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In This Issue

• Mot du jour : le gratin

• Tout d'un coup

• Vowels for Beginners

• DELF B2 Tips

• Agreement

• Vive Henri IV ! (chanson)


An interesting word to start a new month. (No, au gratin doesn't mean "with cheese" in French.)

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Tout d'un coup

Read this lesson to understand the French expression tout d'un coup in one fell swoop.

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French vowels

The pronunciation of French vowels can be difficult for students. This is a simplified summary to help you get started.

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The DELF B2 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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French agreement

Grammatical agreement is a vast topic - and one of the banes of French students. While in English we have a few pronouns and adjectives that indicate gender and number (e.g., he/him/his and she/her/hers), in French, agreement is found in 5 of the 8 parts of speech.

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This popular French song, also called Marche Henri IV and Vive le roi Henri, was written in the late 16th century to celebrate Le Bon Roi Henri (Good King Henry), who ended the Huguenot Wars and restored peace to France.

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