Horace, by George Sand
Read the opening paragraphs of George Sand's Horace, a novel about friendship and student life in Paris written in 1841.


Savoyard Accent

Savoyard accent
Put your French listening comprehension and sense of humor to the test with this faux news report poking fun at Savoie and the Savoyard accent.


Bises sur le bon côté

French bises which sideI've never found any rhyme or reason as to which side to start la bise on. Some say that it depends on the region of France, but in my experience, it's not that consistent - it seems more a matter of personal preference.


French pronunciationThe letter combinations uil and uille are pronounced more or less like the English words "wheel" and "wee," respectively.



La trufficulture
Il y a une certaine magie concernant les truffes, appelées « rabasses » en provençal. Elles vivent dans le sol (mais pas n'importe quel sol), et sur les racines d'arbres (mais seulement certains types d'arbres).



Contre Expressions

Expressions with contre
The French preposition contre, "against," is found in many idiomatic expressions, including into the wind, to swap, and pros and cons. Learn these and dozens of other French expressions featuring contre.