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What NOT To Do When Meeting French People

Now that you know what to do during greetings, below are 6 things to avoid. . 1. Do NOT show up too early at someone’s place. In fact, it’s better to be slightly late. . 2. Do NOT make too many inquiries when first meeting someone. Some...

6 Things To Do When Meeting French People…

Greetings. Meeting folks for the first time.  Every culture has their own protocol. Below are tips to avoid making a fool of yourself in a French greeting situation. . . 1. Upon entering a place, do always say  to those who greet...

The Time Is Ripe (Part 4)

In the last post, we studied expressions of time and opposition (alors que, tandis que, bien que and malgré) . In this post, you will learn everything about dès que, aussitôt que and alors. . 1. dès que / aussitôt que . What they mean: As soon...

The Time Is Ripe (Part 3)

Now that we’ve got the expressions “quand vs lorsque” and “pendant vs lors de” sorted out, let’s look at other expressions of time in French. More specifically: alors que, tandis que, bien que and malgré. . 1...

The Time Is Ripe (Part2)

In my last post, I presented you with the following list of time expressions, and illustrated the differences between Quand and lorsque. . Quand : when Lorsque : when Lors de : during (= at the time of), at one point Pendant : during, (=...

The Time Is Ripe (Part 1)

It’s time to talk about time expressions: quand, lorsque, lors de, pendant… Laura K. Lawless over at About.com French introduces a fantastic lesson on these. In this series , I will try to explain them further, adding some examples.  Here is...

Ça sert à quoi? (Part 5)

In the last post, I showed you how to give instructions. Here is some vocabulary to help you do this. At the bottom you will find links to interactive exercises to further expand your vocabulary. Some verbs : Please… Press:    Appuyez    /ap...

Ça sert à quoi? (Part 4)

In our last post, we saw how to express the use of a given object. In this post, we will learn how to communicate how it works. Comment ça marche? Comment l’utilise-t-on? Here you want to go into details. Use chronology: On commence par (+...

Ça sert à quoi? (Part 3)

In our last post, we learned how to accurately describe a given object. Here, we will learn the structures to express what its purpose is. À quoi ça sert? What is it for? Here the construction you want to use is : Ça sert à           ...

Ça sert à quoi? (Part 2)

In our last post, we learned how to ask questions about an object. Here, we will see how to describe it. C’est quoi?  What is it? C’est… Ce sont… Here, use  un, une, des or  du,  de la,  de l’. Avoid le/la/les unless...