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.
Research shows that singing foreign language phrases helps you remember them longer. Whether you like rock, rap, or country music, there are bound to be French-speaking artists creating songs you'll enjoying singing along to in order to improve your French!
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
Can't find anyone to practice speaking French with? All is not lost - here are some ideas and tips for independent speaking practice.
How to find opportunities to speak French, whether or not you're in France.
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?