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Learning French

It's Hard To Learn A New Language. But It's Way Harder To Learn A New Culture.

The Atlantic | Ta-Nehisi Coates | Posted 09.01.2014 | Black Voices

I spent the majority of this summer at Middlebury College, studying at l’École Française. I had never been to Vermont. I have not been many places...

The 13 Pros And Cons Of Living In France

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 07.21.2014 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

One of the things I appreciated most about my years living in France was the opportunity it gave me to sit back and watch the French at work, play, and rest, to experience la vie francaise right alongside them, both la belle and la bête.

I Can Teach You French in 30 Minutes

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 08.26.2013 | Good News
Sidonie Sawyer

Yes, a basic and sufficient knowledge to improve your first visit to France, or to impress your friends, or to really know what they are saying on those French restaurants' menus.

Making My Way Through France, One Fake Pregnancy At A Time

Elizabeth Zephyrine McDonough | Posted 11.26.2012 | Travel
Elizabeth Zephyrine McDonough

When not busy making fun of French people speaking French, I'm devoting considerable energy to making fun of them speaking English. There is no question that this is entirely in an effort to make myself feel better about my own meager French skills, but that doesn't make it any less entertaining.

Learning To Speak French In Paris

Elizabeth Zephyrine McDonough | Posted 10.20.2012 | Travel
Elizabeth Zephyrine McDonough

If you had spent a lot of time playing with a Paris-themed Playmobile set growing up, you would not be disappointed when you arrived in real-Paris -- except that the people are less "joint-y" and their hair's not as perfectly shaped. Unfortunately being able to appreciate quality design and effective city-maintenance programs does nothing to improve your French.

Conquering A French Post Office

Katie Beck | Posted 06.02.2012 | Travel
Katie Beck

With the hot sun and gentle breeze on my face, I reflected on the day. Absurd really. But I needed to break the seal of sounding stupid. I'll get used to it.

Pardon My French: Our Heroine Struggles With the Language

Katie Beck | Posted 12.05.2011 | Travel
Katie Beck

There is a false security that comes with being spoken to in the very slow, very clear, perfectly-formed French spoken only by French teachers.

Pardon My French: Our Heroine Goes On A Budget

Katie Beck | Posted 10.31.2011 | Travel
Katie Beck

As an American, it's a novelty to go to the bakery for bread and the cheese shop for cheese, and not just for a special fancy item, but for everyday shopping.