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• Avoiding the Subjunctive

• Planifier sa retraite en France

• Clothing

• Relearning French

• Bien entendu

• Past Participles

• Mot du jour

Avoiding the French subjunctive

Although the subjunctive is commonly used in French, there are numerous ways to avoid it, with varying meaning changes. (This doesn't mean you don't need to know how to use the subjunctive, just that there are times when an alternative is acceptable.)

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Retiring to France

Avec son climat tempéré, sa remarquable gastronomie, son vin incomparable et son style de vie décontracté, la France demeure un point de chute rêvé pour les expatriés à la retraite.

Listening practice

French clothing

Learn the French words for clothing so that you can dress yourself in French. Click any underlined word or phrase to hear it pronounced.

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Bonjour Paris !

Is your French as rusty as an old can? Did you live in France years ago or study it in high school—and promptly forget everything upon leaving? The fact is that language ability fades with lack of practice. If you used to know French but haven't spoken it in years or decades, the bad news is that it probably won't come rushing back all at once. But the good news is that you can relearn it much more quickly than if you were starting out without that previous knowledge.

Here's how

Bien entendu - French expression

Of course it must be understood that bien entendu is a formal expression.

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French past participle

Learn how to conjugate the past participle of regular verbs, as well as the past participles of the most common irregular verbs.

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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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