says:

Hi Laura,
I look forward to your Tuesday and Friday emails every week. I just love the French language. I’ve visited France four times and I’m returning in June with my five sisters to celebrate my birthday. We’ve rented an apartment for a week. It will be so much fun. I’ve been getting your emails for over a year and I can actually understand about 80% of it now. I’ve been trying to learn French by listening to tapes in my car for over two years. I want to live in France for a few years after my daughter graduates from college and my husband retires. Maybe by then I’ll actually be able to speak the language. Thank you for your AWESOME site.

November 19, 2009 at 7:31 pm
(218) Dick Richards says:

I love your site…don’t ever stop!!!

J’aime votre website.

November 19, 2009 at 8:10 pm
(219) G Keyes says:

I found your site as a result of work issues. I work as an electrical engineer in the electric power industry. Three companies I work with, Areva, Alstom, and ABB have a large French component. Calling their offices in Quebec and they answer in French! I’m sure I butcher the French language telling them I don’t speak French and do they speak English? I think they appreciate it when a person tries to speak a few words of their native language.

It is interesting to note that reading books from the Napoleonic times, (e.g. War and Peace, etc.) the language spoken by all educated people in the western world (Russia, Poland, United State, etc.)was French.

November 19, 2009 at 8:13 pm
(220) Luiz Carlos Gomes says:

Laura, je suis brézilien et j’ai 56 ans. J’habite à Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, un état du sud du Brézil. Je suis professeur de physique et de astronomye. J’adore beaucoup vottre website.

November 19, 2009 at 9:56 pm
(221) barbara says:

H1, Laura I love your site, and I love France. I want to learn enough French to feel comfortable when I am in Paris–which is as often as I can. Thanks!

November 19, 2009 at 11:11 pm
(222) Batyr says:

Hi Laura,

Greetings from Turkmenistan. I’ve been attending French courses for couple of years but had to stop due to high work pressure. Your blog helps me not to forget French completely. Thanks for your efforts and keep doing this.


November 19, 2009 at 11:58 pm
(223) Ian says:

Salut Laura
Je lis votre site souvent pour ameliorer ma conaissance de francais. Je me considere au niveau intermediere et je trouve vos voyages interessant et aussi pratique, au moins pratique dans le sens d’avoir les phrases et vocabulaire utile pour que je peux apprendre parler mieux en francais. (J’habite a Sydney, Australie)
Bon chance!

November 20, 2009 at 12:00 am
(224) Dean Guo says:

Hello Laura,
I read your articles for years, and appreciated your efforts in writting so many vivid events and interesting places. Wish you continue the letters to my mail box, just as if I meet my old friends every day.

November 20, 2009 at 12:55 am
(225) Sue says:

Bonjour Laura,

I studied French at Grammar School and obtained an A-Level -languages always were my favourite subject.Over the years my knowledge has become rusty,but last year my husband and I went on holiday to Normandy and I was thrilled by how much French came back to me.
I adore France and the French -everyone we met was so ‘amical’ .
Your site is invaluable,I try to visit daily and practise,I especially love the Mots du Jour. I don’t get much chance to chat to French speakers,so being able to hear words pronounced is wonderful.Please keep up the excellent work.
Bonne chance.

November 20, 2009 at 6:12 am
(226) George says:

Hello !
I love the site,as I lived in Paris for 8 months and now am the owner of a small house in Limousin.

The text I follow each week,helps keep what French i have,and I adore the quiz.Thanks and good luck

November 20, 2009 at 6:51 am
(227) Beverly says:

I’m 65 and had French in high school and college. I go to your site every morning and work on grammar, listening and vocab.

I do this for four reasons: it’s a good way to keep my memory functioning well (!), I teach ESL and I want to be personally going through the same problems that my students are going through, I love France and hope to visit it more, and two of my grandchildren will be in a French immersion school and it will be fun to talk French with them.

November 20, 2009 at 8:30 am
(228) Charles Lewis says:

Vraiment, votre site est merveilleux. Il m’a aide’ a apprendre beaucoup de francais, augmenter mon vocabulaire, et etudier le grammaire. Merci beaucoup

November 20, 2009 at 9:30 am
(229) John says:


my name is John Mallon and I live in Ottawa, Canada, but was born and raise in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. i am 57 years old.

I have been exposed to French since high school, but only recently have taken up the study seriously. I have perhaps obtained an OK competancy.

I have never travelled to France, though have a couple of Friends hailing that that part of the world.

I work for the Canadian Federal government as an Econonist/Statistician and have done so for 32 years, primarily in the Consumer Price Index field. Retirement is just a few years off.

I come from a large family having six sisters and myself. I landed right in the middle. I am marred and have been for 27 years, we have no children.

Don’t do a lot of travelling except to the USA. In 1997 I was sent to China on business for 3 weeks. An interesting voyage. An interesting language related anecdote from that trip when I called the Canadian Embassy to find out the location of a couple of activities.

I reached a young womon whoses Mandarin was excellent, English, not so much, and was passable in French. I am excellent in English, had no idea of Mandarin and at that time knew a few words in French.

But French was the only common ground so we made due in what wwas likely her 3rd language and was my second language if you say it quickly. All those many thousands of miles apart.


November 20, 2009 at 9:46 am
(230) Brenda says:

Like the person in one of the first comments, this is something I force myself to do because it is helpful.I started out so optimistic,but I have come to realize why my junior high French is what helps me get by. Those first years it was all oral and I could remember everything; when books were introduced I was always lost because pure memorization is necessary to progress. I took a Berlitz refresher course when I was 60 to help me communicate with my daughter in law who speaks no English and I find your site very helpful as practice -and to refresh my memory of what I do know .
I think I have some of the learning disabilty son has- called sequential memory problem;therefore seeing a word in the context of a paragraph kind of works, and sound files are great.

November 20, 2009 at 11:14 am
(231) George says:

Love your articles. I continue all attempts to learn the French Language. After several years I now realize the best teaching tool is French Grammar….. it is starting to come together. Because of your articles we visited Hyères during the 2008 Flower Festival in April. Wonderful town in a wonderful country. Thank you so much ………. George – Deland, Florida.

November 20, 2009 at 11:55 am
(232) Ryan says:

Allo, Je suis a Paris maintenant. Different from other countries like German or Danmark, in French, you have to speak french, so for me, i have to learn french.
Thank for your site, and it help me lot.

November 20, 2009 at 3:24 pm
(233) Amanda says:

Dear Laura,
One of my best friends is from Switzerland, and it was while babysitting her children that I first started trying to teach myself French. My dream is to go to France someday, but for now I am just trying to learn. Thank you so much for all your work. I really enjoy it.

November 20, 2009 at 7:39 pm
(234) Faye says:

Hi Laura,
You are doing an excellent job , please continue to send me your e mails. I discovered your site by accident about 2 years ago and love it ! I did French in college many years ago and have been refreshing my memory with your interesting e mails. I have 3 fantastic kids under four and have little time to myself! But I certainly find moments to read your french mails . I live in Ireland and hope to win the lotto and buy a chateau in France for holidays with husband and kids ! YOU will be welcome to stay anytime , but may have to do some babysitting, my 9 month old !! Thanks again for bringing French back in to my life, I so enjoy it.

November 20, 2009 at 9:28 pm
(235) MALA says:

Bonjour Laura

Votre blog me plait beaucoup. Je lis tous les articles ce que vous avez ecrit, notamment les expressions au meme temps le grammaire. En fait j’ai ameliore ma langue francais. Tout a fait cette langue m’a donne l’intensite d’explorer tous les avenues possibles la amiliorer Ma plus grande force est ma langue francais.

Merci beaucup Laura.

November 21, 2009 at 3:55 am
(236) Marnie says:

Je visite ce site souvent. Mon mari et moi commencons à réouvrir le ski domain l’Essert, près de le village d’Abondance en haute savoie. Ce site m’aide beaucoup à étudier et comprendre le français.

November 21, 2009 at 4:28 am
(237) Hamid says:

Salut a mon professeur qui je ne se voir rien!!
Moi Jhabit a Tehran. je suis Iranan.
je suis abonne pour qqs annes. Et apprendre beacoup de chose a votre site.aussi jadore la langue de francais. I hope ur scrip be continue.
Sorry for my misspelling !
Merci a votre essayer.

November 21, 2009 at 4:47 am
(238) Paulina says:

Bonjour Laura,

It’s funny. I’m reading Julie’s book (see comment number 91) about French grammar. She DID write her book based on your lessons :)

Thank you very much for your lessons.

November 21, 2009 at 11:56 am
(239) Paul says:

I found your site around 2003 and have been absolutely impressed with the amount of time and attention you’ve put into this site.

Basically I’ve learned French to be able to read Hugo et al in the original language.

I have not been to France. I speak it pas terrible, you might say, but I’m utterly lost whenever I try to listen to a French movie without subtitles or listen to French language news sites.

I think the French must delight in speaking their language faster than anyone can possibly understand it.

I wouldn’t call me a Francophile, but I do love their literature.

Thanks for your website and newsletters. I treasure them.


November 21, 2009 at 2:25 pm
(240) Ralph says:

I first learned French many years ago (1946) in the Jesuit novitiate. In the late 50s I translated and had published the article on St Augustine from the 1904 French theology encyclopedia. I also received my doctorate in Rome and am at ease–not perfectly–with German Italian and Spanish. Now at age 82 I find your comments absolutely fascinating and a great way not to lose contact with French.

November 22, 2009 at 7:33 am
(241) j d schoonenberg says:

J’adore La France et les francais! Merci.

November 22, 2009 at 8:35 am
(242) Clayton says:

Bonjour à tous,

Je m’appel Clayton, et je suis de nationalité australienne. Je vis à Grenoble depuis deux ans. Quand je suis venu en France il y a deux ans, je ne parlais pas un mot de Français – c’était très difficile pour moi ! Mais maintenant j’ai un travail en CDI, j’ai des amis, des loisirs, bref, j’ai ma vie ici :-)

J’adore la langue Française, et j’aime ma vie ici dans les Alpes – j’ai une belle vie !

Comment est-ce que j’ai appris le Français ? En lisant Asterix, en écoutant la radio, et bien sûr avec les conseils et leçons que nous trouvons sur ce site.

Merci Laura !

November 22, 2009 at 9:20 am
(243) Cathy says:

Hi Laura!
I found your site/blog by chance when I googled “Toulouse”. I had studied in Toulouse in 1987 via my university in Minnnesota. I loved all your photos and commentaries, and that led me to subscribe to About.com and your newsletters. I used your proficiency tests and other quizzes to help me get up to speed before a test I needed to take at work. I am a flight attendant, and I wanted to get my language qualification so I could work Paris flights. I passed my test with a very high mark! Thank you!

Besides studying French in H.S. and college (I have my degree in it), I keep in touch with my homestay “mom” who lives near Cannes, France. I visit her every year (for 25 years now!), and try to spend 2-3 weeks in France. My husband and I (and our 2 young kids) love France and we have our eye on a beautiful mas in the Luberon…si je gagne au lotto!

Your blog is a great connection not only to the language, but to the history and culture of France. I would love to do what you do–and it’s fun to live vicariously thru your adventures in France. Keep up the good work! I will continue visiting your site regularly.

November 22, 2009 at 4:29 pm
(244) Peter Kooy says:

I’m a longtime retired teacher, age 73, and have followed your site for some years in conjunction with a senior center French class. My principal interest is readling the literature in the original languages. Beyond my native Dutch, I read in Spanish, French, German and Italian as well as English, of course. I’m currently trying to learn Russian. Should you read a recent French writer whose work you like, I would be receptive to recommendations. The French classics have largely been read.

November 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm
(245) Nicholas Arquette says:

Bonjour, tout le monde.

Je m’appelle Nicolas Arquette. J’habite a Wisconsin d’Etats Unis. Pendant deux ans, j’ai visite ce site souvant. J’ai etudie francais pour quatre ans. J’adore ce cite parce’que est tres instructif.

A la prochain.


November 22, 2009 at 8:10 pm
(246) Sylvain says:

To G. Keyes (message 219):

“It is interesting to note that reading books from the Napoleonic times, (e.g. War and Peace, etc.) the language spoken by all educated people in the western world (Russia, Poland, United State, etc.)was French.”

Not only in the Napoleonic times. French was the great international language since the Middle Ages. For example, english kings were a long time French speakers, not English speakers. And the motto of the british monarchy is still in French today.

English became the first international language only after World War 2.

Pour ma part, le français est ma langue maternelle. Je suis venu sur ce site pour la première fois en 1999. Ayant étudié l’anglais et l’espagnol au collège puis au lycée, j’ai toujours eu envie de voir comment le français était enseigné en tant que Langue Etrangère.

Je suis donc arrivé sur ce site où je me suis fait une amie de Denver dans le Colorado avec qui je n’ai malheureusement pas pu garder le contact.

Après quelques années d’absence, j’ai eu envie d’y revenir y’a quelques semaines. Pour essayer de retrouver l’amie en question (qui n’est visiblement plus ici) et pour éventuellement apporter mon aide à ceux qui veulent apprendre cette langue que j’aime.

Ca fait plaisir de voir qu’elle a encore ses amoureux un peu partout dans le monde.

November 23, 2009 at 2:36 pm
(247) aglair says:

Dear Laura
I’m studying French for about 3 years.I’m 56 years old and I’m brazilian. I love to see French movies and this year we have many attractions from France in Brasil. I’ m retired and my boys don’t need my attention all the time than I can do what I dreamed to do.I hope to study in France some day.I’ve been studying every day your lessons.Thank you very much!

November 23, 2009 at 3:51 pm
(248) Joe says:

Hi Laura — I studied French literature for seven years, back in “old days” of prep school and college. I read all your postings to try and keep up on my reading abilities — and really enjoy your travels! Wish I could do the same. I also check the mot du jour and lots of other features on this site. All the best, Joe

November 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm
(249) Madeleine says:

I live in the Pyrénées Orientales and have for the last 18 months. I did French at school in the UK, but found it more difficult to pick back up after 20 years, than I had thought, possibly also because I live with my English husband. I found your site over a year ago and it helped jump start me into revising my grammar and vocabulary and motivate me into actively trying to improve rather than just expecting it to happen.

November 23, 2009 at 6:49 pm
(250) Ron says:

Hi Laura – I love your messages, lessons, quizzes and special features. I have never taken a class in French, but have studied it on my own for years. Your online lessons are more valuable than anything else I do, which includes CDs and books.

I live in Oregon, work for a software company, and have started reading French literature in the past year. I read French newspapers on line and listen to France 24. I don’t get a chance to speak French at all.

I’ve been to France several times and would live there if I could.

Your work is just fantastic and I hope you keep it up.

Thank you!

November 23, 2009 at 8:30 pm
(251) Jean says:

I have been reading your site for about 5 years now and have told many people about it. I studied in Rouen, France in the 70′s! I have lost complete touch with my host family and would love tips on how to try to locate them. We too took our family to Costa Rica over Christmas several years ago — Your site is fantastique!

November 24, 2009 at 1:29 pm
(252) Steve Rucker says:

I began studying french in the 9th grade and continued it as a minor in college. I’m a composer and musician and had the opportunity to work with French recording artists who came to record in the U.S.in the early 80′s (Johnny Hallyday, Alain Chanfort, Yves Martin etc.) My wife and I are francophiles and have made numerous trips to France and dream of one day living there. I live in Malibu CA and don’t run into french speakers very often so your site helps keep french in my life.

November 25, 2009 at 7:00 pm
(253) 2004richest says:

I frequently viste this site to learn more french because I don’t have the time to attend a regular french class at college. I also like this site very much. I think it’s very helpful, especially, the email that I get from you every week. I have very little background in french (4 semesters at community college).

November 26, 2009 at 2:19 am
(254) Barb says:

Bonjour Laura
Wow, what a response. I too follow your site daily and have been for about 4 years now and I love it. There is always something new to learn and I am never stuck for help. You do a marvellous job and I have passed this site on to lots of others. I have studied in Aix en Provence a couple of times, go to the IS school over there for a month at a time which is great fun. Lots of others, (Je suis australienne). Conversation is my biggest problem as I live on a cattle property about 4 hours drive from a town but I have been attending night classes once a week for the last 12 weeks. That’s right 8 hours drive for 2 hours class so I must love something about it. Everything in fact.
Je vous remercie pour toute votre aide.

November 26, 2009 at 8:27 am
(255) Clare Barclay says:

Bonjour Laura, J’ai fait mes etudes recents de francais depuis le moment, il y a six ans, ou nous avons decide d’acheter une maison secondaire en France. C’est pres de Bagneres de Bigorre, au sud de Tarbes dans les Pyrenees. Je vois votre site regulierement apres chaque Newsletter, et je le trouve tres interessant et utile. En Angleterre je habite dans le Norfolk.
Merci beaucoup pour votre aide.

November 26, 2009 at 1:53 pm
(256) cintia coelho says:


je m’appelle Cintia…je suis brésilienne et j’etudie la langue française, et cette site m’aide beaucoup.
j’aime la France mais je ne connaître pas cette pays encore!!

au revoir!

November 26, 2009 at 3:55 pm
(257) Hans says:

Hello Laura!

I like your blog a lot and I find it very useful and entertaining. My wife and I are living in France since september 2008 and we are very happy in our house and (very large) garden. We are trying to improve our french but most of our new friends are english and none of them are speaking french very well. So our english has improved quite a bit in the past year.

We are following french lessons in our village and your site is helping a lot too! I intend to join a local club (discussing politics, football or drinking wine) with only french members to practice and improve my french.

Being dutch we had french lessons at the elementary school and the highschool but because we had little opportunity to practice our french became very rusty!

I will continue to use your blog and all the other tools as much as possible!

With kind regards,


November 27, 2009 at 7:18 am
(258) Douglas says:

I’ve been on and off in this site for around 2 years and i really love it. From the number of commentaries that you have received, its clear that there is quite a following. Keep up the good work. I speak Spanish and even interpret in conferences between English and Spanish but i would like to reach the level where i can interpret french.

November 27, 2009 at 7:53 am
(259) Nipun says:

je vous remercier pour enseigner nous.
J’aime ton blog parce que c’est un tres bon maniere pour apprendre le langue et le culture francais. Originalement, je suis indien et j’aime apprendre les nouvelles langues.
J’ai commence a apprendre francais en 2008 et ca m’etonne que maintanent je travail en france sur un projet francais(tous les documents sont en francais), avec les francais (qui ne parle pas l’anglais tres bien) et donc il faut communiquer en francais la plupart de temps.
C’est la vie.. je pense!

Bon courage

PS. Please pardon my french!

November 27, 2009 at 8:01 am

Ma ch’ere Laura,
J’aime cette site. J’ai profite’ boucoup lire les articles que vous nous envoyez. Tres bien.


November 27, 2009 at 8:10 am
(261) Donna says:

Laura, I really appreciate your work and being able to pick up some language skills on your website. I became interested when my husband and I began to plan our first trip to France in September of this year. I find your lessons very easy to read and use. We definitely want to visit France again, and, thanks to you, we should know more French when we do. Thank you!

November 27, 2009 at 8:20 am
(262) Violeta says:

Hi Laura,

I was searching in the internet on some website offering a free French lesson…. and that’s how I found the Rocket French. I find your website very helpful in my learning of this new language which is very different from English. Thank you so much and more power to you. Continue the good work in you have begun. God bless!

November 27, 2009 at 8:28 am
(263) William says:

Hi Laura,

I studied French at Uni many years ago but lack of practice means that I’m quite rusty!! I’m bilingual Spanish and English.
I’ve been living in the Czech Republic for 8 years, so speaking 4 languages can be quite difficult!!:-))
Using czech keyboard sorry for typos.
Merci beaucoup!1

November 27, 2009 at 8:36 am
(264) Lola Russo says:

Bonjour! Every now and then I come to this website just to keep my French speaking skills up as I do travel to France and Switzerland at least once a year. Your educational articles on grammar and on idioms is excellent for a review or even learning new things. I truly appreciate what you do! Thank you! Lola
I am from Florida, in the US.

November 27, 2009 at 8:57 am
(265) g kaur says:

hi laura,

I am a new visitor of this site.
I love to speak french and want to learn more about this
I was searching all this in many other sites but I got a
chance to learn french very easily in your website.So thanks. sometimes i face problem to pronounce the french words so please help me out.


November 27, 2009 at 9:40 am
(266) Beatriz Valero says:

hI,nice to meet you and thanks a lot for all what I have learnt in this page about french idiom.I am teacher and I am from Venezuela.And again many thanks to About.com..for help me to learn french..Je suis content..Merci beaucoup..

November 27, 2009 at 10:27 am
(267) Sally Watling says:

Hi Laura, we are english, living in France, who use your very helpful site to improve our french. It has been particularly useful to have some structure to underpin our ‘grammaire’. Thank you very much.

November 27, 2009 at 10:41 am
(268) Wendy says:

I have been visiting this site for over 8 years. I first started visiting when my son was a freshman in high school and I wanted to help him with his French homework and get my rusty but once almost fluent knowledge out of storage and wipe away the cobwebs that had formed from disuse. You see I spent three years doing graduate study in Paris as a music major after graduating from college. It has come in handy as now I work in the Portland, OR area with a man who comes from Paris so again I have use for the language.

November 27, 2009 at 10:48 am
(269) Prafulla Vajirkar says:

I am a regular visitor of this site, and an ardent reader as well. Not only I read carefully, but I also preserve the information for my reference and use. I am a student of french and appeared for A2 examination conducted by the alliance francaise. I use the blog and pen friend sections also. In short, it is a wonderful effort on the part of Laura for whom I sincerely express my gratitude and wish her all the best.

November 27, 2009 at 10:51 am
(270) Maggie says:

I love your site so much because I am currently a french student, but I don’t feel I learn enough in class. I come to your website everyday so I can learn a little French each day, which I believe is the best method to learn a language. One day, I hope to be fluent. Thanks so much!

November 27, 2009 at 11:27 am
(271) Vinny says:

Hi Laura,
I’m 48, married with 3 girls. I started out as a mechanical engineer, but now am doing Blank Label sales and web developement. My fathers parents were both born in Quebec, and grew up speaking only French. My father also grew up speaking French until he was about 5. My mother is of Irish-English heritage. I became interested in French about 10 years ago. I took German in HS at my cousins behest, and have always regretted it. I find your blog very helpful, among the many sources I use on the web. I have read almost every email you have sent out, and have commented a few times. I wish to travel to a French speaking country, but money is tight, and has been for some time. For now I’ll just keep reading and learning. I might not ever get out of New Jersey, but I can dream.

November 27, 2009 at 11:34 am
(272) Grahame Reynolds says:

I have been retired here in France for nearly 4 years and this site has been very helpful in moving me from my schoolboy French to a more useful level of competency. The explanations are all very clear and I really like the tests and quizzes.

November 27, 2009 at 11:35 am
(273) Judith says:

J’etais prof de francais au lycee et je visite votre site regulierement pour “pratiquer” la belle langue et pour rester au courant des evenements en France et des endroits que je dois visiter. A ce temps-la je suis prof d’education a l’universite mais je continue a parler en francais avec mes amis francophiles et chaque annee et je voyage avec mon mari en France ou au Canada. Ma fille etudiait aussi le francais et sa fille commence a apprendre des mots et des chansons. Elle me demande, “Grand-mere, chante-moi encore Fais dodo, Colas.” Je vous remercie pour tes messages si interessants. Je les lis fidelement.

November 27, 2009 at 11:35 am
(274) Roger says:

Bonjour à tous!

Grace à vous, ma chère,
je parle mantenant plus clair,
et mes amis français
me dites souvent c’est vrai.
Laura, you may be Lawless,
but as a teacher you’re flawless.

November 27, 2009 at 11:45 am
(275) Bolek Tabor says:

I come from Poland and live in Canada for 18 years. I used to work mostly in US then I didn’t need any french language. I want to learn french just for fun.
I took a few classes but I hat to stop. I’m very glad I’ve found your site. It is very well done. I like a lot of information and plenty examples for using frases. From most books and most teachers one can learn rules in language. You give us practical knowledge. The useful one.
Thank you very much for doing it
and making it interesting, easy to learn.
Learning french with you is just pure fun.

Take care

November 27, 2009 at 11:53 am
(276) Kuljeet Singh Arora says:

je suis un reguliere visiteur do votre site et je suis un peu dépendent do votre site. Je suis bien familiarisé avec, et ont beaucoup aimé, les thèmes sous la rubrique “A Moi Paris”.

Avec mes meilleures salutations

November 27, 2009 at 12:10 pm
(277) Angie Cloutier says:

J’enseigne le français pour les débutants au collège et à l’université, et je donne des cours sans crédit pour les adultes le soir. J’utilise ce site 2-3 fois par semaine pour réviser les détailles qui m’échappent. J’adore les expressions françaises que vous analysez. J’habite dans l’Oregon et j’ai une « collection » de langues—je parle français et espagnol (avec des erreurs, malheureusement !), et maintenant j’assiste des cours d’italien.  Merci mille fois pour toute l’information !

November 27, 2009 at 12:13 pm
(278) Simon Malherbe says:

Hi Laura,

Greetings from Lagos, Nigeria. Thanks to your website I have access to fresh French material daily.
Your info, insights and lessons are greatly appreciated.
Kind regards!!

November 27, 2009 at 12:18 pm
(279) Tatyana says:

Hello from Kazakhstan!

I just thought, it may be interesting for you to know that a person-citizen of the country you might have never heard about, reads your blog regularly :)

Thank you so much for your all your useful work!
It’s much appreciated when there is almost no time to study French anymore, especially to use it in practice!

Kind regards,


November 27, 2009 at 12:24 pm
(280) david choiniere says:

Il est très interessant de lire tous les commentaires des personnes qui ont vous écrit. Je demeure au Guatemala depuis 17 années et je lis votre blog depuis beaucoup d’années. Je ne me rappelle pas quelle année. Je suis du Canada mais de la partie anglaise. Maintenant je maintien mon français en utilisant l’internet et j’aime que votre blog arrive à mon email chaque jour. Je serai toujours un fanatique du français

November 27, 2009 at 12:36 pm
(281) jane says:

Tes pages m’inspirent, moi, et encouragent mon ami. Bien que je parle assez bien le français j’apprends toujours quelquechose, et je m’en sers pour animer un petit cercle français lié à notre association de jumelage. Mon ami (79 ans) s’est mis au français il y a quatre ans; pour lui tout est bon, surtout les exercices, car à notre age la mémorisation est difficile et il faut beaucoup répéter.

November 27, 2009 at 12:44 pm
(282) John O'Leary says:

Eldest son of bilingual mother and hostile english-only father, both deceased more than 20 years ago of my 78 present.
Many visits to France during my 10 years in the US Navy. Managed to speak enough Canadian French to get by with my Gaspesien accented speech. Sadly,even that I lost over the years. My interest in French now is the result of a New Years vow to recover my mother’s language in her memory.

November 27, 2009 at 1:34 pm
(283) Barry Goldstein says:

Salut Laura;
Thank you so much for your site. I am living in Arizona and was taking a course in French through the Alliance Francaise in Scottsdale for 2 years.The teachers are of the best quality and were from the P.a.c.a (Candice)and Brittany (Magven). I started visiting your site during that time and have continued reading and learning. Been to France twice and walked in the steps of some of my life long heros ( I am an artist). Unfortunately due to the economic crisis i could not continue, so i go to your site and it’s giving me the pleasure of learning French and learning about the French….

November 27, 2009 at 2:18 pm
(284) Henrietta says:

Laura, I’m a recent quebec resident and am enrolled in an adult “francisization” course . Your website is excellent to reinforce those lessons I get in class. I love being able to search different grammar /verb conjugations etc. & it is so well presented I look forward to receiving your lessons each few days. Thank you ! ! !

November 27, 2009 at 2:33 pm
(285) gary stella says:

I love the information I can try to absorb here, but French is very frustrating, in that I can’t find a satisfactory school or group setting, locally. Working only with language tapes and books makes for a very slow learning experience. Any suggestions would be helpful. I have tried Alliance Française courses and found them unsatisfactory. I’d love to go to a school I visited in Hyeres last year, but I can’t make that happen for a year or more.

November 27, 2009 at 2:53 pm
(286) Rhett says:

La langue française m’a amené à votre site comme partie de ma recherche de grandes avenues maîtriser la langue. Ce que j’ai trouvé était bien plus, une porte ouverte pour continuer une aventure amoureuse avec une langue. Merci beaucoup!!!

November 27, 2009 at 3:50 pm
(287) RuthClaire says:

I am something of a polyglot and can speak and can read French with reasonable competence.

My written French, on the other hand, is – well, it isn’t, really.

But it’s fun to read your columns. There is always something new to learn about a language. Your presentations are well thought-ought, informative, and fun. Thanks!

November 27, 2009 at 4:06 pm
(288) Marek - Pologne says:

Bonjour Laura !
J’apprends francais avec toi – trois annees et j’aime ta site – tres bonne pour chaque persone qui veut parler cette langue. Tu fais un excellent travaille. Ta site est la plus bonne.
A bientot

November 27, 2009 at 4:08 pm
(289) John says:

Hullo Laura.

I came by your blog by accident about 18 months ago when I first became interested in learning a bit of French.

From Australia it’s a long haul, but we love France, and intend going back as often as possible.

As a beginner, your site is valuable to me and most appreciated, because it intersperses tasty tit-bits with my weekly study.

It’s much like a jigsaw puzzle. And your bits help to place a cultural slant on the overall picture.

I do find this site most entertaining and I look forward to postings every week.

Please keep up the good work.

Bonjour, et bon journee

John from Melbourne.

November 27, 2009 at 4:13 pm
(290) Ekwy says:

J’aime et beaucoup cette langue et ce site.J’ai etudie ce language a l’universite et je voudrais parler couramment comme les francais. l’ecrite n’est pas difficile c’est l’aspect orale. donc qu’est-ce que puis-je faire?

November 27, 2009 at 4:13 pm
(291) Nancy Chapman says:

My husband and I travel to Belgium and France as frequently as we can….lately it has been once a year. I grew up hearing French from the elders in my family. So, now I kind of crave to hear French spoken. When we are there, my relatives and friends want to practice their English,( and I think they want us to feel at home…..very hospitable people, we find), so I don’t get the practice I could use.

Getting your news letter gives me the nudge I need to at least stay in touch with French and French culture.

November 27, 2009 at 4:30 pm
(292) Marie-Emille says:

Salut! Je suis philippine. J’étudie le français pour ma licence et je fais mes études cette année en France. Tu étais avec moi dès ma première leçon de la langue jusqu’a maintenant – merci beaucoup! (^.~)v

November 27, 2009 at 4:36 pm
(293) Bob Head says:

From UK but lived ‘en famille’ in Australia last 31 years! Took up French 3 years ago and discovered your website about a year ago– it’s a GREAT encouragement to me–so well cross-referenced. You explain things SO WELL! Recently my wife and I helped a group of french native speakers here start up a French organisation for Southern Sydney and since then I’ve spent more time administreing it than learning French language! However-amazing number of people have joined up and we have started conversation classes.

November 27, 2009 at 4:48 pm
(294) Michael says:

Bonjour Laura.
I am from Australia, and have been studying french at Alliance Francaise this year. Your site is an extremely valuable adjunct and resource to any student of the language. I intend to travel to France next year, as I have had a lifelong interest in the land and culture. I was taught in elementary school by Les Soeurs Notre Dame De Sion, who spoke to us children in basic french. In those years there was very little opportunity to speak french on a daily basis so I forgot most of it. Now I am retired I am able to return to the study of the language, and am doing so with relish. I can’t wait to use it “in situ”. What a great day that will be when a native Frenchman understands me!!!

November 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm
(295) jNet says:

I am a teacher of French in Canberra, Australia. I found your site a couple of years ago and have been a regular reader ever since. I often refer my students to your site, especially if they need more information or clarification on a point of grammar. I find your explanations to be easy to follow/understand and, unlike other sites, correct! I also enjoy the quizzes on topics as they are well designed and give students good practice. Thank you so much for all the work you do on here.
A bientot.

November 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm
(296) Donal McCarthy says:

J’habite en Irlande. Merçi Laura pour un très bon site. Je lis toujours le blog, et j’apprends beaucoup.

November 27, 2009 at 5:34 pm
(297) Márcio Issamu Yamamoto says:

Bonjour! Je m’appelle Márcio, je viens du Brésil et j’apprends le français à l’université, où je donne des cours pour les gens du niveau débutant aussi.
J’ai vous connu depuis l’anné deux mille quelque chose à partir d’un collègue qui est professseur d’anglais.
J’adore ce site parce-que il est riche et aussi bien parce que il est bilangue.
Je vous félicite pour ce travail qui est merveilleux et qui permetà tout le monde l’accés à la langue française.
Courage et bravo à vous!!

Márcio du Brésil

November 27, 2009 at 6:27 pm
(298) Margarita says:

I´m quite new visitor of your web site but I´ve found it really useful in the short time I ´ve been using it. Tanks, for sharing your knowledge and experience of the Freanch Language with us.
By the way, I study French at the university, I´m in level intermediate, however I think than just studing French at school is not enough. Your web page help me to be more in contact with the language (at least written) and to learn more things that I don´t in class. For example, the expresions: Je suis plein, and J’ai trop mangé. Now I know what is the right phrase.
Besides knowing more about French I also practice English (I´m a native speaker) but of course that I pay more attention to French.
That´s all, and thank you again!

November 27, 2009 at 7:22 pm
(299) Davida says:

I’ve been a member of the site since 2007, and I love it. I think it’s really helpful. I’ve been studying French at university and recently returned from a year abroad in Paris – so now I enjoy the site even more!

November 27, 2009 at 9:05 pm
(300) georgiana says:

je visite ce site pour pratiquer mon francais. J’etais professeur dans mon pays mais maintenant je vis aux Etats Unis depuis cinq annees. Je trouve votre site facile a operer et j’ai appris beaucoup.

November 27, 2009 at 9:22 pm
(301) Dave says:

Salut Laura,
Merci pour tout que vous m’avez donné en lisant vos messages. J’en ai lis dupuis plusiers ans. Je les trouve très utilissantes pour agrandir la vocabulaire, pour ameliorer ma utilisation des règles de la langue et pour donner une autre moyen de practiquer français. Je vais régulièrement aux rendez-vous de club de parleurs de français prés de chez-moi. J’y parle souvent de votre site web. Les autres membres du club sont d’accord que votre est très pratique. Bon chance! Continuez s’il vous plait. Excusez-moi pour les fauts de grammar et épellation.

November 27, 2009 at 9:45 pm
(302) Gretchen says:

Bonjour Laura!
My husband and I love all things French and we return to France often. We immerse ourselves in the lifestyle for several weeks or months at a time. Your blog is very helpful in helping us keep up with the language in between visits. I also belong to a small group of French students who use your column as one of its learning tools. Merci Laura. We live vicariously through your adventures in that lovely country. Gretchen – Venice, Florida

November 27, 2009 at 10:26 pm
(303) Leeny says:

Bonjour Laura,
Merci aussi pour ton site. Je vous lis depuis peut-etre 6ans en suivant tous vos aventures. Parfois pour beaucoup de gens qui apprennent le francais (qui sont anglophone) il y a beaucoup de monde qui pense qu’on est fou. Votre site est tres encourageant parce qu’on voit qu’on n’est pas seul, mais il y a un tas de gens qui sont dans le meme esprit….. Merci encore !

November 28, 2009 at 1:47 am
(304) suzy denison says:

j’aime beaucoup le site. Je prends les “quiz”, j’étudie les
expressions, je le trouve extrémement utile et intéressant.
J’adore la France, la langue, le paysage, la nourriture.
Merci pour votre travail.

November 28, 2009 at 2:36 am
(305) Jan says:

Je suis d’Australie. J’ai etudie le francais a l’ecole il y a 40 ans! Maintenant on a achete une maison a Var en Provence pour visiter la France chaque annee (mon mari est un moitie francais) et j’ai besoin d’apprendre le francais encore.
Votre site m’aide bien, merci.

November 28, 2009 at 4:09 am
(306) Juanita says:

Hi im Juanita i just started learning the language and i find your site very helpful.Thanks alot .

November 28, 2009 at 5:52 am
(307) Julia says:

You’ll never read this, as there’s not enough time in the day to read 307 people massaging their egos, but I’m another neighbor (Vallauris). 66, French resident since 2008, PhD in French (Yale) I fell over your site writing my own “Amuse Bouche” (see link). I’m delighted and impressed (particularly after reading your autobiog) by your site and your skill. After all my years teaching French literature (I’m now professor emerita) it was only when I married a Dutchman and moved to the Midi that I realized how imperfect my French is! You’re making my attempts to rectify this easier and much more fun. Your blogs and comments reveal such generosity. Thank you!

November 28, 2009 at 6:50 am
(308) Rolo says:

I’ve been enjoying your site for several years now. It’s really boosted my vocabulary and helped me with written French. I also go to a French class one night a week where I can practise speaking and listening. I started learning French at school years ago and did it to A’level. I have always loved the language and France itself. We’ve had many wonderful holidays there and visited many different places over the years. I especially love the south and when our daughter decided to move to work in France it gave us the excuse to visit even more often. We live in Manchester, England and the trip from here to Nice is quick and inexpensive via Easyjet. We have our own apartment and we go about 5 times a year. We’re shortly setting off to spend a week there over Christmas. I suppose we’re very lucky to be able to do this, but it is something we have worked hard for.
We’ve always found French people very friendly, especially if you speak French. The weather, the food , the wine….. I love it. The one problem is that things are expensive now with the poor euro/sterling exchange rates and the high level of tax on things there.
There’s a chance we may eventually live there permanently when we retire, but that’s for the future!

November 28, 2009 at 7:24 am
(309) Medora says:

I own an apartment in Paris and want to speak French better. I live in the U.S. parttime and the other time in France and love it. I had been traveling to France every year for many years and decided to buy the apartment 3 years ago. I spend 2 month in France and 2 months in the U.S. and repeat every two months. I love everything French and can’t wait when it’s time to return. Thanks to your wonderful lessons, I am much more confident now.

November 28, 2009 at 11:21 am
(310) Plaboni says:

Merci beaucoup, Laura. J’aime votre site et il m’ aide. J’habite aux Pays- bas et je suis etudiente d’Alliance Francaise, Rotterdam. Cotinuez votre bon travaille. Ce site est tres populaire.

November 28, 2009 at 11:56 am
(311) M.V.Sankaran says:

Hello Laura,
I have just began to learn French and I have been referred to your site by my wife, Prema Sankaran, who started a little ahead of me. Allow me to inform you that we are very grateful to you for your weekly lessons and your write-ups on your tours around France. They keep our interest in the French language alive. All the more so because where we live (Pune, Maharashtra, India), there is very little facility available to learn the language. Thanks a lot.

November 28, 2009 at 12:52 pm
(312) Rhiannon says:

J’ai pris ma retraite ici en France avec mon mari depuis quinze ans. Je suis venue sans la langage parfaite, juste des mémoires de l’école! J’ai suivi les formations pour les étrangers et maintenant je suis votre site, un peu chaque jour. Je suis bénévole de Resto de Coeur, ça me donne des problèmes avec l’argot! Je ne serai pas parler couramment au cause de mon âge, mais je continuerai d’essayer. Merci pour votre site utile et interessant.

November 28, 2009 at 12:56 pm
(313) wally says:

Hi Laura!
In a few years I plan to retire to Toulouse or on the Loire (Orleans or Tours). Paris is beyond my financial resources.I lived in Germany for 18 years and made several trips to France (including 6 times to Paris). Beautiful country in many ways. I could wite a 10 page essay about it.
I’m a beginner, using a 40 lesson book that comes with CDs. The book is boring so I rely heavily on your lessons. In my notebook I write the vocabulary you provide along with the phrases. I appreciate all your links to radio and TV stations. At home I listen to streaming radio from France several hours every day. Finally, I’m starting to catch more words and short phrases, and hope to understand complete sentences as the weeks go by.
I look forward to your daily lessons and appreciate all the uses and explanations. It’s a great help. Thanks very much!

November 28, 2009 at 7:48 pm
(314) Ray James says:

Je visite ce site pour améliorer le français que je parle. J’adore lire de tous vos voyages!

November 29, 2009 at 1:52 am
(315) Marie Jacques says:

Bonjour, Je suis Marie Jacques. Je suis prof de francais (je ne peux pas mettre les accents) dans un lycee publique. J’adore la France et le francais. Je ne suis pas trop jeune. J’apprecie beaucoup votre cours de francais. j’encourage mes etudiants d’utiliser votre site. Je visite la France presque chaque deux ans.
Encore un grand merci,

Marie Jacques

November 29, 2009 at 2:09 am
(316) megan desouza says:

Ca fait dix ans que je suis prof de francais en Inde. Votre site est fabuleux. Mon mari(qui est quebecois) et moi, nous avons un camping dans un petit endroit qui s’appelle panchgani, dans les montagnes dans l’oeust de l’inde et on a bcp. de parapentistes francais qui visitent. Venez nous voir, et merci pour tout,

November 29, 2009 at 4:11 am
(317) sarah moglewer says:

I love travel and have been to 5 of the 7 continents (
Australia/New Zealand & Antarctica in the future). I have taught in China (3 months), Korea (8/09 til 8/10) and I would love to teach English in France. I would love to know how to do this. My Fr., according to my Parisian private teacher, is quite fluent and even she is learning new verbs that she didn’t know. I also speak It. Using both sites helps me keep both languages current, and I love reading your Fr. blogs – and then I check my translation with the English and am usually spot on. I look forward to every e-mail I love Fr. and French things.

November 29, 2009 at 5:34 am
(318) Nancy says:

I’m a religious follower of your site, appreciate it very much. I’m American in Germany, 58, was laid off 2008, B-3 level. I often need an explan-ation in English/from a different angle, than my ref. books/German/ French offer. I love travelling in France, hope to be able to go into an intensive on-site course next year and incorporate with my job hunt. Love the verb conjugator!

November 29, 2009 at 7:46 am
(319) regina says:

ça va? je suis Regina. je suis brésilienne. j’habite a Rio. j’étais prof d’anglais. maintenant je suis prof d’italien. j’ai étudie le français et je lis en français pour mon cours de psychanalyse. j’aime la France ou j’ai déjà été trois fois. your site is simply delicious, laura. it not only teaches me French but it also gives me good ideas for the blog I share with my Italian students. congratulations!

November 29, 2009 at 12:37 pm
(320) Cheryl says:

I depend on your email lessons to keep from losing all the French I have learned over the years. I just can’t spend as much time studying it as I would like. I have been to Paris 12 times and enjoy hearing the language spoken ‘in person’. I have used some of what I have learned while there, but it is not automatic or smooth.

November 29, 2009 at 3:29 pm
(321) katrina says:

I am English, but have lived in France for a year. I stopped learning French at school 30 years ago and am trying to brush up and improve my French.

November 30, 2009 at 1:29 am
(322) anjli says:

Merci mille fois pour creer ce site ! je utilise votre site pour ameliorer ma connaissance de langue francaise.J’aime cette langue et j’espere d’avoir un bon emploi en utilisant cette langue.

November 30, 2009 at 4:15 am
(323) Alison says:

Hi Laura & All.
I am Nigerian, and I studied french/Education in the University of Lagos, Nigeria. I must say that this site helped me become a better and more confident french speaker, and even coming out best graduating student.
I haven’t visited France yet, but hope to soonest for my masters in FLE as I aspire to be a French lecturer in the university.
Kind regards et merci mille fois.

November 30, 2009 at 5:36 am
(324) Cathy Salik says:

Salut! I am an ex-Crédit Lyonnais employee who learnt french years ago thanks to my employment. I have very good reasons to keep it up as my husband is moroccan, and of course I adore the language anyway! I don’t have any french classes anymore, although I still do in italian, which I started afterwards, so I need to practice however and whenever I can. The site is great for refreshing my memory in vocab, grammar etc etc- Merci beaucoup, Laura!

November 30, 2009 at 9:27 am
(325) Stephanie says:

Great newsletter emails and always do my homework. We have a ‘maison secondaire’ in France and I continue to try to improve schoolday French. Love the different exercises. Thank you

November 30, 2009 at 9:28 am
(326) rowena says:

I am also a frequent visitor to this site. I wanted so much to learn how to really speak and write french correctly since i am married to a French national and i live in France. I went to French lessons before because it was “obligatoire”. I took the DILF exam and passed with flying colors.(99.25)Now, i am always at home, and i thought i will be able to make progress, but the more i understand French, the more it gets complicated.
Anyways, i am trying my very best to learn french the right way here, slowly but surely, of course.
More power to you and my heartfelt thanks for this site….

All the best :-)

November 30, 2009 at 10:31 am
(327) Denise says:

Chere Laura,

Depuis plusieurs annees je suis votre site et je l’adore infinitivement. Je suis professeur de français au lycée dans le Minnesota et une de mes eleves m’a fait rencontre le site, et maintenant elle a son doctorat en français, le grand plaisir des profs! Vous n’imaginez pas combien de fois j’etais bloque d’expliquer un point de grammaire et je regarde mon email et voila sur votre site vous avez mis une explication pour ce jour la, exactement dont j’en avais besoin, souvent vous me sauvez! Alors, oui j’adore la France et le francais, j’y vais depuis 1982 et je parle courrament depuis 1990. Merci mille fois!

November 30, 2009 at 11:52 am
(328) Heather says:

Thank you so much for your wonderful site! I live in the USA, in San Francisco, and began studying french many years ago. I try to visit France every year and your site is the perfect avenue to improve my language skills. I’ve been a visitor for at least 3 years and I continue to learn so much from your “in the spotlight” and other features. I do love France and the french language very much…. wish I was confident to respond in french here! Best to you.

November 30, 2009 at 2:13 pm
(329) Philip says:

Ca fait cinq ans que je lis votre site web. C’est tout a fait essential pour mes progres en francais.
In fact, I have printed much of the material and put it into three loose-leaf binders: one for expressions, one for vocabulary, one for faux amis.
C’est indispensable. Merci!

November 30, 2009 at 4:38 pm
(330) Stephanie says:

Je suis étudiante américaine, en train d’apprendre le francais à Paris. Je veux bien parler en francais sans sourci et, à l’avenir, travailler en France en utilisant la langue.
Merci pour votre aide!

November 30, 2009 at 4:52 pm
(331) Samantha Carr says:

Hi Laura!
I’m in Los Angeles, California and teach in El Monte and La Canada.
I’ve been enjoying your website for I don’t know how many years now! I teach French in high school and at an advanced conversation level with adults. I refer your site to anyone who wants to learn French or about the French speaking world. I love the forums–especially the Profs de Français!;-) I look forward to many more years with you. May only complaint is that there isn’t enough time in the day to all the things I want within french.about.

November 30, 2009 at 11:52 pm
(332) Ebrahim says:

Chère madame
31 ans, je suis météorologiste. J’habite dans le nord de l’Iran. Il y a presque 15 mois, j’apprends le français. Je veux vous remercier pour votre joli site. J’aime beaucoup votre site et surtout leurs articles. Ils sont compréhensibles et aussi très beau.
J’aimais vous écrire. Merci pour me donner la parole. Peut-on avoir les correspondances par email ? Parce que je cherche un(e) ami(e) natif (e) pour apprendre plus et meilleurs. Je peux aussi vous envoyer quelque article simple à propos de ma région.
Dans l’attend de votre réponse
Mes salutations les meilleurs

December 1, 2009 at 4:29 am
(333) john says:

Hi laura,
My name is John
I visit your site regularly because, i have keen interest in learning francais and be able to parley francais ce bon in the same way i am able to speak english very good.
Laura, i am dieing and wish to visit france and how do i go about it?

December 1, 2009 at 4:57 am
(334) valerie says:

Bonjour Laura,
Finalement une occasion de rencontrer mon prof “virtuel”. J’ai commencé a apprendre le francais a L’Alliance Francaise de Mumbai il y a 4 ans. Dès le debut votre site m’aidait enormément. C’est génial votre site et j’espère continuer a suivre vos blogs qui sont tellement interessants. Merci mille fois Laura et bonne continuation!

December 1, 2009 at 11:41 am
(335) leslie Salzillo says:


Je vais aller essayer to ecriere a lettre en Francais. Je suis dans France toute suite! Je suis en Les Forgres – prez Poitiers. J’adore France!

Merci pour le blog!


December 1, 2009 at 11:59 am
(336) coloma says:

I am amazed at the depth of the presentation and reference materials. I also like the short quizzes which makes me realize just how poorly I know the language. Language is not my strength and therefore I need daily learning. I plan on retiring to France in the next 6 months and your extensive site has assisted me in preparing to survive when I move there…..

December 2, 2009 at 5:40 pm
(337) Susan says:

I lived in France in the mid-sixties as a child when my father was stationed there. Unfortunately, I attended an American school on base so I learned little French. I took French all through high school but then as a music major in college had no room in my schedule to take French. As an adult, my husband (who also studied French in H.S.) and I enjoy traveling in France, where we enjoy exploring different parts of the country, eating and drinking the local food and wine. It’s a little embarrassing when we try using our French. People often suggest that speak in English because their English is better than our French. In spite of my deficiency in the language, I have a fondness for France in my heart. Ienjoy your website because it covers a variety of subjects and I can spend as little or as much time on it as I want.

December 3, 2009 at 7:24 am
(338) Seila says:

Hi Laura, I am Seila, from Cambodia. I have been getting your email for several months. I am really interested in your site because I am interested in studying french. Je vous remercie pour votre effort!!!

December 3, 2009 at 11:06 am
(339) Prema Sankaran says:

Hello Laura,

I can’t tell you how useful your site is for a person like me, who at the age of 54, has taken up the hobby of learning a new language like French of which I really did not know much about earlier. But now, not only I am learning the language but also about France, its various places of interest and its people, thanks to you. Your site is extremely interesting and useful for learning grammar, and vocabulary and what started out as a hobby has now turned into a passion! I only wish you had more audio lessons for help in pronunciation for beginners like me which will go a bit slow for us to catch on! Fantastic job, Laura. Thanks again.

December 4, 2009 at 11:41 am
(340) maii says:

Je te remercie pour tout tes effords .Je m appelle may je suis une femme egyptiene j ai fini la facultee de tourisme et hotelerie .j aime la langue francaise aussi tous les francais mille mercie pour cette ocasion .

December 5, 2009 at 11:42 am
(341) Ruth McVeigh says:

I’m so happy to have the chance to write to you, Laura. Your site is the best I’ve found. It’s fabulous. I’m a native Californian where I lived my entire life until moving to Provence with my English husband 4 years ago. I often wondered about your background, then I read that you went to MIIS. I lived for 15 years in Carmel Valley and worked as a lawyer in Monterey. Now my husband and I live in a village near Avignon and have been struggling to learn French. It’s such a challenge! But slowly but slowly it’s happening, with lots of help from you. Merci beaucoup. :-)

December 7, 2009 at 7:35 am
(342) sooner says:

Am realy happy to talk to you ,Mrs Laura. i like learning new languages . I started learning French many years ago and stopped.Iwill start again in 2010 .All these years i was a subscriber in your site and Irealy enjoy it and learned alot about french language.Thank you very much

December 10, 2009 at 3:21 pm
(343) Ludo says:

Je m’appelle Ludo. Je suis français mais je vis aux Etats-Unis depuis déjà huit ans. Je trouve votre rubrique très intéressante et particulièrement pertinente. Je vous remercie. Je souhaite à votre site une longue et paisible vie.
A bientot

December 10, 2009 at 9:47 pm
(344) Margaret says:

I lived in France one year and studied the language. I use these lessons to keep me ‘up to date’ on my french. I love the French language and as I get older (I am 70) I have more time to do things like this. Some exams I do well on and other times I don’t do so well, but I like to try anyway. I spent 11 years in Senegal as a missionary and used the French language there daily. I would love to go back to France, and especially Tours, where we lived for a year. it is a neat place.

December 13, 2009 at 5:12 am
(345) Karlap943 says:

Chère Laura,
je vous souhaite un joyeux Noël et une forte heureuse année 2010. Je profite beaucoup de votre site que je trouves un trésor. Je suis indienne et j’enseigne français depuis 10 ans. Ches Boowa et Koala (French for Kids) j’ai trouvé beaucoup de chansons que j’ai utilisées aux cours d’ enfants et même aux adultes. J’adore les discussions dans les Forums aussi…excusez-moi! La liste ne terminera jamais. En bref, le site est superb pour tous – les professeurs comme moi et les apprennants aussi. Que Dieu vous bénisse pour m’aider et beaucoup d’autres aussi par le site merveilleux :-) .

December 18, 2009 at 12:21 pm
(346) Bonnie says:

Thank you so much for your website. I’ve been reading if faithfully for 8 months.

December 19, 2009 at 11:46 am
(347) Theresa says:

Bonjour d’Angleterre et Joyeux Noël! J’étais prof de français et d’espagnol mais maintenant je suis en retraite donc je n’ai pas toujours l’opportunité d’écouter ou de parler les langues et si on ne les pratique pas on les perd. Visiter ce site et suivre les activités de Laura est une bonne manière de maintenir l’intérêt dans le français. Je m’amuse ici et je te félicite de ton travail sur About French. Merci

December 23, 2009 at 1:59 am
(348) hassan hamid mhamoud says:

I am a regular visitor to this site my name’s Hassan Hamid and I ‘m from Sudan I find this site very useful for any one who is interested in french language and fench culture I realy would like to thank you for all what I have learnt from your site and wish you happy chistmas

December 23, 2009 at 8:44 am
(349) Monsieur Mercer says:

Bonjour, j’adore ce site et francais tres beaucoup. Je commence apprendre francais l’année dernière. je voudrais aime pour parle courament, mais quelquefois je trouve ca tres difficilie et votre site vraiment aide moi beaucoup.

December 28, 2009 at 4:53 am
(350) Noha says:

Bonjour Laura,
Joyeuse Nouvelle Anneé de L’Egypte! Je suis ingénieure et J’aime bien la France et les Français. Ton site est très utile pour apprendre le Français et pour savoir plus sur la vie Française (habitudes, culture, gens, nourriture,…TOUT! ).

Merci Beaucoup & keep up the good work!

January 9, 2010 at 7:49 pm
(351) gail says:

Je m’appele Gail. J’aime la langue francaise. J’etudie la langue depuis six annees. Je voudrais un professor de la langue francaise. J’ai visite en France deux fois pour mes etudes.

January 21, 2010 at 8:13 am
(352) sara says:

I am English speaking,I live in Africa, i love visiting this site because it is intresting learning more about france and french

January 30, 2010 at 8:43 pm
(353) Marvin Berteau says:

Hi Laura-
I’m 84 yrs old and have been reading frenxh since I was 50. I speak it well enough to be understood by french natives.My parents (born in 1898 1nd 1905) were Louisiana Cajuns and always spoke Cajun French to each other. They knew that my sister and I understood all that they said and they did not mind, but they forbid us to speak in French, thinking that it would result in our english having an accent. Their english was broken, but sufficient. They could not read or write french.
At 50 I took out books from the library with french on one side and english on the other. So now, after a fashion, I can write, read and speak french. J’aime tellement la langue Francaise.Sans connaitre Laura personellment, elle est une bonne amiee.

February 8, 2010 at 10:59 am
(354) Linda says:

Hi Laura, as you see I am way behind with my lessons, as I read this blog only now…….
I have never studied French at all formally (not even at school) apart from 20 weeks beginners course at night school.
I have been living and working in Paris (teaching English) since August, as my partner of 4 years is French and I moved here to be with him.
Your site is invaluable to me and I want to take this opportunity to thank you ‘tant’ for you time and effort that you put into it – you are amazing…

February 28, 2010 at 3:29 pm
(355) Phil En Savoie says:

Bonsoir Laura
J’habite et travailler a Londres et en Savoie pres de Albertville. J’aime ce site beaucoup. Merci!

March 2, 2010 at 6:07 am
(356) JEAN says:

J’etudie francais a l’ecole depuis quarante -cinq annees et maintenant j’etudie a L’Universite De Troisieme Age Nous sont tres interessantesses retrouver les lecons de notre jeunesse . J’ habite Australie pres de la rive Murray a Echuca .
Merci beaucoup .

March 15, 2010 at 6:10 am
(357) Daisy Ong says:

Bonjour Madame Laura
Comment allez-vous. Je m’appelle Daisy et je suis malaisienne chinoise. J’ai commencé étudier la langue français depuis quatre mois à l’alliance française de Penang. J’aime beaucoup la langue français et son alimentation. Je vais continuer d’étudier à Bordeaux en mars 2010 pour un mois. J”y apprends le program l’intensif car je veux le parler bien et efficase. Tandis que je serai là, je prendrai cette occasion faire une voyage dans la ville. Je vais chercher un bon étude et une bonne vacances là.

Pendant mon étude, vous m’aidez bien, je vous remercie. Votre site est excellent et tellement béneficiel pour tout le monde qui apprecier la langue français.

Je vous remercie de tout coeur, vous êtes une professeur bien vraiment. Ce site est mon ami quotidienne.

Bonné journée
p/s Je apprecie si vous pouvez correger ci-dessous petit texte. Merci

July 29, 2010 at 9:14 pm
(358) Deeley says:

Hi Laura
I LOVE your site!, and have been visiting it regularly for the last 2 years. I studied French at Seconary school, and developed a passion for the laguage, but –
comment on-dit? Je l’ai oublié la plupart….(??) (I’m now 58)…..maintentant j’ai cinqante huit ans…?? and I’ve (just recently) returned to study à L’Alliance Francais de la Gold Coast, en Australie’……(??) I hope to speak this beautiful language well, one day. With your help, it’s a possibility.
Merci beaucoup!

August 20, 2010 at 10:31 pm
(359) Prafulla says:

J’ai 64 ans ingénieur retraité, et je suis un visiteur fréquent de ce site. Je trouve ce site Web tout à fait utile à ceux qui souhaitent maîtriser la langue française. J’aime du français et France beaucoup. Mes objectifs sont d’être aisés dans la langue et apprécie de la littérature française et la musique française. A propos, j’ai complété mon A1 de Francais d’Alliance, Indore, l’Inde.

January 24, 2011 at 2:52 pm
(360) Mary says:

I am a graduate student in history who needs to improve my vocabulary and comprehension so I can understand Marc Bloch and de Tocqueville rather than rely on translations.

June 9, 2011 at 6:51 pm
(361) Junie Joseph says:

Bonjour Laura,

Je suis Junie . Je vis en Floride. Je suis laborantine. J’aimerais parler couramment le francais. Je viens tout just de decouvrir ce site. Je le trouve tres interessant. Je suis persuadee que ce site va m’aider a bien parler et ecrire le francais.

August 21, 2011 at 9:31 am
(362) rhob100 says:

This site is great. Whenever I want to ensure I’m doing something correct I always come here.

J’aime la langue du Francais, mais je ne la parle pas bien. Quelque jour je vais parler la Francais avec l’aider de Laura.

Merci beaucoup Laura. . . Robert

May 1, 2012 at 5:33 pm
(363) Marcus says:

I am in my mid 50′s (alas) and I am trying to make up for never learning a foreign language when I was younger. I tried Spanish in high school but stopped after two years. I happened upon your site when I was looking for some FREE language instruction. I have been studying for over two years and feel quite comfortable reading anything in French now. Just wanted to say thank you and keep up the good work. I now feel confident enough to try and take some college French courses.

June 10, 2012 at 3:55 am
(364) MUMAL says:

i just love ur site.

its the ultimate solution to my problems in french.

i m a french student of A2 level of alliance francaise.


June 21, 2013 at 2:07 am
(365) shirley serem says:

hi laura
i studied business french in college and i love it so much that’s why i visit your site to learn more about it.

July 5, 2013 at 12:05 am
(366) kapil says:

Je suis avec votre site depuis un long temps. je lis tout chose quoique vous collage ici et je suis heureux toujours. Merci

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