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Usage de faut (Part 2)

In the last post, we saw how to translate in French the idea of “needing to” using “il faut”. In this post, we will explore its negative counterpart, “il ne faut pas”. While “il faut” means “(someone) needs to”, “il ne faut pas” rather translates the idea of “mustn’t”. One mustn’t fall!!!  - Boubou, you...

Usage de faut (Part 1)

When we need to do something, in French, the words to use are “il faut”. Il faut utiliser il faut! You will write and read “il faut” but generally hear “Y faut” ( /ee foe/). You’ll hear the “L” pronounced (/eel foe/) in the following cases:  anger, impatience, gravity, talking to a young child, to a somewhat dense individual or...

Avec. Such a handy little word… or is it?

Problem: A common mistake when we learn French is overusing the word “avec”. This comes from the fact that in English, “with” is used much more freely and more frequently. See the difference: In English… A man with boots and a hat:       But it French… « Un homme avec des bottes et un chapeau » :                    ...

Intercomprehe…what?

There is a fascinating article over at Nadeau&Barlow about the concept of intercomprehension. The learning technique, based on cognates, allows you to understand very quickly foreign languages by recognizing words that look like ones from your own mother tongue.  From what I gather, learners first start with reading comprehension, and are...

French and You: What You Don’t Know You Already Know

If you are reading this, chances are you have an interest in the French language. Maybe you are considering learning it, or already are. You might even be a Francophile, someone who loves French language and culture. To see if you are, go take Laura Lawless’s quiz over at About.com French is a language spoken by a lot of gens around le monde...

Bienvenue!

    “People cannot discover new lands until they have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”  – André Gide   Bonjour le monde! Welcome to my blog. Learning a new language is a journey. It is all at once exhilarating, hard work, funny and scary. Yes, it involves memorisation, immersion, grammar study, listening, repeating...