Affective Accent

French affective accentIn English, you can emphasize an important word or syllable by pronouncing it more loudly, as in "It's magNIFicent!" That's not the case in French, which uses the affective accent instead.

   

Agreement with Direct Objects

French agreement with direct objects Most French verbs are conjugated with avoir as their auxiliary verb in compound tenses and moods, and therefore do not require agreement with their subjects. But avoir verbs do need agreement in a very specific construction: the past participle must agree with the direct object when it precedes the verb.

   

Agreement with Pronominal Verbs

French agreement with pronominal verbsAll pronominal verbs are être verbs in compound tenses and moods like the passé composé, which means that the past participles must agree with their subjects - at least in theory. In fact, it's not quite so straightforward.

   

   

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe
Qui n'a jamais vu, ne serait-ce qu'une seule fois, dans des atlas géographiques ou des manuels d'histoire, l'imposante majesté de l'Arc de Triomphe de Paris, sur lequel débouche la magnifique avenue des Champs-Élysées, et dont l'allure caractéristique représente si bien la France ?

   

   

Attentats terroristes à Paris

Attentats terroristes à Paris
On 13 November 2015, Paris was struck by simultaneous terrorist attacks. Here is the video of President François Hollande's speech that night, with transcript and translation.

   

   

Avoiding the Subjunctive

Avoiding the French subjunctiveAlthough 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.)

   

Bon – Informal Synonyms

Informal synonyms for bon - French adjectives
Students often ask "how can I sound more French?" and my first recommendation is always to work on vocabulary. In French classes, you tend to learn the most common, basic terms, like bon, which is a typical and very useful adjective that tends to be overused. Read this lesson for some informal ways to say "good," including how to pronounce them.

   

   

Bruxelles

Brussels
La Belgique est dorénavant un acteur majeur de la scène internationale, mais c'est sa capitale francophone, Bruxelles, vers laquelle convergent tous les regards.

   

Cafetière à piston

Cafetière à piston - French press
Cette cafetière fort populaire aussi appelée French press, qui conserve intact tout l'arôme du café, a subi au fil des ans plusieurs modifications quant à sa conception.