Are Countries Masculine or Feminine in French?

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Not too long ago, I wrote a post about the gender of nouns in French. Everything has a gender, so it’s important to understand the differences. This gets complicated for people whose native languages don’t have genders or where they are rarely used. That’s why many of them ask, “Are countries masculine or feminine in … Read more

How to Use the Imparfait

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In a previous post, we talked about the passé composé, which is one of the most common structures to talk about the past in French. Today, we will talk about another structure that is equally used: the imparfait, or how the French call it, l’imparfait. We will learn how to use the imparfait and when … Read more

When to Use The Passé Composé

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We can all agree that French is a particular language. Each language has its own set of grammar rules and exceptions, but it seems French is a step ahead of the rest. Its exceptions can be confusing such as the ones regarding the simple past tense. In English, it’s straightforward since we just add the … Read more

Difference Between COD and COI

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One of the things French students struggle with a lot is deciding when to use COD or COI. They are so similar after all. I don’t blame you. They are confusing, especially when you have to use both in the same sentence. Why aren’t they simpler? Well, it’s one of the beauties of French. Remember … Read more

The French Pronouns “Y” and “En”

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The French pronouns y and en are widely used in French, but they can be quite confusing. Many people don’t know how or when to use them. It’s easy to use them incorrectly or skip them altogether when we try to translate from our native languages. Remember all languages are different, and some things might … Read more

How to Ask Questions in French

Sooner or later, we need to ask questions. What time is it? How do I…? Where is the museum? How much does it cost? The list goes on and on. While asking questions in English or other languages is very straightforward, French is a little tricky in this respect. That’s why it’s essential to learn … Read more

The Negative in French

How do you feel so far? We’ve already covered the alphabet, numbers, pronunciation, and some verb conjugations. It’s a lot, right? Well, today we will learn how to use the negative in French. There are several ways to express negation in French, although they differ a little from the English form. The good news is, … Read more

Conjugate French Verbs in the Present Tense

We have already seen the conjugation of some important verbs such as être and avoir. We learned that they don’t follow the usual rules applied to other verbs. There are certain patterns we must follow when conjugating verbs in different tenses. Today, we will focus on how to conjugate French verbs in the simple present … Read more

C’est vs Il Est Differences

One of the things most French students confuse is the use of c’est and il est. Many people use them interchangeably. It can be complicated to determine which one to use. As in everything, there are some rules we should observe. That’s why today we will look at some c’est vs il est differences and … Read more

The French Liaison

If you love the French language or at least if you have ever heard it being spoken, you may have noticed the particularities of the French accent. I’m not talking about the r or nasal sounds, but about the way the French connect some words when they speak. I’m talking about the French liaison. It … Read more