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• À la Chandeleur, l'hiver cesse ou prend vigueur

• Passé composé vs imparfait

• N'importe ...

• Q Pronunciation

• DELF A1 Tips

À la Chandeleur, l'hiver cesse ou prend vigueur.

Find out whether spring has arrived with the French expression à la Chandeleur, l'hiver cesse ou prend vigueur.

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The trickiest aspect of the two most important French verb forms is that they often work together, juxtaposed not only throughout stories, but even within individual sentences. Understanding the contrasting relationship between the passé composé and imparfait is essential to communicating in French.

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Expressions with n'importe

N'importe literally means "no matter" or "(it) doesn't matter." This indefinite expression can precede an interrogative adjective, adverb, or pronoun when talking about something indefinite or non-specific.

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French pronunciation

The letter Q, which always has to be followed by U, is usually pronounced like K in French.

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The DELF A1 will test you on the four language skills in French: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Here's some info about what to expect as well as tips on how to prepare for the test.

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