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The 9 best apps to learn French

Do you think you can learn french for Free ? Why pay a lot of money for French lessons at home? Our top 9 applications to learn French!

Learning a language is always a challenging cognitive learning process. Would you like to learn French to progress before a trip to France? You are right on target: the level of French people is known to be low in English. Few people know how to speak English well, so it will be difficult to communicate in France! To acquire a good oral expression and a good level of oral comprehension, it is better to anticipate!

Traditionally, we think of private lessons to learn a foreign language. But the training is expensive. An alternative and inexpensive solution is to download mobile applications. These applications, free or not, allow you to immerse yourself in language and culture. Whether it is before leaving for a French-speaking country or on site, they will be very useful.

Are you going to France, Quebec or French-speaking Africa? Here is our selection of applications to learn the French language at your own pace!

1. Babbel

When you think of language courses via mobile application, you often think of Babbel. This company was created in 2007 and has become a worldwide reference. It offers French as well as 15 other languages.

Babbel teaches four aspects of the French language: grammar, vocabulary, listening and speaking. The user defines his or her level at the beginning of the course, between beginner and advanced. Vocabulary is learned through repetition combined with a voice recognition system and translations.

The Babbel application helps the user to climb the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). These are levels A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. Ideal for non-French speaking beginners, it allows you to reach level B2, which is a common use of the French language. You will be able to rework all the previous lessons to revise, especially the most difficult sentences.

In listening comprehension, the dialogues cover topics of everyday life. The learning process is designed to give you the ability to interact orally with native French speakers, while being at ease. As far as prices are concerned, Babbel is not expensive:

  • 1 month: 12,99€,
  • 3 months: 10€ per month,
  • 6 months: €7.50 per month,
  • 12 months: 5€ per month.

2) Busuu

Busuu is often on the podium of the most popular language learning applications. The program emphasizes social learning, i.e. the possibility of having conversations with other users. The application provides courses for all levels, from beginner (A1) to advanced intermediate (B2).

The lessons can be themed and each one contains grammar rules and new vocabulary words. A correction system is also integrated. It is also a very complete application that works at all levels (pronunciation, writing, reading, grammar, spelling). The goal is to validate one lesson per day.

On the other hand, if the application seems free at the beginning, it then becomes paying. You will have to pay 34,99€ per year for the “Premium” version. There is also a “Premium plus” version, available for about 6,50€ per month.

3. MosaLingua

MosaLingua is a behemoth of language learning applications. Indeed, this small multi-platform application provides lessons according to a method that has been proven at the scientific level: spaced repetition. The goal of the application is to help you memorize words by using vocabulary exercises.

To do this, MosaLingua uses a panel of 3,000 cards with key words and phrases, which will be repeated unexpectedly as you progress through the levels, to help you memorize the maximum number of words possible.

To get these services, you will have to pay 9,99 € per month, or opt for the 12 months package at 59,99 € (4,99 € per month) !

4. FluentU

FluentU is a rather innovative application. Indeed, it breaks with the codes of learning by simply proposing to learn French through podcasts and other digital information formats.

Several types of tools are offered within FluentU, ranging from videos of light subjects such as music videos, to more square ones such as news and advertisements. This type of training addresses one of the problems of language learning. Indeed, after days and days of learning, when you are put in a real situation, the blanks during the conversation phases will become rarer.

To help you go gradually, each video has a detailed script, so that you know which term means this or that. Finally, the application has a cost, since only the first two weeks of use are free. After that, you will have to pay 15€ per month or 120€ per year to continue using FluentU.

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Talking about sleep in French

In French there are several ways of saying good night, or of getting ready to go to sleep or to go to bed. Here are several ways to say good night in French.

Preparing for sleeping

There are some phrases and words you can use when you are feeling ready for a sleep:

 Être fatigué (to be tired) ~ Je suis très fatigué après le travail (I’m so tired after work)

 Être épuisé (to be exhausted) ~ Il est épuisé (He is exhausted because of too much sports)

Avoir sommeil (to be sleepy) ~ Mes chats ont sommeils tous les temps (My cats are always sleepy)

Going to sleep

 Dormir (to sleep)

 Se coucher (to go to bed)

Se reposer (to rest)

 S’endormir (to fall asleep) ~ Je m’endors car je suis très fatigué (I fall asleep because I’m so tired)

Faire une sièste (take a nap) ~ Je vais faire une sièste

 Prendre une pause (to have a break) ~ Il prend souvent une pause de son travail pour se reposer à la plage avec son chien (He usually have a pause of his work for resting at the beach with his dog)

Saying goodnight

 Bonsoir (Hello/Good bye/Good evening)

 Bonne soirée (Have a good evening)

 Bonne nuit (Good night)

 Dors bien (Sleep well)

 Faire des beaux rêves (Have a sweet dreams)

 Passer une bonne soirée (Have a pleasant evening)

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Bon VS Bien in French

You still make some mistakes between Bon and Bien

1. Basic rule of “Good”

BON = Adj. qualifier -> It modifies a name.
Cet hamburger est très bon.
Claude est un très bon élève !

2. “Bien” can also be an invariable adjective

So here’s what you need to remember:

  • Bon-> taste and feel, smell, level
  • Bien-> for the rest

3. Some examples de Bien in French

  • Il est bien cet hotel
  • J’aime bien cette décoration
  • Une fille très bien
  • C’est bien le français
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Top 10 french food

French cuisine is one of the best in the world and has even been listed as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity. Do you like French gastronomy? Discover with the top 10 best French dishes.

1. Tartiflette

Tartiflette is made of potatoes, bacon, reblochon cheese and onion and is usually accompanied by a good green salad. Tartiflette is a French culinary specialty from Savoie. A simple but delicious meal that can be enjoyed at any time of the year, in winter – in the evening after a good day of skiing – as well as in summer.

2. Pot au feu

To make this dish, all you need are vegetables and a little meat. Put all these ingredients in a large pot, fill it with water and cook it on a low flame. Bon appétit to all lovers of traditional French cuisine.

3. Coq au Vin

Coq au vin is a traditional dish of French cuisine. To prepare this dish, you need a rooster cut into pieces cooked in good wine (usually red, but Riesling can also do the trick) and accompanied by onions, carrots, a bouquet garni and mushrooms. Enjoy your meal.

4. Gratin dauphinois

To prepare this speciality of the Dauphiné, you will only need potatoes, fresh cream and possibly some fresh chives. This dish fits perfectly into the traditional French cuisine and can be eaten as a main course or as a side dish.

5. Crêpe

Pancakes are the Breton specialty par excellence. Accompanied by a good bowl of cider, they can be eaten with salt (buckwheat pancake) or with sugar for dessert. The crêpe is a symbol of French cuisine and is very popular with foreign tourists.

6. Quiche lorraine

The quiche is – with bergamots, madeleines and mirabelle plums – one of the most delicious culinary specialties in Lorraine. Covered with bacon and migaine, this savory tart is ideally eaten as a starter. This traditional French specialty is eaten with a good green salad or endives.

7. Steak tartare

Steak tartare is one of the most popular French specialties among meat lovers. It must be said that this dish offers two enormous advantages. On the one hand, it’s delicious. On the other hand, this dish is easy to cook: all you need is a good quality fresh ground steak (ask your butcher for one), capers, a raw egg and condiments. Raw meat has become a part of French cuisine, even if it does not appeal to everyone. Today, steak tartare can be prepared in a thousand ways to become a must in French gastronomy.

8. Cassoulet

Although this French specialty originated in the Languedoc region of France, this traditional French dish is often associated with the city of Toulouse. Cassoulet is a delicious but caloric dish – it is made of white beans, duck confit and sausage. It is the perfect dish to eat in winter.

9. Bœuf bourguignon

Beef bourguignon is one of the most traditional (and delicious) dishes in French gastronomy. To prepare this dish, you simply cook beef over a low flame in Burgundy wine. Accompany the meat with fresh garnishes (mushrooms, steamed potatoes, carrots…) and you are sure to have a good meal. To talk about French specialties and traditional cuisine without mentioning beef bourguignon is simply impossible. A little tip for even more taste, add a little smoked bacon to this dish.

10. Huîtres

Mainly cultivated in the Marennes-Oléron basin, oysters are one of the most popular dishes during the end of year celebrations. What would be French gastronomy without our famous seafood?

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French culture

Why les crêpes de la chandeleur in France

The Candlemas festival is held every year on the same date, February 2nd.

But why do we eat crêpes de la chandeleur in France?

This festival is above all religious. Indeed, it is celebrated every year 40 days after Christmas, day of the presentation of the baby Jesus in the Temple. The name “Chandeleur” comes originally from the “candles”, traditionally used on this occasion. In churches, they are blessed, replace torches and are kept lit to signify light, purity and to ward off evil. The faithful often take one home and display it in their windows on February 2.

The round shape and golden color of the crêpes represented the solar disk and the return to the light. Indeed, at the beginning of February, the days are gradually getting longer. The consumption of crêpes would thus be a tribute to the cycle of seasons and more precisely to the arrival of Spring which announces better days.

This festival is also accompanied by superstitions. If the farmers did not make crêpes at Candlemas, the wheat would be bad the following year. To ensure that the harvest would be good and the finances prosperous, they had to flip the first crêpes by throwing it in the air with their right hand while holding a golden Louis in their left hand, making sure that it fell perfectly into the pan. The crepe was then placed on top of a cupboard.

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Ways to say “au revoir” goodbye in french

There are ten ways to say “goodbye” in French, here they are :

au revoir = good bye

à bientôt = see you soon

à demain = see you tomorrow

à plus tard = see you later

à toute de suite = see you right anyway

bonne journée = have a good day

restons en contact = keep in touch

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French songs

5 top french songs October 2020

Our selection of french songs ! Enjoy it

1) Indila – Dernière Danse 

Lyrics :

[Couplet 1]
Ô ma douce souffrance
Pourquoi s’acharner ? Tu r’commences
Je n’suis qu’un être sans importance
Sans lui, je suis un peu paro
Je déambule seule dans l’métro
Une dernière danse
Pour oublier ma peine immense
Je veux m’enfuir que tout r’commence
Ô ma douce souffrance

[Refrain]
J’remue le ciel, le jour, la nuit
Je danse avec le vent, la pluie
Un peu d’amour, un brin de miel
Et je danse, danse, danse, danse, danse, danse, danse
Et dans le bruit, je cours et j’ai peur
Est-ce mon tour ? Revient la douleur
Dans tout Paris, je m’abandonne
Et je m’envole, vole, vole, vole, vole, vole, vole

[Couplet 3]
Dans cette douce souffrance
Dont j’ai payé toutes les offenses
Écoute comme mon cœur est immense
Je suis une enfant du monde

[Couplet 2]
Que d’espérance
Sur ce chemin en ton absence
J’ai beau trimer, sans toi ma vie n’est qu’un décor qui brille, vide de sens
[Refrain]
J’remue le ciel, le jour, la nuit
Je danse avec le vent, la pluie
Un peu d’amour, un brin de miel
Et je danse, danse, danse, danse, danse, danse, danse
Et dans le bruit, je cours et j’ai peur
Est-ce mon tour ? Revient la douleur
Dans tout Paris, je m’abandonne
Et je m’envole, vole, vole, vole, vole, vole, vole

[Refrain]
J’remue le ciel, le jour, la nuit
Je danse avec le vent, la pluie
Un peu d’amour, un brin de miel
Et je danse, danse, danse, danse, danse, danse, danse
Et dans le bruit, je cours et j’ai peur
Est-ce mon tour ? Revient la douleur
Dans tout Paris, je m’abandonne
Et je m’envole, vole, vole, vole, vole, vole, vole

2) Mika – Elle Me Dit

Lyrics :

Poum, poum, poum, poum
Poum, poum, poum, poum
Hey!Elle me dit
Écris une chanson contente
Pas une chanson déprimante
Une chanson que tout le monde aimeElle me dit
Tu deviendras milliardaire
T’auras de quoi être fier
Ne finis pas comme ton pèreElle me dit
Ne t’enfermes pas dans ta chambre
Vas-y, secoue-toi et danse
Dis-moi c’est quoi ton problème
Elle me dit
Qu’est-ce que t’as pas l’air coincé?
T’es défoncé ou t’es gai
Tu finiras comme ton frère
Elle me ditElle me dit, c’est ta vie
Fais c’que tu veux, tant pis
Un jour tu comprendras
Un jour tu t’en voudras
Elle me dit, t’es trop nul
Sors un peu de ta bulle
Tu fais n’importe quoi
On dirait que t’aimes çaPourquoi tu gâches ta vie?
Pourquoi tu gâches ta vie?
Pourquoi tu gâches ta vie?
(Danse, danse, danse, elle me dit…

3) Stromae – Alors On Danse

Lyrics :

Alors on
Alors on
Alors onQui dit étude dit travail
Qui dit taf te dit les thunes
Qui dit argent dit dépenses
Qui dit crédit dit créance
Qui dit dette te dit huissier
Et lui dit assis dans la merde
Qui dit Amour dit les gosses
Dit toujours et dit divorce
Qui dit proches te dit deuils
Car les problèmes ne viennent pas seuls
Qui dit crise te dit monde
Dit famine, dit tiers-monde
Qui dit fatigue dit réveil
Encore sourd de la veille
Alors on sort pour oublier tous les problèmesAlors on danse
Alors on danse
Alors on danse
Alors on danse
Alors on danse
Alors on danse
Alors on danse
Alors on danse
Alors on danseEt là tu te dis que c’est fini car pire que ça ce serait la mort
Quand tu crois enfin que tu t’en sors, quand y en a plus et ben y en a encore
Est-ce la zik ou…

4) Tino Rossi – J’attendrai, 1939

lyrics :

J’attendrai
Le jour et la nuit
J’attendrai toujours
Ton retour
J’attendrai
Car l’oiseau qui s’enfuit
Vient chercher l’oubli
Dans son nid
Le temps passe et court
En battant tristement
Dans mon cœur plus lourd
Et pourtant
J’attendrai ton retour

Les fleurs fanisses
Le feu s’éteint
L’ombre se glisse
Dans le jardin
L’horloge tisse
Des sons très las
………………….
Je crois entendre ton pas

Le vent m’apporte
Des bruits lointains
Guettant ma porte
J’écoute en vain
Hélas, plus rien
Plus rien ne vient
J’attendrai
Le jour et la nuit
J’attendrai toujours
Ton retour
J’attendrai
Car l’oiseau qui s’enfuit
Vient chercher l’oubli
Dans son nid
Le temps passe et court
En battant tristement
Dans mon cœur plus lourd
Et pourtant
J’attendrai ton retour

5) Florent Pagny – Savoir Aimer

lyrics :

Savoir sourire
À une inconnue qui passe
N’en garder aucune trace
Sinon celle du plaisir
Savoir aimer
Sans rien attendre en retour
Ni égard, ni grand amour
Pas même l’espoir d’être aiméMais savoir donner
Donner sans reprendre
Ne rien faire qu’apprendre
Apprendre à aimer
Aimer sans attendre
Et aimer à tout prendre
Apprendre à sourire
Rien que pour le geste
Sans vouloir le reste
Et apprendre à vivre
Et s’en allerSavoir attendre
Goûter à ce plein bonheur
Qu’on vous donne comme par erreur
Tant on ne l’attendait plus
Se voir y croire
Pour tromper la peur du vide
Ancrée comme autant de rides
Qui ternissent les miroirsSavoir donner
Donner sans reprendre
Ne rien faire qu’apprendre
Apprendre à aimer
Aimer sans attendre
Et aimer à tout prendre
Apprendre à sourire
Rien…

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Some phrases to speak like a french native

1) Tu fais quoi ?

 Meaning “What are you doing ?”

Tu fais quoi you can also say “Que fais-tu?“, “tu fais quoi maintenant?” “qu’est ce que tu es entrain de faire

But “Qu’est ce que tu es entrain de faire” can have meaning like : Omg you are doing something wrong like a little angry voice “Qu’est ce que tu es entrain de faire” it’s also same “Tu fais quoi???”

Only recommended that you use to family or close friends.

2) Tu t’en sors ?

Meaning = “Doing okay there?” or “Is it Ok

You are doing something, maybe you need time to find the solution then your friend will ask you “Tu t’en sors” = “Are you ok?” or “Everything is ok ?”

then after that you can suggest your help , so you can say : “As tu besoin de mon aide ? ” = “do you need my help ?

Can use this sentence : with your friends, family, and also your coworkers

3) N’importe quoi

N’importe quoi = “anything” or “nonsense

Example :

  • Tu dis vraiment n’importe quoi – You are really talking crap
  • les poulets peuvent voler – chickens can fly = no sense

Can use this sentence : with your friends, family, and also your coworkers

4) Revenons à nos moutons !

This is an expression to use after the conversation to back to the original topic
In English it means “let’s get back to our sheep!” = “Let’s get back to the point!”

5) J’ai le cafard…

Meaning “I’m feeling a little down” or “I’m feeling blue

It literally means, “I have the cockroach” but to use the verb phrase avoir le cafard simply means to be depressed or to feel down. You can also say Ça me donne le cafard, which means “that depresses me.”

6)  Ça te changera les idées…

meaning : “It’ll take your mind off thing

example :

ne sois pas triste, sors un peu !ç a te changera les idées ! = don’t be sad, go out ! It’ll take your mind off things

7) Bref.

Bref = To summarize something or to give one’s final impression of something

example :

tu dis n’importe , bref = no sense, stop it

8) Tiens-moi au courant!

meaning : “Keep me up to date!”

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10 ways to say “goodbye” in French

Today we are going to take a look at the different ways of saying goodbye in french. I’m sure you already know a lot of words 🙂

Au revoir : yes this is the classic. It can be used formally or informally.

à bientôt : formal and informal too. Said when we do not know when we will see our interlocutor again.

Bonne journée / Bonne soirée. It’s a way to end a conversation in any type of situation. These phrases are also used in a formal or informal setting.

Salut : means both “hello” and “goodbye”. Use in an informal setting.

à tout à l’heure : in this case we do not say “goodbye” to the person since we will see them again during the day, a little later.

à tout de suite : this sentence can, for example, be used on the phone: you make a meeting with your interlocutor in the next few minutes.

à demain : formal and informal. We see the person again the next day.

adieu : Usually means you won’t see the person again. But in some French regions, you can say “goodbye” to say goodbye. It’s still rare.

à la prochaine : used in an informal setting and that means we’ll see the person again but we don’t know when.

à plus tard : used more in an informal setting as well, it means that we will see the person again later in the day. We can also say “see you again”. By sms or by email, we will use: A +

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Many ways to say thank you merci in french ! so confusing

What’s the best way to thank someone in French? This is a very popular question that many of our students often ask. In fact, there are several ways to express your gratitude in French! In this article, we’ll take a look at the different ways to say “thank you” in French and how they differ in a number of situations.

Merci – Thank you

Merci beaucoup – Thank you very much

Merci bien – Thank you very much

Mille fois merci – Thank you a thousand times

Mille mercis – A thousand thanks

Je te remercie – I thank you (casual)

Je vous remercie – I thank you

C’est vraiment gentil de ta part – It’s truly kind of you (casual)

C’est très gentil de votre part – How kind of you

Je vous adresse mes plus vifs remerciements – I send you my deepest thanks

Merci pour votre aide – Thanks for your help

Merci pour ton aide – Thanks for your help. (casual)

Merci d’avance – Thank you in advance

Merci à tous – Thank you all

Je vous remercie de votre attention – I thank you for your attention

Avec tous mes/vos remerciements – With all my/our thanks

Avec soulagement – Thankfully

Avec reconnaissance – Thankfully

Je vous/te remercie pour ce délicieux dîner – I thank you for this delicious dinner meal

Je vous/te remercie pour les fleurs – I thank you for the flowers