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• Tu m'étonnes

• Apocopes

• Les aventures parisiennes de Kimberly, ch 2

• French Tutors

• Avoiding the Subjunctive

• Planifier sa retraite en France

• Clothing

Tu m'étonnes

Don't be surprised by the informal French expression tu m'étonnes.

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French apocopes

Many French nouns and adjectives have shortened forms called apocopes, which are created by dropping one or more syllables at the end of the word. Some of these are further modified by adding o to the end.

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Les aventures parisiennes de Kimberly

Read the second chapter of an intermediate-level novel written in the present tense.

Dive in

Studying French online has many benefits, as well as some limitations. If you want to get serious about learning French but can't handle a rigid class schedule, private classes are the way to go.

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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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