The construction of the negative forms in French works differently than in English because it is composed of two elements and because of its placement: the first element, ne (n’), comes in front of the conjugated verb; the second or main negation (pas, jamais, rien, etc..) has to be placed after the conjugated verb. For example, if you wanted to make the following sentence negative,...Read More
Il faut ! If you live or have traveled in France, you’ve probably heard these two short words over and over again. When do we use it exactly and how does the sentence construction work? We use il faut to express directions, orders and very strong suggestions. Il faut can be expressed in an impersonal or personal way. Instinctively, foreigners are likely to say “c’est nécessaire de”,...Read More
One of the first expressions everyone learns when settling in France is “Je voudrais” (I would like), which works very well for simple everyday life transactions in stores, at the markets, or for obtaining general information. But, when you wish to ask for a favour or some additional information, “Je voudrais” might seem too demanding! It would be more appropriate and...Read More
To help you review and remember the usage of certain French verbs and words, we created a series of flash cards.
Teachers hear the same typical mistakes that are being said often due to false friends (a French word that looks awfully close to the English word but differ significantly in their meaning), or due to literal translations.
If they are useful to you, we suggest that you...Read More
One of the first verbs to master in the French language is the verb faire. It is used to express both of the following actions: ‘to do’ and ‘to make’ but it is also widely used in many different contexts such as the weather, sports, and household tasks, and many, many more….
Faire is an irregular verb and when conjugated in the present, you will notice how the vous form does not end...Read More
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF…………………..”
Sunlight hits our bedroom window early and I’m off for a jog with one of our dogs ; acroos our field, past the cows, up towards the Haras to look at the new foals born during the warm summer night, and as far as the church, standing above the valley, just as the bells toll 7 a.m. Apart from the usual hares,...Read More
A little over three years ago, a dream came true when I bought an apartment in Paris. A French friend referred me to her realtor, who luckily knew agents all over town; otherwise I would have had to go from agency to agency to find out what each had to offer, since there is no central listing service like we have in the US. The legal formalities were similar to those in America, but much more...Read More