ou OR où

Ou and où are 2 French words which are pronounced exactly the same but where the little “accent grave” make a huge difference. Ou, sans accent, veut dire “or” mais où, avec accent veut dire where. My cat Eyera has kindly agreed to demonstrate for us: Elle hésite: Plus près de la fenêtre, au soleil, […]

Saying “my darling” in French

In today’s French class at the Modern Language School, we were studying possessive adjectives (they sound dangerous, but they don’t bite). It’s the grammar name for words like my, your, his, her, our, their. With these, though it does not come naturally to English speakers, the word for my, etc. agrees (gender and number) with the […]

Buying clothes and shoes in French

Today in the French elementary course, we did a lot of practising on clothes and accessories description and buying, including a very silly catwalk… I believe the vocabulary for clothes is the one that includes the most “faux amis” (false friends, words that look like their English equivalents but mean something else). / For example, […]

Today’s French Intermediate Class

There should be a health warning on the lid of the Wednesday evening French intermediate class at the Modern Language School. Something like “Beware! This class is dynamite!” It’s not just because people are lively and questioning, nor because they enjoy finding out more and more about French; it’s because they will not hesitate to […]