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The accent circumflex ê, î, and ô can be very helpful in giving us hints as to what a French word means because it indicates that the letter 's' used to be in the word if it's a noun.   The following are examples: forêt→forest   île→isle→island  maître→master prêtre→priest   So the next time you see an accent circumflex on a noun... read more

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I suppose I should dedicate this space to an introduction, to give you an idea of what I offer, moreso than just the basic profile.   I am very passionate about education. I suppose I always have been--something my mother instilled in me--but in the last few years I have begun working in that realm. I have been an in home tutor, substitute teacher, and worked with non profits as a... read more

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In common conversation "se rappeler" and "se souvenir" are most of the time used with "de" after, and most of French people use undistinctly one for the other. So most of the people won't even notice if you do the same. That been said, you can stop your reading now.   Or if you want to look at it through a microscope, let's have fun!   "Se... read more

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Look for the Latin roots in Spanish and French words that may also be found English. This helps one remember vocabulary and appreciate the connection between languages!     Here are some examples!   1. Aprender is 'to learn' in Spanish (apprendre in French), which corresponds to the English word 'apprentice.'   2. Escribir is to write in Spanish... read more

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Bored with your everyday use of the French language? Are you looking to add un peu de variété (a little variety) to your daily discourse? Language is often limited by the extent of our vocabulaire (vocabulary), our grasp of proper grammaire (grammar) and, to a lesser extent, our knowledge and application of colloquialisms. People’s ears always perk up when an expression befitting the topic... read more

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Summer is a great break for students and teachers alike.  However, students can experience a huge educational deficit by not being able to practice the language they have been studying by not being exposed to it during summer months.  There are some fun ways for them to practice their language skills during this much needed vacation.   Study Blue is a great site full of... read more

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Having lived in France 13 years, I've learned that the best way to sharpen and improve your French requires immersion!  If you won't be visiting France or a French-speaking country this summer, you have many other options.   See a movie in French Find a French TV station and get the news there Read a book in French Invite a French exchange student at your home Look... read more

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One of my favorite French resources is an app called Duolingo. Duolingo is free and it provides an easy way to track your progress and set goals for yourself. It's set up like a game and you win points for correct answers, and you can 'compete' with your friends at different levels. It also requires that you "strengthen your skills", which keeps your memory fresh and up to date by having... read more

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