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Lawless French
C'est or Il est ?
"The French expressions c’est and il est can be tricky because they are synonymous but not interchangeable. Which one to use depends less on meaning than it does on grammar."
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ilini.com
ilini.com
Based in Lyon this site offers 5 videos per month for free account holders. There are unlimited videos if you pay a subscription, plus other learning aids.

They are short topical videos with French subtitles. You can also add English subtitles or select a slow motion mode, although this distorts the voices and I wouldn’t recommend it.
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CEFR - Levels
CEFR
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is an accepted reference for evaluating a speaker's ability using 'can-do' descriptors. These descriptors are a bit formal but if you expand this post you will find a table that takes a much lighter approach.
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Language Fluency
How do we measure language fluency?
If you mention to somebody that you speak a foreign language the response often will be to ask whether you are fluent. But what is fluency?

This article considers that question.
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Le Robert Correcteur
Le Robert Correcteur
A few years ago I bought the Le Robert Correcteur. It is a spelling and grammar checker for French, something that is incredibly useful if one has the intention of writing in French. But circumstances have conspired to cause me to consider an alternative.

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Les Locutions Latines

Les 47 locutions latines les plus utilisées par les francophones

Les locutions Latines
An article in French from the site La Langue française. We are told that these 47 locutions, or phrases, are omnipresent in French literature, being used to show culture and refinement. But in some cases the usage has become so popular that they are now used naturally in the day to day language.
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Conversational French
Impersonal verbs
"Most verbs are personal: they must be conjugated for different grammatical persons, such as aller (to go): je vais (I go), tu vas (you go), etc. But some verbs are used impersonally, meaning they have only one conjugation, the third person singular. This is usually the impersonal subject pronoun il, meaning it."
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Conversational French
Conversational French
"It’s an unfortunate reality that the French you learn in school is not at all the same language as what you encounter when speaking to people in real life. The foundations are the same of course, but there are all kinds of shortcuts, informalities, and other differences that you need to be familiar with in order to carry on a conversation. Check out some resources that focus on how French is actually spoken."
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Learning vocabulary
Success in memorising word translations using four different methods.
Learning vocabulary
Taken from an article that considers memorising techniques - The Art and Science of Remembering - this particular example considers recalling the translations of foreign words flashed on a computer screen. Four groups used different methods and were tested a week later.
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