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In This Issue

• Transference Errors

• Le Rouge et le Noir

• Rosh Hashana

• Avoir la pêche

• IPA for Consonants

• A2 dictée : Au cirque

• Rugby Terms

• le machin - Mot du jour

• Holidays and Events: Le vendredi treize


A transference error is a certain type of mistake, common to foreign language learners, which can be particularly difficult to stop making. The hardest part is becoming aware of the error; once you’ve done that, it’s just a matter of figuring out the correction and practicing your way to perfection.

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Le Rouge et le Noir

Read the first few paragraphs of Stendhal's classic 19th-century novel Le Rouge et le Noir, in French and English.

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What do apples and honey have to do with the Jewish New Year? Find out in this video about Rosh Hashanah. Shanah tovah!

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Avoir la pêche

You'll feel peachy after reading this lesson on the informal French idiom avoir la pêche.

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French IPA - Consonants

French has a total of 20 French consonant sounds, and thus 20 IPA symbols for these sounds. However, three of these sounds are only in words borrowed from other languages and one is very rare, so there are really just 16 French essential consonant sounds.

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Practice your French listening and writing skills with this A2-level dictée:

   Au cirque

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French rugby terms

On Wednesday, 2 October, France will face off against the US in a Rugby World Cup match. Here's some French vocabulary to help you get the most out of any rugby matches you might watch or play.

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Today's mot du jour is le machin. Support Lawless French to read the lesson.

Learn a word a day

Features related to holidays and events in the French-speaking world, plus some celebratory expressions:

• bonne fête

• faire le pont

• Vive la France !

French holidays and celebrations