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• Imparfait vs Passé composé

• Ça alors !

• Poisson d'avril

• Easter Terms

• Passover Terms

• Mots du jour

Knowing whether to use the passé composé or imparfait is particularly difficult when translating certain verbs into French. Very broadly speaking, the imperfect is equivalent to was/were + ___ing, but some English verbs are not often used in this form. So when translating was, had, and liked into French, you have to think about the meaning in order to decide which tense to use.

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Ça alors, c'est formidable !

My goodness, ça alors is a very useful French expression.

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Poisson d'avril

I hope you enjoyed my little April fool's article on Sunday. :-) Find out how the French celebrate this silly holiday.

Poisson d'avril

French Easter vocabulary

In 2018, Easter was on April 1st, and the week immediately preceding Easter (Sunday to Saturday) is called Holy Week. Here's all the French vocabulary you need to celebrate this Christian period of renewal.

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French Passover vocabulary

The Jewish festival of Passover lasts for seven or eight days sometime in March or April. It begins on the 15th of Nisan, the first month in the Hebrew calendar. This year, it began on 30 March.

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Mot du jour - French word of the day

Lawless French offers two different types of mots du jour: one is very basic and free, the other is more detailed and requires a nominal monthly fee.

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