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French Language February 2012 Archive

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French vocabulary: Expressions with en

Wednesday February 29, 2012
The French preposition en means "on" or "in" and is also used in many expressions. Learn how to say backward, live broadcast, in any case, and more with this list ... Read More

Good French grammar: Bon vs Bien

Tuesday February 28, 2012
The French words bon and bien are often mixed up because they have somewhat similar meanings, and because they can both be adjectives, adverbs, or nouns. Learn more about this ... Read More

Mot du jour : bissextil

Tuesday February 28, 2012
Today's French word is very useful once every four years or so: bissextil. More: French vocabulary | Daily French | How to speak French  Free French Help If you have questions ... Read More

French expression: Être à côté de la plaque

Monday February 27, 2012
What does the idiomatic French expression être à côté de la plaque mean? Click to learn all about it, and then come back here to share your thoughts. More: ... Read More

Pardon My French - Projet Collaboratif Incongru

Sunday February 26, 2012
Do you like French music, non-French music, translation, word play, and/or silliness? If so, you'll love Pardon My French - Projet Collaboratif Incongru. This inspired website includes hundreds of well-known ... Read More

Bataille de Fleurs 2012

Saturday February 25, 2012
The carnavalesque parade is probably the most famous part of Carnaval, but the bataille de fleurs is just as interesting. To show off some of the region's prettiest assets,* flower-covered ... Read More

French expression: Tant mieux

Friday February 24, 2012
What does the idiomatic French expression tant mieux mean? Click to learn all about it, and then come back here to share your thoughts. More: French expressions | Common ... Read More

Give it a miss: Mademoiselle

Friday February 24, 2012
For the second time in just over a month, Mademoiselle is all over the headlines: French Prime Minister François Fillon has decreed, in agreement with some French feminists, that a ... Read More

Carnaval de Nice : la Grande Bretagne à l'honneur

Thursday February 23, 2012
With sports as the theme and the upcoming London Olympics, it's no surprise that the guest of honor at the 2012 Carnaval de Nice is Great Britain. The queen, Will, ... Read More

French mistake: "Bon matin"

Thursday February 23, 2012
What's wrong with saying bon matin? Learn about this French mistake. More: French mistakes and difficulties | French greetings

Nice Carnaval 2012

Wednesday February 22, 2012
There's always a mix of homage, caricature, and mockery in Nice Carnaval's figures, and this year was no exception. Le Capitaine Pognon(Bernard Tapie) Bernard Tapie (owner of Olympique de Marseille who was ... Read More

Easy access: French toolbar

Wednesday February 22, 2012
Install the free French toolbar in your internet browser for easy access to useful tools like a French dictionary, verb conjugator, codes for typing accents, and daily French features. More: French ... Read More

Carnaval de Nice 2012

Tuesday February 21, 2012
Even though I was unenthusiastic about this year's theme - Roi du sport - I was sure my third Carnaval in Nice would still be a lot of fun, and ... Read More

French small talk: The weather

Tuesday February 21, 2012
Ready to make some serious small talk? Learn how to chat about the weather in French. More small talk: Food - News - French vocabulary

Poll: Are you celebrating Mardi gras this year?

Sunday February 19, 2012

French expression: Avoir le cafard

Friday February 17, 2012
What does the idiomatic French expression avoir le cafard mean? Click to learn all about it, and then come back here to share your thoughts. More: French expressions | ... Read More

French grammar: Invariable adjectives

Thursday February 16, 2012
In French, adjectives normally have to agree with the nouns they modify in gender and number. However, there are numerous adjectives which don't agree - they have a single form ... Read More

Mon petit chou : French terms of endearment

Monday February 13, 2012
French has all kinds of interesting terms of endearment, including a rather odd assortment of barnyard animals. Check out this list of French terms of endearment to use with your ... Read More

French expression: Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir

Monday February 13, 2012
What does the French expression voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir mean, and do the French actually say it? Click to learn all about it, and then come back here ... Read More

French expression: Figure-toi

Friday February 10, 2012
What does the idiomatic French expression figure-toi mean? Click to learn all about it, and then come back here to share your thoughts. More: French expressions | Common French ... Read More

That French grammar: Demonstrative adjectives

Thursday February 9, 2012
Demonstrative adjectives (this, that, these, those) are words which indicate a specific noun. In French, they must agree in gender and number with the noun they modify (ce, cet, cette, ... Read More

French mistake? Beaucoup des

Wednesday February 8, 2012
What's wrong with saying beaucoup des? Learn about this potential French mistake. More: French mistakes | De vs Des

French for nothing: Expressions with rien

Tuesday February 7, 2012
The French word rien literally means "nothing" and is also used in many expressions. Learn how to say for no reason, not a chance, worthless, and more with this list ... Read More

French expression: Attacher lundi avec mardi

Monday February 6, 2012
What does the idiomatic French expression attacher lundi avec mardi mean? Click to learn all about it, and then come back here to share your thoughts. More: French expressions ... Read More

French expression: Par contre

Friday February 3, 2012
What does the French expression par contre mean - and is it ok to use it? Click to learn all about this expression and the great par contre debate, and ... Read More

French verbs: Conditional

Thursday February 2, 2012
The conditional is a verb mood used for events that are not guaranteed to occur; often they are dependent on certain conditions. The French conditional is usually translated by "would" ... Read More

Confusing French pairs: Nouveau vs Neuf

Wednesday February 1, 2012
English speakers sometimes find it difficult to translate "new" into French, due to confusion over the French words nouveau and neuf. In fact, the French adjectives have distinctly different meanings; ... Read More

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