French has quite a bit of "baby talk" or "kiddie speak" - words and expressions which are typically used by children or when talking to children. Even if you don't talk to kids in French, this informal language is important to recognize, as baby talk can also be found in jokes and in conversations with friends.
Knowing just a few key words and phrases can be very helpful in your French classes, while traveling in France, and everywhere in between.
The rule is that to make a French verb negative, you need ne
in front of the verb and pas
after it. The reality of how the French speak says otherwise.
Oh my! It's a lesson on the French expression oh là là !
Speak French better than a Spanish cow with the informal expression parler le français comme une vache espagnole
You're not really going to pass up the opportunity to learn how to use this French expression, quand même
A large part of communicating has to do with reporting what other people have said. This grammatical grapevine comes in two varieties: direct speech and indirect speech.
One reason speaking French can be tricky is that by its very nature it requires at least one other person. But not to worry, finding people to talk to is easier than you might think, no matter where you live.
Of the four language skills, many people find that speaking is the most difficult. Here are tips and resources to help you overcome these obstacles in order to practice French as much as you like.
Get a taste of how spoken French differs from what you learn in school with this short video.
Don't hold your tongue until you've read this lesson on the French proverb tourner sept fois sa langue dans sa bouche
This is a comprehensive lesson on a very useful French expression, voilà.
There’s no secret recipe for fluency; indeed, it’s difficult to even find consensus on what "fluency" actually means. Is it the ability to have a conversation, or language proficiency equivalent to that of a native speaker?